Today Citi released a 100,000 American Airlines mile offer for the Citi Executive® / AAdvantage® World Elite™ MasterCard®. You’ll get 100,000 bonus miles and a $200 statement credit after spending $10,000 within the first 3 months (OFFER EXPIRED).
This is the all-time best offer I’ve seen for this card, but it does come with a high minimum spend.
Just last week the Citi Executive AAdvantage World Mastercard temporarily increased its welcome bonus to 75,000 American Airlines miles after spending $7,500 in the first 3 months. Now it’s up to 100,000 miles with a $10,000 spending requirement.
If you just got the 75,000 offer from Citi last week, it’s always worth a shot to call in and request a bump to the 100,000 mile offer. Of course, you’ll have to hit the extra minimum spending requirement to reach the new bonus terms. If you are able to do this, let others know your experience with Citi in the comments!
Here are the full card details:
- Earn 100,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles after you make $10,000 in purchases within 3 months of account opening.
- Plus, earn up to $200 in statement credits on purchases within 12 months of account opening.
- Elevate the way you travel with these luxury benefits: Admirals Club membership (a membership value of up to $475)
- Earn 10,000 Elite Qualifying Miles after spending $40,000 in purchases each calendar year
- No foreign transaction fees
- Earn two AAdvantage miles per $1 spent on eligible American Airlines purchases, including US Airways codeshare flights booked on aa.com
- Priority Boarding and 25% savings on eligible in-flight purchases
- Your first eligible checked bag is free
- SmartChip technology and expert Concierge Service
- $450 Annual Fee
The caveat is that you need to spend $10,000 in 3 months to earn the 100k bonus miles which may be steep for some folks. Remember that there are several powerful ways to meet the minimum spend.
Another point to add is that the card does have a $450 annual fee. This is a high price tag for any card, but this card comes with Admirals Club and US Airways Club access which could make it worth it for some. Since the Amex Platinum Card is set to remove this benefit come March 22, 2014, this will be the only card that offers Admirals Club and US Airways Club access.
In my opinion the three more valuable card benefits are the 10,000 EQMs after spending $40,000 in each calendar year, the $200 in statement credits in the first 12 months, and the Admirals Club access. The 10,000 EQMs can be a valuable calendar year spending bonus if you’re going for AA elite status or need to get bumped up to the next tier.
The $200 in statement credits is a nice way to cover close to half the annual fee cost. What’s even more intriguing is that no where in the terms and conditions does it say anything about the credits coming from AA purchases only. If this is true, it appears to be good on most standard purchases, so it’s basically a straight $200 cash back. This is better than the Amex Platinum card that gives a $200 statement credit for AA purchases.
The card also gets your access to American Airlines Admirals Clubs and from the terms you can bring family and guests in as well.
“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. (and confirmed on the admirals club page).”
If you can manage the minimum spend requirement and travel frequently on American Airlines, but currently don’t have elite status or access to Admirals Club, then this card could be a great option for you.
Taking into account the annual fee you’re paying is 0.25 cents each for AA miles, which is cheap. If you plan to use the Admirals Club access frequently this makes the card benefits worth just that much more--especially if you’re a traveling as a family on AA.
The $10,000 minimum spend is hefty, but it may be a great option for many that can use the card benefits such as the Admirals Club access and 10,000 EMQs. Since 100,000 bonus miles is the highest offer I’ve seen on this card it is a great time to grab it if you’ve been thinking about applying. I doubt we will see it go above this level anytime soon.
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