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Citi Executive AA MasterCard [October 2013 - September 2014]

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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Old Dec 9, 13, 7:43 pm
  #61  
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
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Originally Posted by bhamsan01 View Post
I can't speak about the benefits of having an actual AC membership, but with this card you get access to all the ACs whether you're flying on AA metal or not. I usually just walk up to the front desk, hand them the card, and enter. I've never been offered any drink chits or anything like that, so maybe that's one benefit that I'm missing out on. I sure do like the 60K AA miles + the option to earn 10K EQMs for spending $40k/year that you get with the card, as opposed to a regular AC membership.
Drink chits are only if you are entering because of an international flight via premium cabin or elite status.

If you have elite status, it is cheaper to go the AC membership route (even with activation fee, cheaper if you're EXP). Plus if you want your spouse to have access without you, actual membership works out better.
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Old Dec 9, 13, 11:11 pm
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Thank you for your responses.
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Old Dec 9, 13, 11:18 pm
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60,000 mile Citi Executive AAdvantage offer

Maybe and I say maybe, the real AC membership can be tax deducted if you meet clients at the AC. With the Citi card I do not see that possibility

Something to think about and consult with your accountant.
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Old Dec 10, 13, 12:17 am
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Originally Posted by lacuadra View Post
Maybe and I say maybe, the real AC membership can be tax deducted if you meet clients at the AC. With the Citi card I do not see that possibility

Something to think about and consult with your accountant.
This is explicitly disallowed.
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Old Dec 10, 13, 12:31 am
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Originally Posted by nall View Post
This is explicitly disallowed.
In fact, I'd imagine the opposite to be true --- can't deduct AC membership but can deduct a business card annual fee. Only problem is --- Citi Exec Mastercard doesn't come in a business version (like UA Club card does).
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Old Dec 10, 13, 10:12 am
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Is any part of the fee paid for by Citibank if you are a Citigold customer? Citi currently pays for my $85 fee on the the Citi AAdvantage World Mastercard (or whatever card that I have).
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Old Dec 12, 13, 11:34 pm
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Join Date: May 2009
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Pulled the trigger today. I am going to pay the $450 a year for this card and the associated benefits including 60K sign up bonus instead of renewing my Admiral Club membership at $400. I will also value the no foreign transaction fee and chip feature.

Thanks for the help.
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Old Dec 13, 13, 3:40 pm
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Originally Posted by amolkold View Post
In fact, I'd imagine the opposite to be true --- can't deduct AC membership but can deduct a business card annual fee. Only problem is --- Citi Exec Mastercard doesn't come in a business version (like UA Club card does).
Obviously, you need to talk to your accountant about this, but I've found you can deduct the credit card fee on a personal card, not just a business card. You want to only use the card for business transactions.
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Old Dec 14, 13, 4:37 am
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Originally Posted by envgeo View Post
Is any part of the fee paid for by Citibank if you are a Citigold customer? Citi currently pays for my $85 fee on the the Citi AAdvantage World Mastercard (or whatever card that I have).
I don't believe Citigold does this anymore. Your previous card may have be grandfathered in, however.
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Old Dec 15, 13, 5:10 pm
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So I took this card to Paris and dined at Angelina's. Server tried to swipe the card and also tried the chip function. As it is chip and signature - and not chip and pin - he was unable to get it to work on his machine as a swipe card due to the chip, nor as a chip card due to the lack of pin. Ended up using my CSP as a swipe card. Sure hope pin's come to these chip cards soon!
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Old Dec 19, 13, 10:09 am
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FYI: My wife and I got 2x75k Amex/Visa in September 2011. We got business Visas in April 2012. Earlier this year, we got the 50k Visa.

We got the 60k Executive card in November, and my wife's 60k have posted. I'm just a bit short of the spend, but I'm confident now that the 60k will hit.

FWIW.
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Old Jan 8, 14, 2:43 pm
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So, I figured this would be a good place to offer up this story:


I've been with Citibank for ages. Since my credit history began around 1998. Churned a couple of times, great credit, never a late payment blah blah blah. I STILL have a Citi AAdvantage Mastercard open currently...applied for the 60k offer on the Elite (after all, Amex Platinum won't work after March 22). Short story long, I was approved for a second Mastercard with Citi.

YMMV, but I am hoping for a quick little 60k bonus and from what I have had in the past, I should be getting those after the spending is hit.

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Old Jan 8, 14, 3:05 pm
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Originally Posted by azcoyote View Post
So I took this card to Paris and dined at Angelina's. Server tried to swipe the card and also tried the chip function. As it is chip and signature - and not chip and pin - he was unable to get it to work on his machine as a swipe card due to the chip, nor as a chip card due to the lack of pin. Ended up using my CSP as a swipe card. Sure hope pin's come to these chip cards soon!
FWIW, I used a Citicard (C+S) in numerous EMV terminals throughout Australia and New Zealand without issue.
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Old Jan 14, 14, 7:33 am
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Executive Card (60k bonus/$5k spend) update

Met $5k spend before first statement closed
$450 AF posted same day first statement closed (1/8)
65k points posted in AA account day after statement closed
A few days later (Sunday), sent SM asking to close card (TC state that AF is refundable only if card is closed within 30 days of AF posting)
By that evening, the card was closed and was told AF was refunded.
Refund was credited this morning, points still in AA account.
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Old Jan 14, 14, 7:48 am
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bleech2 - Nice, thanks for the test and report! Did you manage to use the card for AA lounge access while you had it? If not you left something on the table
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