I’m a long-time Citibank and Citi Card customer and have both a Citi AAdvantage Mastercard and a Citibank AAdvantage debit card in my wallet.
I thought I was pretty familiar with their products that earn AAdvantage Miles, but I just learned about the Citi Executive AAdvantage World Elite MasterCard which earns twice as many miles as my current card and has this long list of other really cool benefits that don’t come with any other Citi AAdvantage cards:
Earn 2 AAdvantage miles for every $1 spent on eligible American Airlines purchases and 1 AAdvantage mile for every $1 spent on other purchases
Admirals Club lounge access with unlimited access for you and your immediate family
10,000 Elite Qualifying Miles from American Airlines after $40,000 in purchases each calendar year
25,000 American Airlines AAdvantage bonus miles after $1,000 in purchases within the first 4 months of cardmembership
Priority check-in, airport screening and boarding privileges
No Foreign Transaction fees on purchases
I’m not too familiar with the United Airlines branded credit card, but both Continental and Delta offer some kind of elite version of their frequent flyer branded credit cards that includes lounge access, at least one free checked bag, and other perks. As far as I know though, this is a first for American Airlines and the Citi AAdvantage card.
The annual fee of $450.00 may seem a little steep, but it looks to be a really good value when you consider that an Admirals Club membership will cost you about the same amount, plus with this card you’ll get a free checked bag (normally $25), you won’t pay foreign transaction fees, and you’ll get Priority AAccess. I plan to call and see if I can upgrade my current card and have some portion of the annual fee I paid in June credited against the higher annual fee of the Citi Executive AAdvantage World Elite MasterCard.