New Limited-Time Offers Out for Citibank AAdvantage Cards, Up to 75,000 Miles

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Last week word came out that Citibank was going to be changing their offers for new American AAdvantage co-brand credit cards. Since the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard® had a best-ever public offer, and the CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard® did too, it seems likely that the initial bonuses for their cards would drop back to ‘normal’ levels.

Citi is out with new offers, and there’s actually some great news.

Best-Ever 70,000 Mile Business Card Initial Offer Still Available

The CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard® still has the best offer I’m aware of that they’ve ever made for the card, a 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 $99).

The small business card offers first checked bag on domestic American Airlines itineraries. There’s preferred boarding on American flights and 25% savings on American Airlines inflight wifi when you use your card.

American Airlines Boeing 787-9 Business Class

Biggest Offer in a Long Time for Card That Comes With Club Membership

Another piece of really good news. The Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard® has the best offer I’ve seen in a really long time, 75,000 miles after $7500 spend within the first 3 months of cardmembership.

This $450 annual fee card comes with American Airlines Club membership — and it offers authorized user cards at no additional annual fee. You can have up to 10 authorized user cards, and each gets access to American Airlines clubs as well (and each can bring in up to 2 guests).

American Airlines Admirals Club New York JFK

American has been investing a lot in its clubs. Several have made-to-order guacamole in the afternoons, and avocado toast in the mornings.

American has been testing new food options in Phoenix, Chicago, and Houston clubs as well.

Of course the real reason I value American’s clubs is for the help their agents give me when flying American. If there’s a delay or a cancellation I find they give me the best help getting rebooked and on my way, working hard to preserve upgrades, and proactively helping to come up with backup options in case I have further trouble.

I have and use this card to help maintain my American AAdvantage Executive Platinum status since $40,000 spend on purchases that post to your account during a calendar year earns 10,000 elite qualifying miles.

Slightly Lower Bonus Offer for Standard Consumer Card

For the past few years the public initial bonus offer on the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard® has been 30,000 miles. It was a great offer the past few months when they were offering a 60,000 mile initial bonus.

Citi has dropped this back down to what I view as their ‘usual’ limited-time better offer, 50,000 American Airlines AAdvantage bonus miles after making $2,500 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening.

This is a good offer, just 10,000 miles less than before, and it’s a $0 annual fee the first year, then $99 annual fee card. Cardmembers receive one free checked bag and preferred boarding on American Airlines flights. You also get 10% of your miles back (up to 10,000 rebated per calendar year) when you redeem miles.

Spend Miles for Awards on Partners, Like Cathay Pacific

Choosing the Right Cards For You

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.

I signed up for the CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard® under the 70,000 mile initial offer. I already have the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard® so I’m not eligible for the bonus on the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard® since those are both personal cards in the same family.

In other words if you do not have a Citibank-issued American AAdvantage card it is possible to get one personal and one small business AAdvantage card.

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  1. @Gary

    is there something going on with Qatar award space? from June 20, 2019 thru the end of published schedule, there is ZERO award space to any city from DOH. i’d been monitoring this for awhile for a trip next year and called AA first thing this morning since they can now see June 20, 2019 on their schedule, and the rep couldn’t see any space. lots of space up to June 19, 2019. is there a way to see if the fare code changed or something?

  2. Hi Gary, and thanks for offering such a wealth of information here on your blog. Quick question to you or your readers. I was approved for the Citi Aadvantage Biz card and few months ago and met my spend promptly. I never received the bonus and have inquired twice. Both times I was told I had held or canceled a card in the same product line in the past 24 months. The last AA Biz card I had was used for two years and canceled in 2014. There is no doubt about this. I should not be denied the bonus for this card. Any suggestions? Is there a way to escalate the issue further? I have tried via SM and calling to no avail. Thanks in advance!

  3. That is interesting that there’s QR space through June 19, but nothing June 20 onward. I don’t *think* it’s a change in booking code, June 20 is 331 days out, they may be changing how far out awards are bookable, let’s see whether June 20 space opens in a few days

  4. @Gary That’s the problem, the card they state is not in compliance with their policy was a personal card I closed in December 2017, not a business card. I must keep getting representatives that do not understand their own terms and conditions. I will try again!

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