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75,000 mile Citi Executive AAdvantage bonus offer: better than Prestige?

by on Thu October 29, 2015 • 2 Comments


executiveaadvantage170Citi and AAdvantage are out with a new limited time signup for the Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard.

It’s now 75,000 miles after you make $7,500 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening.

(The 75K offer is expired as of October 29, 2015 – see the latest offer below).

The annual fee of $450 is not waived. There is not yet a Business version of the card, so there’s only a personal offer available.


Is it worth it?

The 75,000 mile deal was better than the 50,000 mile deal, though had a higher spending requirement to earn it.

And it’s not as good as the lucrative 100,000 mile deal that was available in early 2014, while the application page has specific language that prohibits you from earning the bonus again if you earned one less than 18 months ago or closed your account less than 18 months ago.


If you’ve been on the fence about getting this card, this is a great time to jump on it. It’s unlikely we’ll see the 100,000 mile deal anytime soon, and this is much better than the basic 50,000 mile offer that’s been around. So if you can swing $2,500 a month in spending on the card over 3 months you’re in the hunt.

How about the Citi Prestige?

The $450 annual fee on the Executive AAdvantage card gets you full American Admirals club membership.

Yet Citi’s Prestige card also gives you Admirals Club access, though only when you are on an American Airlines ticket. But it also offers a $250 annual airline expense credit, which automatically kicks in, so the annual fee can be effectively just $200.

The Prestige is currently offering 50,000 Citi ThankYou points as a sign on bonus. You can’t transfer those points into real American AAdvantage miles, but you can use them to buy  $800 worth of American Airlines flights thanks to a special redemption rate for Prestige cardholders.

The Executive AAdvantage also offers:

  • Priority boarding (a feature available on the $95 annual fee AAdvantage Platinum Select)
  • A free first checked bag (a feature available on the $95 annual fee AAdvantage Platinum Select)
  • Priority security access
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • A TSA PreCheck or Global Entry application fee credit

But the most unique feature of the Executive AAdvantage is the ability to earn AAdvantage elite qualifying miles.

You’ll earn 10,000 qualifying miles when you spend $40,000 in a calendar year. It’s a little late to get started on that this year, but if you’re a big spender who can put over $5,000 a month on the card you’ll be in the hunt to earn those elite qualifying miles this year for your 2016 AAdvantage elite status.


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Partner Offer

50,000 bonus points

Intro Offer

$0 introductory annual fee the first year, then $95

Annual Fee


Foreign Transaction Fee Waived

Yes - transfer to United MileagePlus, Southwest Rapid Rewards, Marriott Rewards, and more

Points Can Transfer to Airline Miles ?

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2 thoughts on 75,000 mile Citi Executive AAdvantage bonus offer: better than Prestige?

  1. Steve

    I have a AAdvantage Platium Select card from Dec 2015. Do I still quilfiy for the 75,000 if I apply with this card? Do we need to spend 40,000 by Dec 2016 to get the 10K Elite? and Does the challenge start of in 2017?


      @Steve – The 75k deal expired. But having the Platinum Select card won’t prevent you from getting a sign up bonus for the Executive card.

      For the 10k elite, yes it runs on a January – December calendar.


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