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It’s a Banco Popular Visa Infinite, for Puerto Rico residents, and it comes with a signup bonus of up to 50,000 miles:
That’s 37,500 American miles after $3,000 spend within 12 months of card opening and an other 12,500 bonus miles after a whopping $50,000 spend within 12 months.
The card even comes with a Priority Pass membership (not described as the hobbled Priority Pass Select which excludes United Clubs):
Priority PassTM, an exclusive Visa Infinite benefit. The world’s leading independent lounge program provides free membership to access the privacy of over 600 airport VIP lounges worldwide. For more information visit www.prioritypass.com
This strikes me as really attractive for a $195 annual fee card.
However, the application restricts who can legitimately submit themselves for the card. They ask for a Drivers License from one of the following:
And the only address option is to say you live in Puerto Rico.
Here are the important lessons:
- We should be grateful for the low spend requirements that the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® Mastercard and the CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard have to earn 50,000 mile bonus offers. (Offers expired)
- Nonetheless, Citibank’s cards could sure be more lucrative for ongoing spend. Remember, the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express Card is actually better for earning American miles than Citibank’s American cards are (since $20,000 spend on a Starwood card lets you transfer to 25,000 miles with several different airlines, not just American).
So while the Banco Popular card seems like a strong offering, there are better options that we’ve got — when it’s an American Airlines signup bonus we’re after, or earning for everyday spend. I’m jealous of the full Priority Pass it appears to have, however.