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Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Citi ThankYou Premier Card
Business cards can provide a great way to maximize office supplies and other purchases, and for those who already own the personal version of a card, they offer a second opportunity to score a sign-up bonus. If you already own the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite MasterCard, and are looking to earn more AAdvantage miles, you might want to check out the limited-time increased sign-up bonus for its business counterpart, the CitiBusiness AAdvantage Platinum Select World MasterCard.
You can currently earn 50,000 AAdvantage miles after signing up for this card and spending $3,000 within the first three months of account opening. That’s a higher spending requirement than the usual $1,000 in the first three months, but you also get an elevated bonus (50,000 miles vs. the standard 30,000). It’s not clear when this offer will end, so if you’re interested we’d suggest acting sooner than later.
Plus, after November 15, 2015, you’ll earn 2x miles on purchases at gas stations, in addition to spending on telecommunications and car rentals. Citi’s eliminated its 2x bonus on certain office supply purchases.
Highlights of the limited-time offer for the business card are below:
- 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.*
This is a business card, but as TPG explained in his post on the Top 10 Reasons to Get a Business Credit Card, you don’t need to own a large business to qualify. If you do freelance work or manage an online store, for example, you’ll likely be eligible. On the other hand, Citi is one of the stricter issuers when it comes to approving business card accounts, so you may need to provide an EIN or other information.
Is it worth it?
If you’re a frequent American flyer and/or have a specific award redemption in mind, this limited-time elevated sign-up bonus can help you pad your AAdvantage account. With 50,000 miles, you could book a round-trip business or first-class award within the US or a one-way business flight to Europe. According to TPG’s latest monthly valuations, American miles are worth 1.7 apiece, so the 50,000-mile bonus would be be worth $850.
On top of the higher-than-usual sign-up bonus, this card now offers 2 miles per dollar spent at gas stations. There are quite a few cards that offer extra points or miles for this bonus category, including the Chase Freedom and the Citi ThankYou Premier Card, but it’s always nice to have another option, especially if your primary goal is to earn American miles.
What would you do with 50,000 AAdvantage miles?
It's a stellar Cash Back card on its own, but when paired with the Chase Sapphire Reserve or Chase Sapphire Preferred, the Freedom's 5x Category Bonuses let you rack up Chase Ultimate Rewards Points, transferrable to partners or redeemable via the portal.