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Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Citi Prestige Card, Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard
It seems hard to believe that we’ve reached the halfway point of 2015! To celebrate the start of the third quarter, I’m excited to share a lucrative new offer for TPG readers for one of my favorite co-branded airline cards. For a limited time, the Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard is offering an increased sign-up bonus of 75,000 AAdvantage bonus miles after making $7,500 in purchases in the first three months of account opening. This is a great opportunity to boost your miles and score some great travel perks.
The card comes with a $450 annual fee which is not waived for the first year.
While this new sign-up bonus isn’t quite as lucrative as the 100,000-mile offers from last year, it’s still significantly higher than the “standard” offer of 50,000 miles. I list AAdvantage miles at 1.7 cents apiece in my most recent monthly valuations, so I’d say this sign-up bonus of 75,000 miles is worth $1,275. The spending threshold for earning the bonus is also lower than the offers from last year (though still fairly high, at an average of $2,500 per month).
The other benefits can also be valuable, but how much you get out of them really depends on your travel patterns. Lounge access can be very useful, and this card actually gets you and your immediate family (or two guests) into the Admirals Club even if you’re traveling on a different airline. This is in sharp contrast to the Citi Prestige Card, which only gives you access when you’re traveling on American Airlines or US Airways, and the Delta Reserve® Credit Card from American Express, which only gives complimentary club access to the primary cardholder, and charges $29 per guest.
The free checked bag benefit can save you a good amount over time if you typically need to check a bag when traveling domestically and don’t hold AAdvantage elite status. If you travel by yourself, you’re looking at a savings of $50 for every round-trip, and when you consider that up to 8 companions can also escape those fees, the savings can easily add up.
There’s extra incentive to get the AAdvantage Executive card if you need to sign up for (or renew) a Global Entry or TSA PreCheck membership. The $100 application fee credit was added to the card in April and can be an easy way to effectively reduce the first year’s annual fee to $350. It’s typically better to get Global Entry (since PreCheck is automatically included), but you have the flexibility to choose which one suits your travel patterns best. For more information, check out our post on How to Apply & Get Approved for Global Entry, as well as my Comprehensive Guide to Global Entry, PreCheck and Nexus.
If you’re planning to apply for this card, be sure that you’re aware of Citi’s rules for credit card applications. You’re only allowed to apply for one personal card every 8 days, and you cannot apply for more than two in a 65-day period. As a result, if you’ve recently gotten in on the increased sign-up bonus for the Citi ThankYou Premier Card or the Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard, keep these rules in mind to avoid “wasting” a hard credit inquiry when you’re likely to be automatically declined.
These limited-time offers are great ways to quickly rack up miles and unlock valuable award redemptions that wouldn’t have been possible otherwise. I think it’s unlikely that we’ll see another 100,000-mile offer anytime soon, so this new sign-up bonus on the Citi AAdvantage Executive Card is worth jumping on while it’s available. If you’ve already been planning to apply for this card, now is definitely the time! If not, check out the benefits and consider your upcoming award travel plans to see whether it makes sense for you.
With great travel benefits, 2x points on travel & dining and a 50,000 point sign up bonus, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great card for those looking to get into the points and miles game. Here are the top 5 reasons it should be in your wallet, or read our definitive review for more details.
- Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
- Chase Sapphire Preferred® named a 'Best Travel Credit Card' by MONEY® Magazine, 2016-2017
- 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
- Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening
- No foreign transaction fees
- 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
- Get 25% more value when you redeem for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel.
- No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards