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Update 7/15/15: The best current offer is 75k miles:

For a limited time, the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ MasterCard® offers 75,000 bonus American Airlines after spending $7,500 in the first three months.

American Airlines miles are the best for super-cheap economy redemptions and ultra-luxury redemptions. The Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ MasterCard® also offers Admirals Club lounge membership, meaning you can access over 90 American Airlines Clubsin airports around the world whenever you’re flying–even if you’re not flying on American. Plus you can bring in any two guests for free OR your spouse and all children under 18 for free on each visit.

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  • For a limited time, earn 75,000 AAdvantage® bonus miles after making $7,500 in purchases in the first 3 months of account opening*
  • Admirals Club® membership for you with guest privileges*
  • 10,000 Elite Qualifying Miles from American Airlines after $40,000 spent in purchases each calendar year*
  • Receive a statement credit, up to $100 every 5 years, as reimbursement for your application fee for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓®*
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases*
  • Earn 2 AAdvantage® miles for every $1 spent on eligible American Airlines and US Airways purchases and 1 AAdvantage® mile for every $1 spent on other purchases*
  • First checked bag is free on domestic American Airlines and US Airways itineraries for you and up to eight companions traveling with you on the same reservation*

The card also has a $450 annual fee.

Application Link: Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ MasterCard®

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The strange saga of the Citi Executive AAdvantage World MasterCard with 100,000 bonus American Airlines miles keeps getting stranger. The good news is that the offer, after disappearing for three days, is back. You can still get 110,000 American Airlines miles from a single credit card sign up. That’s enough miles to fly anywhere in the world roundtrip on American Airlines partners.

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The saga:

  • January 2014: The Citi Executive AAdvantage World MasterCard’s sign up bonus increases from 60,000 to 75,000 to 100,000.
  • June 27, 2014: I wrote that the landing page for the 100,000 mile offer was gone but that a direct link to the card’s application (with no mention of the 100,000 mile bonus) still worked. Several readers confirmed getting the bonus through that link.
  • July 11, 2014: The direct link stops working. There were still offers available for 75,000 miles on the card.
  • July 14, 2014: The same direct link works again.  FlyerTalkers are reporting applying through the link, getting approved, and confirming with a phone agent that they are in line for 100,000 bonus miles on the card.

It is still be possible to quickly earn 110,000 American Airlines miles by getting the card and meeting its minimum spending requirement of $10,000 in the first three months, but there are major drawbacks to the Citi Executive AAdvantage World MasterCard that you should consider before getting the card.

  • What is the direct link to the Citi Executive AAdvantage World MasterCard application?
  • What is the full offer on the Citi Executive AAdvantage World MasterCard?
  • Can you get the card if you’ve had other Citi American Airlines cards?
  • Can you get this sign up bonus more than once?

The Offer

Here is a direct link that brings up an application page for the Citi Executive AAdvantage World MasterCard.

Here were the bullet points available on the former landing page:

  • Earn 100,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles after you make $10,000 in purchases within 3 months of account opening.
  • Plus, earn up to $200 in statement credits on purchases within 12 months of account opening.
  • Enjoy these VIP benefits for an annual fee of $450
  • Admirals Club Membership Privileges (a value of up to $500)
  • Earn up to 10,000 Elite Qualifying Miles per calendar year after spending $40k
  • No Foreign Purchase Fees
  • Enhanced Airport Experience with dedicated check-in and priority screening and boarding
  • First Checked Bag Free

I got the card in June because that sign up bonus is eye popping. The $450 annual fee was a concern, but you get $200 in statement credits after your first $200 spent on the card, so for the first year, the “effective” annual fee is $250.

I’m willing to pay $250 for 100,000 bonus American Airlines miles, which I value at over $1,700, especially when I can get free access to American Airlines Admirals Clubs for a year.

Who Can Get the Card?

This card is the Executive Card. It is different than the Platinum and Gold versions of American Airlines credit cards, which many more people have. If you only have those cards, you can get this card and its bonus as a new customer.

If you have gotten the Executive Card already, I have read dozens of successful reports of people getting two and even three Executive cards over a span of just a few months and getting the 100,000 mile bonus each time. Last week, a reader confirmed getting this card for a second time and being in line for the bonus again to me. Your mileage may vary.

The Drawbacks

The two things that will hold people back from getting this card are the minimum spending requirement and annual fee.

The minimum spending requirement is a huge $10,000 in three months. There are many great ways to meet minimum spending requirements, but make sure you only get this card if you can meet the minimum spending requirement without spending more than you ordinarily would and if meeting the minimum spending requirement will not cause you to go into debt.

The annual fee is $450 per year. The first year you get a $200 statement credit as you spend toward the minimum spending requirement, so the effective annual fee is only $250.

For that price, you get Admirals Club access. If you normally pay for Admirals Club access, this perk has real value. If you normally fly international business class awards–which come with lounge access–this perk has zero value. Figure out how much value lounge access has to you and mentally deduct that value from the annual fee.

Bottom Line

My take on this card is that for some people it will be one of the best offers of the year. For other folks, this will be an offer they should skip in favor of cards with spending requirements and annual fees that more closely align with their comfort levels.

You can apply for the Citi Executive card through this direct link that does not feature the bonus terms. Your mileage may vary.

Will you apply for the card?

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