Huge Sign Up Bonus: 100,000 American Airlines Miles

Since my website has been down, I haven’t been able to update you guys on some great offers.  I’m guessing most of you are already aware of this offer, but I do know some of you (mostly people I know personally) only read this blog for your travel related news.

A couple weeks ago, The Points Guy discovered a link that will allow you to get the Citi American Airlines Executive card with 100,000 Aadvantage miles and a $200 statement credit.

100,000 Citi Executive Aadvantage World Elite MasterCard Details

  • Get 100,000 bonus American Airlines Aadvantage miles after spending $10,000 within the first three months of account opening.
  • Earn up to $200 in statement credits. (I’m not sure if that’s specifically for American Airlines purchases or any purchases.)  I just received my first statement for this account and was credited $200 even though I didn’t have an American Airlines purchases.
  • The annual fee for this card is $450.  However, with the $200 statement credit, the annual fee is essentially only $250.
The best benefit of this card (in my opinion) is the Admirals Club Membership Privileges.  You can visit this page and click on “Citi Executive Aadvantage card member” to show all the lounges you can access with this card.  One of the things I really like is that, with the card, immediate family members can enter with you.  Personally, I also like the lounge access when flying Qantas (since I’ve got a trip coming up flying Qantas).
Other Benefits:
  • 10,000 Elite Qualifying Miles per calendar year when you spend $40,000
  • No foreign transaction purchase fees
  • Get dedicated check-in, priority screening, and boarding privileges
  • First checked bag free

The two biggest hangups for most people:

The annual fee

Paying $450 for an annual fee hurts, but the math does make sense.

After the statement credit, you’ll pay $250.  In return, you’ll be getting 100,000 American Airlines Aadvantage miles.  That could be used for two off-peak flights to Japan.  It could be used for 2.5 off-peak flights to Europe.  You could get three off-peak flights to Central America.  Is business class more your style?  How about a business class flight to Europe?

Yep, 100,000 miles is really valuable.

The $10,000 minimum spend

You have two options here.  You can throw up your hands and say, “I could never spend that much,” or you could creatively explore ways to manufacture $10,000 worth of spending.

You could buy Vanilla Reload Cards from CVS.  You’d pay a total of $79 in fees, but you could get $10,000 worth of the cards over a three month period.

You could buy Prepaid Visa or MasterCard gift cards, and then use that to buy a Money Order at Walmart.  Most $500 cards come with a $5.95 fee plus a .70 fee to get a money order.  That would equal a total of $133 in fees to spend the money using this system.

You could transfer $1,000 per month using Amazon Payments to spend $3,000 worth of your minimum spend.

Creativity and diversity is the key here.  I wouldn’t go into one store and buy $10,000 worth of gift cards, but by combining the methods I just introduced, with a little time and effort you could reach the minimum spend.

How to apply:

To apply, just click on this link.  You only need to fill in the first name and last name in the ‘apply now’ space.  Ignore the 6-digit referral code and 3 letter airport code.

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