Posted by William Charles on July 24, 2018
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Published on July 24th, 2018 | by William Charles

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Citi American Airlines Executive Card: 75,000 Miles Bonus

We originally posted this in July 2017, then reposted it in October 2017 as it was listed as ‘Final Call’. I didn’t think the bonus ever expired, but I’m not sure and other readers are reporting it did so I’m reposting just so people are aware it’s available again.

 

Reposting because there is an even more public link available now. We originally posted on June 26th, 2017.

The Offer

Direct link to offer

  • The Citi American Airline executive card is offering a sign up bonus of 75,000 miles after $7,500 in spend.

 

Card Details

  • Annual fee of $450 not waived, but you’ll receive the following benefits:
    • Admirals Club® Membership Privileges
    • Earn up to 10,000 Elite Qualifying Miles per calendar year after you spend $40,000 within a calendar year
    • No foreign purchase fees
    • Enhanced Airport Experience
    • First Checked Bag Free
  • Earn 2 miles for every $1 spent on American Airlines, 1 mile per $1 for all other purchases
  • $100 Credit For Global Entry/TSA PreCheck
  • Admirals Club Access For Authorized Users
  • 24 month rule does apply

 

Our Verdict

Best recent offer is 60,000 miles, but the all time public high is 100,000 miles. I doubt we will ever see the 100,000 mile bonus again (or at least anytime soon) but it’s entirely possible if American Airlines keeps up the trend of having no saver award space available and devaluing the program. The card does come with a hefty $450 annual fee, you really need to be able to use the Admirals Club access to get any sort of value out of this card even with the 75,000 point sign up bonus. Standard sign up bonus is 50,000 miles.

Personally this card is a pass for me, AA miles don’t excite me and neither does a $450 annual fee. As always if you have any questions about this card or Citi in general, please read this detailed post first.

Hat tip to reader Diamond Vargas & Russ B



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Ted
Ted

Oh man good times…100k+$200

Got 6 of those

Chao
Chao

6? Wow, I remember it required 10k spend as well. I got one and cancelled after one year

Ted
Ted

Yeah, had six at 100k plus a few at 75/60k. That’s the time of Bluebird. With 5 people on our team we had a few miles…

Plus the first couple cards the annual fee was never charged.

ShitiBank has some issues, but the free miles and points has been amazing.

Preacher
Preacher

We got 13. Those were the good old days. Citi paying us $200 for 100K miles, sigh…

Jr
Jr

Now we know why all the new bonus rules are in effect.

Electroman
Electroman

Now? I see you’re very new here.

MattLaw
MattLaw

(and why they make the points as difficult as possible to use)

scott
scott

We got 4 of those. It was tough enough meeting $40K minimum spend on those cards as well as $20K I was doing with British Airways at the same time.

CtownBin
CtownBin

Yeah, we got 6 of those too, that whole thing was crazy- maybe the best haul I’ve had in this hobby. 100k AND $200 signup, that you could keep getting over and over even with the older one still open and active. Too bad I was only able to go through half the miles before they significantly devalued, but still 🙂 those were some fun days.

Biggie F
Biggie F

What a time to be in between trips. I have been planning to get one of these things for club access since Citi Prestige is giving up the Admirals Club ghost in a few weeks. Anyhow, I happened to pick up one of the applications at 50,000 miles from a Club last month. Had not / have not used it yet. Any way I can turn the referral code on that one into this 75,000 mile version?

DaWoodMan1
DaWoodMan1

Just applied for a couple of Citi cards on 6/24 so hopefully this offer is still around in 65 days because Citi won’t be approving anything for me until then.

NinjaX
NinjaX

well did you get anything inside the AA family? this offer has the 24 lang.

dawoodman1
dawoodman1

I’ve never held the Executive card so 24 month language doesn’t apply. I do have /had other AA cards with Citi in the past but as far as I understand the 24 month rule, you can’t get the bonus on the same exact card. But even if a card is in the same AA family, since I’ve never held the Exec. card, I should be good. Citi’s 65 day applications rule was what I was referring to.

NinjaX
NinjaX

well its a good thing you made a comment here. otherwise you would have wasted effort. just like doc said, things have changed. it happens very quickly so you gotta be careful man.

dawoodman1
dawoodman1

Oh damn! Wow, I either read that 24-month post a super long time ago before the rules changed OR I completely misunderstood it recently. This doesn’t just affect my AA strategy but my ThankYou points strategy too and that is annoying because it almost makes me feel like I should have gone with the Citi bonuses earlier in my churning career especially now with this 24-month rule and their small bonuses in comparison to the old 100k Prestige bonus, for example.

Yeah I literally just applied for the 60k personal AA on 6/24 but at least the silver lining is 60k miles for only 3k spend instead of 75k for 7500 in spend.

VJ
VJ

You can always cancel as soon as your miles post and your fee will be refunded prorated. If u don wish to keep the card.

NinjaX
NinjaX

and where did you get that genius idea? i assume reddit DPs heavily influenced you…

sigh…

Mike
Mike

Don’t do that man.

Skor
Skor

Don’t do this. I know it works but you will end being on Citi’s watchlist after this.

Aaron Howell
Aaron Howell

I was looking to get this, since I’m getting rid of my Prestige, but AA points have changed and AA lounges have changed. For those readers that don’t have lounge access, the lounges are currently packed. The other day in LAX, an AA lounge that I was in had standing-room-only for around 1-2 hours. Larger lounges, like Charlotte my main, will have plenty of seating, but because of the heavy traffic, the seats have gone from new, to having holes in the fabric within the year.

The traffic will dip down with the change in Prestige, but the lounge is now only worth that $450 fee if you travel a LOT.

NinjaX
NinjaX

well its critical to understand where the zoo animals are coming from.

when the prestige devaluation is complete, CSR n00bs have no access. just stay away from lounges that have easy access from the locust swarm and you will be OK.

im not talking shit. its just fact. i dont even go to the Centurion anymore. its a joke. everyone and their dog has an amex plat.

however, try Flagship. nobody. also try the hated SkyPesos. also nobody.

you wont have to travel a lot. just wait and see how the herd dies out and AC should be pretty solid. otherwise, go flagship.

NinjaX
NinjaX

oh yea. United Polaris lounges. wow.

Paul
Paul

That was quick, website is down.

Corey
Corey

Does this card with the Admirals Club membership that comes with it provide access to the Flagship lounges? Or must you still be flying biz or first international to gain entry to the Flagship lounge?

NinjaX
NinjaX

corey. you dont need to ask that. if that was possible, your laptop would already be smoking because the internet would be broken from massive discussions within the reddit community and the AA exec cc would be nerfed ASAP like the prestige. look at the centurion. its a fukn zoo..

Mat
Mat

can the bonus AA miles be redeemed for cash?

Jr
Jr

Lol yeah sure

NinjaX
NinjaX

haha. never ending stream of them. 91k+ and counting…

Mark O
Mark O

No

Mark
Mark

DoC- Can you get a retention offer in year one with this card (after you get the 75k bonus) or do you need to wait to year 2? Trying to combat the annual fee.

Juan
Juan

AA miles are getting too difficult to use.
Delta has no consistency with award charts.
UAL is terrible to endure, as are the discount carriers.
Whose air miles are the best to collect and redeem?

Jackie
Jackie

No more 75k available via the links on this post

AG
AG
Gibunono
Gibunono

Any zombie link for the recently expired Platinum cards (personal & business)? In the past there were always such links after the expiration date because it is Citibank.

Andrew
Andrew

I noticed that AA availability has actually been better lately. I was looking be to book a trip between Chicago and Denver at the end of the summer and found a lot more saver award space for both business and economy than United. The catch is that weekend availability was non-existent; I only saw weekday.

Dave C
Dave C

Yea, lots of reports AA is better availability. Doc just reposted the article from a year ago, so his last part about availability hasn’t been updated.

Aaron
Aaron

Bummer, I’m 24-month rule’d out on this one. I’d absolutely churn another 75k AA miles, even when saver ability was at its worst, I could get a ton of value out of redemptions on CX, JAL, Qatar, even Finnair.

That said, as an AA frequent flyer, the Admirals Club membership + ability to give a whole bunch of your friends/family Admirals Club access is huge. Us spoiled people may find Admirals Clubs underwhelming, but my dad and stepmom think they are amazing .

ZinCO
ZinCO

Anyone know how to request a match for this card? Just applied last week at 50k (had some AA trips this month) but in MY account it says Secure Message is not available for this card. Anybody else run into that?

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