75,000 American Miles, up to $100 Statement Credit, & Lounge Access For $450 [Expired]

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Via the Points Guy, you can get 75,000 American Airlines miles on the Citi American Airlines Executive card after spending $7,500 within 3 months.  This is 15,000 more miles than the regular offer for 60,000 miles!


The regular offer for the Citi American Airlines Executive card is for 60,000 miles after spending $5,000 within 3 months.

So the 75,000 mile offer gets you an additional 15,000 miles, but you have to spend an extra $2,500 within 3 months.  Spending $7,500 within 3 months is a lot of money, so do what you’re comfortable with.

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 whether or not it pays a commission.

And 75,000 miles is certainly better than 60,000 or 30,000 miles!

This FlyerTalk thread also talks about a potential 100,000 mile targeted offer, but there is no direct link to the card.

Citi American Airlines Executive Card

Link:  75,000 Miles Citi American Airlines Executive Card

The 75,000 miles offer is currently the largest sign-up bonus of any publicly available airline credit card.

But the 75,000 miles offer comes with a big string attached – an annual fee of $450 a year – which is NOT waived for the first year.

But you might be able to get up to $100 in statement credits.  The Points Guy writes that you can get up to $100 in statement credits for every $1 you spend on American Airlines in the first 12 months of having the card.

You can usually buy American Airlines gift cards to get the statement credit.

There isn’t a landing page for this offer so your miles may vary (YMMV).  That said, you almost always get the bonus as long as you can access the card application page.

American Airlines Lounge Access

The $450 annual fee is very expensive but you get an American Airlines lounge membership which costs up to $500.

If you normally buy an American Airlines Admiral’s Club lounge membership, the Citi American Airlines Executive card could definitely be worth it.  That’s because you not only get 75,000 miles, but you also get lounge membership, and up to $100 in statement credits for purchases on American Airlines!

And as an Admirals Club member you also have access to the US Airways Club lounges.  That’s because US Airways and American Airlines are merging.

75,000 American Miles Up To $100 Statement Credit And Lounge Access For $450

Admirals Club Members Get Access to US Airways Club Lounges

The American Express Platinum card is losing access to American Airlines & US Air lounges on March 22, 2014.

But with 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 fly on American Airlines.

Other Card Benefits

In addition to the Admiral’s Club membership, the Citi American Airlines Executive card gets you:

  • 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

Buying American Airlines Miles for 0.47 to 0.6 cents per Mile

If you’re not interested in American Airlines lounge access and are just in it for the miles, this could still be a decent deal.

If you get the full $100 statement credit for buying American Airlines gift cards directly from American Airlines, you are essentially paying 0.47 cents per American Airline mile ($450 annual fee less $100 statement credit / 75,000 American Airlines miles).

If you don’t get the $100 statement credit, you’re buying American Airlines miles for 0.6 cents per mile ($450 Annual Fee / 75,000 American Airlines miles).

This is much cheaper than buying 75,000 miles directly from American Airlines.  It costs $1,804 to buy 75,000 miles (including 15,000 bonus miles) directly from American Airlines (which isn’t a bargain).

So getting the 75,000 miles offer is a cheap way to get a bunch of American Airlines miles.  75,000 American Airlines miles will get you 3 domestic coach tickets or a flight to anywhere American Airlines or their partner airlines fly!

I don’t have the Citi Executive card with the $450 annual fee, but readers write that it is considered 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 have a Citi American Airlines credit card.  Remember to wait ~10 days between Citi applications, and don’t apply for more than 2 personal cards in a 65 day period.

If you don’t want to pay an annual fee or are new to miles and points, you’re better off with the other offers for 50,000 American Airlines miles which waives the 1st year annual fee.

How to Use American Airlines Miles

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
  • 50,000 miles for a one-way award to Europe in Business Class

For status-chasing Big Spenders, it could be worth spending $40,000 for 10,000 elite qualifying miles towards your American Airlines elite status, but if you aren’t chasing status, big spending on this card isn’t worth it.

Bottom Line

You can get 75,000 American Airlines miles from the Citi American Airlines Executive card and up to $100 in statement credits after spending $7,500 in the first 3 months.

But you’ll pay a $450 annual fee, so this card isn’t for everyone.

And here are 40+ ways to meet your minimum spending.

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13 responses to “75,000 American Miles, up to $100 Statement Credit, & Lounge Access For $450 [Expired]

  1. I’d LUV southwest to fly to Rapid City South Dakota. Visiting Mt Rushmore and Crazy Horse along with the Badlands is something everyone should experience!

  2. oops, replied to wrong post…

  3. Is this backwards? “The Points Guy writes that you can get up to $100 in statement credits for every $1 you spend on American Airlines in the first 12 months of having the card.”

  4. I applied and got this card back in Nov 2013 to re-qualify for my EXP status on AA. At that time, the best offer was 60K bonus miles. Called Citi this morning and the gave me the $100 statement credit and posted 15K bonus miles to my AA account. Thanks Darius for posting this and helping me get the $$ and extra miles.

  5. Live this promotion. Earned my companion pass thanks to MMS tips!

  6. I would love 10,000 points to go to Milwaukee to see my best friend, who lives in China, when she comes back to visit her family.

  7. @ncsam — It’s $1 credit for every $1 you spend with AA, up to $100 in credits for spending $100 with AA. You know what he was trying to say. It certainly wasn’t “backwards.”

  8. Thank’s,
    would you know when this deal will expire?

  9. What if I am currently holder of AA Visa platinum? Do I get this bonus if I apply? Or I need to close my current visa AA card and after then apply for this card?thanks!!!

  10. Would love to get this card but would have to do a large amount of manufactured spending. I live in San Diego and haven’t been able to find Vanilla Reloads that I can buy with a credit card here. Any idea of how I can manufacture spend the minimum spend in one month so I can cancel and not pay the annual fee? Amazon payments, my rent and bills just won’t come close to meeting the minimum spend. I can’t buy gift cards with a Citi card right? Any help is appreciated.

    • @bernie – I really don’t know, but sooner rather than later.

      @Volodymyr – Readers say that they have been able to get the card even if they have have the Visa Platinum.

      @Mike – You can buy gift cards at stores with the Citi card.

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