Earn 100K+ American Miles With 2 Credit Card Sign-Ups

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Citi has just increased the sign-up bonuses on their co-branded AAdvantage credit cards for a limited time, to 50,000 bonus miles upon completing minimum spend. The details of the offers are as follows:

Both cards have a $95 annual fee, though it’s waived for the first 12 months.

This is a fantastic sign-up bonus, especially when you consider that both cards have reasonable minimum spend, and the annual fee is waived for the first year.

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Benefits of the Citi AAdvantage Cards

If you fly American once in a while, both of these cards also come with some useful benefits, including the following:

  • Group 1 boarding on domestic American flights
  • First checked bag free on domestic itineraries for you and up to four companions on the same reservation
  • My favorite perk is that the Personal Platinum Citi AAdvantage Card offers a 10% refund on miles redeemed, for a total of up to 10,000 miles per year (assuming you redeem at least 100,000 miles per year, this means you’re getting 10,000 American miles with the card annually, which makes this card a keeper, in my opinion)

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Get a 10% refund on redeemed miles, up to 10,000 miles per year

Qualifying for the bonuses on these cards

It’s possible to earn the sign-up bonus on both the Personal Platinum Citi AAdvantage Card and the Business Platinum Citi AAdvantage Card. However, keep in mind that you can’t apply for both on the same day. Citi’s general policy on new card applications is as follows:

  • You can only apply for one Citi card every eight days
  • You can apply for no more than two Citi cards every 65 days

So you could apply for one of the cards now, and then the other one in eight days, assuming you haven’t applied for another Citi card in the past ~65 days.

Also, anecdotally I’ve found these cards to be pretty easy to be approved for, so for most it shouldn’t be too difficult to get approved.

Specific to these cards, here’s what the terms say as far as eligibility goes:

Personal:

American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles are not available if you have had any Citi® / AAdvantage® card (other than a CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® card) opened or closed in the past 24 months.

Business:

This card is not available if the business already has a CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard® card. Bonus miles are not available if you have had any CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® card opened or closed in the past 24 months.

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You can redeem your American miles on Qatar Airways

Bottom line

The limited time sign-up bonuses on both the Personal Platinum Citi AAdvantage Card and Business Platinum Citi AAdvantage Card are worth considering. Earning 50,000 miles with a waived annual fee the first year and perks when flying American is a great offer. I value American miles at ~1.5 cents each, so to me the bonus of 50,000 miles offered by each card are worth ~$750.

Anyone plan on picking up one of these AAdvantage cards available with the current limited time offer?

About lucky

Ben Schlappig (aka Lucky) is a travel consultant, blogger, and avid points collector. He travels about 400,000 miles a year, primarily using miles and points to fund his first class experiences. He chronicles his adventures, along with industry news, here at One Mile At A Time.

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Comments

  1. There should be a way to charge/forfeit bloggers commission because they don’t give complete informantion in their articles.

    Maybe Cit can aggregate commissions quarterly and only pay referral commissions that have not been disputed by the applicant ( for example when some people don’t get the sign on bonus because the blogger withheld information)

  2. I already got the Platinum Business card and the 50,000 points as I saw it on my AAdvatage account a few weeks ago.

    Guess I will get the other one now.

  3. Fortunately, I received a targeted mailer last month for a 60K personal platinum offer. Waiting for one last Chase app before jumping on that one.

  4. @John

    “Citi has just increased the sign-up bonuses” and calling them “limited time sign-up bonuses” is misleading- it’s only accurate in regard to lucky’s affiliate link. There have been public 50K offers *continuously* for years.

  5. I’m tempted to, but I also want to wait and see what happens when Barclays releases their new Aadvantage card next year. What kind of sign up bonus they’ll have and how Citi will respond.

  6. When has this bonus ever been less then 50k? Maybe 6 years ago?

    What you should say is they upped the bonus on the commissioned card. That would be accurate. Saying they upped the bonus is definitely a half truth

    But all’s fair in love and commissions

  7. Signed up this week with the intent of getting enough miles to fly one-way West Coast to LHR in business again next Spring. Flew the LAX-LHR flagship 777 with all of my ~100K miles earlier this year and loved every second of it. To your recent post about being jaded, I’d never flown int’l business so I was impressed, and spoiled, by the hard product from the getgo. Soft product was good enough as well to make me come back for more.

    Also want to upgrade my Citi AA Gold card I’ve had for years and years with no perks. Ticketmaster offers tons of Citi presales I’ve had great success with for concerts so I want to keep a Citi card in the wallet.

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