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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.
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.
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.
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.