For several years now American has had unofficial links offering 50,000 mile sign-up bonuses on their co-branded Citi AAdvantage cards. The applications weren’t intended to be live for so long and as a result didn’t have landing pages, though it’s my understanding that Citi couldn’t actually figure out how to pull the pages, which is why they stayed around for so long.
As I noted in my best credit card offers for June post last week, and as Mommy Points noted yesterday, the 50,000 mile offers on all Citi AAdvantage cards are now dead. It was a slow death, as the higher sign-up bonus on the Visa version of the card stuck around for a while, but the last link was finally pulled last week. Anyway, while it’s possible we’ll see a public 50,000 mile sign-up bonus again, I certainly wouldn’t count on it, at least anytime soon.
As of now the best sign-up links for the three Citi AAdvantage cards are as follows:
- Citi Platinum Select AAdvantage World MasterCard
- Citi Platinum Select AAdvantage Visa Signature Card
- Citi Business Platinum Select AAdvantage World MasterCard
All three cards offer a sign-up bonus of 40,000 AAdvantage miles after spending $3,000 on the card within three months. While there’s a $95 annual fee on the cards, they’re waived for the first year. That’s still a very good sign-up bonus, and on par with the sign-up bonus on the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card.
And the personal cards both come with features that actually make the card worth keeping long term, in my opinion, including:
- • Get the first eligible bag checked free for you and up to 4 travel companions.†
- • Enjoy Priority Boarding with Group 1 privileges and use the extra time to prepare for your flight.1
- • Earn a $100 American Airlines Flight Discount each year of cardmembership in which you spend $30,000 or more in purchases and renew your cardmembership.2
- • Earn AAdvantage® miles for using AAdvantage® miles. Earn 10% of your redeemed
AAdvantage® miles back — up to 10,000 AAdvantage® miles each calendar year.5
- • Earn 2 AAdvantage® miles for every $1 you spend on eligible American Airlines purchases3 and 1
AAdvantage® mile for every $1 spent on other purchases.6
- • Receive a 25% savings on in-flight food and beverage purchases when you use your card.7
If you’re not an elite member the first checked bag free and priority boarding are certainly worth something. Though this is one of those airline cards that’s worth keeping even if you’re an elite member, given the 10% rebate when using AAdvantage miles. When you redeem AAdvantage miles you’ll automatically be credited back 10% of them, up to 10,000 miles per year. I redeem well over 100,000 AAdvantage miles per year, so always get the maximum amount of 10,000 miles refunded. To me that more than justifies the annual fee of $95. It’s worth noting that this is only available on the personal cards, and it’s not “stackable” (meaning even if you have both the MasterCard and Visa you can still only earn the 10,000 rebate). The refund will automatically be credited to your account, and you don’t even have to pay with your Citi card to qualify for it.
For what it’s worth you can typically only be approved for a single Citi AAdvantage card in a day, and while you can often earn the bonus on a card more than once, you typically have to wait at least 18 months between applications (based on the date of approval and not the date you cancel the card). That being said, many report having to wait longer or having luck earning the bonus again sooner, so it really seems to be a case of “your mileage may vary.”
So while it’s sad the 50,000 mile sign-up offer is gone, 40,000 miles is nothing to scoff at either.
(In the interest of full disclosure, I earn a referral bonus for anyone approved through the above link for the AAdvantage Mastercard or Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, though the links for the AAdvantage Visa and AAdvantage Business MasterCard aren’t my affiliate links)