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Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Citi Executive AAdvantage World Elite MasterCard
If you have yet to sign up for the Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard, now would be a very good time to do so. The card’s increased sign-up bonus of 75,000 AAdvantage miles after spending $7,500 in the first three months of account opening is set to expire on Thursday, October 29, 2015, however you may have trouble finding active sign-up links as of Monday, October 26. This limited-time offer has been around since early July, but as is the nature of such sign-up bonuses, it’s finally coming to an end.
As a reminder, here are the card’s top features:
- For a limited time, earn 75,000 AAdvantage bonus miles after making $7,500 in purchases in the first 3 months of account opening
- Admirals Club membership for you with guest privileges
- 10,000 Elite Qualifying Miles from American Airlines after $40,000 spent in purchases each calendar year
- Receive a statement credit, up to $100 every 5 years, as a reimbursement for your application fee for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓
- No foreign transaction fees on purchases
- Earn 2 AAdvantage miles for every $1 spent on eligible American Airlines and US Airways purchases and 1 AAdvantage mile for every $1 spent on other purchases
- First checked bag is free on domestic American Airlines and US Airways itineraries for you and up to eight companions traveling with you on the same reservation
The card comes with a $450 annual fee, which isn’t waived the first year. While that’s not cheap, you do get some valuable benefits as a cardholder, including a statement credit for Global Entry and Admirals Club membership — which you can use even when you’re traveling on a different airline (by comparison, Citi Prestige only grants access when you’re flying AA). Plus, based on TPG’s most recent valuations, the 75,000-mile sign-up bonus alone is worth $1,275.
The best sign-up bonus we’ve seen for this card was 100,000 AAdvantage miles, offered a few years back. Short of that, though, this is the best haul of points you can expect to earn when signing up for the Citi AAdvantage Executive card, so if you’re a frequent flyer without this plastic, now’s the time to get it.
How would you use 75,000 AAdvantage miles?