Last year, Citi released a 100,000 AAdvantage bonus mile Executive AAdvantage card, which many signed up for due to this being one of the highest sign-on bonuses every. Unfortunately, it came with a minimum spending requirement of $10,000, but with some creative spending techniques, this was fairly easy to meet.
The Citi Executive AAdvantage card has two primary benefits – a full AAdmiral’s Club membership, allowing access for guests and when flying other airlines, as well as a 10,000 elite qualifying miles bonus when you spend $40,000 on the card during the calendar year. It’s worth noting that this card does not have a 10% mile rebate, like the Platinum versions.
Wanting to avoid the annual $450, I gave Citi a call to see what could be done. I was surprised with the answer: nothing.
The representative I spoke with offered nothing to reduce the annual fee, nor any bonus miles for meeting additional spending requirements. In fact, he offered to downgrade the card to a no-fee version, though of course that would remove the AAdmiral’s Club access I so appreciate.
I’ve been debating on getting the Citi Prestige Card, which includes AAdmiral’s Club access (not membership), as well as an airline fee credit, though, for the time being, I’m sticking with my current Citi Executive card, even though retention offer was made.
What should I have done? Should I cancel this card, and switch to the Citi Prestige card, or is an Admiral’s Club membership that much more valuable over access?
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