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Citi Executive AA MasterCard [October 2013 - September 2014]

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For questions NOT related to the application process - such as experiences using benefits - refer to the AA forum thread on this card: AA Citibank Executive / AAdvantage World Elite MasterCard (Master Thread)

Recommended Application Procedure:
Clear cache and cookies prior to applying or use an incognito or private browsing session to apply. Opening multiple different apps in different windows or tabs or failing to clear cookies/cache has resulted in people receiving a lesser offer for some Citi cards. [B]We do not know, and Citi has not indicated, how long these offers will last. Citi has left other offers alive for over a year beyond the 'apply by' date in the past. These links could be here all year or gone tomorrow. If the application loads, it is good, based on past Citi applications that survived past the landing page expiration, regardless of any posted or advertised 'apply by' date.

MOST CURRENT LINKS:

As of 8/19/14, the 60K+ links are no longer working, and give the following error:
A system error has caused a delay in processing your application. Please try again later.

[This link stopped working for a few days in July but seems to be working again] Many thanks to LM225 - Citi AA Executive Personal Mastercard, 100,000 miles after $10,000 spend in 3 months, Admirals Club access for cardholder and family or cardholder and two guests, up to $200 in statement credits. $450 annual fee, not waived. Landing page no longer loads as of 6/24.


The landing page asks for a first and last name but the application loads with or without the landing page. This is a CHIP and Signature card. If you go through the landing page, please use any referral code given to you by an AC rep.

For alternate 100K links, see Post #6084. https://www.citicards.com/cards/acq/...&screenID=3001

Many thanks to lobo411 - Citi AA Executive Personal Mastercard, 75,000 miles after $7500 spend in 3 months, Admirals Club access for cardholder and family or cardholder and two guests, up to $100 in statement credits. $450 annual fee, not waived. No landing page. This is a CHIP and Signature card. Bonus confirmed in posts 136 and 142. Still working: There is also a public version of this offer Citi AA Mastercard, 75,000 miles, Landing page available here. HT Belllaaa.

Many thanks to cerealmarketer - Citi AA Executive Personal Mastercard, 60,000 miles after $5k spend in 3 months, Admirals Club access for cardholder and family or cardholder and two guests. $450 annual fee, not waived. Landing page available here. This is a CHIP and Signature card. Landing page for 60K for $5K, with $100 statement credit and application.

Current 50K public offer: (Be carefull this link is showing as 30k in citi system, use other link for 50k) Landing page for 50K for $5K spending, no statement credit and application.

New 50k offer:
Landing page for New 50K for $5K spending, no statement credit - Application Link WARNING: This landing page contains the following in the Footnotes: "American Airlines AAdvantage bonus miles are not available if you have had a Citi Executive / AAdvantage World EliteTM MasterCard opened or closed in the past 18 months." But the app link directly following it goes to a totally different app page, which is reported to be working as usual.


EXPEDITED SHIPPING
While reconsideration/application reps do not seem to be aware of this, these cards are expedited and usually arrive 1-2 days after approval.The CSR will not take a request to expedite the card.

Who is eligible for this card? Anyone as long as you can be approved for the minimum $5K credit line, subject to the standard Citi rules of 1 Citi app or card of any kind per 8 days and 2 Citi cards or apps of any kind per 65 days. It is always advisable to wait 65 days from any type of Citi denial before applying for another Citi card. Many have reported getting approved for this card in spite of having several open AA cards over the past year as well as having previously had this card.

Not sure about the 8 and 65 day rules? If your most recent application for any Citi card is less than click here - 8 days ago, you need to wait. Also, if your previous (second-to-last) Citi application is less than click here - 65 days ago, you need to wait. These are not rules published or known by Citi CSRs but rather based on thousands of Citi card applications and datapoints across several threads.

This card can be churned. Recent datapoints concerning multiple Executive cards include posts 917, 1059 and starting at 1365. For in-depth datapoints and advice on churning Citi cards, read and study the extensive wiki posts in the HH thread and the AA Plat/gold thread. Click the plus on the right hand side of the wiki if you do not see the wiki text. Datapoints for bonus points posting on multiple cards include post 2579.


Getting around the $450 annual fee: Some have been able to meet the spending requirement before the first statement posts and then cancel and have the fee refunded after the miles post. Details and datapoints include starting at post 74. T&C state that the card must be cancelled within 30 days of the fee posting to get it refunded. Potential problems with this plans include a very short (1 week or less) first "month" as well as delays in miles posting which have been reported by several FTers here http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/credi...ost-first.html. YMMV. If paying $250-$450 for a year's access to Admirals Clubs and the 60K-100K miles is a deal breaker, this card may not be for you.

Once you cancel the card (within the 37 day window of AF posting) the refund will post on the account between 1-3 business days.

Retention Bonus Offers: User have been offered the following retention bonus offers when calling to cancel the card:

- 5,000 points + $100 credit with $1,500 spend per month for 3 months 5333
- 2 additional club member passes 6862
- 1,000 bonus miles each month for 16 month, min $1k spend/month 6862

Already a member? If you already purchased an AC membership (for example, using the credit from Amex Plat) and apply and are approved for this card, AA will refund you the pro-rated AF from any time left on your membership.

When do miles post? Usually a few days after your statement closes. In some cases your statement will show the correct miles earned but will show 0 miles reported to AA. In this case see this thread.

Please post more experiences about cancelling to avoid the $450 fee


Helpful points from post #3794 and others, especially for those new to Citi:
1) Citi CSRs are clueless, so disregard everything they say that seems to contradict anything you have read on F/T. And take everything else with a big grain of salt. I was told 3 times VERY CLEARLY "You will not got your annual fee refunded" while I was cancelling, but I did get it.

2a) With Citi, if you are approved for a card, and meet the minimum spend requirement, you will get the bonus listed for the offer you applied for. Every time ! Unlike Chase or AMEX, who will send you a card, wait for you to pay the fee and spend, and then say "sorry, you don't qualify for a bonus". If Citi doesn't intend to give you the bonus, they will just deny your app. They won't even do a pull, they will just instantly deny your app. If they send you the card, and you meet the spend on time, you will get the bonus. My attorney insists I add "that could change tomorrow", but from the Big Bang thru today, that has always been true.

2b) Another helpful post discussing timeframe for meeting min spend: 6279

3) Any expectation that Citi will do things that make sense is just plain silly. They won't.

Citibank Contacts/Resources
  • Application status: https://www.accountonline.com/cards/...?screenID=3187
  • (800) 695-5171 Personal Application Status and Reconsideration Line with live rep
  • (800) 763-9795 General Personal Application Inquiries with live rep
  • (866) 606-2787 General Application and Account Questions with live rep
  • (888) 201-4523 Application status
  • (866) 606-2961 Reconsideration Line.
  • Twitter : @AskCiti. Very powerful tool.
  • Executive Office - useful for getting a more empowered agent for reconsideration purposes: CitiBank Executive Review Department, P.O. Box 6000, Sioux Falls, SD 57117
Admiral Club Access: You do not need to be flying AA that particular day of travel. (Ex: you're flying DL on the day of travel...you could still enter the AC lounge, even though you're not on an AA flight that day.) Beware, though, that individual lounges have individual rules (see the link below). Alternate rules usually come w/ Qantas lounges, not AA lounges. Furthermore, AC access "comes with" US Air access (19 locations). An authorized user does not have AC access unless they are with the primary card holder. The authorized user's card will have the "Admiral Club" language omitted from the back of their card.

For reference, an AC lounge list: http://www.aa.com/i18n/travelInforma...#admirals-club
For questions and discussions on lounge access: Help Desk: Lounge Access and Lounge Access Rules

$200 Statement Credit on any purchase:

Multiple datapoints within this thread as well as multiple confirmations from CSRs say that the $200 statement credit is for any purchase.

Also, please note that these cards do not include the 10% miles rebate offered by some other Citi AA products.

What about the EQM? AA tracks your miles earned on Executive card(s) and adds 10K Elite Qualifying Miles to your EQM balance once you earn 40,000 miles during a calendar year on Executive card(s). Any number of Executive cards can add up to the 40K, and you cannot earn more than 10K EQM each year. No redeemable miles are added, and this is of no consequence or value unless you will also earn at least 15K additional EQM in a given year by flying and 10K will bump you up to the next status level.

Direct phone number to Citi Fraud Prevention department: +18664705331

Concierge service enrollment (allows for electronic requests). Concierge number is +18778812668

Here are the minimum credit limit required amounts in order to keep an account open (for purposes of new card applications and reconsiderations)
Citi Amex 1k (likely citi gold as well)
Citi Visa signature/world MasterCard 3k
Citi World elite Mastercards (including exec) 5k


Advice to those new to citi American Airlines cards,

If you are just starting out please apply and use the lower level citi AA card for a while before moving on to this thread and card. This will help you in the long run in more ways than one. Most of us here have opened and used lower level AA cards before moving on to this thread and card
Also,
Check out this thread
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/citi-...ost-first.html
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Citi Executive AA MasterCard [October 2013 - September 2014]

Old Feb 8, 2014, 12:25 pm
  #1486  
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
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If anyone has any advice on how to MS 10k other than VR, please let me know. I can't find any VR in my local CVS.
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Old Feb 8, 2014, 12:35 pm
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Originally Posted by pricesquire
I want this card for the bonus, not the revolving perks. I told the OP in this case to check the TCs. The benefits you listed were not listed on my Welcome Package. That being said, for obvious reasons, I welcome them.

Also, when OP said "priority security"--I was serious--no idea what that means. TSA Precheck?
Ok, fair enough. Priority screening is a nice benefit at non pre airports.

One benefit I would urge people to look into is using the web site that lets you rent cars with AA miles. Many people with this card report that when they log in, the points requirements drop down to elite levels -- which are much lower -- even if they are not elite. From there, you can trick the rate down by reducing the miles and increasing the cash component to much lower than other similar rates. There are other threads on this. Also, some who have this card report access to dynamic award pricing. Again, beyond the scope of this thread, but for people who are going to have the card anyway, you might as well learn some of the benefits.
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Old Feb 8, 2014, 12:44 pm
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Originally Posted by lkar
Ok, fair enough. Priority screening is a nice benefit at non pre airports.

One benefit I would urge people to look into is using the web site that lets you rent cars with AA miles. Many people with this card report that when they log in, the points requirements drop down to elite levels -- which are much lower -- even if they are not elite. From there, you can trick the rate down by reducing the miles and increasing the cash component to much lower than other similar rates. There are other threads on this. Also, some who have this card report access to dynamic award pricing. Again, beyond the scope of this thread, but for people who are going to have the card anyway, you might as well learn some of the benefits.
Thanks for the tip. I am not elite, just checked and the login for Dynamic Award Pricing did not recognize me as elite, but the site for redeeming AA miles for car rental did - dropped a sample rate from 3800 miles/day to 1700 miles/day.
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Old Feb 8, 2014, 12:48 pm
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Actually, on logging in it says "Welcome, as a valued Citi / AAdvantage card member, your mileage price includes special discounts". So looks like this is an intended benefit.
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Old Feb 8, 2014, 12:55 pm
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I am not a member of the AA FF program. Any idea on when I will be assigned a AA FF number? Last time I spoke to the rep during the application process, I was told I'll get a letter/email or something of that sort..
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Old Feb 8, 2014, 12:58 pm
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Originally Posted by mberlew
Actually, on logging in it says "Welcome, as a valued Citi / AAdvantage card member, your mileage price includes special discounts". So looks like this is an intended benefit.
Yup, but I think it doesn't work for the plat card. There's a thread somewhere that talks about the "gold lite" benefits of having this card. There might even be a standby priority benefit, but I can't remember.
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Old Feb 8, 2014, 1:00 pm
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Originally Posted by lowimpact
So the CSRs weren't budging, but you were successfully matched via SM? Any more details about your success would be a big help ^
1st CSR: sorry, we can't match as you signed up for a completely separate offer, yada yada yada, thanks for the inquiry

2nd CSR: yes, we can match, but you'll need to fax us an offer and you'll need to spend 10k

1st SM: yes we'll match you the 100k. No additional spend required. (This is exactly what I wanted...still required to fax the offer in, but no questions asked and they confirmed bonus within 24 hours.)

Citi is the best bank for: "if at first you don't succeed, pick up the phone and try again"....or SM instead of phone call
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Old Feb 8, 2014, 1:09 pm
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Second card approved

Was approved for this card back in early Jan for the 60,000 mile offer. After a couple of calls and SMs trying to get matched to the 100,000 mile offer, they told me they would post an additional 15,000 miles to my account.


Fast forward to today - I applied for a second card. Got the following message:

Your application is pending further review and we need additional information from you. Please call 800-695-5171 now to receive an immediate decision. Agents are available now to quickly complete the processing of your application.
Called in and they asked if I wanted to move some credit from another card due to the fact that I was getting close to the limit they were able to extend to me. Told them what card I wanted the credit shifted from and was approved. Took about 10 minutes total - most of that time was waiting on hold while the agent did her thing!

There was no mention of the fact that I already had the card. There was also no mention of the sign up bonus and spend requirement but not too worried about that. As mentioned by others, Citi has a pretty consistent history of giving the miles if you are approved for the card.
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Old Feb 8, 2014, 1:18 pm
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Join Date: Feb 2014
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Originally Posted by mberlew
Actually, on logging in it says "Welcome, as a valued Citi / AAdvantage card member, your mileage price includes special discounts". So looks like this is an intended benefit.
HI, what website is this? Thanks
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Old Feb 8, 2014, 1:27 pm
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Originally Posted by krdvg
I am not a member of the AA FF program. Any idea on when I will be assigned a AA FF number? Last time I spoke to the rep during the application process, I was told I'll get a letter/email or something of that sort..
Welcome to flyertalk! In the future, always sign up for the loyalty program first. It takes 2-3 minutes and can save hours later.

If not before then, you should be able to get your account number by calling either Citi or AA after your first statement posts.
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Old Feb 8, 2014, 1:35 pm
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Join Date: Dec 2013
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Looking for Citibank Application Advice

Hi I am new to this and have a question about the application process. I have had Citibank AA Platinum for 4 years and put most charges there so typically spent the $30K per year so have been a good Citi customer.

I want to close the Platinum as my AF is due next month but would like to keep the $40K credit line with them open. If I apply for the Executive and get approved will they typically switch the $40K to the new card when I close?

Also, I just discovered the benefits of the rewards cards and just did my first AOR on Jan. 7, 2014 for 4 cards (3 chase/1 Amex). Do most of you wait the 90 days and pass when these good opportunities come up or is it ok to apply now? I don't want to ruin my credit by applying too early.
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Old Feb 8, 2014, 1:41 pm
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Originally Posted by jeffgenx
Hi I am new to this and have a question about the application process. I have had Citibank AA Platinum for 4 years and put most charges there so typically spent the $30K per year so have been a good Citi customer.

I want to close the Platinum as my AF is due next month but would like to keep the $40K credit line with them open. If I apply for the Executive and get approved will they typically switch the $40K to the new card when I close?

Also, I just discovered the benefits of the rewards cards and just did my first AOR on Jan. 7, 2014 for 4 cards (3 chase/1 Amex). Do most of you wait the 90 days and pass when these good opportunities come up or is it ok to apply now? I don't want to ruin my credit by applying too early.
You can move that CL over to your new card or only move some of it if you would like. They will most likely give you a retention bonus on your already opened AA Platinum, which I would look into because you probably won't end up paying the AF.

Due to the fact that none of those were Citi and IF you have not had more than 6 inquiries on the credit bureau that Citi uses with you, you should be fine!

Also, side note, if that is not your first AMEX (that you opened 1/7/14), you should back date it to your original AMEX card's "member since" date to help with your average age of accounts.
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Old Feb 8, 2014, 1:51 pm
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Originally Posted by MDtR-Chicago
It usually means a lane with a sign that says "frequent flyer elite members" that leads to the front of the regular security setup. Occasionally in large airports it's a separate checkpoint. But explicitly not Precheck or Clear.
How do you make use of this perk? Is your proof of access printed on the boarding pass?
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Old Feb 8, 2014, 1:51 pm
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jeffgenx - you will likely be given the option to move credit from your old AA card to the new one during the application procedure; go ahead and make that suggestion if you have to call in after your application if you want or need to. As has been noted, Citi will likely give you a credit to cover the annual fee, and keeping your 4 year old card open will help your credit score. 90 days is a good guideline to generally follow and then ignore when a great deal comes along.

And welcome to Flyertalk!
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Old Feb 8, 2014, 1:52 pm
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This offer is really bringing out new FT members!
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