Last Chance To Score A 60K Mile Sign-Up Bonus On The Citi AAdvantage Card

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For a couple of months now, Citi has been offering an increased sign-up bonus on their co-branded AAdvantage credit cards. 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 that’s waived the first year.

If you’ve been considering these cards, this is the time to apply. The Points Guy notes that the sign-up bonus on the Citi Platinum AAdvantage Personal Card will be changing on Thursday, July 13, 2017. While we don’t yet know what the new bonus will be, I think it’s safe to assume that it will decrease. Meanwhile the excellent sign-up bonus on the Citi Platinum AAdvantage Business Card won’t be changing immediately.

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 Citi Platinum AAdvantage Personal 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 Citi Platinum AAdvantage Personal Card and the Citi Platinum AAdvantage Business 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 the Citi Platinum AAdvantage Personal Card now, and then apply for the Citi Platinum AAdvantage Business Card in eight days (assuming the bonus doesn’t disappear), 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 bonus on the Personal Platinum Citi AAdvantage Card is ending in a couple of days, so if you haven’t yet taken advantage of the offer, I highly recommend doing so. 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.

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Comments

  1. I signed 3 family members up to all three, Aviator, CitiPlatinum Personal; Citibusiness for combined 170,000mi per fam member. The AA availability to Europe is awful admittedly but wide, wide, WIDE open on RJ, Qatar and Cathay Pacific. Redeeming on AA is no good but partner airlines are awesome.

  2. If I closed a Citi AAdvantage Platinum 10 months ago, but opened that card 30 months ago, will I be able to get the bonus again? Thanks!

  3. @Chris M Sorry, but no. You have to wait until 24 months (and maybe wait a little longer, as Citi is terrible at math) after you closed that card. If you apply before then, Citi will approve your app, mail you a card, and be happy to let you put charges on it, but they will not give you a sign up bonus.

  4. I received an invitation only offer fo 75k miles afger spending $7,500 in three months. Have anybody else received a similar offer ?

  5. If I have CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Select® Visa® Card for 5 years, can I apply for CITIBUSINESS® / AADVANTAGE® PLATINUM SELECT® WORLD MASTERCARD ? No other Citi business cc. Are they two different products ? Thanks.

  6. AA miles are currently some of the hardest to put to good use. They either do not have availability, add a number of stops (which can double the amount of time to your destination), or require a significant number of miles for a trip. None of the domestic carriers’ mileage programs are that great but AA is pretty bad now. If you don’t believe me, sign up for the AA card and try to use the miles.

  7. I’ll admit they’re not easy to use but this “totally unusable” is pretty misleading. There may not be saver availability for the exact route and date you want, but that doesn’t mean it’s not existent. I recently booked two biz class tickets on JAL using AA miles to Tokyo – I thought this was a good redemption. It takes some work but there is definitely availability out there – particularly on partners such as Cathay, JAL, Etihad, and Qatar. The fact that you have to search on other sites to find it increases the availability b/c so many people won’t do the work to find them.

  8. Got this card when the offer was 50K miles. Like most here, I wish saver award availability was better on AA metal. However, I think this card is worth it, for no other reason than the 10% mileage back benefit for when you do use your miles.

  9. I got a “further processing is required” response which is weird for me. Should I do anything?

  10. I never get approved for Citi cards. I applied today using Ben’s link and got instantly denied 🙁

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