Citi AAdvantage Executive Card Fee Increase Plus New Benefits

Citi AAdvantage Executive Card Fee Increase

šŸ”ƒ Update: The annual fee is going up to $595 on July 23rd (instead of $650 that was previously reported). That’s a $145 fee increase and it’s confirmed that there is a $175 annual fee for the first three authorized users and then $175 for each additional authorized user after that. Lounge access is not changing but it is obviously getting more expensive with the added annual fees. You can read about the full changes and the new limited time offer on the card.

It’s not clear what will happen with current cardholders exactly, but I would assume that the new fees will kick in upon renewal.

With the fee increase, some benefits will be added to the card as well, as shown in bold below. (HT: JonNYC)

Added benefits include:

  • Better earning rates
    • 4X on AA spend on up to $150K annually, then 5X on AA spend for the remainder of the year.
    • 10X on car rentals booked through
    • 10X on hotels booked through
  • Loyalty Points Boost
    • 10K Loyalty Points after reaching 50K Loyalty Points
    • Another 10K Loyalty Points after reaching 90K Loyalty Points
  • Annual Credits
    • Up to $120 Avis or Budget Statement Credit
    • Up to $120 Lyft Credit ($10 each month after first three rides)
    • Up to $120 Grubhub Credit ($10 each month)

CitiĀ® / AAdvantageĀ® Executive World Elite Mastercard is a premium product that comes with valuable benefits for American Airlines frequent flyers. One of those benefits is Admirals Club access which is also extended to the free additional users that you can add on the card.

However, there are some changes that will make this card more expensive for the primary cardholder and authorized users.

Doctor of Credit reports a rumor that the card will soon be revamped the annual fee ill increase to $650, from the current fee of $450. As for authorized users, they will no longer be free.

The new fee is already showing actually when you try to add an authorized user to your account. It shows a price of $175 for the first three authorized users and then $175 for each additional authorized user after that.

The new fees are a substantial increase, so I would think that some new benefits must be added to make sense of the extra $200 for the primary cardholder.

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