Citi AAdvantage Visa 50,000 mile sign-up bonus is back (for now)

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A couple of weeks ago I wrote about how the Citi AAdvantage 50,000 mile sign-up bonuses were dead. Even when they were “alive,” the cards didn’t have published 50,000 mile sign-up bonuses, but rather there were “ghost” links with no landing pages, and this FlyerTalk thread tracked what the current offers were.

Anyway, it appears as if once again a 50,000 mile link is back for the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard®, which requires $3,000 of spend within three months to earn the bonus.

It’s anyone’s guess how long the link for the 50,000 mile sign-up bonus lasts on the Citi AAdvantage Visa Card, but it’s definitely worth taking note of…

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  1. If I’ve had both the Citi AA Visa (personal card – now cancelled/closed) and the Citi AA Visa (business card – still open) in the past 18 months (got them both using the “ghost” links that you mentioned), can I still get the signup bonus of 40,000 miles for the AA Mastercard?

  2. @ Cody — You sure can! They’re considered separate products so you’re eligible for that bonus as well.

  3. Cool…thanks. What about the new ghost links? Any of those considered a separate product (AMEX, Mastercard) from the ones that were hanging out there for the past couple years?

  4. @ Cody — The only high value “ghost” link is the Citi AAdvantage Visa, and it sounds like you’ve had that recently, so none others I can think of. The MasterCard would be your best option.

  5. wait, does this mean if I have a AA personal AmEx currently opened I can apply for the AA personal Visa or MC? I thought they were considered one and the same…

  6. i just called Citi to check the date my AA credit card was opened, and was told that they can’t disclose this information. is this a new policy?

  7. I just applied for the 40k card last week.. do you think there’s any chance Citi can match the offer?

  8. @ LX — Definitely not, I’d say. It’s a “ghost” link and the application doesn’t even say how many points the offer is for.

  9. Great! Thanks, I’ve been waiting for a baetter offer form Citi and just applied and was approved for the 50k (hopefully the 50k actually credits unlike my recent experience with Amex).

  10. It’s so hard to keep track of all the citi AA cards and sign up bonuses, working links, ghost links, etc. Plus if you call to cancel a citi AA card, they will offer to downgrade you to “bronze” cards. It is so confusing.

  11. Just applied but no decision yet, has anyone apply this ghost link and spoke to an agent to verify the 50k bonus ?

  12. It has been little over 18 mo since I was approved for AA visa. I downgraded my AA visa about 4 mo ago to a free(no-annual fee) version.
    Would I be eligible for this 50k offer? since it has been over 18 mo.

  13. There’s a AA Platinum Level Visa and Mastercard. Also, there’s a Gold Level Mastercard. Is the Platinum Level Visa and Platinum Level Mastercard considered two separate products? I already have the Platinum Level Visa.

    BTW: My mom applied for the Platinum Level Visa (50,000 miles) and Gold Level Mastercard (30,000 miles) and she received both sign up bonuses.

  14. I received a 50k Visa offer by email which says it’s good until the 31st of August. Sounds like this could be the same link.

  15. @ Flyer — With Citi there doesn’t seem to be a hard and fast rule. Generally you have to wait at least 18 months before earning the bonus on the same card again, but even that’s not a guarantee. So you can try and it’s somewhat likely you’ll have luck, but it’s no guarantee.

  16. @ Stanley — Yep, the MasterCard and Visa are considered separate products, so you’d be eligible for the bonuses on both cards.

  17. @ Adam — Yep, that seems to be where the link is coming from (and as usual Citi doesn’t seem to have a way to stop people from applying).

  18. I am new to this…

    I just applied and was approved instantly. How long till I see the bonus point in my account?

  19. @ Gary — Usually they post when the statement closes where you complete your minimum spend, though sometimes it takes an extra statement cycle.

  20. I just applied for the Aadvantage mastercard a few days ago for 40K points. I then tried to apply for the 50K visa 15 minutes after I got an email with the offer. Citi denied my second application. Does it mean I have to wait 18 months to apply for the visa?

  21. @ confused — They denied the application as in it didn’t go through, or you just got rejected for different reasons? Did they give you a reason for the rejection?

  22. @lucky – I got these messages ater i applied saying citi will contact me so then I just called the consideration line and then the agent told me that they denied the application because I applied and got approved for the MasterCard and kept saying how I should be happy that I got approved for that one with a good line of credit and 40k points. I then asked how long I need to wait before applying for the visa one and he said he didn’t know….

    I have very good credit so I know my application is not denied because of that. Do you know if I can apply soon?

  23. I’m very interested if anyone knows an ansewr to Confused’s question on June 24th:

    “@lucky – I got these messages ater i applied saying citi will contact me so then I just called the consideration line and then the agent told me that they denied the application because I applied and got approved for the MasterCard and kept saying how I should be happy that I got approved for that one with a good line of credit and 40k points. I then asked how long I need to wait before applying for the visa one and he said he didn’t know….

    I have very good credit so I know my application is not denied because of that. Do you know if I can apply soon?”

  24. @ Jason A – Thanks. If someone can help, that would be fabulous. I believe the email link for 50K visa code expires mid-August.

  25. This “ghost” link https://www.citicards.com/cards/acq/Apply.do?app=UNSOL&sc=4XKIWQX3&m=6QAEF11111W&langId=EN&siteId=CB&B=S&screenID=3001 (without a landing page you noted on here for 50K miles Citicard Visa AAdvantage) is only spending $3K the first 3 months to qualify for all 50K AA miles OR is it spending $3K the first months for 40K AA miles PLUS need to spend additional $10K the first 12 months to qualify the additional 10K AA miles, which equals total of 50K AA miles? Which qualification details is it???

  26. Thanks again — it worked. When Citi had me call to verify some info, I asked and the rep and she confirmed that I would indeed get 50K miles.

  27. Yes it still works. I applied 3 days ago, just finished talking to the representative. He confirmed–50K miles after charging $3000 in 3 months.
    Thank you so much for posting the link!

  28. Hey lucky. Multiple people have reported success opening 2 or more of this same card using the ghost link. Do you have any knowledge on this?

  29. @ brandon — Well American’s Citi cards are definitely churnable, so if you wait a couple of months between applications you should have no trouble earning the bonus on the card multiple times.

  30. I just applied this weekend (Aug 24) and the chat rep confirmed the 50k offer after 3k spend in 3 mths and also that the first year fee is waived.

  31. I just applied and was denied for having the same product in Mastercard version, is the representative just wrong?

  32. @ Jason Tarlowe — Unfortunately this seems to be a development in the past week. They seem to not be approving anyone that has a similar card, even if it’s different branding.

  33. I applied late last week for the Visa as I already have the MC (have had it for over 2 years). I called in to a rep and they told me that I am not eligible as I already have a MC.

  34. I clicked the link on Sept. 2, 2013 and received the Visa with the 50,000 bonus offer. For a more current ghost link to a 50,000 MC offer, use away4 citicards com. Can I apply for that one too and expect approval?

  35. @ Kdad — In the past you always could, though unfortunately at the moment it seems Citi isn’t approving anyone that is a current Citi AAdvantage card member, even for a different product type. So I’d hold off a bit and let the dust settle on this first.

  36. Just tried applying for the AA Mastercard for personal and business and both were declined because I’m an existing AA member with other Citi Aadvantage cards (all Visa cards). In the past I’ve been able to apply for new AA cards, then cancel the ones I had previously to keep the bonus. Seems like it doesn’t work anymore to sign onto new bonus deals.

  37. Lucky, my husband was denied when he applied for this card since he already has the Citi Executive Aadvantage card (the one with the 100K) bonus. Is this standard policy for Citibank to deny the card?

    I got this card first (50k bonus) then applied for the Executive (100k bonus) and there wasn’t any issue.

  38. @ Rom — Citi is silly sometimes, really seems to be a case of “your mileage may vary.” Haven’t really found any rhyme or reason to their logic at times.

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