Confirmed: Citi Executive $200 Statement Credit for ANY Purchase!

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Many readers have asked if the $200 statement credit on the Citi American Airlines Executive 100,000 mile offer applies only if you buy something directly from American Airlines.  That’s because certain previous offers from Citi gave you a statement credit only if you made a purchase from American Airlines.

However, you will get the the $200 statement credit for ANY purchase with the Citi Executive card.  The purchase doesn’t have to be with American Airlines!

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I Applied for the Citi Executive 100,000 Mile Offer in January and Got $200 in Statement Credits

The Citi Executive AAdvantage WorldElite MasterCard

The Citi Executive card is the best deal I’ve seen for American Airlines miles in a long time.

Link:   Citi Executive AAdvantage WorldElite MasterCard 100,000 Mile Offer

This is a good card if you want to earn a lot of American Airlines miles quickly, or want American Airlines airport lounge access.  With this card, you’ll get:

  • 100,000 miles after spending $10,000 in the 1st 3 months
  • $200 in statement credits
  • Membership in the Admirals Club, which lets you visit Admirals Club airport lounges for free (~$500)
  • Annual fee of $450, NOT waived for the 1st year

Here’s my post about the Citi American Airlines Executive card and information on how to apply.

Some folks might be uncomfortable with spending $10,000 in the 1st 3 months to get the bonus on the card. But read my post on 40+ ways to complete minimum spending requirements and decide what’s right for you.

Emily and I don’t earn a commission on the card, but we’ll always tell you about the best offers, even when we don’t earn a commission.

$200 Statement Credit for ANY Purchase

The fine print on the offer doesn’t specify what kinds of purchases qualify for the $200 statement credit.  So that’s a good indicator that any purchase (excluding the annual fee etc.) should count.

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$200 in Statement Credits – But for What Kinds of Purchases?

I applied for the Citi Executive card in January, and got the  $200 credit on my statement after spending over $200 on regular purchases.

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My $200 Credit Posted for Regular Purchases!

Many folks on this Flyertalk thread also report receiving the $200 credit for regular purchases.

So you can get the $200 statement credit for any purchase!

This Is Really a $250 Annual Fee Card

The annual fee on this card is $450, which is expensive!

But because you get the $200 credit for regular spending, the true cost of the card is $450 Annual Fee – $200 Statement Credit = $250.

So for $250, you’re getting 100,000 American Airlines miles, which can be used for:

  • 4 domestic round-trip coach tickets
  • 1 round-trip coach ticket to Europe or South America (with 40,000 miles left over)
  • 1 round-trip business class ticket to Europe or South America

Here’s a link to my series on how to use American Airlines miles.

You also get Admirals Club lounge access (~$500) and additional perks like early boarding, free 1st checked bag, and priority security screening.

This is a very good deal for $250!

Bottom Line

You’ll get 100,000 American Airlines miles, a $200 statement credit, lounge access, and other perks with the Citi American Airlines Executive card.

The annual fee for the card is $450.  But, because you get the $200 statement credit for any spending, the true cost of the card is $250.

Admirals Club membership alone costs $500.  And 100,000 American Airlines miles will get you to a lot of places!

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27 Responses to Confirmed: Citi Executive $200 Statement Credit for ANY Purchase!

  1. How many guests are allowed with cardholder into lounge ? Planning on traveling soon on AA with wife and 2 kids…… Thx

  2. Leonard Chan

    Are you still eligible if you have a current Citi
    Advantage Gold or Platinum Card?

  3. https://www.aa.com/i18n/travelInformation/airportAmenities/AdmiralsLocations.jsp

    Apparently, each access card / method of access allows variations of guest access into the lounge. The Exec Card reads “Citi Executive AAdvantage Primary cardmember 2 Guests or immediate family*”
    *All guests must accompany the member. Immediate family refers to spouse, domestic partner and/or children under 18 years of age.

    * All guests must accompany the member. Immediate family refers to spouse, domestic partner and/or children under 18 years of age.

  4. Thanks for the post. Could you specify what regular purchases mean? I’ve been spending on this card non-stop since January but no 200 credit :-(

  5. I can confirm this as well. I can also confirm that if you got the 75k offer with the $100 credit before the 100k offer dropped you can send a secure message to Citi and ask them to honor the additional 25k and $100 credit and they should (they did for me at least.) They will take 1-2 additional billing cycles to apply the credit and the 25k miles but they do eventually come through.

  6. @Leonard Chan – I believe so.

    @ ingvar – Regular purchases means restaurants, groceries, etc.

    @Justin – Thanks for the update!

  7. I actually applied for the Citi HHonors Reserve card but didn’t use the link containing the $100 statement credit. When I called to have it applied they said there was nothing to do except cancel and reapply since the card had already been approved. Any other experience with this?

  8. Thanks for this clarification Daraius.

    Another question I’m seeing a lot concerns whether or not you can get this card if you already have another version of the Citi AAdvantage card. Question stems from the fine print, namely the “additional program information,” point #1:

    “1 This Citi® / AAdvantage® card offer is only valid for new applicants for a Citi® / AAdvantage® account applied for pursuant to this offer and is not available to existing cardmembers or recent applicants for a Citi® / AAdvantage® credit card.”

    Yet it appears that you and many of your readers are not encountering this as a problem, to getting this “executive” version of the card, in addition to the other versions. Am I reading that correctly?

  9. What about year 2? Do you get a statement credit or is the annual fee going to be $450?

  10. FYI – the card is only good for the primary cardholder to go to the Admiral’s Club. I even tried to buy an extra membership for my spouse but no dice, which is a huge bummer. Apparently that’s available if you buy the membership directly from AA but not through Citi. It may not be a deal breaker for some of you, but it’s worth knowing before signing up if that’s important to you.

  11. Does anyone know when this offer will expire? I plan to apply it after March 15th, so it will be more than 91 days since my last app-o-rama. Please advise.

  12. Katherine:

    You are completely wrong. I took this directly
    From the aa website. Please don’t post information that is incorrect:

    Only primary Citi Executive® / AAdvantage® World EliteTM MasterCard® cardmembers who are 18 years of age or older may receive membership privileges to the American Airlines Admirals Club® lounges. Authorized users of the Citi Executive® / AAdvantage® World EliteTM MasterCard® credit card are not entitled to Admirals Club® membership privileges. To access the Admirals Club® lounge, the primary cardmember must present (i) his or her AAdvantage® number, (ii) his or her current government-issued I.D., (iii) his or her open and valid Citi Executive® / AAdvantage® World EliteTM MasterCard, and (iv) any additional required documentation. The primary cardmember may bring as guest(s) either immediate family (spouse, domestic partner and/or children under 18 years of age) or up to two traveling guests. All guests must remain with the cardmember during the club visit. All persons must be 21 years of age or older to consume alcohol. Should the Citi Executive® / AAdvantage® World EliteTM MasterCard® account be closed for any reason, all Admirals Club® benefits will be immediately cancelled, including access to all Admirals Club® lounges. All Admirals Club® membership terms and conditions apply. To review the complete Admirals Club® membership rules, please visit aa.com/admiralsclub. Such membership terms and conditions are subject to change without notice. Additional restrictions may apply. If the primary Citi Executive® / AAdvantage® World EliteTM MasterCard® cardmember is already an Admirals Club® member and has sixty or more days remaining (from the date the Citi Executive® / AAdvantage® World EliteTM MasterCard® card account is approved by Citi) on such current Admirals Club membership, he or she is eligible to receive a pro-rata refund from American Airlines for any unused portion of his or her current Admirals Club® membership fee. The refund will be based on the number of days remaining on such primary cardmember’s current Admirals Club® membership. Refunds will be automatically made in the original form of payment within 12 weeks of becoming a Citi Executive® / AAdvantage® World EliteTM MasterCard® cardmember. Lifetime Admirals Club® members, AAirpass® members with Admirals Club® privileges and Admirals Club memberships purchased with Business ExtrAA points are not eligible for a refund.

  13. The spouse wouldn’t be able to gain access without the primary cardholder being there though. If you look at the back of the card vs the AU card you’ll see the Admirals Club logo on the primary card only. So while true that any 2 people would be able to accompany the primary to the Admirals (and US Air soon enough) clubs they have to be with the primary to gain entry.

  14. When did the $200 credit post? On your first statement? I’m still waiting for mine, but also haven’t had my first statement close yet. Thanks!

  15. @Katherine–my wife is the primary cardholder and I was able to go the Admirals Club with her.

  16. Got my first statement today and it was on there too! Put an application in for my husband and said pending, we need to call and try to get it pushed through. Not sure why his is pending, but hopefully he can get it.

  17. Hello Darren,

    I currently have this card from last year promotion of 60K miles, could I be able to ask for this one or should I cancel the current CC first?

    Thanks

  18. how long did it take people to receive their cards? i was approved a week ago (after a phone call moving some credit around) and i still have not received mine

  19. I just booked a regular paying flight on aa.com using my frequent flyer login and this AA Citi Exec card. However, for baggage fees it says it is $25 per person. I know for United, it typically knows when you have their credit card and will show the first bag as $0 instead of the regular $25.
    Does anyone know if AA does this too? I see it still show $25 for a bag.

    And is it really true with this card you can go up to the First or Business class counter since it has “enhanced service?” Would something be printed on the boarding pass that shows I can go use these lines?

    Anyone have experience bringing brother/sister/dad to the lounge? I have 4 immediate family member (brother, 2 sisters, dad) that I want to bring in the lounge, would that be possible?

    Thank you!

  20. @Will – I got the card despite having another Citi American Airlines card. But your experience could be different.

    @Jake – It is going to be $450

    @Katherine – That’s correct and I have a post on that. But the primary cardholder can take family members or 2 guests in for free.

    @Justin – I have a post on that soon!

    @Josh – It posted on my first statement.

    @Fernando – It may be possible. Please let us know how it goes!

    @jeff s – About 10 days!

    @Hieu – It may take a while to associate your AA frequent flyer number with the new Exec card. You can bring in 2 guests or your immediate family (which in the US is only your children and partner). Footnote 4 describes the check-in benefits of the card.

  21. I got my card about 2 days after I applied. Overnight Fed Ex.

    Statement credit was on first statement…right above annual fee.

  22. goals^n^dreams

    I am thinking about this offer. Do you know when this offer will be ended?

  23. I got this card for the signup bonus – and the $200 rebate for the first year is a nice perk. But from speaking to Citi, this is not *quite* an Admiral’s club membership. The Citi card gives you access to Admirals clubs and *most* oneworld lounges (with the correct boarding pass).

    Not really a big deal as I’ll likely not need it for other than AA lounges, but it’s worth noting.

  24. So is it that you have to spend $10,200 or $10,000 before the $200 statement credit in order to meet the minimum spend?

  25. I got my card in a Fed Ex envelope in about 6 days …BEFORE I received an email to say I was approved. I did not call the 800 number it says to call to get quicker approval.

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