Citi AAdvantage Executive Card Gets $225 Credit

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In light of the current pandemic we’re seeing card issuers add some more perks on select cards, in particular on cards with a travel focus. It goes without saying that consumer behavior has changed a lot, and this also impacts our credit card spending patterns. We’ve seen initiatives from Amex, Chase, and Citi, in this regard.

Citi has now announced a credit on one of my favorite cards that they issue.

Citi AAdvantage Executive Card gets $225 credit

The Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard® (review) is one of my favorite airline credit cards out there. The primary benefit of this $450 annual fee card is that it offers an Admirals Club membership.

What makes this card so epic is that you can add up to 10 authorized users to the card, and each of them gets Admirals Club access as well, even when not traveling with you. Essentially with one annual fee you can get Admirals Club access for up to 11 people, and each can bring two guests with them.

Understandably Admirals Club access isn’t a very valuable benefit at the moment, with most people not traveling.

Given the impact of COVID-19 on travel, and the temporary closure of many Admirals Clubs, the Citi AAdvantage Executive Card will offer a $225 credit:

  • This applies to those who had an open account as of March 31, 2020
  • The one-time $225 credit will be issued when you renew your account, essentially slashing the annual fee in half

Citi Business Platinum Card companion certificate extension

The CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® Mastercard® (review) has a great sign-up bonus of 65,000 AAdvantage miles at the moment, so if you don’t have the card it’s worth considering.

For those who do have the card, the expiration of one perk will be extended. Existing cardmembers who hold a companion certificate with an expiration date of December 31, 2020, will receive a six month extension, with these now expiring on June 30, 2021.

Bottom line

I’m happy to see these initiatives from Citi, and in particular am happy to see that the the Citi AAdvantage Executive Card will have a credit equal to half the annual fee upon renewal. This is such a valuable card (for when travel is a thing), and it’s a card I’ll have for as long as benefits stay the same.

To those with the Executive Card, how do you feel about the $225 credit?

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  1. I was definitely planning to drop this card on the annual renewal date – given the travel situation and that I don’t need the 10K EQM to make EXP for next year (already there with the new lower requirements – notwithstanding the extension). Given the 50% fee waiver I will consider keeping it – although it’s not a slamdunk at the moment. Let’s see what the outlook for travel is as we get into the summer.

  2. This is great news. So tired of people who want immediate answers on everything verses waiting for the outcome. My wife has the card, the discount is fantastic and can’t wait for the Admirals clubs to re-open.

    AA and DL seems to be more customer focused (a big change for AA) and UA looks like they are ready to implode and only seems to care about the C-suite.

  3. Think any perks will be added to the Chase Ritz card? After they killed off the Visa discount air benefit, the only real remaining perk is the club level upgrades, which aren’t terribly useful at the moment. I just hit the renewal date on mine…

  4. I think the cc companies are seeing the number of people canceling cards and are trying to stem the flow.

    While some of the changes may help to keep customers, I’m sure others will look at something like this and say “It still is costing me $200+ for something I may not use in a year or more”. Not to mention they only allow use of the clubs when you are flying on an AA ticket.

  5. Ben, this is good news. What happens if one has just paid the renewal fee in late April. Will they issue a credit back?

  6. This seems to be a fair credit. We will see what the ACs look like when things start to open up though.

  7. March 31 date doesn’t seem fair, not that I’m affected by this date.

    This is punishing loyal people who had faith in Citi and AA and got the card in the middle of virus lockdown. It’s not like travel has resumed to normal.

  8. I called back on April 4th and asked for a waiver of the fee. I got a very knowledgeable rep who offered me $100 and said there were internal discussions about what they will offer going forward. I declined and asked for a product change which she happily provided – it seems I could change to almost any Citi card, some with much lesser fees and of course those with no annual fee. I chose the Citi double cash back and kept the same credit limit. There was no credit pull either. Happy to keep the age of the account and the line $34K.

    Since I have AA Business Xtra, when I start flying again I will use those credits for the Admirals club…

  9. @Jeremy – off topic but call chase. I just did yesterday and they gave me a 150 credit off the ritz annual fee. While I agree the discount air benefit was a huge loss, paying 300 for a 300 dollar travel credit, a free 50k hotel night, ritz lounge upgrades and a PP for my hubbie for free isn’t bad at all.

  10. This is good news and seems fair but I agree it’s not a slam dunk keep although I’ll prob keep it. The reality is this card offers nothing outside of an admirals club membership which as some have pointed out means even less now that you must be flying AA to access them. People will need to see if even with the credit, it makes sense to keep the card or downgrade and upgrade at a later time when travel is more consistent.

  11. @ Gary — My advice with this card is open card, get 60,000 mile bonus, use lounge benefits, close card in 12 months, repeat after 48 months. Otherwise, this card is useless.

  12. Sounds like a plan…very good news. I hope the Chase Presidential Card does likewise with the fee which includes a United Club membership.

  13. I hope this compels Delta / Amex to offer something similar for the Delta Reserve Card. I received the email today offering some bonus points on groceries for the Delta Reserve — pretty embarrassing offer by comparison.

  14. @Taylor – the delta reserve card is not comparable to this card. This card basically gives you a membership and some MQDs if you spend x amount. That’s it. With the reserve you also get a BOGO first class ticket, centurion club access. It’s not comparable at all.

  15. @Shawn – I don’t agree that the cards are not comparable – they are both cards that give you benefits (primarily lounge access) when you fly a certain airline – and those benefits are pretty much unavailable to use this year given the cessation of travel

  16. My card renewed on May 14. Tried online chat first and agent offered to refund the fee but said it wouldn’t go through. Then gave me the number to call American Airlines reservations. Um, what??

    So I phoned and agent said $225 credit only applies for renewals *after* May 31, so I won’t get mine until June 2021! Is this correct? I told her I really don’t see the value of holding a $450 card another year to get a $225 credit. Her reply was “Admiral’s Clubs are open again so if you’re not using them that’s not our fault.” Wow.

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