3 Reasons to Get Citi’s New No Annual Fee AAdvantage Card

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American Airlines AAdvantage MileUp℠ Card

Citibank’s new no annual fee AAdvantage MileUp℠ card just launched last month. 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. And this one is uniquely good for a no annual fee product. In fact there are 3 main reasons to get this card:

  1. Grocery store earning. 2 miles per dollar at grocery stores and this is uncapped. Compare to the no annual fee Amex EveryDay® Credit Card from American Express which offers double points on US grocery store spend — but only on your first $6000 each year.

  2. Make money in year one. The card offers 10,000 AAdvantage bonus miles and a $50 statement credit after spending $500 in purchases within the first three months after account opening.

  3. You can still get other Citi AAdvantage cards. Citi usually lets you get only one bonus per card family, but you can get this card and also a Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard® or Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard® which 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.

    And you can still get their business card, 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).

American Airlines AAdvantage MileUp℠ Card

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Comments

  1. I’m sorry but I don’t understand Citi’s rules very well. Why can you still get those other Citi cards that are still in the same family? The no fee card is some sort of an exception to the rules? Similar question about why you could also get the Business card, please. Thanks!

  2. Only if there is no choice should anyone fly on American.
    Their website is clunky, their 800 number responsiveness is appalling and recently they charged me $75.00 to redeem points… plus $16 (or more) to reserve a seat plus they’re a travel insurance policy for another $16.00.
    I think Gary is right when he writes corporate wants your travel experience to be as unpleasant as possible.

  3. If you product change Citibank cards from TY points to an AA card, does that reset the 24 month clock on either or both card families?

  4. Deason number 4. A chance to earn enough points, roughly 80,000, to fly round trip to Biloxi and use the new 7 3 7 lavs.

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