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New Benefits Added to Citi Platinum Select AA Visa Card, Better Deals Still Out There

by on April 3, 2012 · 32 comments

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Update: Most Citi AAdvantage 50K offers have expired as reported in this FlyerTalk thread, though there is a live offer for the Citi® Platinum Select® / AAdvantage® World MasterCard® for 50,000 miles after $3,000 spent within the first 3 months.

Citibank just launched a new Platinum Select AAdvantage Visa Signature card with a 30,000 mile sign-up bonus and a new set of American Airlines specific perks. However, Citi is also currently offering, though not advertising, 50,000 mile bonuses for the older versions of the same card. Additionally you can apply for both a personal Visa and Amex card on the same day, netting 100,000 AA miles and a single credit inquiry. The 50,000 mile cards are not my links, but more info can be found on this useful Flyertalk thread. A certain amount of trust will be needed since the application pages don’t specifically outline the bonus offer, but most people who have applied are reporting success on that thread. I got in on the same deal when the bonuses were 75,000 miles a card and many other TPG readers reported the same success judging by the 330 comments on that post. I personally don’t want to be responsible for promoting those links because Citi will eventually pull that offer, so you’ll have to do your own research, but I couldn’t discuss the new AA card offer without letting you know that a potentially better deal exists.

Update: It looks like all current Citi Platinum Select Visa holders will get these new benefits (though not the sign-up bonus if you already have the card)

Citi Platinum Select / AAdvantage Visa Signature® Card -  Unverified offer as seen on FlyerTalk.

- For a limited time, Earn 40,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles after $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of cardmembership*
- Your first eligible checked bag is free*
- Priority Boarding with Group 1 privileges* and 25% savings on eligible in-flight purchases*
- Earn a $100 American Airlines Flight Discount every cardmembership year with qualifying purchases and cardmembership renewal*
- Double AAdvantage® miles on eligible American Airlines purchases*
- Earn 10% of your redeemed AAdvantage® miles back – up to 10,000 AAdvantage(R) miles each calendar year*

Is this deal worth it?
It really depends on how much value your mails and how much you will take advantage of the card perks. How I view this offer:
1) I personally value AA miles at around 1.8 cents a piece because I use them for longhaul business and first class travel on Oneworld partners like Cathay Pacific (whose First Class I just flew from Hong Kong and is amazing). AA miles can also be redeemed for off-peak saver awards, like 40,000 miles to Europe roundtrip in coach or 135,000 miles in First Class to Asia on Oneworld partners. The 30,000 miles is worth at least $540 to me because I would easily pay $2,430 for a roundtrip first class Cathay Pacific ticket to Asia.
2) The 10,000 point yearly rebate on awards is another $180.
3) AA and Citi also offer reduced priced awards for Citi AA cardholders – like 17,500 mile economy and 42,500 first class roundtrip awards to select rotating cities. I haven’t taken advantage of these, but this could easily be a 7,500 mile value since I redeem for first class so I’ll divide it in half to be conservative and say it could be worth 3,750 miles or $67.50.
4) If you can spend $30,000, you get a $100 statement credit: $100
5) I don’t pay for checked bags as an Executive Platinum, but if you don’t have elite status that saves you $25 per bag, up to 4 people per reservation.
6) Priority boarding makes snagging overhead bin space easier and takes a little bit of stress out of the boarding process.

All in all, the new benefits are decent and put the card in line with the Delta Gold Amex, United Explorer Visa. and US Airways Mastercard. Whether this card is worth it for you all depends on your travel habits and how much money you could potentially save having this card in your wallet.

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  • Dbennett

    One thing you failed to mention-

    Cardmembers that currently have the Citi® Platinum Select® / AAdvantage® Visa Signature, Citi® Platinum Select® / AAdvantage® World MasterCard, Citi® Platinum Select® / AAdvantage® World Elite MasterCard and Citi® Select® / AAdvantage® American Express will start enjoying these new benefits today!

    So if you already have a Citi AA card, you probably have these benefits now. It would be interesting to see if you applied for the 50,000 deal through FlyerTalk and then got grandfathered in on the benefits.

  • Sam

    I don’t see why you wouldn’t get all the benefits if you apply using the older links. I think it is just a case of Citi being lax in updating/removing old links.

  • mattolo

    Yes, AA confirmed on the FT thread that existing card holders get all the benefits.

  • Guest

    This is probably a stupid question- but do you receive the free checked bag, priority boarding, and 10% of redeemed miles back only on miles accrued/flights purchased with the actual card? Or by virtue of just having the card? I too participated in the 75,000 bonus offer a few months back and still have the card, but would prefer to purchase the actual flights with my Chase Sapphire. THANKS!

  • Raj B

    Hey, Brian. Will these benefits apply if I’m flying AA through an Avios award?

  • Dov

    If one has 2 AAdvantge cards will he get twice the rebate of 10%

  • Tyetine

    Looks like you get the first bag checked as long as you have the card, it’s associated with your AAdvantage account, and your AAdvantage account is tied to the ticket.

    From the landing page:
    “1. For benefit to apply, at the time of booking, Citi® / AAdvantage® account must have been open at least 7 days and reservation must include the primary cardmember’s American Airlines AAdvantage® number. This benefit is valid for travel booked and ticketed on or after April 2, 2012. If your credit card account is closed for any reason, this benefit will be cancelled. Eligible Citi® / AAdvantage® cardmembers may check one bag free of charge when traveling on American Airlines, American Eagle or the AmericanConnection® carrier to select domestic destinations. Up to four customers traveling with the eligible primary cardmember will also get their first checked bag free of charge if they are listed in the same reservation….”

  • Dan

    just applied for the 50K after spending 3,000 Visa AND Amex via the flyertalk links and called in to confirm these offers are still valid and working! cha-ching!

  • Wingtipwalker

    Second this question, I have the card, but most of my AA ticket purchases are made through my corporate travel account. Is your platinum card “status” linked to the card or your FF account number?

  • PJ

    I assume if you already have citiAA amex and Citi AA visa then you are only eligible to get the business version or settle for the Citi AA master card

  • PJ

    ” Is this deal worth it?” even the public offer is still very decent spend 1000 and get 30K we are simply too used to the old day 75K offers.

    At this point, I have NO sign on bonus to work on . tpg’s link here to apply Citi AA master card seems already tempting to me :)

  • StM

    Few questions for you guys:

    So this means that regular spend will go from 1X to 2X points for current holders. I guess this is immediately? Also, if I have an unactivated 50% extra earning this means that I will get 3X points once promo is activated? I have a $5K expense coming up, wonder if 3X AA miles is better than 1X Chase UR points on Sapphire Preferred. What you guys think?

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  • john

    Double miles are for AA purchases ONLY.

  • john

    Brian- Your comment “If you can spend the $30,000, you get an additional 10,000 miles every year”, is NOT correct. That is not for this Citi AA card. I think your thinking some Amex card or the Chase Continental card.

  • thepointsguy

    corrected to $100 statement credit

  • thepointsguy

    Its linked to your AA account so you don’t need to use the card to make the purchase

  • thepointsguy

    Updated with that info

  • thepointsguy

    No because your Avios number will be attached to the reservation and not your AA

  • thepointsguy

    I imagine so

  • thepointsguy

    Thanks for confirming and congrats on the 100k payday!

  • thepointsguy

    Correct.. though some people have gotten the same card again after 2+ years

  • Dov

    Not through I just booked a Avios ticket on AA and on AA.com you could put in your AAdvantge number and I could confirm that all the benefits did apply

  • Robert Hanson

    Another group added to the priority boarding list. One of these days, some unsuspecting person with an economy ticket will be first in the line at the gate, and will end up being the last person to board, as everyone else on the plane will have qualified for priority boarding. :>)

  • Sam Laghi

    If they add NO Foreign transaction fee and at least 2 free lounge passes, it would make this deal even sweeter.

  • jesse

    My question is to ‘the Point guy’: the new citi aa card is getting much worse than before. The old offer is $1500 spending in 3 months -> 75K bonus; the new offer is: $30000+ spending -> 40K ( 30K + 10K) bonus. With citi card’s dramatic change in offer, do you think Citi will have the 75K bonus offer some time this year?

  • Sol

    I have 2 Citi AAdvantage Credit cards Amex + Visa Signature. I don’t want to pay the annual fee but don’t want to loose the my availability. what is the best card to change to? and is there any way to combine 2 cards in to 1?

  • Jdseller

    I recently travelled round trip from St.louis to Edinburgh,Scotland through London Heathrow on AA with a connection on British Airways on the leg from Heathrow into Edinburgh. We did receive a free bag on the way to Edinburgh when we checked in at St.Louis but did not get the free bag when returning from Edinburgh. The British ticket agent in Edinburgh told us this happens all of the time on this program and that we would have to get a refund from American after our arrival back in the USA. This entailed sending all of our receipts via snail mail to an address in El Paso, Tx. I have yet to hear from AA so we will see how this works out.Nonetheless it is already a huge hassle. In addition there was no indicatiors in any of the ticketing agents computers that gave us priority boading or seating.
    Good program but needs some work in execution.
    Joe Sellers

  • Owliamd

    I have had AAdvantge citi Master card since 1984.Can I convert it to your new ones?
    Also can I transfrer my points to new account.
    Thank you

  • Clackmd

    I just used my card to book a trip through my AA Advantage account. At the time of the flight, I still had to pay a baggage fee. Can I get a refund? And how do I make sure I am not charge a baggage fee next time?

    Thanks

  • Ket

    Dear ThePointsguy,

    Are these benefits good for primary card holder only or does it extends to the supplementary card holder as well?

    Thanks!

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