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What you need to know about earning another American Airlines card sign-up bonus

Aug. 20, 2021
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Each credit card issuer has its own set of restrictions regarding application approvals and sign-up bonus eligibility.

Criteria include the number of cards you can apply for, the timing of applications and how often you can earn a sign-up bonus or welcome offer. With Citi offering a substantial 65,000 bonus miles after spending $4,000 on purchases in the first four months of account opening for the CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® Mastercard®, those of you who have had the card in the past may be wondering whether you’re eligible for a second bonus.

If you're considering adding another American Airlines card to your arsenal, there are important restrictions to be aware of.

Let’s take a closer look at the AAdvantage cobranded cards and some of your options to ensure you’re eligible for another sign-up bonus.

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AAdvantage credit cards

Let’s start with the lineup of card options. There are currently six AAdvantage credit cards available to new applicants – four are issued by Citi and two by Barclays. Their sign-up bonuses range from 10,000 to 75,000 miles, depending on the type of card you’re applying for (personal versus business versus no annual fee).

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

Credit cardWelcome bonusAnnual feeWelcome bonus value
(based on TPG Valuations)
American Airlines AAdvantage MileUp℠ Card

 

10,000 miles and a $50 statement credit after you spend $500 on purchases in the first three months of account opening$0$227 (including the $50 statement credit)
AAdvantage Aviator Red World Elite Mastercard60,000 miles after you make a purchase and pay the annual fee within the first 90 days of card opening$99$1,062
Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite Mastercard®

 

50,000 miles after you spend $2,500 on purchases in the first three months of account opening$99 (waived for the first 12 months)$885
AAdvantage Aviator World Elite Business Mastercard65,000 miles after spending $1,000 in the first 90 days, and an additional 10,000 miles when an employee card is used for a purchase$95$1,327.50 (including the additional 10,000 miles)
CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® Mastercard®65,000 miles after you spend $4,000 on purchases within the first four months of account opening$99 (waived for the first 12 months)$1,150.50
Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite Mastercard®80,000 miles after you spend $5,500 on purchases in the first three months of account opening$450$1,416

The information for the CitiBusiness AAdvantage Platinum, AAdvantage Aviator Red and AAdvantage Aviator Business cards has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

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Citi / AAdvantage card application restrictions

When it comes to earning sign-up bonuses on the AAdvantage cards, it’s important to know that Citi changed the rules in 2019. If you’ve earned an AAdvantage bonus on a specific Citi / AAdvantage card, you won’t be eligible to earn the bonus again for another 48 months.

Here is the fine print under the card application link for the Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard:

American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles are not available if you have received a new account bonus for a Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive account in the past 48 months.

The terms apply for each individual card, as opposed to the entire Citi / AAdvantage card family. That means if you applied for a Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard recently, you do not need to wait 48 months to apply for a Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard.

An important distinction that you should know is that the 48-month waiting period starts when you “receive a new account bonus” for a specific Citi / AAdvantage card. That is not the same as when you were “approved for the card,” “received the card,” “activated a card” and other common phrases you might see from an issuer.

In this case, semantics matter because the bonus that posts to your AAdvantage account may post several months after you were actually approved for the card itself.

Related reading: Choosing the best card for American Airlines flyers

Barclays AAdvantage Aviator card application restrictions

Barclays is a bit vaguer than Citi when it comes to sign-up bonus restrictions on the AAdvantage cards.

Based on our data points, if you’ve closed a card, you generally have to wait six months to be eligible for the welcome offer again. However, some application pages, like the one on the AAdvantage Aviator Red World Elite Mastercard, state the following:

“You may not be eligible for this offer if you currently have or previously had an account with us in this program.”

In this case, the “may not” in this sentence means there is the potential that you could be approved for a new card as a previous cardholder, meet the minimum spending requirement and still miss out on the sign-up bonus. Again, your mileage may vary, particularly with Barclays.

Related: The many flavors of Barclays’ AAdvantage Aviator credit cards

Bottom line

(Photo by John Gribben for The Points Guy)
(Photo by John Gribben for The Points Guy)

Citi and Barclays both have distinct rules regarding application approvals and sign-up bonus eligibility for the AAdvantage credit cards.

While Citi is less vague with restrictions, it also imposes a lengthy waiting period of at least 48 months before you’re able to receive another welcome bonus. Barclays’ rules are a lot more subjective, giving the company more power to deny approval or a bonus should it consider your application unworthy.

In any case, if you’re approved and eligible for a welcome bonus, make sure you can complete minimum spending requirements within the time period allotted.

If you want to add another American AAdvantage card to your wallet for daily spending, keep these rules top of mind. You don’t want to waste a hard pull on your credit or have the unpleasant surprise of being denied a welcome bonus after meeting a card’s spending requirement.

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Intro offer

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Annual Fee

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Cons

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10XEarn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel
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  • Intro Offer
    Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel

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Why We Chose It

The Capital One Venture X card is one of the best all-round travel credit cards ever launched. Not only is it offering a tremendous welcome bonus, but cardholders can earn tons of miles on everyday spending and receive a 10,000-mile anniversary bonus to boot. Its annual fee is $395, but cardholders can count on up to $300 in statement credits toward travel booked through Capital One Travel each year and other valuable benefits like access to Priority Pass lounges and Capital One’s own growing family of airport lounges.

Pros

  • Excellent welcome offer worth 75,000 miles after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months.
  • Up to $300 in annual travel statement credits toward bookings make through Capital One Travel.
  • 10,000 bonus miles (worth $100 toward travel) each account anniversary.

Cons

  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on all other purchases
  • Unlimited complimentary access for you and two guests to 1,400+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and our Partner Lounge Network
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
  • Named editors' choice for "Best New Credit Card of 2021" by The Points Guy
  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023