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Yesterday I got an email with the subject line “Earn 3X American Airlines AAdvantage® Miles | Enroll in one click!”

By clicking the button inside the email, I enrolled myself for 3 American Airlines miles per dollar at department stores, restaurants, gas stations, and grocery stores through 12/31/13 on purchases made with my Citi AAdvantage card. There is a limit of 2,500 bonus miles ($1,250 in spending) on the promotion.

Clicking “Enroll with one click >” did just what it should have, taking me to this message.

Everyone should check your email for a similar email, and enroll with one click if you can.

But should you take advantage of the offer? Or are there more valuable cards on which to spend even after this bonus? What is the best current offer on the Citi AA card?

When determining which card to spend money on, consider the rebate percentage of that spending. What percentage of your spending are you “being rebated” by the value of the miles or points earned?

One of most valuable rebate percentages come from category bonuses. For instance, the 5 Ultimate Rewards per dollar earned on office supply purchases with the Chase Ink Business Cash® Credit Card are worth about 10 cents, so that category bonus is a 10% rebate.

This promotion creates a temporary category bonus. I value three American Airlines miles at 5.31 cents, so I will get a rebate percentage of 5.31% by spending at gas stations, grocery stores, department stores, and restaurants with my Citi AAdvantage card during this promotion.

I also just opened a few new cards that have minimum spending requirements which offer a higher rebate percentage than 5.31%, so I will meet those before taking advantage of this bonus.

But if I meet those minimum spending requirements, I will pull my Citi AAdvantage card out of my wallet for $1,250 worth of spending at grocery stores, gas stations, and restaurants before the end of the year.

Terms and Conditions of 3x AA Miles

Here are the terms and conditions of the offer from the email and from the confirmation screen of enrollment.

Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.

Just getting started in the world of points and miles? The Chase Sapphire Preferred is the best card for you to start with.

With a bonus of 60,000 points after $4,000 spend in the first 3 months, 5x points on travel booked through the Chase Travel Portal and 3x points on restaurants, streaming services, and online groceries (excluding Target, Walmart, and wholesale clubs), this card truly cannot be beat for getting started!

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