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Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard
Since the beginning of June, the Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard has been offering a sign-up bonus of 60,000 AAdvantage miles after you spend $5,000 in the first three months. If you haven’t acted yet but have been considering applying for the card, now’s a great time to do so — this current offer will end within the next two weeks.
It’s unclear what the card’s new sign-up bonus will be, but it will likely drop to 50,000 miles or lower. Based on TPG’s valuations, the current bonus of 60,000 miles is worth $900, and you can definitely put those miles to good use despite the recent AAdvantage program devaluation.
Reasons to Get It
Apart from the obvious benefit of earning you AAdvantage miles, this card could be worth having thanks to the full Admirals Club membership you’ll get as a cardholder. Especially with the recent announcement than the Citi Prestige Card will be ending its Admirals Club access benefit next July, the Citi AAdvantage Executive Card could be worth the $450 annual fee if you value being able to use the carrier’s lounges. Plus, authorized users get Admirals Club access (when flying AA) in addition to primary cardholders, so you can get some very solid value out of this perk.
The card also offers some elite-like benefits that can make your airport experience a bit more bearable if you don’t have status with American or another airline. You get priority check-in and screening along with early boarding and 25% discount on eligible in-flight purchases, and on domestic itineraries you’ll get a first bag checked free (for you and eight travel companions).
If you’re after elite status, you can also use the card to earn elite-qualifying miles (EQMs). When you spend $40,000 on the card in a calendar year, you’ll earn 10,000 EQMs. That can get you a good chunk of the way toward Gold status (requiring 25,000 EQMs), or help you move closer to the tier above your current status level.
As for those 60,0000 AAdvantage miles, they’re enough for a round-trip domestic business-class award, or a one-way business-class flight from the US to Europe, Japan or Korea. Make sure to check out the AAdvantage award chart and American’s partner award chart for more redemption ideas.
Thanks to full Admirals Club membership, the ability to earn EQMs toward elite status and other perks, the Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard can be well worth the $450 annual fee. If you’ve been considering this card and think you can maximize its benefits, now’s a great time to sign up so you can nab the 60,000-mile bonus. There’s no guarantee the sign-up offer won’t go higher — we’ve seen it reach 100,000 miles, though not for a few years — but 60,000 miles can still get you some valuable awards or help boost your AAdvantage account toward a future redemption.
How would you use 60,000 AAdvantage miles?
While Citi announced some negative changes to this card back in July — including a lower sign-up bonus, the elimination of Admirals Club access and the end of the free rounds of golf benefit — one of its most valuable perks still remains, which is the 4th Night Free perk. This benefit alone can save you thousands of dollars a year if you use it to its full advantage.