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The Best Current Citi AAdvantage Credit Card Offers

by on June 4, 2013 · 32 comments

in American, Citi

Over the past several years, Citi has offered some juicy sign-up bonuses on their numerous AAdvantage co-branded cards. In 2010 there was a 100,000 mile offers (75,000 miles within the first year and 25,000 miles at renewal), then it was 75,000 miles and then for the past couple years there were ever-changing links that offered 50,000 miles on personal and business cards. In fact, I recently applied for a 50k business card in my last round of applications in March. In 2011 I got two of the 75,000 mile offers in one day (with one credit hit) and many TPG readers were able to do the same, though Citi now only approves one application per 60 days, unless you really argue or get a lucky exception. This past December they offered 50,000 mile sign-ups on many of their cards publicly, but even then the spend requirements were higher than the “rogue” 50,000 mile links in this Flyertalk thread.

However, it looks as if the 50,000 mile links have finally been deactivated so here is a quick guide to getting the best current AA offer. If you have any experience or links to share, feel free to do so in the comments section.

1) Targeted Offers: Like most credit card issuers, Citi has been sending out lucrative offers in the mail, like the one for 60,000 miles that TPG Managing Editor Eric was able to snag last month. Make sure you are opted in to receive special offers in both your AA.com and Citi profiles.

2) Admirals Club: When I was recently in the JFK Admirals Club, I noticed a pamphlet for the Executive AAdvantage Card with 50,000 miles, though the annual fee is still

3) Public Links: In the meantime, here is a roundup of the current Citi AAdvantage credit card sign-up bonuses as well as minimum spending requirements and annual fees. If you know of any verifiable offers that are better than the ones listed below, please share them and I will include those links in this post so that readers can get in on the very best offers out there. Hat tip to this Flyertalk thread, which is an incredible resource for understanding the history of these bonuses and what people are currently getting approved for.

Earn 10,000 EQMs after spending $40,000 each calendar year.

Citi Executive / AAdvantage World Elite MasterCard

Citi® Platinum Select® / AAdvantage® World MasterCard®

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

Offers on the CitiBusiness AAdvantage World Mastercard range from 30,000-40,000 miles.

CitiBusiness®/AAdvantage® World MasterCard® – Unverified offer as seen on FlyerTalk.

CitiBusiness®/AAdvantage® World MasterCard® - Unverified offer as seen on FlyerTalk.

Citi Gold / AAdvantage World MasterCard

Citi Gold / AAdvantage Visa Signature Card - Unverified offer as seen on FlyerTalk.

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  • Jim

    I’ve always used the Continental programs, and when it merged with UAL, it was OK, but then UAL pulled 737 service out of STL. I flew Delta and AA last week, all on 757 and MD80. I think I’m moving my points earning to these airlines, seeing that I don’t like to be stuffed on a regional jet so much.

  • Rachel

    I got a Citi AA in the mail the same day as a targeted promotion also arrived. They weren’t able to match me to the better offer, but they did give me 10,000 miles as a goodwill gesture–no spend required! So keep your eyes peeled for the targeted offers even after you pull the trigger and apply.

  • sallyhill

    The landing page is still there for the 40K offer for the Citi Platinum Select Visa, but over the last several days when I click on the apply now, I get the 404 page, no app page available. I would LOVE a good link to 40K if anyone has one. Thanks!

  • alexfarmer

    Does it make sense to hold out on signing up until the US Airways and American merger goes through? I envision that they’ll reintroduce the Citi AA card with a better sign up bonus to attract old US Airways flyers and cardholders, but maybe I’m misguided. Last thing I want to do is to apply now, get approved, and disqualify myself from getting the new (and hopefully better) sign-up post-merger. Thoughts?

  • BartNY

    I was approved for the CitiBank Gold Mastercard for 30K miles after 750USD in purchases – only days after having been approved for the (now I guess defunct) 50K offer; this was in April. I called to see if I would get the 30K miles after spending 750USD and they confirmed.

  • gdhari

    Does anyone every cancel older cards and open new ones? How does that affect your credit score?

  • Jessica

    I currently have the Citi Platinum Select AAdvatage Visa card which I signed up for about 12 months ago. I know I can apply for the Business version but what other cards can I currently sign up for and get the bonus while still having my original card open? Would I get the sign up bonus for the Citi Platinum Mastercard version or is this treated as the same product? What about the Citi Executive or the Citi Gold?

  • thepointsguy

    It can hurt the average age of accounts/utilization, but not the biggest deal in the world if you’re no longer using the card

    http://thepointsguy.com/2013/03/when-to-cancel-a-credit-card-my-personal-card-inventory-and-decision-process/

  • thepointsguy

    I’d personally rather get all existing bonuses so if they launch new cards/offers you can get them as well. Thats what happened with United/Continental merger- they launched new Explorer/Club cards so if you had the Continental cards, you were able to get the new ones as well as long as you had them open before a certain date

  • thepointsguy

    Citi treats all cards as different, so you can get a new one every 61 days or so. Some people have been able to get the same exact card after closing it for 18+ months, but not I’m not sure if that is still allowed

  • thepointsguy

    Nice.. you never know with Citi!

  • thepointsguy

    Never hurts to ask!

  • thepointsguy

    Agreed- I hate regional jets- except when they’re the only way to get somewhere non-stop. I’ll fold myself up to get somewhere quicker

  • Mare

    My husband got the personal card and then called and was approved for the business card but with only a 10,000 bonus. When he called to activate the business card they would not budge on the low credit limit ($7,000 with a $1million business!) or the bonus so he did not activate it and told them so. Will this affect his ability to get a business one in the near future when there is a better offer? I was not there when he agreed to the low bonus offer or I would have told him there were better offers out there.

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  • mdtravel

    I just got my first Citi AAdvantage card about two months ago. What are the limitations on me signing up for another card? I tried the two browser trick to no avail.

    Can I get more cards…personal or otherwise in a reasonable time?

  • Robert

    On behalf of my wife’s sister, who does not speak English, I applied for Citi Platinum Select on Monday and Citi Advantage Gold barely 24 hour after. To our biggest surprise she was approved for both of them without any reconsideration calls. The only issue we might have is/will be with US Airways card as the decision was pending.

  • Fanfoot

    Wow, I guess I had no idea there were so many AA cards out there. And you didn’t even have an AA Amex Card in the bunch I don’t think. Are those gone?

    Also, I’m losing track of the churn advice for these cards. I thought the original advice was to space your Citi AA applications 18 months apart, but you seem to suggest that’s only to get the same card again?

    I’ve had a few different ones. A longtime AAdvantage World Elite M/C I’m still holding on to. A Platinum Select World Mastercard I cancelled back in April. A CitiBusiness I applied for last November and got only after writing the appeals address. An AAdvantage Platinum Select VISA I’m near done with (the 60K miles after $10K spend 30th anniversary thing) that I applied for in April. So I’ve currently got 3. I’ll probably do another AOR in July or August. Without canceling any of my current cards, can I really apply for another?

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  • Earthjuice

    I have applied for both personal Citi Visa and Amex cards almost two years ago and had been approved with the 75k miles per card, which was really great. Now I am ready to reapply and obtain hopefully the 4ok miles per personal card, but my previous old cards are still open. What’s the strategy now in order to maximize the bonus miles? Would you recommend to close one account at the time and reapply for the same card right after, and then wait another 60 days for the second card?

  • miffed

    I just applied for the AA platinum/mastercard for 40K bonus. 15 minutes after I got approved, I got an offer via email to apply for the aa platinum/visa signature for 50K bonus. I applied for it – called Citi they said they cannot approve my visa since I just got approved for the mastercard. I am miffed about this. Do you know if I can apply for the mastercard later on and whether Citi will approve it? The email says Aug 31 is the deadline.

  • Cynthia

    I got that email as well. I’m just wondering if it will pay to way until the merger goes through and see if an even better offer comes up.

  • Monica

    What would you say is the better credit card in terms of rewards – the Citi Hilton Honors Reserve Credit Card or the Citi Platium Select/AAdvantade Wold MasterCard?

  • sha457

    I WILL BE HARD PRESSED TO EVER GO WITH A CITI CARD AGAIN. THEY CHANGE THEIR REWARDS FOR 2 OF MY 4 CARDS 3 MONTHS AFTER I APPLY FOR THEM AND I STUPIDLY FORGOT TO MAKE SCREEN PRINTS OF THE REWARDS FOR THE APPLICATION SO I WOULD HAVE PROOF. I AM GOING TO REPORT THEM TO THE FTC, THE BBB, TEXAS ATTORNEY GENERALS OFFICE AND A HOT LETTER TO AA EXECUTIVE OFFICES. THEY SHOULD NOT SCREW THEIR BEST CUSTOMERS!

  • sha457

    I DO IT ALL THE TIME AND HAVE NO ISSUES. I HAVE PERSONAL AND BUSINESS CARDS

  • sha457

    I WILL BE HARD PRESSED TO EVER HAVE CITI CARD AGAIN BECAUSE 2 OUT OF 4 CARDS THEY HAVE SCREWED ME OUT OF THE REWARDS THREE MONTHS AFTER I MAKE THE ORIGINAL APPLICATION. STUPIDLY I FORGOT TO MAKE A SCREEN PRINT OF THE REWARDS BEING OFFERED BEFORE I MAKE THE APPLICATION. I HAVE DISPUTED THIS WITH CITI AND THEY DON’T FIX IT.

  • sha457

    I DO IT ALL THE TIME WITHOUT ISSUES AND I HAVE BOTH BUSINESS AND PERSONAL CARDS

  • Jules

    Okay, so I found this thread while I was searching….as I need to earn enough AA miles for 4 tickets to Australia (300,000 miles!) in probably 6 months. I am hoping to get to a wedding next Sept. Any advice on how to earn lots of miles for one airline fast? Though, it’s possible we could split up 2 and 2 and fly different airlines, but I’d rather not as flying with kids is hard enough.
    Thx.

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  • Alex

    Great posts all the time! thanks! quick question, can I get AAdvantage miles for an america airlines flight I buy on a different credit card, let’s say Chase Sapphire?

  • Brian

    Does the AA credit Cards have a preferred mileage bonus, like the USairways Barclay card? Barclays give you 10k preferred miles after 25k spending on each card.

  • TXConfused

    I have over 130,000 miles on my citi platinum level card, but AA still shows I need 25,000 miles to get to Elite/Gold status. Are the credit card miles not recognized as regular miles to gold, platinum or exec platinum? Is Elite status different than just miles? I’m confused.

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