RIP Citi American 75,000 Mile Card Bonuses
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As of today, 10/10/11, the links for the amazing 75,000 mile Citi AA cards are no longer available. Barring any sort of resurrection, I think this deal is dead (though I’d love to be proven wrong).
Frankly, I’m impressed it lasted as long as it did since they technically expired in February. I walked away with 225,000 AA miles and judging by the 320+ comments on this post, I know many of you did as well, but I wanted to let everyone know in case you were planning on getting one of those cards in the near future.
I think the two other best Citi deals right now are:
50,000 points for the Citi ThankYou Premier. $125 annual fee, waived for the first year. The points cannot be transferred to any airlines, but they are worth 1.33 cents each towards travel rewards, so it’s essentially $665.
or the Citi ThankYou Preferred. No annual fee, but the points are only worth 1 cent a piece, so the sign-up bonus is $500.
Also, the Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature Card isn’t a bad option for a no-fee card: 40,000 points after spending $1,000 within 4 points, 6x points on Hilton, 3x on supermarkets, drug stores and gas stations, and free Hilton Silver status.
Overall, I think Citi needs to up their game a little bit and bump their ThankYou point bonuses to 100,000 since they are less valuable than the transferable points of the Chase Sapphire Preferred and Amex Membership Rewards cards (Platinum, Premier Rewards Gold, etc).
The American Express Platinum card has some of the best perks out there: cardholders enjoy the best domestic lounge access (Delta SkyClubs, Centurion Lounges, and Priority Pass), a $200 annual airline fee credit as well as up to $200 in Uber credits, and mid-tier elite status at SPG, Marriott, and Hilton. Combined with the 60,000 point welcome offer -- worth $1,140 based on TPG's valuations -- this card is a no-brainer for frequent travelers. Here are 5 reasons you should consider this card, as well as how you can figure out if the $550 annual fee makes sense for you.
- Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
- Enjoy Uber VIP status and free rides in the U.S. up to $15 each month, plus a bonus $20 in December. That can be up to $200 in annual Uber savings.
- 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
- 5X Membership Rewards points on prepaid hotels booked on amextravel.com.
- Enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations around the world.
- Receive complimentary benefits with an average total value of $550 with Fine Hotels & Resorts. Learn More.
- $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one qualifying airline.
- Get up to $100 in statement credits annually for purchases at Saks Fifth Avenue on your Platinum Card®. Enrollment required.
- $550 annual fee.
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