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One of my favorite rewards credit card sign-up bonuses in recent years was the Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard when it was offering 100,000 miles after you met the spending requirement last year. That sign-up bonus threshold has been gone for about a year, but today I noticed on the American Airlines website that the sign-up bonus for the Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard has gone back up to 75,000 bonus miles after you make $7,500 in purchases in the first 3 months! The public sign-up bonus had been at the 50,000 mile level for many months. For those curious, this is not an affiliate link, just an offer I thought you would want to hear about.
The increased sign-up bonus is great news, but the bad news is that there is language in the terms and conditions that the bonus miles are not available if you have had a Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World EliteTM Card opened or closed in the past 18 months. That will count out pretty much everyone that got in on the card last year, but shouldn’t impact those who missed out on last year’s big bonuses for this card!
This card is not for everyone first because of the $7,500 minimum spending requirement, and also because of the $450 annual fee that is not waived the first year. However, the card does come with Admiral’s Club membership, $100 Global Entry or TSA PreCheck application fee credit, and many more perks as outlined below that will help offset the fee somewhat for certain travelers. Note that unfortunately I do not see any mention of a statement credit the way there was last year.
- Admirals Club® Membership2
- Elite Qualifying Miles5
- NEW! – Enjoy a Global Entry or TSA PreCheck application fee credit8
- No Foreign Transaction Fees on Purchases^
- Earn 2 AAdvantage® miles for every $1 you spend on eligible American Airlines and US Airways purchases6
- Enhanced Airport Experience3
- First Checked Bag Free on Domestic Itineraries†
- 25% savings on eligible in-flight purchases on American Airlines and US Airways flights4
- No Mileage Cap7
- Expert Concierge Service
If you consider the $450 annual fee the first year as a way to effectively “buy” the 75,000 sign-up bonus miles that works out to a price of about 6/10 a cent per mile, which isn’t bad, but obviously isn’t “free”. I do not know how long this increased bonus will stick around, but if I find out any info I’ll be sure to let you know. Anyone plan on pulling the trigger on this 75,000 mile offer?