Or, consider other cards for 50,000 more miles or points that transfer into United miles with additional flexibility for your everyday spending.
$1,000 toward travel or transfer to United, Southwest, and more.
Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card - $85 annual fee.
Update: this offer has expired as of August 31, 2016.
The Citi Executive AAdvantage Card is
now offering a 60,000 mile introductory bonus, up from 50,000 miles previously. You get the miles after spending $5,000 within your first 3 months of account opening. There’s a $450 annual fee that’a not waived the first year. 60,000 miles is a better offer than the prior standard for the Citi AAdvantage Executive Credit Card. We have seen the offer reach as high as 100,000 miles in 2014, but we don’t expect it to be that high again anytime soon, so if you’ve been waiting on this card, this is probably as high as it will get for the time being.
See the current offer here:
Earn 60,000 American Airlines AAdvantage bonus miles after spending $5,000 within the first 3 months of account opening
Admirals Club membership to the cardmember and authorized users at no additional charge
10,000 Elite Qualifying Miles (EQMs) from American Airlines after spending $40,000 within the calendar year (January – December billing statements)
No foreign transaction fees on purchases
Earn 2 American AAdvantage miles per 1 dollar spent on American Airlines purchases and 1 American AAdvantage mile per dollar spent on all other purchases
FIrst checked bag is free on domestic American Airlines itineraries for the cardmember and up to eight companions traveling on the same reservation
$450 annual fee
If you are a frequent American Airlines flyer, the 10,000 additional Elite Qualifying Miles you can earn each year after spending $40,000 may come in handy.
Where this card really excels is from the lounge access perspective.
For $450, the cardmember and authorized users (who can be added free of charge) are given access to the American Airlines Admirals Club, along with up to 2 guests or any number of your own children under 18. The primary cardmember is given a full Admirals Club Membership, meaning that they are able to use the Admirals Club anytime they are flying as well as access to lounges that American Airlines partners with.
Authorized users are only given Admirals Club access, meaning that they can only use the Admirals Club when they are flying American Airlines – but the key benefit is an authorized user can enter the Admirals Club even if the primary cardmember isn’t around. So your spouse, your kids, whomever you’d like can enjoy Admirals Club access whenever they fly, even when you’re not with them.
This is the least expensive way to get full lounge membership with American Airlines. Currently, a new membership costs $500 and a membership renewal costs $450; starting on July 25, 2016, a new membership will cost $550 and a renewal will cost $500 for an individual membership for members that do not have status with American Airlines.
There are discounts to be had for those with status and for household memberships.
We’re not sure whether the annual fee on this card will increase later this year to go along with the new, higher Admirals Club fees, but if you get the card now you will have the annual fee locked in for this year.
Having 60,000 miles in your bank gives you a good amount to work with. You can read our guide to using AAdvantage miles, and here are a few ideas for what you could do with those miles.
US to Peru in Business Class – 30,000 miles each way
US to New Zealand in Economy – 40,000 miles each way
Travel to Europe in Off-Peak seasons (Nov 1 – Dec 14, Jan 10 – Mar 14) to save miles – 22,500 miles each way in Economy (Regular price 30,000 miles)
8 Short domestic flights under 500 Miles – 7,500 miles one way
The Citi Executive AAdvantage card offers some great benefits if you value Admirals Club membership. That plus the current 60,000 mile sign-up bonus makes now a good time to consider the card.
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