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Last year American disclosed they were below expected credit card signups. Ever since then we’ve seen bigger signup bonuses to get consumer attention.
In fact we haven’t seen bigger offers for some of these cards in many years (and the 75,000 and 100,000 mile bonuses from 2010 were targeted even though many of us were able to sign up for them).
They have two different banks issuing cards in the U.S. They both offer a personal and a business card.
What’s notable is that when Citibank runs a limited-time offer it’s usually a 50,000 mile signup bonus.
This time they’ve upped the ante to 60,000 points on the personal card (which they’ve only done a couple times before) and to 70,000 points on the small business card (which I’ve never seen before). I do not know how long it will be available, but these are great offers to jump on.
The personal and business cards from Citibank both have big offers and a $0 annual fee the first year.
- Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard®: 60,000 mile initial bonus after spending $3,000 within the first 3 months of account opening. This card has a $0 annual fee the first year (then $99).
- CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard®: 70,000 mile initial bonus after spending $4,000 within the first 4 months of account opening. This card has a $0 annual fee the first year (then $95).
The personal and business cards from Barclays charge you an annual fee, have lower bonuses, but don’t have minimum spend to earn the points.
- Barclays AAdvantage® AviatorTM Red World Elite Mastercard® has an offer for 50,000 American Airlines AAdvantage bonus miles after first purchase within 90 days of account opening and paying the card’s $95 annual fee.
- AAdvantage® Aviator® Business Mastercard® offers 50,000 AAdvantage miles after first purchase in the first 90 days and paying the card’s annual fee.
I find that availability on American’s own flights is limited (though better than a year ago). Over the past several years I’ve redeemed my American miles more than any other currency for long haul travel in first class on Cathay Pacific, Qantas, Etihad, and more. I almost always use the miles for partner airline travel.
Cathay Pacific First Class
Etihad First Apartment
Citibank doesn’t seem to have a hard limit on the number of their cards you can have though of course how much credit they’ll make available for each person will vary. After you apply for one card in my experience they’ll consider another application from you 8 days later, but you can’t apply for more than 2 cards in 65 days.
Generally Citi will give you the bonus on a new card account if you haven’t opened or closed a card in that product’s family in the past 24 months. For this purpose the personal and business cards are separate, it is possible to earn the bonus for both a personal and a small business card.
It is possible to get both the Barclays personal and small business card. And these are separate from the Citibank cards so you can have all four.