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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 Jan 29, 2014, 9:39 pm
  #676  
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 59
Applied for the card and got approved instantly. TU FICO is 718, don't know the Experian one, which is what they pull here. Have two other AA cards and a Hilton one with Citi, as well as the Citigold checking account. 1 hard pull on EX in the last 60 days, 4 in the last 6 months.
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Old Jan 29, 2014, 9:42 pm
  #677  
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Midwest US
Programs: SW-A list preferred , Alaska -MVP Gold , Marriott - Platinum , HHonors - Diamond , Hyatt - Diamond
Posts: 67
Wondering if i should apply for this card given that I dont travel much .... 450$ for 100k miles.... Any advice fellow TALKers
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Old Jan 29, 2014, 9:48 pm
  #678  
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 523
Datapont: applied for me and wife yesterday afternoon and did not approve instantly, forgot to call yesterday, but called twice today for both and got same answer - decision is pending and will send you final decision in letter in 8-10 days. About an hour ago citi called my wife and csr told her they are approving my card with xxxxx limit, is it acceptable? She accepted and csr confirmed the bonus also. Waiting for my approval... I just received my citi business 2 weeks ago, hope it wont affect the application.

Question: 200 statement credit is not for just one purchase right? I can have multiple small purchases worth over 200 should be eligible for statement credit, right?
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Old Jan 29, 2014, 9:55 pm
  #679  
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 523
Originally Posted by user2013
Wondering if i should apply for this card given that I dont travel much .... 450$ for 100k miles.... Any advice fellow TALKers :
Its only 250 for 100K after 200 statement credit.
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Old Jan 29, 2014, 9:58 pm
  #680  
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: ORF
Programs: Amex Plat, AA, BA Silver, Marriott Plat, Choice Gold, HHonors Gold, IHG Diamond
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Originally Posted by user2013
Wondering if i should apply for this card given that I dont travel much .... 450$ for 100k miles.... Any advice fellow TALKers
Given that there are no offers out there for this number of miles with a domestic USA carrier--the standard among the legacy airlines seems to be no more than 50K miles for a $95 annual fee, making this deal an extra 50K for an effective $155 (difference between $450 fee and $95 fee, $355, and $200 credit)--sure it's worthwhile. But if you don't travel much, then ????

Under current award T&Cs (and despite speculation about a potential devaluation after the AA and US merger process is complete, the only currently viable measuring stick), that's an extra two domestic RTs or a one-way international biz class seat for $155. Yeah, if you haven't hit the regular AA card for $95 and 50K, I wouldn't take this card first, but if you've received that card in the last six months, this is the best current game in town for AA miles.
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Old Jan 29, 2014, 10:02 pm
  #681  
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 62
I was denied citi AA business card 2 weeks ago. Wiki seems to indicate I should wait and not apply this soon. Any reports of approval this soon after a denial? Perhaps different since it was a business card? Fwiw, denial reason was too many inquiries in past 6 months.
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Old Jan 29, 2014, 10:02 pm
  #682  
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 120
yeah. they are giving this card to everyone who applies. I have 4 credit pulls in the last 6 months and they still gave me the card, but my credit limit is only 5000 dollars (sucks, I know). Guess I'll be doing some AP and VR as soon as the card arrives.

Also, I will test it out first if citi treats VRs as purchases or cash advance. Seems like there are conflicting reports on this. Anyone care to chime in? TIA

Edit: Also, how can one use the AA credit? AA gift cards count?
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Old Jan 29, 2014, 10:05 pm
  #683  
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Southern California
Programs: Alaska MVPG; Hyatt Globalist
Posts: 223
Apologies if this has been asked and answered already, but does anyone know if you AA will approve you two of this card? I snagged one under the 60k AA bonus on 10/18/13 (104 days ago). Hit the spend requirement and got the 60k miles. Would love to pick this one up not only for the 100k miles but for the $200 statement credit to offset the annual fee.

Side note for those of you picking up the card for the first time, this card is amazing. If you have never been to an Admiral's Club before, you just hand it to the agent, swipe, and you're in. Guests can come too, and you don't even have to be on an AA operated flight (although sometimes the ACs are in different terminals from where your flight departs from, like my AS flight in SAN last week). Its basically the equivalent of and AC membership card.
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Old Jan 29, 2014, 10:06 pm
  #684  
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Southern California
Programs: Alaska MVPG; Hyatt Globalist
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Originally Posted by Yeshu JP
yeah. they are giving this card to everyone who applies. I have 4 credit pulls in the last 6 months and they still gave me the card, but my credit limit is only 5000 dollars (sucks, I know). Guess I'll be doing some AP and VR as soon as the card arrives.

Also, I will test it out first if citi treats VRs as purchases or cash advance. Seems like there are conflicting reports on this. Anyone care to chime in? TIA

Edit: Also, how can one use the AA credit? AA gift cards count?
I hit the spend requirement in one trip to CVS (for the 60k AA points for $5 spend offer last October). Can confirm VRs will satisfy the spend requirement.

Also, the credit will just show up on your statement and reduce your bill by $200, if it works like other Citi statement credits, such as a retention bonus.
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Old Jan 29, 2014, 10:13 pm
  #685  
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 202
Originally Posted by dukerau
Once approved you are good but she may have said you were approved before she actually approved it in the system. Use your application ID to check status on Citi's website. I was approved after a call and my status shows as approved. Worst case, even if you get a denial letter you can always call in for them to reconsider. Or you can go ahead and call, say you were told you were approved but you were disconnected before hearing details.
Thanks a lot.....yeah I hope she cannot reverse the system back and disapproved me once she approved my app.
I will wait and see.....how long usually people get the cards upon approval? By the way I lost my application ID since the page was "timed out" ....how to retrieve my application ID?
Also I log in into my Citi online account and only see my checking account there (I only have checking with Citi before applying this card).....the CC account hasn't show up...
Do you get email confirmation that said you were approved? I haven't get any email confirmation yet...
What is the link to check the status online?

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Old Jan 29, 2014, 10:15 pm
  #686  
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: DFW
Posts: 246
Originally Posted by FT2013
I was denied citi AA business card 2 weeks ago. Wiki seems to indicate I should wait and not apply this soon. Any reports of approval this soon after a denial? Perhaps different since it was a business card? Fwiw, denial reason was too many inquiries in past 6 months.
Same situation as me, except mine was a week ago. I figure I'm going to apply anyways after the 8 day thing, it's worth a hard pull to try and get this, 100k AA miles is too good, especially flying out of DFW.
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Old Jan 29, 2014, 10:17 pm
  #687  
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Midwest US
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applied and it is pending review.. which num should I call ?? 866 606 2961 or the 800 num ?
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Old Jan 29, 2014, 10:31 pm
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Join Date: Oct 2013
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Originally Posted by bhamsan01
I hit the spend requirement in one trip to CVS (for the 60k AA points for $5 spend offer last October). Can confirm VRs will satisfy the spend requirement.

Also, the credit will just show up on your statement and reduce your bill by $200, if it works like other Citi statement credits, such as a retention bonus.
that's cool. Thanks for your reply. Guess I'll go the VR route then. will probably get my card sometime next week.
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Old Jan 29, 2014, 10:36 pm
  #689  
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
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Originally Posted by user2013
Wondering if i should apply for this card given that I dont travel much .... 450$ for 100k miles.... Any advice fellow TALKers
Well what would you use the 100K miles for? Non-travel redemptions? If you don't travel much, not sure why you'd drop the $450, even if it is 100K miles. If you want 50K miles just to have them, there are way cheaper ways to get em. If I didn't fly AA much, I'm not sure I'd get this card. With the 100K and AC access though this is a no-brainer.
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Old Jan 29, 2014, 10:45 pm
  #690  
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
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Originally Posted by user2013
Wondering if i should apply for this card given that I dont travel much .... 450$ for 100k miles.... Any advice fellow TALKers
start taking some vacations. even if it just weekends!
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