Is the Citi Executive AAdvantage worth $450? A review of the alternatives


Admirals Club access for friends and family. Not only do you get Admirals Club access, anyone you authorize as a user of your account also gets access to the clubs, even when you’re not traveling, for no additional fee.

Qualify for elite status faster. You can get up to 10,000 elite qualifying miles per year with the card.


Big annual fee. It’s $450 a year.

Overall Rating
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Key Features
  • Earn 50,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles after spending $5,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Admirals Club® membership for you with guest privileges*
  • New – Complimentary Admirals Club® Lounge access for authorized users
  • 10,000 Elite Qualifying Miles from American Airlines after $40,000 spent on purchases within the year*
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases*
  • Earn 2 AAdvantage® miles for every $1 spent on eligible American Airlines purchases and 1 AAdvantage® mile for every $1 spent on other purchases*
  • First checked bag is free on domestic American Airlines itineraries for you and up to eight companions traveling with you on the same reservation*

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

Miles dont expireas long as card is open
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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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11 thoughts on Is the Citi Executive AAdvantage worth $450? A review of the alternatives

  1. AZMermaid

    Did the rules changed? I used to get priority boarding. Now, I have to wait for my group to be called.


      @AZMermaid – It’s still priority boarding, they just label it ‘Group 4’ now out of 9 total groups.

      What changed is they started numbering groups they didn’t number before, like First Class and Business Class. Those groups always boarded before cardholders, but didn’t have a group number, just called by label. Now they assigned a number to their groups, and they get the ‘Group 1,’ ‘Group 2,’ ‘Group 3’ designations.

      Group 4 is ahead of regular AAdvantage credit card holders, and the 4 regular boarding groups for Economy Class, just as it was before.

  2. Teresa

    I recently got the citi platinum select MasterCard. Can my husband get the executive and will we both be able to get the bonus miles offered? Or can you only get one citi advantage card in a 24 month period to be eligible?


      @Teresa – Your husband is entirely independent with regard to bonuses so yes he can get one. But if he gets a card, the miles will go into his account, not yours. Though you can book tickets in the name of anyone you’d like.

  3. Rick

    What I find very annoying is that the travel benefits of this card only apply on domestic flights. For an annual fee of $450 the travel benefits should be available on international flights as well.


      @Rick – Indeed, the equivalent United and Delta cards don’t have the domestic only restriction for bags. Boarding though applies regardless of the destination.


      @Jesse – There is trip delay and trip cancellation coverage on the Executive AAdvantage and the Platinum Select AAdvantage for flight you book with the card on any airline, not just American. No bag benefits for international flights though.


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