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Citi and American Airlines refreshed the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite Mastercard®. It will now offer cardmembers more opportunities to earn credits, more AAdvantage® miles and loyalty points.
However, while changes to the Citi/AAdvantage Executive card are advertised as enhancement and consumers are promised a better Admirals Club experience, not everyone is so excited about them. Below we gathered all the changes for you to decide whether they are negative or positive for your particular travel style.
Here are new benefits of the Citi/AAdvantage Executive card:
- Up to $120 back on eligible Avis® or Budget car rentals every calendar year.
- Up to $120 back on eligible Grubhub purchases (up to $10 statement credit on each monthly billing statement).
- Up to $120 in Lyft credits ($10 credit each month after taking three eligible rides).
- 4X AAdvantage miles on eligible American Airlines purchases. After spending $150,000 in a calendar year, cardmembers can earn a total of 5X AAdvantage miles on eligible American Airlines purchases for the remainder of the year.
- 10X AAdvantage miles on eligible car rentals booked through aa.com/cars and eligible hotels booked through aa.com/hotels.
- A 10,000 Loyalty Point bonus after reaching 50,000 Loyalty Points in a status qualification year.
- An additional 10,000 Loyalty Point bonus after reaching 90,000 Loyalty Points in the same status qualification year.
The Citi/AAdvantage Executive card also got protections like Trip Cancellation and Interruption Protection, Trip Delay Protection, Lost Baggage Protection, and Worldwide Car Rental Insurance. And, of course, cardmembers will continue to have access to the benefits they already love: Admirals Club membership, Global Entry or TSA PreCheck credit, first checked bag free, enhanced airport experience, dedicated concierge, and 25% savings on eligible American Airlines inflight food and beverage purchases.
Additionally, for a limited time, the welcome bonus offer will be 100,000 AAdvantage bonus miles for spending $10,000 withing the first three months of account opening. This welcome bonus offer will last until Sept. 6, so if you haven't decided yet whether to apply or not, you have some time to think it over.
However, these added benefits come at a price. To begin with, the Citi/AAdvantage Executive card's fee for the primary cardmember is higher now: $595 (increased from $450). Another unwanted fee, especially for families, authorized users are no longer free. Previously, you could add up to 10 authorized users at no cost. Now, primary cardmembers will have to pay $175 for the first three and $175 apiece after that.
All these added benefits will add value to the card only if you use them. If they have zero utility for you, you may not want to keep the Citi/AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard.