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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 Elite Mastercard
Currently, both the Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard, and the CitiBusiness / AAdvantage Platinum Select World Mastercard are offering 50,000 American Airlines AAdvantage bonus miles after you make $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months. I value AAdvantage miles at 1.7 cents apiece so the sign-up bonus from each of these cards is worth $850, or $1,700 for both.
That’s a great value, and reason enough to consider getting these cards. However, another great perk for Citi AAdvantage cardholders is the discount you get on award tickets when you redeem AAdvantge miles.
Both of these cards (and others) offer reduced-price awards that can save you either 5,000 or 7,500 miles off round-trip award tickets in economy or first class, on certain routes within the US and Canada that originate within the 48 contiguous United States.
These discounted awards used to be available between various city pairs on a quarterly basis, but the program has been tweaked so that reduced mileage award routes now change monthly. Participating routes have been planned out through May, 2015. As long as there is MileSAAver availability, you should be able to receive these discounts, but you must call to book.
American Waiving Phone Booking Fees
In addition, American has announced it will now waive award ticketing service charges for bookings that cannot be made on AA.com. Currently, you can only book American, US Airways, Air Berlin, Alaska, British Airways, Finnair, Hawaiian, Qantas, and Royal Jordanian awards on American’s site, so this will waive the fees for other partner awards, as well as those for reduced mileage awards for Citi AAdvantage Cardholders (since you can’t book those online either).
Note that on February 16, American will begin charging higher phone ticketing service fees of $30 for domestic itineraries and $40 for international itineraries that can be booked online.
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Aside from the 75,000 points welcome bonus, Amex recently made huge improvements to the Business Platinum Card, including the fact that you will now earn 50% more points on purchases of $5,000 or more, earn 5x on flights and eligible hotels at Amextravel.com and cardholders will receive a $200 airline fee credit each year.
- Welcome Offer: Earn up to 75,000 Membership Rewards® points.
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- Get 50% more Membership Rewards® points. That's 1.5 points per dollar, on each eligible purchase of $5,000 or more. You can get up to 1 million additional points per year.
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- Enroll to get up to $200 in statement credits annually by getting up to $100 semi-annually for U.S. purchases with Dell. Terms apply.
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