Update: This offer has now expired. All links revert to the 50,000 mile offer.
75,000 bonus AAdvantage miles are available for a limited time with the Citibank AAExecutive card. This is a 50% increase from the standard 50,000 mile offer and could net several thousand dollars in value. Here are the full details:
- 75,000 American Airlines miles with $7,500 spend in first three months of account opening
- 10,000 elite qualifying miles with $40,000 yearly spend
- $450 annual fee is not waived in the first year
- 2 AA miles per $1 spent on American Airlines and US Airways purchases
- 1 AA miles per $1 spent on everything else
- Admirals Club access for cardholder and up to 2 guests
- First checked bag free; Priority check-in, screening and boarding
- $100 statement credit for TSA Pre and/or Global Entry for five years
- No foreign transaction fees
- EMV chip card
- Approval difficulty: Moderate (~650+ credit score with good income)
- Churn status: Moderate (reapply after 18 months of account open or close; follow 8/65 rule described further below)
There are some clear pros and cons with this deal; let's start with the former. 75,000 American Airlines miles may be the best deal in the market if you ignore the annual fee. I recently booked a flight from Sydney to Abu Dhabi in Etihad's A380 Apartments, then on to Tel-Aviv, all for 60,000 AA miles. The fact that this card alone could net such an aspirational travel experience speaks wonders.
Admirals Club access is also highly valuable for American Airlines loyalists, especially those located near a major lounge. Take a look at the featured clubs below or read full Admirals Club details here. Because membership usually costs $500 retail, cardholder access plus two companions is excellent value.
Also of note, checked baggage is for up to 8 companions. That is a little excessive and I can't imagine using it, but I'll always take added benefits. While the $100 credit for Global Entry applications is also nice, several other top credit card deals offer the same credit.
$450 is in the upper echelon of annual fees, especially considering there is no statement credit for regular spending. That is disheartening, largely because the old 75,000 mile offer had a $200 statement credit. $450 alone makes this deal a tough recommendation.
My other big negative is the 1 bonus point per dollar spent on all purchases. While it is industry standard, this pales in comparison to the Chase United Club Card that offers 1.5 United miles for every dollar spent - everywhere, with no cap. Small business owners with substantial spend would be better off with the Club Card long term.
The Final Word
Listen, I am a big American Airlines fan and will be until their inevitable devaluation of the program's miles. The aforementioned Etihad A380 flight has been called the world's most luxurious airline product - being able to book an "apartment" exemplifies AA's value.
But I don't think I would recommend this deal for average spenders, unless you have a clear destination in mind. If you know that you are flying first class to Asia or the Middle East, for example, then the $450 annual fee may be worth it. If you want to just pad your miles wallet, however, stick to the 50,000 Platinum and 25,000 Gold offers that have waived fees.