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Well, it looks like yet another Citi increased welcome bonus may be ending soon.
Citi AAdvantage Executive Card 75K bonus “last call”
Since mid-July, Citi has been offering a nice welcome bonus on the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard®. The card is currently offering 75,000 AAdvantage miles after spending $7,500 on purchases within the first three months of account opening.
While no specific date has been provided yet, Citi is now marketing this as being the “last call” for the current bonus, so my guess is that the current bonus on the card will be pulled in the near future.
The card has a significant minimum spend, but also offers a big welcome bonus and perks that make it worth keeping.
The card has a $450 annual fee, which isn’t waived the first year. Fortunately the Citi AAdvantage Executive Card comes with some great perks which help offset the fee:
- An Admirals Club membership, giving you access to Admirals Clubs regardless of which airline you’re flying
- The single best benefit is that you can add up to 10 authorized users on the card, and each of them receives Admirals Club access for them and up to two guests as well
- 10,000 AAdvantage elite qualifying miles if you spend $40,000 on the card in a calendar year
- 25% savings on in-flight purchases of food, beverages, and headsets on flights operated by American Airlines when purchased with the card
- Priority check-in, screening, and early boarding on American operated flights
- A statement credit of up to $100 every five years that can be applied towards a TSA Pre-Check or Global Entry application
American Airlines Admirals Club Sao Paulo
I can’t stress enough how good of a deal not only the Admirals Club membership is, but the ability to add 10 authorized users and have them get access as well. I have the Citi AAdvantage Executive Card, and have 10 authorized users so that my family and some of my friends have Admirals Club access when they fly.
Just as a point of comparison, here’s how much American usually charges for an Admirals Club membership, and if you outright buy a membership you can’t add authorized users at no cost:
Other Citi offers are ending as well
The increased bonus on the Citi AAdvantage Executive Card isn’t the only one that is expected to expire soon.
The CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard® has an offer that’s expected to change on October 9, 2018. The card is offering a welcome bonus of 70,000 AAdvantage miles after spending $4,000 within the first four months. The card has a $99 annual fee that’s waived the first year, so that’s an incredible welcome bonus.
The Citi ThankYou® Premier Card has an offer that’s expected to change on October 11, 2018. The card is offering a welcome bonus of 60,000 ThankYou points after spending $4,000 within the first three months. The card has a $95 annual fee that’s waived for the first year, and generally offers a great return on spend.
How many Citi cards can you apply for?
As a general rule of thumb, Citi won’t approve you for more than two cards every 65 days. However, you can be approved for two Citi cards in one day, assuming one card is a personal card and one is a business card.
If I had none of these cards, my strategy would be to apply for the CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard® and Citi ThankYou® Premier Card, since those offers are expected to end soon, and on specific dates. Both cards have annual fees that are waived for the first year, and offer huge welcome bonuses.
However, if you would value the Admirals Club benefit on the Citi AAdvantage Executive Card, then I would most definitely apply for that card.
Redeem ThankYou points for travel in Singapore’s A380 Suites
We’re seeing some great offers on Citi cards at the moment, so regardless of whether you’re interested in the Citi AAdvantage Executive Card, CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard®, or Citi ThankYou® Premier Card, I’d recommend picking up one (or two) cards very soon.
(Tip of the hat to View from the Wing)