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

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Citi has 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. I don’t recall ever seeing a bigger publicly available sign-up bonus 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.

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)


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.


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. That’s incredible for a card with the first year’s annual fee waived.

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

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Comments

  1. @Morris- No, the rebate does not stack if you have multiple cards. You get 10% back on an award redemption, and once you pass 10,000 miles rebated back in a calendar year, no more rebates.

  2. @ Kevin — No clue unfortunately, though if past similar promotions are any indication, I suspect it will be around for 1-2 months.

  3. I presume the 24 month limitation is on AA/Citi co-brand cards only and not on say a Citi TY Premier card? I had the Platinum Select card awhile back for the bonus miles but ended up cancelling after a couple years (do not fly American metal enough to justify the annual fee). I presume they will eventually catch on, but any issues on signing up for this for just the second time and still receiving the bonus miles? I also presume the eligibility for these miles is completely independent from the ability to earn bonus miles if I also sign up for the Barclay Aviator Red card for 60k miles upon first purchase? Neither would stay in my wallet long term, but a rather easy 120k AA mile re-up for just $95 for the Barclaycard sounds worth picking up…

  4. @ Todd H — Correct, eligibility has nothing to do with the Citi ThankYou Premier Card, or any Barclaycard product. You can sign-up for this card again as long as you haven’t opened or closed it in the past 24 months.

  5. @Lucky. Do they ask for supportive evidence like tax return data etc when applying? This is the first year when my business did not make any money.

  6. @ Daniel B. — I’ve never had it happen, though in theory they could certainly ask. If you’re not comfortable with sending in certain data, you don’t have to, because a denial doesn’t count against you beyond the standard hard pull on your credit score.

  7. @Lucky: thank you for your quick reply. It is not that I would not be comfortable sending data to the bank, it is just I do not have much evidence that my business is thriving………

  8. I cancelled the Citi World Exec card ($450 fee) go only 12 months ago .. will this exempt me from promo miles?

  9. I downgraded to Citi Bronze last year, with the card being a Platinum personal before. Does downgrading count as closing?

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