New American AAdvantage MileUp Card is Now Available

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American Airlines AAdvantage MileUp℠ Card

Citibank’s new no annual fee AAdvantage MileUp℠ card that was announced earlier in the month is now available. Like United’s and Delta’s no annual fee offerings it will not include travel benefits like early boarding or free checked bags. However it will offer full mileage earning:

  • 2 miles per dollar on American Airlines purchases and at grocery stores
  • 1 full mile per dollar everywhere else.

This no annual fee card is arguably the best card for grocery store spend earning a full two miles and not capping bonus earning in the category.

It offers 10,000 AAdvantage bonus miles and a $50 statement credit after spending $500 in purchases within the first three months after account opening. So you can make money on the card in year one.

What’s more you’re eligible even if you have a current Citi AAdvantage card, and getting this card doesn’t appear to disqualify you from other Citi cards.

Statement credit and American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles are not available if you have had an AAdvantage MileUp℠ card opened or closed in the past 24 months.

This appears confirmed by the terms for the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard® which say (emphasis mine) [offer for this card expired]

AAdvantage® bonus miles are not available if you have had any Citi® / AAdvantage® card (other than a MileUp℠ or CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® card) opened or closed in the past 24 months.

I still think strong cash back cards rule the no annual fee space.

But this is good value at the price point, and great for grocery spend. At the same time, Citi is also offering a better deal on the rest of its AAdvantage cards, too.

  • 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). [Offer expired]

    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

  • 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. (Offer expired)

    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 Airlines AAdvantage MileUp℠ Card

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  1. The American Express Gold Rewards Card earns 2x Membership Reward Points at grocery stores, restaurants and gas stations. One card for all of that bonus at three major categories.

    Membership Reward Points are a lot more valuable than American Airlines miles.

  2. I got the Executive AAdvantage card last year for Admirals Club access and EQMs (and 75k bonus), so my Platinum Select card no longer useful. However, I’ve had it for almost 20 years so didn’t want to cancel. Therefore, product changed to MileUp card. Only down side- they told me it would take until mid-September to get new card issued.

  3. Is this the only card for earning AA miles in bonus categories? The new Marriott card (which you could transfer then to AA) has bonus categories in gas and office supply stores but they offer only 4 points for each dollar. When you consider that the transfer rate of Marriott parents to AA is 3 to1, it seems like the new AA card you talked about is a better deal (even with the 25% transfer bonus).

  4. I have had a no-free Bronze card for some years now. They discontinued this, but I was grandfathered and got to keep it. I don’t actually use it, but having a Citi caed increased the EXP discount for using miles on hotels. So, with $0 annual fee, it’s wroth it.

    I got an email a few weeks back telling me that this will be change to the als–$0-fee MileUp. Givven this, pretty sure I’m not going to eb eligible for any pf the bonus 🙂


  5. I don’t see how this card is the “best grocery spend” card, unless you buy your groceries from non-supermarkets that would qualify under Citi’s broader grocery category. Amex Blue Cash preferred gives you 6% cash back at supermarkets AND 3% at gas stations. You can easily earn back the $75 annual fee and then some vs. this card. And you get CASH, not miles, which is worth more any day.

  6. Hi KHV, do you know if you can charge gift cards at grocery stores with the Amex Blue cash? MJ

  7. If you want extra AA Advantage miles then Membership Rewards AMEX not the way to go. As AA is not a transfer partner. This new Citi no fee card very good for the heavy grocery shopper at 2X.

  8. Thank you Jeff, now the question I have to ask myself is, Is 6%cash back better than 2points per dollar at grocery stores..mmmm

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