Should I Get the Citi AA Executive Card with the 75,000-Mile Bonus?
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TPG reader Mike messaged me to ask a credit card question:
“Should I sign up for the Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard with a 75,000-mile bonus?”
Just this week, Citi announced a new sign-up bonus for the Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard, offering 75,000 miles after making $7,500 in purchases in the first three months. I’m not sure how long it will be available; it’s always a bit of a game trying to figure out whether to wait for a higher bonus or jump on the current offer. If it’s popular, it could get pulled at any time.
I got this card with a 100,000-mile bonus last year when American Airlines was pulling out of The Platinum Card® from American Express lounge program. That offer was available specifically in Admirals Club lounges. The bonus has since dropped to 60,000 and then 50,000 miles, so I think the current offer for 75,000 miles is a great deal.
Even if you don’t fly American Airlines often, this card is a no-brainer. 75,000 miles will get you a round-trip coach flight or a one-way business or first class ticket to anywhere in the world on Oneworld partner airlines. I value AA miles at 1.7 points apiece, so I think this sign-up bonus is worth at least $1,275 dollars, and you can get even more than that if you play your cards right. Even though the card has a hefty $450 annual fee, it’s still worthwhile.
Personally, I’d probably redeem the 75,000 for a one-way, first class flight on Cathay Pacific — you can get to Asia on Cathay for just 67,500 AAdvantage miles, so you’d even have 7,500 left over (plus whatever you get for hitting the minimum spending requirement). A first class seat on Cathay is worth way more than $1,275!
My editor-in-chief Zach is using his sign-up bonus to fly Etihad’s first class Apartment from Sydney to Abu Dhabi in a few weeks — that’s just 60,000 AAdvantage miles, including a business-class flight from Abu Dhabi to the Maldives.
Of course, you also get a lot of other perks, such as full Admirals Club membership, a $100 Global Entry fee credit, free checked bags, priority check-in/security screening/boarding and more.
I doubt this offer will go up; in fact, I think Citi is more likely to pull the offer soon than to increase the bonus, so I would suggest taking advantage of it ASAP.