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Update: This offer for the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard® is expired. Learn more about the current offers here.
I’ve written about these offers before, but I think it’s worth emphasizing them again, given that these are the best ever offers we’ve seen on all of these cards. If you apply for 2-3 of these cards, you’d have enough miles for a premium cabin ticket to just about anywhere in the world.
American is in the unique position of having credit cards issued by both Citi and Barclaycard, which is great for consumers, since it means we have access to more credit cards than most other airlines offer. For those of you who don’t have any/all American Airlines credit cards, I wanted to recap how you can maximize your AAdvantage mileage balance with these three best-ever offers:
- The Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard® is offering 60,000 AAdvantage miles after making $3,000 of purchases within the first three months; the $95 annual fee is waived for the first 12 months
- The CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard® is offering 60,000 AAdvantage miles after making $3,000 of purchases within the first three months; the $95 annual fee is waived for the first 12 months
- The AAdvantage Aviator Red World Elite Mastercard is offering 60,000 AAdvantage miles after making one purchase within 90 days; the card has a $95 annual fee
The bonuses on the Personal Platinum Citi AAdvantage Card and Business Platinum Citi AAdvantage Card are limited time, and have been around since mid-October. Historically these increased bonuses are only available for 2-3 months, so I’d be surprised if they’re around much longer. All of these cards come with perks when flying American, which can be useful whether you’re a frequent or occasional American flyer.
Redeem AAdvantage miles for Cathay Pacific business class
Who is eligible for these sign-up bonuses?
In terms of Citi cards, you can be approved for the sign-up bonuses on both the Personal Platinum Citi AAdvantage Card and Business Platinum Citi AAdvantage Card. The main thing to be aware of is that with Citi you can only apply for one card every eight days, and two cards every 65 days. So your strategy should be to apply for one of these cards first, and then eight or more days later apply for the other one. The other restriction to be aware of is regarding having multiple personal or business Citi AAdvantage cards (again, in this case one is personal and one is business, so you’re good, but you do want to be aware of this if you have other Citi AAdvantage cards):
For the personal card:
“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.”
And for the business card:
“Bonus miles and any additional special offer not available if you have had any CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® account opened or closed in the past 24 months.”
As far as the AAdvantage Aviator Red World Elite Mastercard goes, eligibility for the card is unrelated to any of the Citi AAdvantage cards. Just keep in mind that typically Barclaycard will only approve people for a card once every six months.
Redeem AAdvantage miles for Japan Airlines business class
Are American miles even worth it?
There’s no denying that the value of American miles has decreased, between last year’s AAdvantage devaluation and also American’s lack of saver level award availability on their own flights nowadays.
However, American miles continue to be incredibly valuable for travel on partner airlines. As a reminder, here are American’s partner airline business class award rates for travel departing the US:
|Contiguous 48 U.S. To:||Business Class||First Class|
|Contiguous 48 U.S. States||25,000||50,000|
|Canada & Alaska||30,000||55,000|
|South America Zone 1||30,000||55,000|
|South America Zone 2||57,500||85,000|
|Middle East / India||70,000||115,000|
|Asia Zone 1||60,000||80,000|
|Asia Zone 2||70,000||110,000|
Nowadays partner business class redemptions are the sweet spot for redeeming AAdvantage miles. 57,500 miles for business class to Europe, 60,000-70,000 miles for business class to Asia, 70,000 miles for business class to the Middle East/India, 75,000 miles for business class to Africa, etc., all represent great deals.
If you were to apply for the above three cards and earn 180,000 miles (with just $95 of annual fees the first year), you’d have more than enough miles for a roundtrip business class ticket to any of those destinations.
Redeem AAdvantage miles for Etihad business class
There are some great sign-up bonuses on AAdvantage credit cards, in particular for the Personal Platinum Citi AAdvantage Card, Business Platinum Citi AAdvantage Card, and AAdvantage Aviator Red World Elite Mastercard. If you don’t have any or all of these cards, I’d highly recommend applying, given the great partner redemption opportunities that are available through AAdvantage. The Citi offers are limited time, and I’d be surprised if they’re around much longer.