American Airlines has rolled out a new credit card that’s pretty much on par with the Continental Airlines Presidential Plus card, which offers free Presidents Club access with the $395 annual fee. The Citi Executive/AAdvantage World Elite MasterCard comes with a hefty $450 price tag that gets you:
- Admirals Club access
- 25,000 bonus AAdvantage miles after $1,000 in spend within 4 months
- 10,000 Elite Qualifying Miles after $40,000 in spend
- Free first checked bag and priority boarding
- No foreign transaction fees
If you were going to get Admirals Club access anyway, and did not yet have American Airlines Elite status, this card seems like a no-brainer. If you weren’t, it’s not quite so obvious a choice. The bonus is OK, but nothing to write home about, especially considering the 75k offers American has had out there recently. Continental only gives targeted first-year-free offers on its Presidential Plus card, so I don’t expect American to raise that 25k bonus mile promo either. The Elite-type benefits around early boarding and checked bags are nice, but I’m guessing that most who would shell out $450 for an American Airlines card already have elite access.
So for Admirals Club members with no or low status, this is a pretty good choice (especially since a non-Elite membership costs $500, and even Gold Elite members pay $450). However, Exec Platinums only pay $350 for lounge access, and the additional benefits of the card aren’t worth the extra $100.
Find out what privileges and benefits an American Airlines credit card can get you at Creditcardsguidance.com.