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You might still be able to score 50,000-mile bonuses with smaller minimum spending requirements via this FlyerTalk thread, which will take you to application landing pages for the Citi Select AAdvantage American Express and the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite MasterCard, but there are no explicitly stated terms about the mileage bonus or the minimum spending requirements. I cannot verify these links, but many people have had success. It could still be worth applying through those offers and taking your chances if the $11,000 spending requirement on these three cards is too hefty for you since many readers have reported success applying through those links.

I recently ranked the top Citi travel credit card offers of the moment, and these three rated highly thanks to valuable features like 10% mileage award rebates, bonus elite-qualifying miles, and Admirals Club access.

Here are the three offers and what they include:

Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite MasterCard:

  • For a limited time, earn 50,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles after making $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening*
  • First checked bag is free on domestic American Airlines itineraries for you and up to four companions traveling with you on the same reservation*
  • Enjoy Group 1 Boarding on American Airlines flights*
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases.1
  • Receive 25% savings on in-flight food and beverage purchases when you use your card on American Airlines flights*
  • Double AAdvantage® miles on eligible American Airlines purchases*
  • Earn 10% of your redeemed AAdvantage® miles back — up to 10,000 AAdvantage® miles each calendar year*

Citi Executive / AAdvantage World Elite MasterCard:

  • Earn 50,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles after spending $5,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening*
  • Admirals Club® membership for you with guest privileges*
  • Complimentary Admirals Club® lounge access for authorized users
  • Earn 10,000 AAdvantage® Elite Qualifying Miles (EQMs) after you spend $40,000 in purchases within the year*
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases*
  • Earn 2 AAdvantage® miles for every $1 spent on eligible American Airlines purchases and 1 AAdvantage® mile for every $1 spent on other purchases*
  • First checked bag is free on domestic American Airlines itineraries for you and up to eight companions traveling with you on the same reservation*

CitiBusiness / AAdvantage Platinum Select World MasterCard:

  • Designed for businesses
  • For a limited time, earn 50,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles after making $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening*
  • First checked bag is free on domestic American Airlines itineraries for you and up to four companions traveling with you on the same reservation*
  • Enjoy Group 1 Boarding on American Airlines domestic flights*
  • Earn 2 AAdvantage® miles per $1 spent on eligible American Airlines® purchases*
  • Earn 2 AAdvantage® miles for every $1 spent on purchases at telecommunications, car rental merchants and at gas stations*
  • Earn 1 AAdvantage® mile per $1 spent on other purchases.*

Though two of these cards are business cards and the third is a personal card, all three bonus offers are very similar. It’s the other perks that distinguish these cards from one another, and for a detailed analysis of the value of each and help choosing which card might be the best one for your needs, check out my original post on this offer.

Which card you choose depends on which perks interest you the most. I personally carry the Citi Platinum Select since I like the 10% mileage redemption rebate and the Visa Signature cardholder perks and protections, but you might want the Citi Executive card if Admirals Club membership is what you’re going for, or if you know you’ll put enough spend on it to earn those 10,000 elite-qualifying miles.

However, there’s no reason why you can’t get more than one Citi AAdvantage card using the two-browser trick to get two at once and basically double your bonus as long as you can meet the spending requirements.

Citi only allows two applications for any cards (personal or business) within a 60-day period, so you cannot get all three cards at once. Still, a 100,000-mile haul is pretty good, and you can still get another Citi AA card six months or more down the road if more 50,000-mile bonuses appear. If you’re starting from scratch, I’d recommend getting two personal cards in one application and then a business version 6+ months later.

Although the $11,000 spending requirement is high at least the terms of these applications are clearly stated and you know that you can get 50,000 bonus miles with each. Or, if $11,000 is just too much, you could always get just one (or two) of these cards and spend the $3,000 within 3 months on each required to get the initial 50,000-mile bonus and then just forget about spending the rest and those leftover miles. After all, 100,000 miles will still get you a lot of places.

Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ MasterCard®
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More Things to Know
  • For a limited time, earn 50,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles after making $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening*
  • First checked bag is free on domestic American Airlines itineraries for you and up to four companions traveling with you on the same reservation*
  • Enjoy Group 1 Boarding on American Airlines flights*
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases.1
  • Receive 25% savings on in-flight food and beverage purchases when you use your card on American Airlines flights*
  • Double AAdvantage® miles on eligible American Airlines purchases*
  • Earn 10% of your redeemed AAdvantage® miles back — up to 10,000 AAdvantage® miles each calendar year*
Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
16.24% - 24.24%* (Variable)
Annual Fee
$95, waived for first 12 months*
Balance Transfer Fee
3.00%
Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit

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