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Open Your Mail: Targeted Citi AA 60,000 Mile Sign Up Bonus

by on February 27, 2013 · 45 comments

in American, Citi, Credit Cards

Update: The current offer for the Citi Platinum Select AAdvantage World MasterCard is 30,000 miles after $1,000 spent in 3 months. 

Although we live in the age of email, social media and, yes, points and miles blogs that keep up-to-the-minute tabs on the current credit card offers out there, sometimes the best offers come to you by good, old-fashioned mail, and that’s why I always tell people to look at what the credit card companies send you before tossing those envelopes in the trash.

Case in point: TPG Managing Editor Eric found this offer for the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select Visa Signature in his mail just yesterday:

Citi AA 60k

The terms of it state that you can earn 60,000 bonus American Airlines AAdvantage miles when you are approved and spend $2,000 within 3 months of account opening, though the annual fee of $95 is not waived for the first year.

That hands-down beats the current public offer of just 30,000 miles after spending $1,000 in 3 months – you’re essentially spending $1,000 more to get double the miles, though with this one, the $95 annual fee is waived the first year.

It’s also better than the 50,000-mile offer available according to FlyerTalk where you have to spend $3,000 in the first 4 months, though again, the annual fee is waived the first year and it’s not a verifiable offer with no mileage bonus terms explicitly stated, so your mile may vary when you actually get the card.

Other than that, the basic card benefits are the same:

  • Your first eligible checked bag is free
  • Priority Boarding with Group 1 privileges and 25% savings on eligible in-flight purchases
  • Earn 2 AAdvantage miles per $1 spent on eligible American Airlines purchases
  • Earn 10% of your redeemed AAdvantage miles back – up to 10,000 AAdvantage miles each calendar year
  • Earn a $100 American Airlines flight discount every cardmembership year when you spend $30,000 or more on eligible purchases

This is the best offer we’ve seen on this card in a while. In the past, people were able to score 75,000 and even 100,000 AAdvantage miles regularly for signing up, though the spending requirements and annual fee waivers varies, and the closest we’ve come recently were those 50,000-mile bonus offers on this card as well as the Citi Executive / AAdvantage World Elite Mastercard and the CitiBusiness / AAdvantage World Mastercard from back in December, though with those you had to spend $10,000 within 3 months to get the full bonus – an onerous requirement for a lot of folks.

I take this as a good sign that American and Citi are still promoting lucrative bonus offers, even if they are targeted. Often targeted offers become public, for limited time offers, so here’s crossing our fingers for that. Hopefully it’s an indication of good things to come as the merger with US Airways proceeds, though that might just be wishful thinking.

Has anyone else gotten this particular offer – or a better one? Please share your reports on anything interesting that’s come in the mail lately!

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  • SB

    Question. I got my AA Citi card in November of 2011. Do you think I would qualify for another AA City card if I apply right now?

  • Jimgotkp

    Does Eric not have the Citi AA CC right now?

  • Curtis

    Good deal. Hope that hits my mailbox for my 18mo approval anniversary coming up :).

  • http://twitter.com/harlanvaughn Harlan Vaughn

    I got one in the mail yesterday for 40,000 miles – but I’ve never had an account with Citi. Hmmm.

  • Andy

    I received a 40,000 miles offer from Citi for the Platinum Visa in the mail. I attempted the 2 browser trick recently and was approved for the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Amex but denied for the Visa.

    Does anyone have any thoughts or experience in attempting to get a card via a targeted mail offer if you have recently been approved for another AAdvantage card?

  • ih

    if I received the CSP 40,000 points on a Visa version, & then I received 40,000 points after applying for the MC version on the MC website for the CSP (I had to close & transfer the credit from the Visa to the MC), Can I get the 40,000 points again if I apply for the Visa version?

    Is it one time sign up bonus or if it is close to 2 years since I first had the Visa CSP & OVER A YEAR SINCE i CLOSED IT WILL i IN FACT GET THE BONUS AGAIN?

  • Linda K. T.

    Question about ” Earn 10% of your redeemed AAdvantage miles back – up to 10,000 AAdvantage miles”. If I have both the Visa and MC, can I get up to 20,000 AAdvantage miles back if I redeemed 100,000 miles on each card in a calendar year?

  • thepointsguy

    Nope- 10,000 max total. I wish it could be stacked! This is why I always have at least 1 citi AA card open

  • thepointsguy

    I highly doubt you will get the bonus again. I think you are lucky enough to get the CSP bonus on Visa and MC- I’d move onto other Chase bonuses, like the Ink Bold/ Plus / Freedom if you want more UR points

  • k1

    I received this, but it was addressed to a previous tenant in my apartment. Do you think I can apply in my name without any problems. I’ve never had the Citi AA card before.

  • bradsteven

    As far as related offers go, Citi has sent me via both email & post a targeted offer for up to 30,000 AA miles for opening a new Citibank checking account. 30k for Citigold, 15k for the next tier account, 10k for the basic. Comes with conditions of min. spend on the check card and consecutive direct deposits (though no specific amount I believe). Also, I think the letter mentioned I was targeted for being a Citi AA credit card holder.

  • thepointsguy

    Not sure..anyone?

  • A1242

    Sure, if you don’t mind being arrested for mail fraud.

  • sk

    Yesterday I was approved for a Citi AA Visa card via one of the FT links. Although the page didn’t reference the bonuses, I confirmed with the rep that I would receive 50,000 points after $3,000 of spend as well as a $150 credit for AA purchases within the first year, plus first-year fee waived. In my opinion, the statement credit and fee waiver makes this comparable or better that the 60,000 point offer you described, unless you value the AA points above 2.4 cpm.

  • sk

    Mail fraud is when you use the mail/postal service to defraud someone. I’m fairly certain that applying to a credit card offer as yourself based on a link in someone else’s mail is NOT a felony.

    k1: The promo is probably linked to the previous tenant’s AAdvantage #, but I don’t think you would face legal ramifications (would probably just be denied). However, this should not be considered legal advice.

    http://www.ehow.com/about_6293417_federal-mail-not-addressed-you_.html
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mail_fraud

  • Nick

    I completely agree, it is silly to automatically argue that the $245 hit is worth the 10k extra points.

  • thepointsguy

    Nope – maybe that was why he was targeted.

  • ML

    I received this offer in the mail a few days ago as well! Planning to apply for this in the upcoming week – glad you posted about this though since I didn’t see much mention about this targeted offer on any threads.

  • Peter

    “and it’s not a verifiable offer with no mileage bonus terms explicitly stated, so your mile may vary when you actually get the card.”

    C’mon, man. Stop trying to sell it as if it’s not basically a sure thing. How many reports have there been of someone NOT receiving the bonus?

    You’re mileage ain’t gonna vary…

  • http://twitter.com/BuckyKKatt Bucky Katt

    Hey, I just cancelled this card today. It has been almost two years since I applied, and reading through other sites/threads, it sounds like you can get another AA Visa 18 months after the most recent approval date (i.e. it’s not tied to cancellation or meeting a spend requirement). Anyone have experience with this?

  • thepointsguy

    The minute I guarantee someone will get it is the minute someone doesn’t and then causes a huge stink. It’s not my link so I can’t vouch but I’ve applied for it and gotten it and link to a thread where hundreds of others have as well. For liability reasons I can’t promise anything, especially since its a phantom offer

  • Jon

    It’s not just the $245, you also have to spend $1,000 more to earn your 50,000 bonus miles instead of $2,000 to earn 60,000 miles, so that’s an extra $1,000 you have account for, and the FT link doesn’t guarantee that $150 credit. I’d rather go with a verified offer.

  • Dark_flame_master_2

    For the 10% of your redeemed AAdvantage miles back, do you have to redeem for yourself? Or can you redeem for someone else and get the miles back? Thanks!

  • Spencer

    I got the same offer as above except first year the fee is waived. Lucky me, I guess. I jumped right on it! Interestingly, this offer came just 8 months after I closed my last edition of this card. Instant approval. So the churning rules maybe go out the window when you get a direct-mail offer?

  • Nick

    If you currently hold this card, can you apply for a new one and still get the bonus if you haven’t been approved for one within the last 18 months?

  • Jimmy

    I actually got the same offer but my annual fee is waived

  • Scott Cooper

    Mine came in the mail today, 40000 miles, no annual fee but a $3K spend in 3 months.

  • Scott Cooper

    Fee is waived the first year I mean.

  • Rob

    I actually received another offer in the mail. Here’s the deal:
    1. 5k AAs – basic banking, $125 of debit purchases and 1+ of direct deposits witn 2 consecutive months,
    2. 15k AAs – Citibank, $375 of debit purchases and the same with the deposits, and/or
    3. 30k AAs – Citigold, $750 of debit purchases and again the same with the deposits.
    The bonus will be deposited within 90 days of the end of the statement period in which all the reqs are met.

    Sounds interesting to me:)

  • Richard1148

    I’ve received a few AA offers in the mail lately for 30k miles but not this one for 60k. Is there an offer code or something like that on the 60k offer mailing that might bring up that offer online?

  • Jamie

    Really, the letter should’ve gotten forwarded to the previous tenant at their new address though. So, technically k1 shouldn’t have even opened it, should’ve put it back in the mail with a note “not at this address” or something. In practice, though the previous tenant probably would’ve considered it junk mail.

    I’d just give it a shot applying. I’ve not applied for a Citi card recently, but with others that have an rsvp code you put it in fairly early in the application process. i.e. I think they verify the rsvp first then link you to the correct offer. No?
    Worth a shot, since a lot of people are getting it.

  • Junodee

    Only received an offer for 40K miles. Used to have this card. Why not an offer of 60K?

  • Slee

    40k offer for me. 30k after $1k spend in 3mo. Extra 10k after $5k spend in 12 months. No annual fee. How ridiculous that the offers are so varying.

  • Brian

    I got the offer as well – 60K with fee waived. Does the priority boarding include priority screening? The latter is all I care about.

  • Nospam

    It does not offer “Priority AAcess” anymore, just Group 1 boarding so no priority security screenings for cardholders

  • Db5

    can you share the web link for the rest of us?

  • http://twitter.com/RobHalla Rob Hall

    Just got the 60k offer. Tempting, but I just got my Amex Premier Rewards card and am debating a Sapphire Preferred this summer, so I will hold off for now.

  • Jefflmercer

    I too got the offer. not eure if I need it I don’t flyAA

  • Jon

    Hi guys,

    I am in the same situation, however, in my case the offer was for another member of my family who lives at the same address as me. When I try to apply online with the offer code, the information for my family member is autofilled in the application. However, I can delete any of this information and replace it with my own. In my case, the only information I would need to replace is the first name. At this point my question is twofold: 1. Do you think there is any downside to applying using this offer code and changing the first name? Do you think there is any possibility that my credit is pulled and I am denied based on a mismatch of information? 2. Assuming I do apply, should I put in my AA number, the AA number of my family member and then switch it later on, or no AA number at all?

    I would really appreciate some advice on
    this as the code expires shortly. If you need any other information to help guide your advice please ask! Thank you! – Jon

  • Jon

    Hi,

    A family member living at the same address as me recently received a targeted offer in the mail for the Personal Citi AA Visa. When I try to apply online with the offer code, the information for my family member is autofilled in the application. However, I can delete any of this information and replace it with my own. In my case, the only information I would need to replace is the first name. At this point my question is twofold:
    1. Do you think there is any downside to applying using this offer code and changing the first name? Do you think there is any possibility that my credit is pulled and I am denied based on a mismatch of information? 2. Assuming I do apply, should I put in my AA number, the AA number of my family member and then switch it later on, or no AA number at all?

    I would really appreciate some advice on
    this as the code expires shortly. If you need any other information to help guide you advice please ask! Thank you! – Jon

  • SHarrell33

    Please apply for this card with caution…not all incentives will
    be honored. After applying for this card under a “Holiday Promotion” in December of 2012 which promised “35,000 advantage miles after $1,500 in spending “if you apply by January 31st, I have been notified that the terms have changed, now to “40,000 advantage miles after $3,000 in spending”. While my account meets and exceeds the minimum spending limits for the ORIGINAL offer I applied for, these new “terms” exclude me from receiving any miles. Citi and the Advantage rewards department do not provide any direct contact information or customer support other than the website communication, which responds with canned answers and stock responses. Read their terms of service carefully for yourself, as their promotions and terms of use can change without any warning. You may be applying for a rewards incentive, and have it completely change without notice! Make sure you read the fine print: “ American Airlines reserves the right to change the AAdvantage® program rules, regulations, travel awards and special offers at any time without notice”

  • SHarrell33

    They can change with no warning….I lost out on 35,000 miles because they reserve the right to “change the AAdvantage® program rules, regulations, travel awards and special offers at any time without notice”

    I applied for a holiday offer, met all the requirements, and they continue to deny my claim. I have physically mailed in the email I responded to, and all the documentation showing I met every requirement, and I am still being denied those miles…

  • Pra

    Got the 60k off today. Spend $2000 in the first 3 months. $95 annual fee.

  • Bucketowater

    Seriously?

  • mina kim

    The link you have in paragraph 5, “50,000 mile” takes you to a landing page that does not confirm the deal, but I used it anyway and it works! I was approved online last night. I just called customer service and the rep confirmed – 50K miles if you spend $3000 in first 3 months.

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