The Citi Exec AA sign-up bonus of 100K + $200 statement credit was the signup of the year for 2014! Last year, it was possible to score the sign-up bonus over and over again, without cancelling the current Citi Exec AA card. There have been reports of people who had 5+ active Citi Exec AA cards and patiently following (waiting for) the 8/65 day rule before the next application. There were even reports of those who cancelled the card after receiving the bonus in order to avoid the $450 AF.
6/13/15 Update: This offer is no longer available. The 1 working zombie link now errors out.
Well, Citibank has been clamping down on its Citi AA credit card sign-up bonuses for the past half-year. It’s gotten so strict that Citi will reject applications for Citi AA cards simply because the applicant has a current or previous Citi AA product. For example, an applicant would be rejected for the Citi AA Platinum Select MasterCard because he was a current or previous holder of the Citi Exec AA card.
Many of the current application links have the dreaded “American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles are not available if you have had a Citi Executive® / AAdvantage® World EliteTM MasterCard® opened or closed in the past 18 months” message:
Working Sign-Up Link
Fortunately, a Flyertalk contributor discovered a link without the prohibitive 18 month language. There is no landing page, so don’t sign up if you feel uncomfortable doing so. However, many have confirmed on this Flyertalk thread that the 50k bonuses have posted to their AA accounts, despite being a current or previous holder of any Citi AA product. Here is the link you should use (non-affiliate link – aka I do not receive a commission):
- Citi Exec AA 50K offer (without the prohibitive 18 month language – no landing page, will have to apply on good faith)
Avoiding the $450 Annual Fee
It’s possible to avoid the $450 AF but I do not recommend doing so and will not get into details of how to do this. Peruse through this Flyertalk thread if you insist on learning how. If the 50k sign-up bonus and the many perks that come with the card do not justify the AF, you probably should not sign up.
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