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For months now the best credit card deal around has been the Citi Executive AAdvantage card, which offered 100,000 miles after completing the $10,000 minimum spend, along with a $200 statement credit. In fact, it was such a good deal that I picked up two of these cards just for the bonus.
While that’s a high minimum spend, it’s one hell of a credit card sign-up bonus. That’s especially true since I consider American AAdvantage miles to be among the most valuable mileage currencies (my personal valuation is ~1.8 cents per mile).
This was never actually an official link, but rather one that was available if you were referred by an Admirals Club agent. I’m honestly shocked the offer lasted this long, but the application page no longer loads, so it seems like this particular Citi AAdvantage 100,000 mile deal is dead.
However, there are reports of a landing page that offers the 100,000 mile bonus. Like with many “ghost” Citi links there is no information about the offer on the landing page, but reports are that you can still get the 100,0000 mile signup bonus after spending $10,000 within the first three months, along with a $200 statement credit after spending $200 on the card. The card still gives you Admirals Club access, and has a $450 annual fee.
Again, this information isn’t posted on the application page, and I have no personal experience with this link. I’d recommend keeping an eye on this FlyerTalk thread about the 100K sign-up bonus to get a sense of the most recent data points.
The best offer I know of for this card currently is now for 60,000 miles after spending $5000 in the first three months.
- This is the same product otherwise, so still offers Admirals Club membership for a $450 annual fee, which isn’t waived the first year.
- You can also earn up to $100 in statement credits – but you have to spend at least $100 to do so.
On balance, I don’t think this is worth it. As mentioned above, I value American AAdvantage miles at ~1.8 cents each, so factoring in the statement credit and annual fee you’re getting ~$750 worth of miles.
Given that, the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard® is probably the best offer for American miles on the market at present. This card offers 50,000 AAdvantage miles after spending $3,000 within three months, and the $95 annual fee is waived the first year. That means you’re getting ~$900 worth of miles, with a lower spending requirement.
Kind of surprised how long the offer lasted, to be honest…