New 60k Bonus on Each Citi AAdvantage Card

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The Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard is now offering 60,000 bonus American Airlines miles after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months.

The CitiBusiness / AAdvantage Platinum Select World MasterCard is also offering 60,000 bonus American Airlines miles after spending $3,000 on the card in the first three months.

The normal offer for each, is 30,000 AAdvantage miles for spending $1,000 on each and the standard “elevated offer” we see on each is 50k for $3k spend. So 60k for $3k spend is great–if you’ve been waiting on this card, now’s the time. Both are limited time offers.

You are only eligible to earn the sign up bonus on the personal card as long as you haven’t opened or closed the same card, or a Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard, within the last 24 months. You are eligible to earn the sign up bonus on the business card as long as your haven’t opened or closed the same cards within the last 24 months.

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You can hold both cards at the same time to take advantage of earning American Airlines miles for your personal and business spending, but you cannot be approved for both on the same day. The collected wisdom is to put at least 8 days between applications for cards issued by Citi.

Breakdown of Offers

Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard

Quick Facts

  • Sign Up Bonus: 60,000 bonus American Airlines miles after spending $3,000 on the card within three months of opening the account
  • Category Bonus: 2 American Airlines miles for every dollar spent on American Airlines purchases
  • First checked bag is free on domestic American Airlines flights for the cardholder and four others on the same reservation
  • Preferred Boarding on domestic American Airlines flights
  • 25% off of in-flight food and beverages purchased on the card
  • 10% rebate of redeemed American Airlines miles (maximum of 10,000 miles returned each calendar year)
  • Access to American Airlines’s Reduced Mileage Awards
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Annual fee: waived the first 12 months, $95 thereafter
  • Eligibility: subject to Citi’s new sign up bonus rule

The offer for the CitiBusiness / AAdvantage Platinum Select World MasterCard is practically the same, except there is no 10% rebate of redeemed miles and there are extra category bonuses as well as a potential to earn a $99 companion certificate:

Quick Facts

  • Sign Up Bonus: 60,000 bonus American Airlines miles after spending $3,000 on the card within three months of opening the account
  • Category Bonuses: 2 American Airlines miles for every dollar spent on American Airlines purchases, telecommuncations merchants, car rental merchants, and gas stations
  • First checked bag is free on domestic American Airlines flights for the cardholder and four others on the same reservation
  • Preferred Boarding on domestic American Airlines flights
  • 25% off of in-flight food and beverages purchased on the card
  • $99 companion certificate: If you spend $30,000 in a year on the card, you also get a $99 companion certificate for use within the continental United States.
  • Access to American Airlines’s Reduced Mileage Awards
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Annual fee: waived the first 12 months, $95 thereafter
  • Eligibility: subject to Citi’s new sign up bonus rule

Sign Up Bonus

We value American Airlines miles at 1.5 cents each, making each 60k sign up bonus worth approximately $900.

American Airlines miles are good for booking ultra-luxury trips because American Airlines miles can book:

  • Etihad First Class
  • Qantas First Class
  • Cathay Pacific First Class
  • Qatar First Class
  • British Airways First Class
  • Malaysia First Class
  • Japan Airlines First Class (although now you can also redeem Alaska miles on JAL First Class for cheaper!)

Delta miles cannot even book international First Class. You can see comparisons of American Airlines, Delta, and United award charts here. Just note that SAAver level (the cheapest) award space on American Airlines has gotten thinner and thinner over time, so it could be a good idea to look into your desired award space if you’re getting the card to put the bonus towards a specific trip.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, American Airlines miles are also good for economy awards too. American features off peak dates with cheap economy awards to:

  • Japan & Korea
  • Europe
  • South America
  • Central America
  • Caribbean
  • Hawaii

Here’s our complete guide to redeeming American Airlines miles.

Category Bonuses

Both cards offer 2x on American Airlines purchases.

The CitiBusiness card also offers 2x on purchases at telecommunications and car rental merchants as well as gas stations. You can read more about how Citi defines those merchants in the offer terms and conditions.

Internet, cable, and phone services is a 3x category on the Ink Business Preferred, so if you have that card, put those purchases on it. Car rentals and gas (all travel and gas) are 3x categories on the Citi ThankYou Premier Card, so use that instead of CitiBusiness card for car rental and gas purchases. If you don’t have those cards, these 2x category bonuses are nice.

Free Checked Bag

Cardholders get a free checked bag on domestic American Airlines flights (everyone gets a free checked bag on international flights), and up to four companions on the same reservation get the same benefit. Since the first checked bag normally costs $25, a family of five could clean up with this benefit, saving $250 per roundtrip.

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Group 1 Boarding

Since all the airlines started charging for checked bags, more people are carrying on big roll-a-boards that need to go in the overhead bin. When those fill up, you have to surrender your carry on for a dreaded “gate check”, which entails waiting around for 15 extra minutes to get the bag at baggage claim and losing access to everything in your bag during the flight.

Both cards get you “Preferred Boarding” on domestic American Airlines flight, so you will have a better chance of securing overhead bin space and avoid gate checking. Preferred boarding technically means Group 5, after Business, First Class, and passengers with status. Preferred boarding does not apply on codeshare flights, only those operated by American Airlines.

10% Rebate on Awards

This is a benefit of the Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard but not the CitiBusiness / AAdvantage Platinum Select World MasterCard. You will receive a 10% rebate on the miles used to book American Airlines awards–up to 10,000 miles rebated per calendar year.

That means a 45,000 mile off peak roundtrip to Europe is only 40,500 miles net. An 80,000 mile award in Cathay Pacific First Class to Japan one way would be 72,000 miles net.

A cardholder who redeems 100,000 American Airlines miles each year gets back 10,000 American Airlines miles. The process is automatic and the rebate posts within a few weeks. Here’s a post Scott wrote about the benefit in 2012.

Reduced Mileage Awards

Both cards give you access to American Airline’s Reduced Mileage Awards, which are discounts on domestic redemptions. Destinations for the discounts change every other month.

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Eligibility

You are only eligible to earn a sign up bonus if you haven’t opened or closed a card from the same type (brand or co-brand) within the last 24 months. For example, if you’ve opened or closed the personal Citi AAdvantage card in the last 24 months, you are not eligible for another. Luckily the CitiBusiness card is a separate product in this regard, so a separate 24 month clock applies to it. You can sign up for both as long as you haven’t opened or closed either (respectively) in the last 24 months.

As long you follow the above rule, you can be approved and received the bonus on the Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard even if they have had one before/currently still have it open. However, the same does not apply to the CitiBusiness card. You must close that card before opening another one (and of course, wait 24 months after closing it to be eligible for another).

You will not be approved if you have any Citi credit card applications in the last 8 days or two Citi applications in the last 65 days. So if you want both of these Citi cards, get them on days 1 and 9. If you want a third Citi card, wait until day 66.

Anyone who has a business including a sole proprietor can apply for business cards. Read more about how to get approved for business cards if you’re not sure if you’re eligible.

Getting Matched

If you signed up for lower sign up offer within the last 90 days, Citi has a pretty good track record of matching sign up bonuses to what’s currently available. Call the number on the back of your card or send a secure message through your online account–the sooner the better.

Bottom Line

Both AAdvantage co-branded Citi cards (the personal and business cards) have temporarily elevated sign up bonuses at the moment of 60,000 American Airlines miles after spending $3,000 in the first three months.

Both cards also come with other valuable benefits like a free checked bag and priority boarding on American Airlines flights. The annual fee of $95 is waived the first 12 months.


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31 COMMENTS

  1. Are the Buenos Aires area airports AEP and EZE are considered co-terminals for award reservations. That is, if I book an award ticket from AEP but then need to change the date or routing, would I be able to change departure airport from AEP to EZE or vice versa without paying redeposit or change fee.

    • if you go through there from somewhere else (buenos aires is your layover point) they will not charge change fee. if you change the airport as your destination or departure point, they will charge you. This happened to me with IAD and DCA, both Washington airports… had to pay change fee. From what I was able to find on forums etc this is how it works….

  2. Does the Barclay American Airlines card count as an AA card as far as Citi is concerned? Or is it just Citi cards that count? Thank you!

  3. Opened the Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard card in Dec. 2014. In Dec. 2015, called and downgraded to AA Bronze MC to avoid annual fee and the change was made in March 2016. Card number remained the same. When would I be eligible for the Platinum MC again?

    • Product changing counts towards resetting that 24 month clock, so by April 2018 you should be in the clear. If you haven’t opened a CitiBuiness AAdvantage card, nor closed or product changed one in the last 24 months, then you are still eligible for it… opening/closing/product changing the personal card doesn’t affect your eligibility for the business card.

  4. […] The annual fee of $95 is waived the first year. Citi also has business card co-branded with American Airlines, the CitiBusiness / AAdvantage Platinum Select World MasterCard, and it too has a limited time sign up offer of 50,000 miles for spending $3,000 in three months. The rest of the benefits are pretty similar to the personal card. […]

  5. You no longer get Priority 1 with AA credit card.
    The first 5 Priorities are now for their Business/First Class and status AA flyers.
    Just flew this past weekend and I was in Group 7 Boarding with AA credit card.
    Complained to AA Customer Service two different times and was told they just recently changed Priority Boarding Status.

    • Thanks for pointing out a change. You should be in Group 5 to board however, after Business/First Class and status flyer, but before economy, at least on actual AA flights (not codeshare). The following is taken from the cards t & c: “This benefit will not be available for travel on codeshare flights booked with an American Airlines flight number but operated by another airline. Up to four (4) customers traveling with and listed in the same reservation as the Citi® / AAdvantage® primary credit cardmember are eligible to board at the same time as the primary cardmember. Applicable terms and conditions are subject to change without notice.
      Eligible cardmembers will board after Priority boarding is complete, but before the rest of economy boarding. The boarding benefit will display on your American Airlines boarding pass as Group 5. This benefit applies on domestic flights marketed and operated by American Airlines, or on domestic flights marketed by American Airlines and operated as American Eagle® flights by Compass Airlines, LLC, Envoy Air Inc., ExpressJet Airlines, Inc., Mesa Airlines, Inc., Republic Airline Inc., PSA Airlines, Inc., Piedmont Airlines, Inc., Air Wisconsin Airline Corp., SkyWest Airlines, Inc., or Trans States Airlines, LLC.”

      • Sarah,
        I was in Group 5—don’t know why I wrote Group 7. I just find it interesting that even on their advertising for their credit cards they still say you will get Group 1 Priority!
        Don Kaiser

  6. CITI BUSINESS / AADVANTAGE SELECT VISA is this a different product from CITI BUSINESS / AADVANTAGE SELECT MC ? I have Visa can I apply for MC? Thanks

  7. BE CAREFUL! Both my father and I were denied the bonus on the Citi AA business cards as we had recently been given aa citi personal cards bonuses. We had completed the minimum spend before we were told. 🙁

    • Are you sure that’s the reason? I have never heard of someone being denied the bonus on the personal nor business card in relation to having one or the other. The two cards have always been considered different products in regards to sign up bonus rules.

      • How do I find out for sure. Cancelled a personal aadvantage card about 6 months ago that I had received the bonus miles on. Just signed up for a Business Card for my small business where I hope to get the 60000 mile bonus. Don’t want to spend the required $3000 and then get told too bad, I don’t get the bonus. Is there anyway to find out for sure?

        • As I said, I have never heard of that happening before. You were approved under the condition of a specific sign up bonus… doing something like clawing back a fairly earned bonus would be unlawful. Nowhere in the terms & conditions does it say you’re not eligible for the bonus on the business card if you’ve earned the bonus on a personal card, nor vice versa.

          But if you’re concerned, call Citi and ask them outright. There shouldn’t be a downside to that.

  8. AA flights to Mexico and some other destinations in Latin America are no longer considered international for baggage purposes. Must now pay $25 for 1st checked bag even when booking with Citi AA Platinum card.

    • Not in relation to the Citi AAdvantage cards. Only in relation to each other. For example, if you’ve opened or closed a ThankYou Premier card in the last 24 months, you aren’t eligible for the sign up bonus on the Citi Prestige. Check out this post for specific details.

  9. “You cannot be approved for both on the same day”.

    Can you at least APPLY for both on the same day and then recon one of them on a different day than when you got the first one approved?

  10. It is my understanding that the 24 month rule is only for personal cards.
    I have a Citibusiness AA that’s been open for over 24 months but, since I have it I will not be able to get the bonus on a new one of the same.
    The question is whether they’ll give me the bonus if I apply for the new one under a DIFFERENT BUSINESS EIN of mine that’s different than the one on the card that’s already opened.
    Does anyone know the answer?

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