100,000 Miles and Admirals Club Membership Via Citi Executive AAdvantage Credit Card
A special, promotional offer for the Citi Executive AAdvantage credit card has been floating around the Internet lately. The offer is targeted to guests who visit an AA Admirals Club and offers a great signup bonus including 100,000 American Airlines miles after spending $10,000 within 3 months and Admirals Club membership for lounge access. On the application page, however, it asks for a 6-digit referral code and a 3-letter airport code. While people have been successful in applying for the card without the referral information, I know some people like to have the application fully completed and only want to apply if they feel it’s official. As a result, I grabbed the promotional offer from the Admirals Club when I was at LaGuardia Airport this past weekend to share the information with you.
Citi Executive AAdvantage
The biggest positives of the Citi Executive AAdvantage credit card’s signup bonus is the 100,000 AAdvantage miles and Admirals Club membership. The biggest negative is the $450 annual fee, which is not waived the first year. You do, however, get a $200 statement credit after spending $200 within 12 months. That should be a layup for anyone getting the credit card so for all intents and purposes, you’re essentially paying $250 for 100,000 AAdvantage miles and Admirals Club membership – a great deal. Spending $10,000 within 3 months will be difficult for many people, but it’s also easy to meet minimum spending requirements with Amazon Payments.
- 100,000 AAdvantage miles signup bonus after spending $10,000 within 3 months
- Admirals Club membership for lounge access
- $200 statement credit after spending $200 within the first 12 months
- No foreign exchange fee
- Priority screening and boarding plus first checked bag free when flying American Airlines
- $450 annual fee
Applying for Citi Executive AAdvantage
Step 1: Go to http://aadvantage.miles.citicards.com as specified on the promotion offer.
Step 2: At the landing page, enter your first and last name. For the 6-digit referral code, enter “169993” and for the 3-letter airport code, enter “LGA.” As mentioned earlier, it doesn’t seem like the referral information is required, but entering it does help the nice representative at the airport who gave me the offer card.
The Main Point
100,000 AAdvantage miles is great and can be used for award redemptions, such as Cathay Pacific First Class, which costs 67,500 AAdvantage miles. After spending the $10,000 minimum spending requirement, you’ll actually have 110,000 AAdvantage miles, exactly enough for two Cathay Pacific Business Class tickets, which costs 55,000 AAdvantage miles; that would be perfect for a honeymoon to Asia.
Nevertheless, I do want to highlight once again the high minimum spending requirement and $450 annual fee (which is really $250 after accounting for the $200 statement credit). If opening the Citi Executive AAdvantage credit card means you are spending more than you normally would, then DO NOT open this credit card. Instead, I recommend the Barclays Arrival credit card, which gives 44,000 miles (worth ~$440) and only has a $1,000 minimum spending requirement; it also does not charge an annual fee the first year.
[Update 2/20/14] The minimum spend requirement for the Barclays Arrival credit card has been raised from $1,000 to $3,000, which can still be easily met with a combination of normal spending and Amazon Payments.
Disclaimer: I may receive referral credit for some of the links above, which I appreciate
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