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American has co-branded credit cards issued by both Citi and Barclays, which is good for consumers, since it means we have more cards to choose from. At the moment we’re seeing increased welcome bonuses on the co-branded Citi AAdvantage cards, so in this post I wanted to remind everyone of that, and also look at how you can potentially earn 230,000+ American AAdvantage miles with four credit card bonuses.
130K+ miles with Citi AAdvantage bonuses
Both the personal and business Citi AAdvantage Platinum cards are offering increased welcome bonuses of 60,000-70,000 miles each, with the first year annual fee waived. The details are as follows:
- The Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard® is offering a welcome bonus of 60,000 AAdvantage miles after making $3,000 of purchases within the first three months; $99 annual fee, waived for the first 12 months
- The CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard® is offering a welcome bonus of 70,000 AAdvantage miles after making $4,000 of purchases within the first four months; $95 annual fee, waived for the first 12 months
You’re potentially eligible for the welcome bonuses on both of these cards, though you can’t apply for them the same day. You can generally apply for one Citi card every eight days, and two Citi cards every 65 days, so as long as you haven’t gotten other Citi cards recently, you should be able to get both of these over the course of just over a week.
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100K+ miles with Barclays AAdvantage bonuses
While these aren’t best ever bonuses, the personal and business Barclays AAdvantage cards are also offering welcome bonuses that can get you a lot of miles with minimal spend. The details are as follows:
- The AAdvantage Aviator Red World Elite Mastercard is offering a welcome bonus of 50,000 AAdvantage miles after making a single purchase and paying the $95 annual fee
- The AAdvantage Aviator Business Mastercard is offering a welcome bonus of 50,000 AAdvantage miles after making a single purchase and paying the $95 annual fee
There are inconsistent data points in regards to how long you have to wait between Barclays applications. Some report being able to apply for a personal and business card the same day, though others report having to wait between applications, so the timing of this is a “your mileage may vary” situation.
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Receive useful benefits with these cards as well
In addition to great welcome bonuses, these cards also offer some perks that could make them worth holding onto long term, including:
- Preferred boarding on domestic American flights
- First checked bag free on domestic itineraries for you and up to four companions on the same reservation
- The Personal Platinum Citi AAdvantage Card and AAdvantage Aviator Red World Elite Mastercard offer 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 one of these cards a keeper, in my opinion — note that you can only get this benefit on one card, so you can’t use it multiple times if you have multiple cards)
At the moment we’re seeing four great welcome bonuses on co-branded American Airlines credit cards. If you’re only going to pick up two cards now, I’d highly recommend the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard® and CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard®, since those are limited time bonuses, and they have the fees waived for the first year.
The bonuses on the AAdvantage Aviator Red World Elite Mastercard and AAdvantage Aviator Business Mastercard are great as well, though we have seen a bigger bonus on the personal version of the card in the past.
There are still lots of great uses of American miles, even if they’re not quite as valuable as they used to be.