Earn 120K+ American Miles With 2 Credit Card Sign-Ups

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Citi has recently increased the sign-up bonuses on their co-branded AAdvantage credit cards for a limited time, to 60,000 bonus miles upon completing minimum spend. This is the biggest publicly available sign-up bonus I ever recall seeing on these cards. 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:

  • Preferred 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 60,000 miles with a waived annual fee the first year and perks when flying American is a great offer. I value American miles at ~1.3 cents each (this is a lowered valuation based on their lack of saver award availability on their own flights), so to me the bonus of 60,000 miles offered by each card is worth ~$780.

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

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Comments

  1. Ben, does having a Citi AAdvantage Bronze card preclude me from getting the bonus on the Citi AAdvantage Platinum card?

  2. AA miles are as close to worthless as they come.

    Stop promoting these cards and keep the heat on them about their terrible saver availability.

  3. Any anecdotal experience on getting approved for a second Platinum Select Personal (with bonus) while having the same card currently opened (for >24 months )?

  4. Not only is the award availability horrible but when you do find availability the routing is ridiculous. AA seems to want to punish you if you wanna use miles. At the point I’m looking to see if United will match me to 1k and jumping ship.

  5. 100k miles, just enough for a 1-way awards trip between Dallas and Houston…with $190 in fuel surcharges.

  6. Write about how AA miles are “worth less” a couple days before and how limited award availability is, then hawk AA cards today. Ironic, but I understand your sources of revenue.

  7. 1. AA feeder availability is terrible/nonexistent.
    2. QR doesn’t offer Biz to USA with points Friday/Saturday/Sunday
    3. QR connection availability has been reduced drastically and AA doesn’t allow stopovers to increase flexibility
    4. AA doesn’t allow Etihad awards to Africa

    So while there are some use to the points, you have to live in a big city served by QR/CX/Etihad and have very specific redemptions to Asia, Middle East, India to get decent value.

    I also wouldn’t be surprised if AA introduces higher redemptions for partners like UA/DL.

  8. Can you please confirm if having the personal card (opened more than 2 years) ago, and applying to a new personal card (i..e a second one) would quality for the bonus?

  9. Lucky – you are destroying your credibility every time you post about AA cards or “buying AA miles at a discount”.

    AA miles are total and utter crap except for a few select uses that most people don’t have.

    If you want your readers to click your affiliate links, at least use your clout to help fix the problem.

  10. Even CX availability is super sparse. Finding last minute availability in J or F out of LAX used to be pretty reliable. Now, there is virtually zero availability even last minute. Checked next 7 days out of LAX and nothing showed up in either J or F for 2 passengers.

    RIP AAdvantage

  11. To all the people here complaining about heir AA miles, I understand that they are only useful to people in certain areas/travel plans……anybody looking to trade AA or donate their miles 🙂 ?

  12. Lucky no offense but no one should be applying for these shit cards unless they have a specific trip in mind..

    Value is horrendous. Europe availability sans shit tastic British is non existent

  13. I’ve certainly found AA award availability to be limited, but not so awful as to render the miles useless. I’m sure it depends on your location as well. I’ve seen pretty good JAL award availability, which seems like a decent use of AA miles (of course, this is very dependent on your location).

    One thing I wanted to mention is that I got the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select personal card in April with a 50,000-mile bonus, before these 60,000-mile offers came out. I called Citi to ask if I could be switched to the 60,000 offer and was told it wouldn’t be possible. I sent a secure message from my Citi account requesting the higher bonus, and was approved.

  14. The unusually high signup bonus right now is probably related to the fact that sales of AA miles this last quarter are way down from projections. Both miles sold directly to members, as well as to banks for cc sign up bonuses, are millions of dollars below expectations. Folks are reluctant to buy miles outright, and relatively uninterested in applying for AA branded ccs. Now I wonder why that might be?

    But for anyone with a Citi AA card that has been open for more than 24 months, and hasn’t closed a Citi AA card of any type, in that time frame, yes you can get another sign up bonus with the previous card still open. That is, if you really want to….. 😉

  15. Worthless miles! We need to collectively boycott AAdvantage until they release some seats!

  16. Useless airlines. Useless miles. Useless article. Only good for your commissions and referrals.

    Tired of the credit cards articles. Really boring.

  17. “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.”

    If I understand correctly, in the case a partner closed a CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard® card account a year ago, another partner cannot open a new account and get the bonus. Is that right?

  18. Well there’s not much ambiguity in these comments (hey, who says Americans can’t agree on things?)

    AA really should be SHAMED for continuing to shill these cards – especially on the flights, as if there are 6 people in N. America flying their dirty planes that don’t know about those crappy cards.

    Living away from spouse this past year and traveling home (east coast to midwest) quite a few weekends, the reality has been that there are seats, but they aren’t likely to be at low rates unless you wanna fly on Wednesdays on the 6am. This weekend the only available (coach of course) rates are 50 K one way, and have been sitting on that figure for months. I commented to my wife that we’d flown first class on Cathay to Singapore for about that just a couple years ago.

    I would think Citi should be getting sensitive to the bad press, too.

  19. What are the chances that AA will get it’s act together on a couple of years. It there is a chance it will occur then maybe getting the card and banking the miles and sitting on them for a while would make it worth the effort

  20. If you’re tired of the credit card offers then just stop reading. It’s really quite simple.

    They have allowed myself and countless others to travel in luxury for very low prices. Do you expect Lucky to tell you to accrue your AA miles for a Cathay Business redemption by buying your Starbucks latte with an AA card and going the hard way of 1 dollar per mile, or credit your AA flight from Dallas to Phoenix to your AA account?

    Lucky has never said to acquire AA miles for a piddly domestic AA redemption (not that international AA is too great either). JAL has a great premium experience, try it if you haven’t. And if you’re complaining about Lucky and AA but you do not travel international, then you’re not really the target market of this blog. Lucky travels the world, not from Tampa to Philadelphia.

  21. @joel : i fly 120+ segments on international flights a year and live full time in hotels. Period.
    As a non american citizen / resident the credit card stuffs are useless because we can’t apply and in Europe credit cards are really not that interesting.

    Just mentioning that for non US people the credit card stuffs are really annoying and that’s it.

  22. @ lovetospendit — Congratulations — I don’t know what to tell you other than the world doesn’t revolve around you. It most certainly doesn’t revolve around the USA either, but he’s bringing to light an available product that helps potentially millions of people. Hell, I bet a large majority of people who apply for these credit cards don’t even use his referral links.

    I love a Singapore-based travel blogger and he is constantly pushing Asia Miles and Kris Flyer linked credit cards. I take the value from his site that’s relevant for me, and leave the rest.

  23. Hmmm…I already have one of these, and its been open less than 24 months (I got mine when the bonus was 50K). Not sure I’d qualify for this one.

    I think we’re all pretty annoyed at the changes AAdvantage has gone through of late. AAdvantage has gone from being an industry-leading FF program to being industry-meh. Not only is saver award availabilty on AA metal nearly non-exsistent, but where it is available, the available routing and flight times are ludicrous. Upgrades – domestic or international – seem to be confirmed as you are boarding the airplane anymore. (Its been a while since I have had an upgrade clear before the day of travel. For me, if they clear at all, its almost always at the gate these days.) Even partner availability (at least towards Europe and the ME – I cannot speak for Japan, HKG, Australia, or other Pacific routes) seems to be getting harder to come by.

    All of that said – if you are that angry at American, just dont read the article. Lucky says specifically in the title the bonus is for American miles. And if youre *really* hacked off and want to dump AA and its miles, do let me know. I’d be happy to accept your miles donation.

  24. I consistently use AA miles for ONE WAY international flights. That’s been the best way for me to always find award availability. The other way I use Delta or United.

  25. If you currently have the citi AA business or select platinum card you can downgrade it so it is still open and apply for a new card for the 60k miles if you have a use for them. Good luck

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