Update: These offers for the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard® and the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard® have expired. Learn more about the current offers here.
American and Citi have just brought back one of the best welcome bonuses on what I personally consider to be the most lucrative airline credit card.
75K welcome bonus on Citi AAdvantage Executive Card
The $450 annual fee Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard® has a new welcome bonus of 75,000 American AAdvantage miles after spending $7,500 within three months. We’ve seen this bonus a few times in the past, most recently last summer.
Personally I value American miles at ~1.3 cents each, so to me the 75,000 miles are worth ~$975, which is a big bonus. There are so many great ways to use American miles, and 75,000 miles is more than enough for a one-way business class ticket from the US to Asia, the Middle East, India, etc.
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Why the Citi AAdvantage Executive Card is awesome
While that’s a significant minimum spend requirement, this is also a big welcome bonus. Furthermore, the reason you get this card isn’t because of the welcome bonus, but rather because of the perks it offers. The Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard® offers an Admirals Club membership for the primary cardmember, which is an excellent benefit. This means that you can visit Admirals Clubs regardless of which airline you’re flying, and you can bring in two guests or immediate family members at no extra cost.
Typically the lowest cost for an Admirals Club membership is $450, and that assumes you’re an Executive Platinum member:
As far as I’m concerned that makes the card a no brainer for anyone who would otherwise consider an Admirals Club membership. But there’s a really incredible perk on top of that, which is almost too good to be true.
With the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard® you can add up to 10 authorized users to the card at no additional cost, and they get Admirals Club access as well. Those people can then access Admirals Clubs with up to two guests or immediate family members even when they’re not flying American.
This is such an outrageously good value. I use this card as my Admirals Club membership, and then have nearly 10 authorized users, so all my family and some friends have Admirals Club access when they travel. Put another way, it’s like paying as little as ~$41 per person annually for Admirals Club access (since you can have a primary cardmember plus 10 authorized users), which is less than the cost of a day pass. I picked up this card last year, and find it to be well worth it.
This card also offers some other perks, including:
- Priority check-in, airport screening, and early boarding
- No foreign transaction fees
- 10,000 elite qualifying miles when you spend $40,000 on purchases in a year
Citi AAdvantage Executive Card eligibility
As far as eligibility for this card goes, here are the relevant terms:
American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles are not available if you have had any Citi® / AAdvantage®card (other than a CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard® card) opened or closed in the past 24 months.
Then Citi has a general restriction of typically only approving people for one Citi card every eight days, and two Citi cards every 65 days.
Current bonuses on Citi AAdvantage Platinum Cards
If you’re looking for a business card, the CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard® continues to offer a welcome bonus of 70,000 AAdvantage miles after making $4,000 of purchases within the first four months. The card has a $99 annual fee, which is waived for the first year. That’s a fantastic welcome bonus, especially since the card has the annual fee waived for the first year. I picked up this card recently, and the welcome bonus has already posted.
The Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard® offers 60,000 AAdvantage miles after spending $3,000 within three months, with the $99 annual fee waived for the first year.
The Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard® is the airline credit card that I get the most value out of, given that it offers an Admirals Club membership for the primary cardmember, plus Admirals Club access for up to 10 authorized users. It’s ideal to pick up this card when it has an increased offer, as it does now.
You can also nicely pair that card with the CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard®, which has the annual fee waived for the first year, and a big 60,000 mile welcome bonus. Just make sure you apply for the cards at least eight days apart, and don’t apply for more than two Citi cards in a 65 day period.