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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 18, 14, 3:00 pm
  #2251  
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 510
Originally Posted by nwflyboy
Applied late in the afternoon (~4 pm Pacific time) on Friday 2/14.
Wasn't instantly approved, got the "call for more info" screen.
Not a surprise, as I already have 5 Citi credit cards open. I called.
As expected, only had to move some credit around, approved, agent was easy to deal with. He said I should have my card "within a week".
Saturday 2/15 received email confirmation of approval.
Monday was a holiday.
Today, Tuesday 2/18, UPS delivered the "welcome letter", and FedEx delivered the card itself. Flat envelope, no fancy box. I'm fine with that.
Card activated, off to fill my prescriptions.
^
Everything ditto. Are we the same person?
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Old Feb 18, 14, 3:05 pm
  #2252  
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
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would be a great data point to find out if those who cancelled the card within X timeframe AND citi let them keep the 110k miles (no clawback confirmed) and the AF either not billed or refunded.

Originally Posted by vbcrush
2/10 Instant approval
2/15 Spending met
2/18 Statement closed 111K miles reported to AA
200 statement credit
No Annual fee billed!
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Old Feb 18, 14, 4:14 pm
  #2253  
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: East or West
Posts: 359
Well this is unfortunate. My second card (applied 2/10 and approved by reconsideration the same day, received 2/14) closed its first statement on 2/17, and charged the annual fee.
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Old Feb 18, 14, 4:32 pm
  #2254  
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Seattle
Programs: AA PLT
Posts: 70
Wed 2/12 - applied for card - had to call even though no CL needed to be moved
Fri 2/14 - UPS letter delivered
Mon 2/17 - email received
Mon 2/17 - evening - Card FEDEXed from Jacksonville FL
Tues 2/18 - Card delivered via FEDEX

This is slower than others have reported and weather was not a factor.

This was hard pull number 6 in the last 6 months from Experian, which I understand to be the CITI limit. Everyone (Citi, Chase, AMEX, BOA) is pulling Experian which is really limiting my new CC activity.
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Old Feb 18, 14, 6:08 pm
  #2255  
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
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Anyone know if you can get the Admirals Club bag tags with this cards?
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Old Feb 18, 14, 6:26 pm
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Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 1,853
Originally Posted by BostonFlyer1624
Anyone know if you can get the Admirals Club bag tags with this cards?
AA reports that they can be purchased in Admirals Clubs, which you would get access to with this card. I'm not sure if there's another way to get them.
http://www.aa.com/i18n/productsGifts/luggagetags.jsp
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Old Feb 18, 14, 6:32 pm
  #2257  
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
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Originally Posted by MahiMahi524
Well this is unfortunate. My second card (applied 2/10 and approved by reconsideration the same day, received 2/14) closed its first statement on 2/17, and charged the annual fee.
Wow, that's a first. It does truly seem to be random.
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Old Feb 18, 14, 6:41 pm
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Join Date: Jan 2014
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Hey folks, apologies if this is wrong location but some of the people here seem highly knowledgeable. Question: if I set up an Amex BB acct in my kids names is it a bad idea to buy VR's with my card, deposit the money in kids accts and pay my cc bill from the kids accts? Trying to do 4 citi exec cards in two months. Two for my wife and two for me. Using kids info i set up a total of 4 bb accts to get around $5k monthly limit. Any help appreciated.
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Old Feb 18, 14, 6:49 pm
  #2259  
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: LAX
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Originally Posted by KennyBSAT
Wow, that's a first. It does truly seem to be random.
My SO was charged the $450 fee on her first statement too. I wasn't (?).
But the good news is she was upgraded to the 100,000 offer (from the original
75,000 app) and she received the additional $100 credit, so she got $100 x2.
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Old Feb 18, 14, 6:51 pm
  #2260  
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: LAX
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Originally Posted by cowboyguy
For people who are meeting the spend requirement before the first statement closes, how are you going about it? Are you just buying VRs in CVS?

I'm planning to meet the requirement in two $5k transactions by purchasing VRs at CVS. But since this is my first Citi card, I'm a bit worried if I'll get fraud alert. Am I worried for no reason? Even if I get fraud alert, is it something to worry about?
You might get a fraud alert, you might not. Either way, it's nothing to worry about. I don't understand why people worry so much about fraud alerts.

Originally Posted by Blufin
Hey folks, apologies if this is wrong location but some of the people here seem highly knowledgeable. Question: if I set up an Amex BB acct in my kids names is it a bad idea to buy VR's with my card, deposit the money in kids accts and pay my cc bill from the kids accts? Trying to do 4 citi exec cards in two months. Two for my wife and two for me. Using kids info i set up a total of 4 bb accts to get around $5k monthly limit. Any help appreciated.
You are in the wrong thread. You should post here: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/manuf...er-checks.html
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Old Feb 18, 14, 6:51 pm
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Originally Posted by Blufin
Hey folks, apologies if this is wrong location but some of the people here seem highly knowledgeable. Question: if I set up an Amex BB acct in my kids names is it a bad idea to buy VR's with my card, deposit the money in kids accts and pay my cc bill from the kids accts? Trying to do 4 citi exec cards in two months. Two for my wife and two for me. Using kids info i set up a total of 4 bb accts to get around $5k monthly limit. Any help appreciated.
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/manuf...er-checks.html

Nope, not a bad idea at all!
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Old Feb 18, 14, 6:52 pm
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Originally Posted by sk8uno
You might get a fraud alert, you might not. Either way, it's nothing to worry about. I don't understand why people worry so much about fraud alerts.
Well there are some reports where the fraud alerts delay the posting of your bonus.
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Old Feb 18, 14, 8:07 pm
  #2263  
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 21
Originally Posted by slhansen219
Finally got my card!!! But no box... just a FedEx envelope with a plain envelope with card and T&C. My husband got the box 2 weeks ago. Don't know why I'm not special too!!
I think it's a cost cutting measure. Apparently $450 isn't enough to cover everything we're getting.

I have to echo what others have said about the card: seems thinner and flimsier than your standard cards. If it were one of those eco-friendly, organic cards, I would understand, but there's no indication that it is.
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Old Feb 18, 14, 8:27 pm
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I got the card in the box.
My wife got her two cards without a box.
Is it by everyone that only Man get it in a box?
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Old Feb 18, 14, 8:33 pm
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Originally Posted by tshakur888
I think it's a cost cutting measure. Apparently $450 isn't enough to cover everything we're getting.

I have to echo what others have said about the card: seems thinner and flimsier than your standard cards. If it were one of those eco-friendly, organic cards, I would understand, but there's no indication that it is.
Simply by the look and feel of the box that the card came in, I can guarantee that Citi is in no way closer to being "eco-friendly"!
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