The Citi AAdvantage Card Is Getting New Benefits

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Two of Citi’s popular AAdvantage credit cards are the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard® and the CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard®. The personal version of the card is presently offering a welcome bonus of 50,000 bonus AAdvantage miles after spending $2,500 within three months, while the business version of the card is presently offering a welcome bonus of 70,000 AAdvantage miles after spending $4,000 within four months.

American has reached out to let me know about a few updates being made to the consumer version of the card.

The Citi AAdvantage Personal Card is getting a 60K sign-up bonus again

First of all, the personal version of the card is expected to once again get an elevated sign-up bonus of 60,000 AAdvantage miles upon completing minimum spend as of May 3, 2018. This is as big as the bonus on this card gets. If you’re considering picking up that card, it could make sense to hold off and wait for the better bonus. The business version of the card has the better bonus right now, so I’d recommend applying for that now.

The card will offer 2x miles on restaurants and gas stations

In order to make the consumer card more compelling, the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Card will offer 2x miles at restaurants and gas stations as of July 22, 2018. Existing cardmembers will automatically receive these benefits at that point.

This is a nice improvement, though at the same time nowadays airline co-brand credit cards aren’t really compelling when it comes to the return on spend that they offer:

So this will be better, but still won’t move the needle as to which card I use for spend in these categories.

Wanted to let you know that today we’re announcing new benefits for the Citi Platinum card. See below for more details and you can check out: http://www.citi.com/doubledown

The card will offer a $100 American flight discount with spend

Starting later this year, if you spend $20,000 or more in purchases during your cardmember year on the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Consumer Card and renew your card, you’ll receive a $100 American Airlines flight discount. I commend American and Citi for adding multiple incentives here to spend money on their card, though personally it still won’t change the card I use.

$100 is 0.5% of $20,000, so even if you value that discount at face value, you’re still not going to be doing better than other cards.

Bottom line

To me, airline credit cards are worth holding onto for the benefits they offer, while they’re rarely worth putting spend on, unless you have some serious incentive. For example, last year I did spend a lot on the AAdvantage Aviator Silver Card, as doing so earned me 10,000 elite qualifying miles and 6,000 elite qualifying dollars, which made a difference in terms of requalifying for status.

Will these new Citi AAdvantage Card benefits change whether or not you use the card?

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Comments

  1. As long as I have Alaska miles, I have never redeemed AA miles since there is the free stop-over and the ability to change and cancel 60 days or more before flying without a fee with Alaska. However, Alaska is changing that fee waiver, so maybe I’ll finally use some AA miles that I’ve been stockpiling for years from Bank Direct and CC signup bonuses if I’m not looking for a stopover.

  2. @Lucky: “Two of Citi’s popular AAdvantage credit cards are the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard® and the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard®.” Those 2 are the same :-))))). I am sure that you meant another card…..

  3. LOL

    A $100 AA flight discount for spending $20,000 annually. Err no! I’ll stick with the B of A Premium Rewards Card for that thank you very much. The Travel Incidental credit on that card works for AA Gift Cards. I got one in December and another in January and just used both of them last week to book a BA flight to Krakow on the AA site. Nice $200 savings.

  4. Lucky,

    If one wanted to earn AA miles via spending, this is now the best way, right (SPG cards are now devalued for earning AA miles)?

  5. This is good news for me. I tried to apply for their CitiBusiness card after getting mail from them inviting me to apply, but I got denied. I drive my own personal car for a living and do a Schedule C, so the gas station benefit would have been perfect for me. I still feel like using the Sapphire Preferred for restaurants, but as for gas, I’m still debating as to if I should use the AmEx Gold Premier Rewards card or not, though…

  6. @Lucky – Any word on if the same 2x miles category spend would be offered on the AAdvantage Executive Card ?

  7. I have the card and plan to hold it, but I rarely use it. I keep it at this point for the free bags since it saves me more then the annual cost of the card. I’ll keep using the sapphire reserve.

  8. When earning a second sign up bonus, does the 24 month clock start when you closed your previous account or when you received the first bonus?

  9. How much do you have to spend with Citi Aadvantage Premium Select card to earn EQDs? With the Barclayscard $25,000= 3,000 EQDs…

  10. Still totally not compelling. I wonder why the airline cards continue to be so lame that nobody who knows better would ever use them for general spend. I suspect it’s because millions of people have them who don’t understand what they are giving up by using them.

  11. What you didn’t cover about the changes Citi is making to the Platinum Select card is the decrease in travel insurance provided to the cardmember. Significantly decreased!!

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