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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 Mar 6, 2014, 9:53 am
  #2941  
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
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A 3rd card

I got the 60k offer (later matched to 75k) in Mid december then card 2 was 2-3 weeks ago. So if I'm not mistaken, I wouldn't be breaking any rules, right?

Should I go for a 3rd?
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Old Mar 6, 2014, 10:04 am
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Originally Posted by michael21
I got the 60k offer (later matched to 75k) in Mid december then card 2 was 2-3 weeks ago. So if I'm not mistaken, I wouldn't be breaking any rules, right?

Should I go for a 3rd?
If it was mid-Dec, you are well past 65 days on the first, and 2 weeks is fine for the second. Assuming you haven't gotten any other types of Citi cards recently, you are good to go.

If you can handle the spend, the fee, and I'm guessing the costs of MS, why not? We will all appreciate your data points.
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Old Mar 6, 2014, 10:29 am
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Originally Posted by Sup3r52man
For those that had their 1st statement print showing "0" miles reported to AA but met the spending requirement: what was the time frame for when they finally showed up in your AA account and what was the resolution to this?
Thank you for your inquiry.

Your American Airlines account number (XXXXXX) has not been linked to your credit card at this time. Normally this takes approximately two weeks to be completed. Your miles will begin to post each month, after the cards are linked.

If you have questions, please contact American Airlines at 1-800-882-8880 or aa.com.

Thank you, we appreciate your business.
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Old Mar 6, 2014, 10:30 am
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Drum roll please...

Just applied for 3rd...Got the call us now...Called and they said they can approve me for $5,000 or if I want to move over 10,000 more...I said the latter and she said she just needs someone to sign off on it but no one is available so it should be processed in next 24 hours.

Looks good.
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Old Mar 6, 2014, 10:37 am
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Originally Posted by michael21
Just applied for 3rd...Got the call us now...Called and they said they can approve me for $5,000 or if I want to move over 10,000 more...I said the latter and she said she just needs someone to sign off on it but no one is available so it should be processed in next 24 hours.

Looks good.
Yeah!

OK. Congrats.

Just checking.. You waited the 65 days?
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Old Mar 6, 2014, 10:39 am
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Originally Posted by skitch23
We're still not at the 65 day mark.
Do we know for sure that rule applies? There are other Citi rules (no duplicate AA cards, not apps within 8 days?, etc) that are being gamed right now.
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Old Mar 6, 2014, 10:44 am
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3rd Card

App 1 Mid December: Approved
App 2 2 weeks ago: Approved
App 3 today: Approved within 24 hours
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Old Mar 6, 2014, 10:44 am
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Originally Posted by agp423
Do we know for sure that rule applies? There are other Citi rules (no duplicate AA cards, not apps within 8 days?, etc) that are being gamed right now.
Maybe buried in the thread, but in the Wiki, it's still carved in stone.

Can you help me get the links to the "aberrations".

Thanks.
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Old Mar 6, 2014, 10:50 am
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Originally Posted by michael21
App 1 Mid December: Approved
App 2 2 weeks ago: Approved
App 3 today: Approved within 24 hours
Perfect play. Just perfect. Hats off to you.

Thanks for the info.
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Old Mar 6, 2014, 10:57 am
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Originally Posted by agp423
Do we know for sure that rule applies? There are other Citi rules (no duplicate AA cards, not apps within 8 days?, etc) that are being gamed right now.
The 8 and 65 day rules are not and were never carved in stone. However, they do correspond with the time frame at which approval chances go from ~10% or less to ~90%. The wiki has links to the HH thread where these rules (best-practice advise actually) have been proven hundreds or thousands of times by many applicants. If the calculator in the wiki says you are good, you are good unless you trip Citi's variable too-many-pulls mechanism. The size of the bonus, number of times you have previously had (or still have) the card, and all other similar details are all 100% irrelevant.
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Old Mar 6, 2014, 11:03 am
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Originally Posted by KennyBSAT
The 8 and 65 day rules are not and were never carved in stone. However, they do correspond with the time frame at which approval chances go from ~10% or less to ~90%. The wiki has links to the HH thread where these rules (best-practice advise actually) have been proven hundreds or thousands of times by many applicants. If the calculator in the wiki says you are good, you are good unless you trip Citi's variable too-many-pulls mechanism. The size of the bonus, number of times you have previously had (or still have) the card, and all other similar details are all 100% irrelevant.
Thanks. Good stuff.

But... just to say... "carved in stone [in the Wiki]" with words like, "... you need to wait.", "... you need to wait." and "... based on thousands of Citi card applications and datapoints across several threads."

Not much wiggle room there, but I get your meaning. Thanks.
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Old Mar 6, 2014, 11:51 am
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Originally Posted by michael21
App 1 Mid December: Approved
App 2 2 weeks ago: Approved
App 3 today: Approved within 24 hours
Still new to churning but how do these cancellation calls go? So you cancelled the 2nd card after getting the points, paid the $200. Then applied again, called in again and said what to the CSR? "Hey I know I just cancelled...but can I get it back with the bonus?"

I'm just really curious.
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Old Mar 6, 2014, 12:01 pm
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No cancel

I havn't cancelled any of the cards.
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Old Mar 6, 2014, 12:03 pm
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datapoint & Question

my virgin post on this amazing forum I have definitely become very street smart about cards, point & miles thanks to so many of you studs...

I never had any citi cards before and new to AORs. I jumped at 100K personal executive card and applied in first week in february and statement just closed 2 days ago and I already see the bonus posted to my AA account. So that is all good.

Ideally i would like to apply now for the Citi Platinum AA 50K offer - but since I got the executive last month looks like I will not get the bonus for the platinum per the disclosure in application as I already have a AA card. Is this correct? There is lot of information on the wiki and posts where it is ok to apply for exec after platinum but would the other way work in my case?

Or I should just apply for a second executive ? I would like the platinum due to waived AF and 10% miles back on redemption. Please let me know what do you guys think and what should I be doing?

Thanks a million
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Old Mar 6, 2014, 12:06 pm
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Originally Posted by michael21
I havn't cancelled any of the cards.
How can you apply for 2 of the same product?

I read earlier in the thread that someone justified a 2nd card with an authorized user spending separately...but that didn't even make sense because you can just add one to your existing.

I'm just having a hard time rationalizing it if I were the CSR.
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