Even Better Credit Card Quickdeal: Citi Executive AAdvantage 100k!!
On a previous post, I clued you all in to a pretty amazing 75k American miles deal – well, thanks to ThePointsGuy, again, we have an even better deal, and one that I just had to jump on. It is for the Citi Executive AAdvantage World Elite Mastercard, with a 100,000 AA mile sign up bonus! The link is here. To get the 100k bonus, you have to spend $10k in 3 months, which seems VERY steep; however I’ve got a CVS near me that sells vanilla reloads and takes credit cards for them; and as both my wife and myself have Amex Bluebird prepaid cards which accept Vanilla reloads, I could meet this in 5 days. For other ways to manufacture spend, ie meeting the minimum spend on a credit card without actually breaking the bank, check out Frequent Miler’s post or Daraius from MMS has 40 ways to meet a minimum spend. Both posts are frequent flyer’s required reading.
The biggest benefit other than the 100k AA miles is membership into AA’s lounge, the Admiral’s Club. They have almost 40 locations worldwide, and in addition, they permit you access to US Airways’s 19 US lounge locations as well. This is clutch, because as of March 31st, Amex Platinum cardholders will no longer have access to these two lounges.
Another cool benefit are statement credits, up to $200. What is eligible for statement credits is beyond me, or anyone on Flyertalk for that matter. Citi writes, cryptically, “earn up to $200 in statement credits on purchases within 12 months of account opening”. It never says what type of purchases, whether it be airline purchases or not. Oh well, $200 in statement credits sounds good!
The annual fee is a very steep $450…but remember, if you’re in the military (and if you’re reading this post, there’s a good chance that that’s the case), you get your annual fees waived on Citi cards.
I applied for this card immediately, even though I already have the Citi Platinum AAdvantage and the Citibusiness AAdvantage, and had gotten 50k AA miles for each of those, and even though I just applied for cards from 3 different banks about a week ago (in an upcoming post!), because, according to Flyertalk, Citi considers the Executive card to be in a totally separate category, and because I wanted the miles and the lounge access. On the application page it has a space for an agent referral code and airport location, BUT YOU DON’T NEED TO ENTER THESE! My application went through, and they gave me a phone number and ref #, for additional info. I called, talked to a very nice lady, and in less than 10 minutes she’d approved me with a very high credit limit, higher than the other two cards combined!
If you’re in the market for this, jump on it soon, because no one knows how long it will be around!