American Airlines Credit Card Mega Bonuses

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Update: The current offers for the Citi Platinum Select AAdvantage World MasterCard and Visa are 30,000 miles after spending $1,000 miles within the first 3 months. The current offer for the Citi AAdvantage American Express card is 25,000 miles after $750 spent within the first 4 months.

Offers expired February 28, 2011.

I generally love AA miles: good availability, great partners (Cathay, Qantas and British Airways) and the ability to do one-way awards- even on partners such as Air Tahiti Nui. The program definitely has its downsides- with the advent of one-way awards, they took away the ability to build in stopovers on awards and they also charge hefty surcharges on BA awards. All that aside, they have some blockbuster credit card sign-ups currently going on.

75,000 miles – just spend $1500 in the first 6 months.
Visa: no fee the first year – $85 thereafter.
Visa Business: no fee the first year – $75 thereafter.
Citi American Express: no fee the first year – $85 thereafter.

100,000 miles: Split up into two 50,000 installments: One afer $750 in spend within the first four months and the other 50,000 miles after $10,000 in spend within the first 12 months
Visa: no fee the first year – $85 thereafter.
Visa Business:no fee the first year – $75 thereafter.
Citi American Express: no fee the first year – $85 thereafter

My advice: If you are only going to get one card, don’t get a business card, because they don’t have the same protections as personal cards. Also, Visa is generally accepted more places than American Express, so go that route if you have no particular affinity to Amex. Also, if you don’t think you can hit the $10,000 spend requirement- go with the 75,000 card which has the easy qualification.

As always with credit cards, read the T&Cs before applying- these cards don’t have low interest rates. That shouldn’t matter as long as you pay your balance off, but if you don’t- you will more than pay for your sign-up miles.

The bonuses won’t display on the application, but they are legit. You can call Citi after applying to confirm the bonus was indeed included on your application.

Happy travels!

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