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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 Sep 5, 2014, 7:21 am
  #8881  
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Posts: 38
Originally Posted by starbuk
Update on the mixup 50k vs 30k offer using old landing page on wiki:

After an SM (the [email protected] did not respond) Citi came back and said that I am coded for the 30k for $1k spend but if I spent the $5k they will give me the additional 20k miles.

Getting that additional 4k spend is a hassle for me and costs me money, so I am almost tempted to just hit the 1k spend before first statement closes and cancel the account.. any thoughts on not going for the 50k? I am happy to churn the 30k offer if it only costs me $1k in spending, even though I cannot find that offer anywhere online.
I had the same exact experience. I think I'm just going to meet the 1K spend for 30K miles. I just applied for the 50K deal for my wife and I'll use MS for that and cancel after the miles post. I know I'm leaving 20K miles on the table, but I'm okay with that.

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Old Sep 5, 2014, 8:04 am
  #8882  
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
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Originally Posted by ninim2200
I think you should do what you are comfortable with, MS is a lot work, if you find it difficult to do 5k then 1k is your option. and may be on your next card you can try citi biz card if it fits your Time rules since the annual fee is waived for a year and the spending of 3k(max depending on the offer) can be spread over 3 months.
Thanks for the reply - I got the Citi biz card 6 months ago and just canceled it. I will apply for it in about a month to try and churn it for the first time! If I can churn the Citi Exec card for 1k spend for 30k in awards, I will probably keep doing that. Not sure. I have about 5 weeks to decide.

Originally Posted by rundrc
I had the same exact experience. I think I'm just going to meet the 1K spend for 30K miles. I just applied for the 50K deal for my wife and I'll use MS for that and cancel after the miles post. I know I'm leaving 20K miles on the table, but I'm okay with that.
Thinking the same thing.. leaving 20k miles on the table but I have a lot of AA miles now and the 1k spend is so easy to reach.
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Old Sep 5, 2014, 8:09 am
  #8883  
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
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Originally Posted by fish3d
I was just on aa.com and saw the offer for both the 30 & 50k cards, with all the perks they are associated with. It's under the Aadvantage link after you login.
The 50k offer is for the non-Executive card. I still do not see a 30k for 1k spend Executive card offer landing page anywhere.. curious how Citi has that coded if we cannot see it offered.
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Old Sep 5, 2014, 9:37 am
  #8884  
 
Join Date: May 2014
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Originally Posted by starbuk
The 50k offer is for the non-Executive card. I still do not see a 30k for 1k spend Executive card offer landing page anywhere.. curious how Citi has that coded if we cannot see it offered.
The normal original offer for this card is 30k with 1k spending, anything above this bonus is a limited time offer. I went to aa website and didn't see the 30k offer either but that doesn't mean it doesn't exist.
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Old Sep 5, 2014, 9:42 am
  #8885  
 
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it seems that aa.com has a different landing page and link than the one we have in the wiki, hopefully the problem has been fixed.
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Old Sep 5, 2014, 10:09 am
  #8886  
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
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If both 30k and 50k can be churned and cancelled for no fee, you'd get a lot more miles for $5,000 spend with the 30k offer. Or am I missing something?
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Old Sep 5, 2014, 10:20 am
  #8887  
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
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Originally Posted by richarddd
If both 30k and 50k can be churned and cancelled for no fee, you'd get a lot more miles for $5,000 spend with the 30k offer. Or am I missing something?
How are you calculating that? By my calculation 50k still yields more.
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Old Sep 5, 2014, 11:10 am
  #8888  
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Originally Posted by richarddd
If both 30k and 50k can be churned and cancelled for no fee, you'd get a lot more miles for $5,000 spend with the 30k offer. Or am I missing something?
sure in terms of $ spent, but the tradeoff is time and ofc dbl the HPs for the same amount of miles (well 10k more)

but these days, post-deval, I'd rather go for 100k for the cost of 2 HPs, rather than 60k. even though I'd have to spend $10k for the 100k miles and only $2k for 60k. with MS that aint an issue.

but in certain cases, it may be a good strategy to employ. along with maybe a combo 80k for $6k spend.
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Old Sep 5, 2014, 11:36 am
  #8889  
 
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Originally Posted by richarddd
If both 30k and 50k can be churned and cancelled for no fee, you'd get a lot more miles for $5,000 spend with the 30k offer. Or am I missing something?
Originally Posted by rgAAFT
How are you calculating that? By my calculation 50k still yields more.
The 30k card requires $1,000 spend, so $5,000 could get you 5x30k.

Of course there are issues such as time, HPs, etc.
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Old Sep 5, 2014, 12:39 pm
  #8890  
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
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Just applied using a 50k link on aa.com
Got only application received, future review but no application ID#.
Is that normal?
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Old Sep 5, 2014, 1:44 pm
  #8891  
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
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Originally Posted by Belllaaa
Just applied using a 50k link on aa.com
Got only application received, future review but no application ID#.
Is that normal?
Have not seen that in my applications but you can provide SSN when you call recon and they will pull it up.
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Old Sep 5, 2014, 2:46 pm
  #8892  
 
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Originally Posted by richarddd
The 30k card requires $1,000 spend, so $5,000 could get you 5x30k.

Of course there are issues such as time, HPs, etc.
Now I understand... (strictly bonus points and spending requirement) under your reasoning, that would indeed generate more for less out of pocket, however most of us "generate" the spend anyway so it really doesnt really matter except that (like you say) more time is required etc which also widens the gap for a potential complication. Therefore, all things considered I still think the single 50k card is the better deal
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Old Sep 5, 2014, 8:27 pm
  #8893  
 
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Originally Posted by richarddd
The 30k card requires $1,000 spend, so $5,000 could get you 5x30k.

Of course there are issues such as time, HPs, etc.
if your goal to spend only 1k then you should try some of citi business cards with annual fee waived for the first year.

http://creditcards.citicards.com/usc...AA3057DE7A915D
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Old Sep 5, 2014, 9:19 pm
  #8894  
 
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denied for platinum

Hey guys, so I applied and got approved for the 100k offer for the exec about 1.5 month ago(1st and only application), last week I applied for the platinum 50k offer and got rejected due to having already received the offer. Is it not possible to churn this offer anymore? The recon line told me I already received the offer and am therefore not eligible... I thought you could apply for a 2nd card after 8 days.
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Old Sep 5, 2014, 10:05 pm
  #8895  
 
Join Date: May 2014
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Originally Posted by grg03002
Hey guys, so I applied and got approved for the 100k offer for the exec about 1.5 month ago(1st and only application), last week I applied for the platinum 50k offer and got rejected due to having already received the offer. Is it not possible to churn this offer anymore? The recon line told me I already received the offer and am therefore not eligible... I thought you could apply for a 2nd card after 8 days.
if you are asking about platinum, then the CSR is right, you cannot churn platinum card.
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