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American Airlines has two different bank partners issuing credit cards. Barclays advertises their cards inflight and in the airport (but not within 100 feet of an American Airlines Admirals Club). Citibank advertises theirs everywhere else.
The nice thing is we’ve seen competition between the two card issuers. We frequently see their bonuses move up at down together.
Citi’s best-ever 70,000 mile business card bonus offer is 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).
Barclays has now increased their offer for their AAdvantage® Aviator® Business Mastercard® to 60,000 bonus miles after making your first purchase in the first 90 days. (HT: Doctor of Credit) There is no minimum spend requirement, but the offer isn’t as large as the Citi version of the AAdvantage business card and the annual fee is not waived the first year.
It is possible to get both cards — and both initial card bonuses — because they are issued by separate banks (and unlike Marriott, Chase, and American Express there’s no information sharing between Citi and Barclays).
And bear in mind that getting these cards shouldn’t count against your total for Chase’s 5/24.
In addition to these elevated offers Citi’s premium card with club membership has the biggest offer I’ve seen in years. The Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard® will award 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).