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All week I’ve been posting about your last chance to get full value from the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® MasterCard® and CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World MasterCard®, which each offer 50,000 bonus American Airlines miles after $3,000 in purchases made with your card in the first 3 months the account is open. Many MileValue readers have gotten both, met both minimum spending requirements, and banked a cool 106,000 American Airlines miles.
- Last Chance to Get Full Value from 50k AA Offers
- Timeline to Beat DevAAluation Starting Today with Zero Miles
- How to Lock in Pre-Devaluation American Airlines Award Prices for Awards Booked in 2017
- Six American Airlines Awards to Book NOW Before the DevAAluation
Here are some questions I’ve received and you may have. Today’s post will be the LAST time I mention getting these cards with an eye toward beating the devAAluation.
Why so much focus on these offers?
They are the best offers when you factor in the number of miles you’ll get, how few miles you need for awards, and how good award space is on American Airlines and partners.
They are also expiring, not the credit card offers themselves, but the award chart on which you will redeem the miles is expiring in 39 days. I consider the award chart to be an integral part of the offer.
All things equal, you should get the best offers and the most time sensitive offers. These cards check both boxes.
Wait, so are these credit card offers expiring or not?
No, the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® MasterCard® and CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World MasterCard® will continue offering 50,000 bonus miles each for the indefinite future. But those miles will be worth less. (Not “worthless,” just worth less.)
Great, I want the cards, but I don’t know how to redeem AA miles.
I have an entire series on just that. First read parts 1-5, then skip to the parts on places you want to go:
- Part 1 — 5 Ways to Stretch American Airlines Miles on Economy Redemptions
- Part 2 — 6 Ultra-Luxurious First Classes to Book with American Airlines Miles
- Part 3 — Where to Search Award Space for All Partners
- Part 4 — Award Rules and How Many Miles You Need
- Part 5 — Taxes, Fees, and Fuel Surcharges
- Part 6 — Redeeming for Domestic Awards
- Part 7 — Redeeming for Hawaii
- Part 8 — Redeeming for East and Southeast Asia
- Part 9 — Redeeming for Middle East and Indian Subcontinent
- Part 10 — Redeeming for Australia and New Zealand
- Part 11 — Redeeming for South America
- Part 12 — Redeeming for Europe
- Part 13 — Redeeming for Africa
- Part 14 — Redeeming for Fiji, Tahiti, Bora Bora, and French Polynesia
I already have the Platinum personal and business AA cards. Is there a card I can get to beat the devAAluation?
You can get the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ MasterCard® with 50,000 bonus American Airlines miles after spending $5,000 in the first three months and Admirals Club lounge membership. The card has a $450 annual fee.
Do I have to travel by March 21?
No, you have to book by March 21 to lock in the current award chart prices. You can travel through February 15, 2017 on awards you book on March 21.
Am I guaranteed to get the 100k bonus miles by March 21 in time to book?
No. If your statement closes March 22 or later, you will not get the miles by March 21. There is no way to get Citi to close your statement before it is scheduled to close.
Do I need to have a business to get the business card?
Once this devAAluation happens, should I quit miles?
No, there will always be opportunities for outsized redemptions as long as programs have award charts. Here are some great awards you can book after the devAAluation.
Act now. It’s your last chance to fly amazing First Class products at reasonable prices like (trip reports linked):