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 this summer. 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. (The $250 annual fee American Express® Gold Card card offers 4 points per dollar at US supermarkets, capped at $25,000 per year in purchases.)

  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®.

    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. Yes easy to downgrade from older Citi AA cards. Better earning than my old Citi Gold card and No more annual fee. My Barclays AA card takes care of everything else.

  2. It’s better than a sharp stick in the eye, especially if you buy tons of groceries. Otherwise, let’s be honest 10,000 Aadvantage miles is a rounding error. Flying their metal that is worth <$100. (Yes, I know there are better uses of miles on their partners, but that will take a whole lot groceries)

    Not much benefit for a hard pull.

  3. Domestic or International premium award seats are NEVER available on their metal. Once in a blue moon you might get something on their partner airlines for certain international segments. So their miles are worthless. A hard credit pull for a card with worthless miles carries no meaning whatsoever.

  4. @K I love my AAdvantage miles, I use them more than any other currency. I am frustrated by some issues with the airline but I absolutely do *not* hate them at all.

  5. I find that many small grocery stores do NOT earn 2X miles even though they are marked as “groceries” in Citi’s store type. I use this card exclusively for food purchase yet only get about 1.5X overall. Frustrating.

  6. Just got the card thank you! I’ll leep my usual one also to get the 10% rebate off award flights and free checked bag when needed. If course until they stop giving me a deal for keeping the card every year when I call to bitch about the $95 fee!

  7. As AA miles are so easy to get in much larger quantities I don’t know why anyone would want this card for a measly 10k miles. And why they would waste their spend on this card.

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