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Citi AAdvantage: up to 70,000 mile signup offers

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Citi has now released their new version of the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard® (as previously discussed here) and, with it, come some elevated signup offers. This card earns American Airlines AAdvantage miles.

As you may know, I LOVE Amercian Airlines miles. I love them because they can get you into seats like this:

Etihad First Class Apartment: Bookable with AA miles

The personal card, the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard®, comes with a 60,000 mile signup bonus when you spend $3,000 in your first 3 months. This is the same offer that was available for many months last year and it’s nice to see it return as you should never get this card for less miles (unless you have an immediate need).

The Business version of the card now comes with a 70,000 mile offer when you spend $4,000 in 3 months, which is just about as good as it gets, though many people have luck writing in via Secure Messages from any offer on the Business card and getting matched to 75,000 miles even when the offer was 60,000 miles. (You say you saw a higher 75,000 offer and ask to be matched.)

Are they just as likely to match you from this offer? I don’t know. That said, maybe at 70,000 miles at least if they deny it for any reason, you still have 70,000 Who knows if they will stop matching the 60k offer to 75k at some point.

No matter what, I always prefer higher offers!

Keep in mind, you are only eligible to signup for these cards if you have not opened or closed a card in the same product family (AAdvantage) within the last 24 months. If you have had one for a year, it’s a good idea to call retentions, see if you can get a fee waiver, keep it another year, and then apply for a new card just before canceling the one you have.

Many people mess up the “or closed” part of those terms.

Personal and Business are separate, though, so you can have one of each. Links to cards are at the bottom of the post.

You could also pair this with a Barclay Aviator Business card which is giving out 50,000 miles for one purchase + annual fee. Just note that Barclay can be tough as nails with their business cards. I had to send in a slew of personal documentation and I do indeed have a long-standing legitimate business spanning more than a decade.

Links to apply for personal airline credit cards are at this link: Airline Credit Cards

Links to apply for business credit cards are at this link: Business Credit Cards


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