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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