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I’ve been lazy lately and haven’t really applied for many credit cards. I don’t have a good excuse, other than having been around the world more times than I can count in the past couple of months.
I’m not one that necessarily applies for multiple credit cards in a day, since I don’t see much upside to it, even though that’s the “traditional” way many in our hobby do credit card applications.
In my case I already have a Citi Platinum Select AAdvantage MasterCard, which I keep year after year since you get a 10% discount on award redemptions, for up to 100,000 miles annually (a savings of up to 10,000 miles). I redeem more than 100,000 AAdvantage miles every year, so I get the maximum 10,000 mile rebate each year. That’s well worth the $95 annual fee to me, which is even waived the first year (it’s like acquiring AAdvantage miles for under a penny each).
However, it has been a couple of years since I’ve had the CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard®, which is the business version of the credit card. It offers a sign-up bonus of 50,000 AAdvantage miles after spending $3,000 within three months. The card has a $95 annual fee, which is waived the first year.
More than anything it’s an easy 50,000 AAdvantage miles with no annual fee the first year and a minimal spend requirement.
I got approved for the card instantly, and hopefully the AAdvantage miles will post next month.
While I earn tons of AAdvantage miles already for my paid travel (I have top tier status with American), I can’t get my hands on enough of them, given the number of great award redemption opportunities out there. In particular you can’t beat redeeming American miles for Cathay Pacific first class and for Etihad’s First Class Apartments, for which award availability is wide open between Abu Dhabi and London/Sydney.
Etihad First Apartment A380
If you don’t yet have the CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard®, consider picking it up for an easy 50,000 AAdvantage bonus miles.