60K Bonus Miles Plus Lounge Access For Up To 33 People With This Card

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Since the beginning of the month, the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard® has been offering a limited time increased welcome bonus of 50,000 AAdvantage miles upon completing minimum spend.

Through this offer you can earn the 50,000 mile bonus after spending $5,000 within three months. I value American miles at ~1.3 cents each, so to me the 50,000 miles are worth ~$650.

The card does have a $450 annual fee, though I’d argue it also has the single most generous lounge access perk of any credit card out there.

Specifically, those with the Citi AAdvantage Executive Card receive an Admirals Club membership. $450 is the lowest price you’d ever pay for an Admirals Club membership, so that already makes the card a better deal than paying for an Admirals Club membership outright.


But it gets much, much better than that. You can add 10 additional cardmembers to the Citi AAdvantage Executive Card at no additional cost, and they receive Admirals Club access as well, with each allowed to take two guests per visit. So it’s a great way to get Admirals Club access for up to 10 of my closest friends and family members for just $450. That’s a heck of a deal.

American Admirals Club Honolulu

The Citi AAdvantage Executive Card comes with several other perks on top of that:

  • Earn 10,000 elite qualifying miles when you spend $40,000 on the card in a calendar year
  • A $100 statement credit valid towards Global Entry or TSA Pre-Check
  • First checked bag free for you and up to eight companions when flying American
  • Priority check-in, security, and boarding, when flying American
  • Save 25% on eligible American in-flight purchases
  • No foreign transaction fees

Of those perks, I’d say the 10,000 elite qualifying miles for spending $40,000 on the card can be worthwhile if you’re an American loyalist. The $100 Global Entry statement credit is also valuable, especially since you can use it for others. The priority services are great if you’re not an American elite member either. Now that American’s frequent flyer will have a revenue requirement for elite status, I suspect there will likely be a waiver offered by spending a certain amount on this card, though the details of that haven’t yet been announced.

Access an Alaska Airlines Board Room with an Admirals Club membership

Bottom line

This is a great welcome bonus on the Citi AAdvantage Executive Card. I value 50,000 American miles at ~$650, which more than justifies the $450 annual fee. On top of that, the Admirals Club perk offered on this card is incredible, given that you can essentially get 10 others Admirals Club access by adding them as authorized users, at no additional cost.

If you don’t have the Citi AAdvantage Executive Card, I’d highly recommend picking up this card under the current offer.

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  1. Totally off topic, but quick question: you’re Points Pros right? Someone is asking for a suggestion.

    Sry and thanks

  2. I don’t get it…what’s the point of caring about a lounge when it is no longer a privileged/exclusive place and anyone can in? No thanks

    Good job American Airlines….I swear us carriers get worse by the second

  3. Keep pushing how we can get tons of people into the lounges. That way we know who to blame when AA is forced to dial this back and take away this “we can’t have nice things” benefit. We get it, we know we can hack this but if every card holder did this it would break it I think.

  4. Come on – same damn article with a different heading. Stop pushing. Have some self respect

    There is nothing about the million articles you have written

  5. @kevin

    agree – it’s well covered on this blog though how substandard AA lounges are compared to virtually every other OW airline, so no surprises the access is easy.

  6. Hey Lucky I love your articles and really check your site 5 times a day, but the heading and discovery of the 33 people should be credited to MileValue.

  7. I should note, up until last year the authorized users of this card COULD NOT get into the lounge without the Primary Cardholder present. Not sure if they changed this, but I found out the hard way about a year ago…

  8. i feel like everyone is douple/triple stacking the global entry $100 credit. everyone/anyone who has had amex plat/other plat cars have probably already applied and been accepted. with so many other cards offering some sort of lounge access (let’s be honest, a lot of Admiral Clubs are no better than Priority Pass clubs), and the deval of AAdv, what’s this card really worth?

  9. Just a quick correction – the first checked bag waiver only applies to DOMESTIC AA itineraries. Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean don’t count, let alone long-haul trips.

  10. Those AA clubs are a joke, at least for international travellers who are used to much better options. And now you have figured out how to squeeze more people into a hole where nobody in his right mind even wants to be? The sponsors behind this blog are becoming quite clear now. I’m coming to this blog for the BC and EC reviews as I travel a lot and want to know what to choose and avoid in case I don’t know some airlines yet. As nearly all my travel is paid with only once in a while a miles burner, the miles horny part of this blog disgusts me.

  11. Like the lounges aren’t already overstuffed with people that have access due to a shiny piece of plastic and travel 2x/year. Now let’s #pumppumppump 33 people.

    It’s ALLLLLLLLLL about the conversions, right??

  12. Please add me as authorized user on your card so I can get lounge access. Will pay you $10.

  13. Tough crowd here, I gave View from the Wing a hard time about promoting abuse of the card to maximize personal gain and it was generally determined that I was being mean, a hater and very “selfish” for objecting to his encouragement of people who would bring 33 people to the lounge on a single credit card account.

    I guess everyone can decide for themselves what selfish means but to me a great example of selfishness is signing up an absurd number of additional cardholders and contriving a system to maximize access to lounges that are already often overcrowded. The people who would do this are the same people who wrap up 8-12 cookies on their way out of the lounge. In their minds, since no one said it’s prohibited it must be allowed. If we all did this, or even 20% of us, to the full extent allowed, the benefit would disappear within a month. There are plenty of selfish people in the world, there’s really no need to enable them by publicizing these opportunities – they’ll find a way to abuse privileges and benefits on their own.

  14. @ Tennen. That “domestic” thing annoys me because it is always well-hidden. Do you know…does any cc offer even one bag free for international? I haven’t found one.


  15. Thank you Lucky. I got approved for the card using your link. I will use this card to buy that 250,000 AA miles you also mentioned recently, for just a little above $4K.

  16. Come on man…gotta delete this post. The purpose of the card isnt to have everyone add everyone they know for lounge access. VERY irresponsible of you to post this. Alot of recent posts like this make me lose respect for bloggers.

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