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The relatively new AAdvantge World Elite Mastercard has a great sign up offer of 100,000 AAdvantage bonus miles after spending $10,000 on the card within the first three months. While this is one of the best currently available offers to earn American Airline miles or any other airline miles for that matter, it does come with a hefty $450 annual fee so you must take this into consideration. Unfortunately, this annual fee is NOT waived the first year like many other sign up offers.
So is this card worth it? There are some perks to the card, such as a $200 statement credit on purchases within 12 months of account opening, Admirals Club membership, and 10,000 Elite Qualifying Miles per calendar year. While there are some other perks of the card, those three are unique to this card and most important.
Since you get a $200 statement credit, you can then think of the annual fee really as $250 – still a lot for a piece of plastic, but offsets the cost slightly. If you typically pay for American Admirals Club membership, then this card is absolutely worth it as it is significantly cheaper than purchasing a yearly membership directly from the Club.
Also, if you spend $40,000 on the card each year you’ll get 10,000 EQMs towards status. This is great for those that will be slightly shy of reaching your desired status.
But let’s say you don’t care about the EQMs or the Admirals Club Membership option, is it still worth it due to the high annual fee? You can think of it as purchasing 100,000 miles for $250. Personally I think it is worthwhile as that can get you, for example, 1) 4 roundtrip domestic economy class flights, 2) 1 business class seat to Europe, 3) 2 economy class seats to Europe during their off-peak award redemption and 20,000 miles left over; 4) 2 roundtrip economy class tickets to Hawaii. These are just a few of the many examples. This is not a card, however, that I would keep once the annual fee comes around again.
My Experience: I applied for this card and upon calling the number given on the application was approved on the spot. They also confirmed the 100,000 miles upon spending $10,000 within 3 months.
Disclosure: This is not an affiliate link and some have said this is a targeted offer. However, many have been approved for the card and confirmed they will be receiving the 100,000 bonus offer. Thanks to The Points Guy for sharing this new offer.