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For about four weeks Citibank dropped the singup bonus on the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard® down to 30,000 miles.
There are two card issuers for AAdvantage credit cards in the U.S. And Barclaycard was still offering 50,000 miles onboard and in-airport. So it’s not surprising to see that Citi is back with a 50,000 mile offer.
The Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard® now is offering 50,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles after making $2,500 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening.
This card has a $0 annual fee the first year, then $95. Cardmembers receive one free checked bag and preferred boarding on American Airlines flights.
In contrast the Barclaycard AAdvantage® AviatorTM Red World Elite Mastercard® is offering 50,000 miles after first purchase (no minimum spend) but doesn’t waive the annual fee the first year.
It’s had to reduce signup bonuses when there are multiple issuers competing for business from the same customer pool, and when they need to acquire new customers just to maintain the size of their portfolio.
So it’s notable that the CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard® is still available with 60,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles after making $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening. That card has a $0 annual fee the first year, then $95 as well. That keeps Citi ahead of Barclaycard’s new AAdvantage small business card which is only offering 40,000 miles as a signup bonus.
The two primary reasons you want these cards are:
- The bonus miles. American miles are fantastic for partner award redemptions, with big fuel surcharges only on British Airways redemptions. I use mine for first class awards on Etihad (great availability, ring Australia or UK to book), Cathay Pacific (better access to seats than through Alaska), and Japan Airlines (amazing availability close to travel).
- The benefits. If you fly American but not enough to earn elite status, e.g. if you live in Dallas, Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago, Phoenix, Charlotte, then it’s great to board early and not have to gate check bags and to have free checked bags — even on basic economy fares.