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Update: This offer for the Citi American Airlines Executive card has expired. But you can check Hot Deals for the latest offers!
Via Milesabound, you can get 60,000 American Airlines miles on the Citi American Airlines Executive card after spending $5,000 within 3 months.
The public offer for the Citi American Airlines Executive card is for 30,000 miles after spending $1,000 within 3 months.
Emily and I don’t earn a commission on this card, but the mother-in-law rule says that I let you know of the best possible offer for a card regardless of whether it pays a commission or not. And 60,000 miles is certainly better than 30,000 miles!
Citi American Airlines Executive Card
At 60,000 American Airlines miles, this is currently the largest sign-up bonus of any publicly available airline credit card.
But there is a drawback – an annual fee of $450 a year – which is NOT waived for the first year.
American Airlines Lounge Access
The $450 fee also gets you an American Airlines lounge membership which otherwise sells for up to $500.
If you already pay for American Airlines Admiral’s Club lounge membership, you’re much better off applying for the Citi American Airlines Executive card and getting 60,000 miles and the lounge membership for a lower fee!
If you have any version of the Platinum card from American Express, you get access to the Admirals Club for yourself and two traveling companions when you are flying on American Airlines. You won’t have access if you are NOT flying on American.
But if you have an American Airlines Admiral’s Club membership (either paid or from the Citi American Airlines Executive card) you and 2 guests get access to the lounge (they don’t have to be traveling with you) and you don’t have to be flying on American Airlines.
Other Card Benefits
Besides the Admiral’s Club membership, other benefits of the Citi Executive card are:
- 2 miles for every $1 spent on American Airlines
- Free checked bag
- Priority check-in (where available)
- Priority boarding
- No foreign transaction fees
- Up to 10,000 Elite Qualifying Miles (EQM) per year after spending $40,000 in a calendar year
I look at this offer as a fairly cheap way to buy American Airlines miles for 0.75 cents per mile ($450 Annual Fee / 60,000 American Airlines miles).
It would otherwise cost $1,804 to buy 60,000 miles directly from American Airlines (which doesn’t seem worth it to me!).
So this could be a fairly cheap way to top-up your account with American Airlines miles.
I don’t have personal experience, but the Citi Executive card with the $450 annual fee should be considered as a different product from the regular Citi American Airlines cards. So you may be able to apply for the Citi Executive card even if you already have a Citi American Airlines credit card. Remember to keep ~10 days between Citi applications, and no more than 2 personal cards within any 65 day period.
If you’re new to miles and points, you’re better off with the other offers for 50,000 American Airlines miles which waive the 1st year annual fee.
Here’s a link to a series on how to use your American Airlines miles. It costs:
- 25,000 American Airlines miles for a round-trip coach award in the US
- 60,000 miles for a round-trip coach award to Europe or South America and
- 50,000 miles for a one-way award to Europe in business class
You can get 60,000 miles from the Citi American Airlines Executive card after spending $5,000 in the first 3 months.
But the $450 annual fee is not waived, so this isn’t the best American Airlines card (compared to the 50,000 mile offers which waive the annual fee) unless you’ve run out of ways to earn American Airlines miles.
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