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Last Chance to Earn 50,000 Bonus Miles with These Citi AAdvantage Cards

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Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite MasterCard, CitiBusiness AAdvantage Platinum Select World MasterCard

Now through next Monday, February 29, you can nab an elevated sign-up bonus with both the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard and the CitiBusiness AAdvantage Platinum Select World MasterCard. For both cards, you’ll get 50,000 AAdvantage miles after spending $3,000 in the first three months of account opening.

We last saw this limited time offer for the business card in November of last year, so now’s a great time to act if you missed out before. The usual sign-up bonus for each card is 30,000 miles, so you’d be scoring a higher-than-usual haul to help you toward your next award flight. According to TPG’s latest valuations, the elevated sign-up bonus is worth $850, but depending on how you redeem those miles you could get even more value.

Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard

Here are the details for the personal version of the card:

  • 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.
  • New – No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases.
  • 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.

CitiBusiness / AAdvantage Platinum Select World MasterCard

  • Designed for businesses with an established credit history.
  • 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 flights for you and up to four companions traveling with you on the same reservation.
  • Enjoy Group 1 Boarding on American Airlines 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 and car rental merchants – and at gas stations after 11/15/15.
  • Earn 1 AAdvantage mile per $1 spent on other purchases.

As you can see, the cards offer nearly identical benefits, with the biggest difference being that the business version earns 2 miles per dollar on telecommunications, car rental and gas station purchases (in addition to the 2x on American Airlines flights, which both cards offer). With the business card, you can also earn a companion certificate for a $99 domestic economy fare when you spend $30,000 on the card in a cardmembership year.

Is It Worth It?

Even with the upcoming devaluation, you can still score some valuable awards with these sign-up bonuses.Even with the upcoming devaluation, you can still score some valuable awards with these sign-up bonuses.
Even with the upcoming devaluation, you can still score some valuable awards with these sign-up bonuses.

As always, deciding whether or not to spring for an elevated sign-up bonus depends on your travel preferences and goals. If you’re looking to book award travel on American or one of its partners, there’s no doubt that this sign-up bonus can be a huge help.

Plus, though one of the cards is a business product, it’s easier than you may think to meet the requirements for acceptance. For example, if you freelance or run an eBay store, provided you have good credit you’ll likely qualify. If you meet the $3,000 spending requirement for both cards, you’re looking at 100,000 AAdvantage miles — worth a total of $1,700 according to TPG’s valuations — and that’s not factoring in the miles you’ll earn by meeting that spending threshold.

Though the miles from the sign-up bonus probably won’t post to your account before the March 22 devaluation takes effect, you can still score some great redemptions. With both bonuses, you’d have almost enough miles to book the Etihad First Apartment from New York to Abu Dhabi one-way, and you’d be able to redeem plenty of 7,500-mile short-haul awards on American as well.

Bottom Line

The Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard and the CitiBusiness AAdvantage Platinum Select World MasterCard aren’t the only options for earning AAdvantage miles, but their limited-time increased sign-up bonuses — and waived annual fees for the first year — make them appealing additions to your wallet. If you want to apply, just make sure you do so fast, since this offer isn’t around for long.

How would you use 50,000 AAdvantage miles?