At some point today the Citi AAdvantage Executive Mastercard 75K limited time offer is slated to end.
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The card has a hefty $450 annual fee and a hefty $7,500 spend threshold. But after meeting the spend requirement you’ll have at least 82.5K miles which is more than enough for 2 round-trip awards to Europe or a round-trip award to Israel.
You’ll get a full Admirals Club membership that you can use regardless of what airline you’re flying for free access for you and your spouse and kids or you and 2 guests. Membership alone is normally $500/year and this is the only card that gives a full Admirals Club membership that works for access even when you’re not flying on American (The Citi Prestige card doesn’t give access if you’re not flying American).
The card also offers free Global Entry or Pre-Check membership, which are amazing time savers for even infrequent flyers.
You’ll also save time thanks to priority check-in, security, boarding that Executive cardholders can take advantage of.
American has an excellent award chart with awesome one-way values from the US48/Canada like:
-12.5K to Alaska (versus 17.5K on United)
-12.5K to the Caribbean and Mexico during off-peak times (17.5K on United)
-17.5K to Hawaii during off-peak times (22.5K on United)
-20K to South America during off-peak times (30K on United)
-20K to Europe between October-May (30K on United)
-25K to Japan/Korea during off-peak times (35K on United)
-55K business class to Hong Kong (70K-80K on United)
-67.5K first class to China (80K-120K on United)
-A business class flight on Cathay Pacific from JFK to Vancouver or on AA from JFK to LAX or SFO is 25K with no fuel surcharges (versus 37.5K BA Avios plus fuel surcharges.)
-A first class flight on Cathay Pacific from JFK to Vancouver or on AA from JFK to LAX or SFO is just 32.5K with no fuel surcharges (versus 50K BA Avios plus fuel surcharges.)
-A first class flight on Etihad from JFK to the Maldives in your own first class apartment with a shower onboard is 90K miles.
While a flight from the US to Israel via Philadelphia is 45K miles each way you can fly to Israel via Europe for just 40K miles each way between October-May and you can stopover in Europe for as long as you want in each direction.
From Israel there are many bargains as well, a few examples include:
-25K to the Maldives in business (35K on United)
-30K to Thailand in business (60K on United)
-45K to Australia in business (60K on United)
The card also offers up to 7.5K off round-trip awards to rotating destinations.
Fuel surcharges only apply for flights on British Airways. It’s worth noting that many AAdvantage partner awards (such as on like Air Tahiti Nui, Cathay Pacific, Etihad, JAL, LAN, and TAM) can only be booked by calling American to hold or book them.
Yes, the card carries a whopping $450 annual fee, though it’s refundable if you close it within 37 days of that being billed. Sometimes the fee is billed on the first statement, sometimes on the second statement. Sometimes the first statement comes right away, sometimes it takes a month. YMMV.
There are no foreign transaction fees with the card. You and 8 companions get a free bag when flying on American or USAirways as well as priority checkin, security, and boarding. You’ll also get 25% off in-flight food, beverages, and headsets.
If you spend $40K on the card in a calendar year you’ll get 10,000 bonus elite qualifying miles.