New Benefits Added to Citi Platinum Select AA Visa Card, Better Deals Still Out There

Apr 3, 2012

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Citibank just launched a new Platinum Select AAdvantage Visa Signature card with a 30,000 mile sign-up bonus and a new set of American Airlines specific perks. However, Citi is also currently offering, though not advertising, 50,000 mile bonuses for the older versions of the same card. Additionally you can apply for both a personal Visa and Amex card on the same day, netting 100,000 AA miles and a single credit inquiry. The 50,000 mile cards are not my links, but more info can be found on this useful Flyertalk thread. A certain amount of trust will be needed since the application pages don’t specifically outline the bonus offer, but most people who have applied are reporting success on that thread. I got in on the same deal when the bonuses were 75,000 miles a card and many other TPG readers reported the same success judging by the 330 comments on that post. I personally don’t want to be responsible for promoting those links because Citi will eventually pull that offer, so you’ll have to do your own research, but I couldn’t discuss the new AA card offer without letting you know that a potentially better deal exists.

Update: It looks like all current Citi Platinum Select Visa holders will get these new benefits (though not the sign-up bonus if you already have the card)

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

– For a limited time, Earn 40,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles after $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of cardmembership*
– Your first eligible checked bag is free*
– Priority Boarding with Group 1 privileges* and 25% savings on eligible in-flight purchases*
– Earn a $100 American Airlines Flight Discount every cardmembership year with qualifying purchases and cardmembership renewal*
– Double AAdvantage® miles on eligible American Airlines purchases*
– Earn 10% of your redeemed AAdvantage® miles back – up to 10,000 AAdvantage(R) miles each calendar year*

Is this deal worth it?
It really depends on how much value your mails and how much you will take advantage of the card perks. How I view this offer:
1) I personally value AA miles at around 1.8 cents a piece because I use them for longhaul business and first class travel on Oneworld partners like Cathay Pacific (whose First Class I just flew from Hong Kong and is amazing). AA miles can also be redeemed for off-peak saver awards, like 40,000 miles to Europe roundtrip in coach or 135,000 miles in First Class to Asia on Oneworld partners. The 30,000 miles is worth at least $540 to me because I would easily pay $2,430 for a roundtrip first class Cathay Pacific ticket to Asia.
2) The 10,000 point yearly rebate on awards is another $180.
3) AA and Citi also offer reduced priced awards for Citi AA cardholders – like 17,500 mile economy and 42,500 first class roundtrip awards to select rotating cities. I haven’t taken advantage of these, but this could easily be a 7,500 mile value since I redeem for first class so I’ll divide it in half to be conservative and say it could be worth 3,750 miles or $67.50.
4) If you can spend $30,000, you get a $100 statement credit: $100
5) I don’t pay for checked bags as an Executive Platinum, but if you don’t have elite status that saves you $25 per bag, up to 4 people per reservation.
6) Priority boarding makes snagging overhead bin space easier and takes a little bit of stress out of the boarding process.

All in all, the new benefits are decent and put the card in line with the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express, United MileagePlus Explorer Card and US Airways Mastercard. Whether this card is worth it for you all depends on your travel habits and how much money you could potentially save having this card in your wallet.

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WELCOME OFFER: 80,000 Points


CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 3X points on dining and 2x points on travel, points transferrable to over a dozen travel partners

*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.

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