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100,000 Mile Signup for Citi Executive Credit Card ($450 Annual Fee)

Everyone has beaten me to it, but I thought I’d mention it too:

There is an offer for a 100,000 mile bonus with the Citi Executive Credit Card. Here’s the deal:

- It’s $450 for the year, not waived.

- You need to spend $10,000 in 3 months to earn the bonus.

- If you have other Citi AA cards, you CAN still get this.

- However, you cannot get this deal if you have applied for any Citi card in the last 8 days, or 2 in the last 65 days (that’s true of any Citi card).

- You’ll get a $200 credit after you’ve spent $200 on the card.

- Admirals Club membership.

So it’s basically going to cost you $250 for the card. Plus if you use a cashback card normally you’ll be forgoing another $200 in cash back. Or you’ll have to purchase $10k worth of Vanilla Reloads, which will cost you $79. So this card really “costs” between $340 and $450, which is a good deal for 100,000 miles, but not necessarily a slam dunk, especially if you have trouble finding VRs to purchase.

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  1. If you’re going to count the foregone $200 of cashback on the negative side (as you should!), you need to include the 10,000 miles you’ll get for the spend on the positive side.

  2. Well, it’s the highest annual fee I’ve ever paid (I’ll call it $250), but I’m losing my comped (status match) AA platinum status next month — and therefore losing my lounge access. And priority boarding. I’m also losing access to the US Lounges on April 1 because they won’t be in Star Alliance.

    Given that it solves those significant problems, and gives me 100K AAdvantage miles, I think it’s $250 well spent. But if I still had the high oneworld status, I’d probably take a pass, especially given the high spending requirement.

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