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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 Aug 24, 2014, 12:31 pm
  #8761  
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
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So far I have opened and closed 4 AA exec cards, I have kept one for my own use, and now I need to handle my 6th AF decision. Each time I have been given a 22+K CL, so I am not so afraid of my CL being messed with, or should I? Also, what is better canceling the card or changing it to a hilton or a dividend card? Thanks!
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Old Aug 24, 2014, 4:04 pm
  #8762  
 
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I found another link and landing page for the 50K offer ( same rules, 5k spend, no statement credit). should we add them to the wiki?

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Old Aug 24, 2014, 4:11 pm
  #8763  
 
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Originally Posted by ninim2200
I found other link and landing page for the 50K offer ( same rules, 5k spend, no statement credit). should we add them to the wiki?
I vote yes.
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Old Aug 24, 2014, 4:14 pm
  #8764  
 
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Originally Posted by Brugge
But if you SM and ask for the CL to be reduced, that amount you give up will become available within weeks instead of months.
Is this something we know to be true? I don't need it to be scientifically proven, but do we have enough data points to believe?
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Old Aug 24, 2014, 6:03 pm
  #8765  
 
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Originally Posted by johnnie198x
Is this something we know to be true? I don't need it to be scientifically proven, but do we have enough data points to believe?
From my experience (which is really like 7 or 8 data points with Citi), it takes more than one month and less than two months for the credit limit to be freed up if you reduce it. My best guess is about 6 weeks. I would never close an account without first reducing the credit limit.
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Old Aug 24, 2014, 6:45 pm
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Originally Posted by LWT3
I vote yes.
i added another link to the wiki.
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Old Aug 25, 2014, 8:01 am
  #8767  
 
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Originally Posted by johnnie198x
Is this something we know to be true? I don't need it to be scientifically proven, but do we have enough data points to believe?
I don't know the answer to that. But why not do it anyway. It's free, takes less than 2 minutes to SM them, and in a day or two the CL is reduced. Very little time or effort, at least some data points that it does work, so why not? The more people that do it, the more data points we should get.
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Old Aug 25, 2014, 10:57 pm
  #8768  
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Orange County, CA
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Just another data point for you all:

Signed up for my 2nd citi AA exec card: 7/6/14
Received 100k bonus miles: 8/14/14
Annual fee posted: 8/15/14
Called to cancel card: 8/25/14

Was initially offered an offer of 1k bonus miles after spending $1k each month for the next 16 months. Declined and decided to close the account. Was told the AF will be credited since it is within 37 days of the AF posting. Was not allowed to move the credit line to another card.

Thanks all for all your help/input.
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Old Aug 27, 2014, 6:49 am
  #8769  
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
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Fifth card today, this one was the lowest bonus at 50k miles.. still worth it since I can cancel in time to avoid AF. I have paid the (reduced) AF on three cards only because I could not meet MS in time, or was not clever enough to. Anyhow the CSR came on the phone said they can approve me for 5k or I can move credit around. He said that he sees I have four other cards at the moment and that "was no problem", just that I had maxed out credit with Citi.

I'm thinking about possibly moving to SPG personal and business next since I have no cards outside of UA and AA products.. thoughts? Other option is to keep running with the 50k offer as long as Citi will allow it, which costs me about $100.
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Old Aug 27, 2014, 9:19 am
  #8770  
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: DFW,OVB (Russia)
Programs: AA HH Gold SPG Gold BA
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Originally Posted by starbuk
Fifth card today, this one was the lowest bonus at 50k miles.. still worth it since I can cancel in time to avoid AF. I have paid the (reduced) AF on three cards only because I could not meet MS in time, or was not clever enough to. Anyhow the CSR came on the phone said they can approve me for 5k or I can move credit around. He said that he sees I have four other cards at the moment and that "was no problem", just that I had maxed out credit with Citi.

I'm thinking about possibly moving to SPG personal and business next since I have no cards outside of UA and AA products.. thoughts? Other option is to keep running with the 50k offer as long as Citi will allow it, which costs me about $100.
Stay with citi. By all means get SPG card if you plan Hotel redemptions , but otherwise I would not advise getting the SPG card. For air miles, there are better options available. Remember that with Amex they really mean it when they say you can only get the bonus "once per lifetime " now.
In my opinion go with an Amex MR card like AMEX PRG

I used to recommend CSP but simply can't anymore since Chase disputes department is absolutely terrible. . I would cancel Chase right away but the ink 5X is a good reward. They are still trying to " resolve" a small dispute I have with an international merchant due to DCC

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Old Aug 27, 2014, 9:40 am
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Originally Posted by rgAAFT
Stay with citi. By all means get SPG card if you plan Hotel redemptions , but otherwise I would not advise getting the SPG card. For air miles, there are better options available. Remember that with Amex they really mean it when they say you can only get the bonus "once per lifetime " now.
In my opinion go with an Amex MR card like AMEX PRG

I used to recommend CSP but simply can't anymore since Chase disputes department is absolutely terrible. . I would cancel Chase right away but the ink 5X is a good reward. They are still trying to " resolve" a small dispute I have with an international merchant due to DCC
Thanks. I had a feeling Citi was still best option. Places I visit there aren't large hotel chains usually, or hotels are relatively cheap so I do not mind paying. The value is not close to miles for me, either. I got the 100k MR card earlier this year and I have been racking my brain on how to spend the points before the AF comes up.. either availability sucks with ANA search or the fuel surcharge fees make UA and AA partners look much more attractive. Will probably send to SPG in a few months. I have every Chase card and am at the point where I have started to cancel some cards to avoid AF, so will be waiting on the 2 year lapse before signing up again.

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Old Aug 27, 2014, 11:07 am
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Originally Posted by starbuk
Thanks. I had a feeling Citi was still best option. Places I visit there aren't large hotel chains usually, or hotels are relatively cheap so I do not mind paying. The value is not close to miles for me, either. I got the 100k MR card earlier this year and I have been racking my brain on how to spend the points before the AF comes up.. either availability sucks with ANA search or the fuel surcharge fees make UA and AA partners look much more attractive. Will probably send to SPG in a few months. I have every Chase card and am at the point where I have started to cancel some cards to avoid AF, so will be waiting on the 2 year lapse before signing up again.
Your answer, transfer to BA and use their distance based award chart to your advantage. The stories about a pending devaluation seem to have been proven wrong
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Old Aug 27, 2014, 12:45 pm
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Originally Posted by rgAAFT
Your answer, transfer to BA and use their distance based award chart to your advantage. The stories about a pending devaluation seem to have been proven wrong
* realizes he can use his MR points for CX flights *


Thanks for the help. At least I can get a nice one way ticket with Avios, with ANA this was not possible.
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Old Aug 27, 2014, 1:13 pm
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Originally Posted by starbuk
* realizes he can use his MR points for CX flights *


Thanks for the help. At least I can get a nice one way ticket with Avios, with ANA this was not possible.
Where are you planning to go and in what cabin class? if you are traveling alone , even in business class 100k avios should be plenty
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Old Aug 27, 2014, 2:13 pm
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I know we are going off topic for this thread but avios best use is from US to hawaii 25K for a roundtrip economy class, this is the best value to Hawaii.
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