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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 late summer, the Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard has been offering a sign-up bonus of 75,000 AAdvantage miles (after you spend $7,500 in the first three months). That elevated bonus will end later this week, however, so you don’t have much time left to apply.
While $7,500 is a lot to spend in the first three months from account opening, 75,000 AAdvantage miles are worth $1,050 based on TPG’s valuations, and with that stash of miles you can book a variety of great redemptions, from 10 one-way reduced mileage awards to a one-way business-class flight from the US to Europe. Before the elevated sign-up bonus became available, the card was offering 50,000 miles after you spent $5,000 in the first three months.
We recently published our review of this card, highlighting its benefits for frequent American Airlines flyers. Chief among those perks is a full Admirals Club membership for the primary cardholder, which means you can access the carrier’s airline lounges no matter which airline you’re flying (with free access for your immediate family or two traveling companions as well). Plus, authorized cardholders can access Admirals Clubs along with guests as well — and you can add up to 10 authorized users to the Citi AAdvantage Executive card for free. This benefit alone could justify the $450 annual fee, depending on how often you and any potential authorized cardholders will travel through airports with an Admirals Club location.
Other notable perks include priority check-in, screening and boarding privileges for you and up to eight travel companions; a first bag checked free for you and up to eight companions on domestic AA itineraries; an application fee credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck; 25% off in-flight purchases; and no foreign transaction fees. You’ll earn 2x miles on American Airlines purchases, and 1 mile per dollar on everything else. Finally, if you’re working toward American Airlines elite status, you can earn 10,000 elite-qualifying miles (EQMs) when you spend $40,000 on the card in a calendar year.
Overall, the Citi AAdvantage Executive is a solid premium co-branded airline card, especially thanks to the generous Admirals Club benefit. Now’s an especially good time to sign up, since you can earn 75,000 AAdvantage miles, but you’ll want to act now, since you only have till Thursday to get this elevated offer.
Will you be getting the card with this 75,000-mile sign-up bonus?
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Based on TPG’s most recent valuations, the 50,000 miles are worth $700. In addition, you can earn 10,000 Elite Qualifying Miles (EQMs) toward elite status after spending $40,000 in a calendar year. As of July 23, 2017 this is the only card that offers Admirals Club lounge access so if you are an AA flyer this card might make sense for you. Aside from lounge access the primary cardholder will receive a Global Entry application fee credit every 5 years, first checked bag free for up to 8 travel companions on domestic itineraries and a 25% discount on eligible in-flight purchases on American Airlines flights.
- Earn 50,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles after spending $5,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening*
- Admirals Club® membership for you and guests with you*
- Complimentary Admirals Club® lounge access for authorized users
- Earn 10,000 AAdvantage® Elite Qualifying Miles (EQMs) after you spend $40,000 in purchases within the year*
- No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases*
- Earn 2 AAdvantage® miles for every $1 spent on eligible American Airlines purchases and 1 AAdvantage® mile for every $1 spent on other purchases*
- First checked bag is free on domestic American Airlines itineraries for you and up to eight companions traveling with you on the same reservation*