Great Deal: 50,000 AAdvantage Miles With American Business Card

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Update: This offer for the CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard® is expired. Learn more about the current offer here.

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Citi has announced a limited time increased sign-up bonus on their co-branded American Airlines business credit card.

Citi is offering a sign-up bonus of 50,000 AAdvantage bonus miles after making $3,000 in purchases within the first three months of account opening. The annual fee on the card is $95, though is waived for the first 12 months.

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Great sign-up bonus!

I value American miles at ~1.8 cents each, so to me the sign-up bonus is worth ~$900. That’s a huge sign-up bonus for a card without an annual fee the first year and a reasonable minimum spend requirement.

There are tons of amazing uses of AAdvantage miles, from Cathay Pacific first class to Etihad first class to Japan Airlines first class.

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While there are rumors of 2016 AAdvantage program changes, as of now they just impact the earnings side of miles, and not the redemption side. While an award chart devaluation is inevitable, I think it’ll be several months before that happens.

Which is another reason to apply for this card soon, since 50,000 AAdvantage miles are worth more today than they’ll be in the future.

Card perks

Not only does this card have a great sign-up bonus, bit it comes with some great perks, including the following:

  • First checked bag free on American for you and up to four companions on the same reservation
  • Group 1 boarding on American Airlines flights
  • Earn a companion certificate each year when you spend $30,000 or more on the card
  • Earn 2x AAdvantage miles per dollar spent on eligible American Airlines purchases
  • As of November 15, 2015, earn 2x AAdvantage miles per dollar spent on telecommunications and car rental merchants, and at gas stations

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Bottom line

This is a fantastic increased sign-up bonus on American’s co-branded business credit card, which I’d highly recommend taking advantage of. I value the sign-up bonus at ~$900, which is pretty great for a card with the annual fee waived the first year and a minimum spend requirement of just $3,000.

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Comments

  1. Don’t they always have this offer? I just got one a month ago. I guess the 50k offer just became available to affiliates.
    I know you gotta earn a living lucky, but these posts just seem dishonest. You should do the CC links more like frequent miler.

  2. This is not new – in fact this offer has been available every day for the last 10 years plus (see: flyertalk). What is new apparently is now you get referral money for linking to it- but it’s really disingenuous to say this is a new or limited time offer

  3. @Luis – The Biz cards do not have the same 18 month language that the personal cards have. Some can get a card every few months while some cannot. Some have to close the card AND the overarching Biz account as well while others do not.

  4. I just got approved for the citi business plat select mc with the 50k aa mile bonus
    can i combine that with a personal citi card to get another 50k aa bonus mile?

    i think its going to be really hard to get enough miles for 2 first class cathay pacific tickets before march.

    do you have to transfer the aa miles to cathay pacific to get the award tickets?

  5. @ray – Yes, you can get a Biz and a personal card at the same time.

    No, you don’t transfer points to CX. You call AA and use your AA points to redeem for the CX partner award.

  6. if i can combine a personal citi bank card with the business mc i just got approved for I end up with 100000 aa bonus miles.
    i just finished the spend on the amex spg card with 30000 pts that can transfer to aa miles.
    so I think 2 first class on cathay to thailand are within reach……but
    how long does it take to get bonus miles / points put in your account and
    with the aa devaluation hitting in march will i have trouble finding an award out in the following jan 2017?

  7. @ray – 135k AA points will get you a single round trip award on CX F or two one-ways. Finding J, let alone F, is pretty impossible on CX for anything but the next 7-14 days.

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