Citi Executive AAdvantage Mastercard EQMs
I am the first person to tell you that I do not like to pay for flights. My philosophy when it comes to travel is to pay as close to $0 as possible. For this reason, it has been tough to obtain airline elite status.
Thankfully last year through a promotion, Barclay’s Arrival miles & a quick mileage run down to Paraguay, I have been an AAdvantage Platinum member since October of last year. To be honest, I have enjoyed the elite status, but the only real reason I want to keep it is to waive the $75 close-in booking fee that American Airlines charges when you book an award ticket within 21 days of travel.
Since AAdvantage Gold status still comes with the fee waiver, my aim this year has been to hit 25,000 Elite Qualifying Miles (EQMs) in order to qualify for it. Since I don’t want to pay a lot for flights, a big part of my strategy to qualify for AAdvantage Gold has been taking advantage of the Citi Executive AAdvantage Mastercard (non-affiliate link). That card awards 10,000 EQMs after spending $40,000 in a a calendar year.
The Citi Executive AAdvantage Mastercard Deal
As you may know, Citi was offering a 100,000 mile sign up offer on the Executive AAdvantage card for much of this year. Over a period of months, I signed up for four of the Citi Executive AAdvantage cards. To get the bonus miles on each card, I had to spend $10,000 in the first three months. Four cards times $10,000 in spend equals $40,000!
For a long time I assumed the $40,000 requirement to earn the bonus EQMs was per card (this is the case with most banks), however I learned that Citi calculates the $40,000 spend across all of your Citi Executive AAdvantage cards. Since I spent $10,000 on each of my cards, I earned the EQMs. That is 40% of the way to Gold status without flying a single mile.
If you have had multiple Citi AA Executive cards and need some extra EQMs to qualify or requalify for status, calculate how much you spent this year on all of your cards combined. You may be closer than you think to getting that huge EQM bump!