Current welcome offers on Citi/AAdvantage credit cards

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Citi has a variety of credit card options for frequent American Airlines flyers looking to boost their AAdvantage miles balances and enjoy some perks when traveling on the airline, and the fees for these card options are varied.

Here’s a rundown of the top Citi/AAdvantage credit cards and their current offers:

CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard®

(Photo by Eric Helgas for The Points Guy)
(Photo by Eric Helgas for The Points Guy)

Welcome bonus: Earn 65,000 miles after spending $4,000 in the first four months

Annual fee: $99, waived for the first year

Best for: Business travelers

Right now, the CitiBusiness / AAdvantage Platinum Select Mastercard is offering 65,000 bonus miles after you spend $4,000 in the first four months of account opening. This bonus is worth $910, according to TPG valuations. While not as high as the 70k sign-up offer we have seen in the past, this is still a step up from older, 60k offers. And for most small businesses, $4,000 is an attainable spending threshold to hit over the course of four months.

You’ll earn an industry-standard 2x miles on eligible American Airlines purchases, plus 2x on eligible business expenses including telecommunications merchants, cable and satellite providers, car rentals and gas stations. The card comes with perks such as a free checked bag when flying American, priority boarding, and inflight discounts on Wi-Fi, food and beverages. If you put $30,000 in spending on the card in a cardmember year, you’ll also be rewarded with a companion certificate — allowing you to take a colleague, friend or loved one on a flight for $99 plus taxes/fees (the certificate is granted upon account renewal, and the account must remain open at least 45 days after anniversary date).

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Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard®

AA jet on the tarmac at JFK from January 2014. Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy.
(Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

Welcome bonus: Earn 50,000 miles after spending $2,500 in the first three months

Annual fee: $99, waived the first year

Best for: Casual American Airlines flyers

The personal Citi/AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard is currently offering a sign-up bonus of 50,000 miles after you spend $2,500 in the first three months of account opening — worth $700 according to TPG valuations. This card also has a $99 annual fee that’s waived for the first 12 months and no foreign transaction fees.

The card offers 2x miles on eligible American Airlines purchases, restaurants and gas stations. One newer feature of the personal card is the ability to earn a $125 flight discount after you spend $20,000 on it in your cardmember year and renew the card for another year. In addition to the 2x categories and the $125 flight discount, you’ll get benefits like preferred boarding, first checked bag free and inflight discounts.

The information for the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard®

(Photo by Eric Helgas for The Points Guy)
(Photo by Eric Helgas for The Points Guy)

Welcome bonus: Earn 50,000 miles after spending $5,000 in the first three months

Annual fee: $450

Best for: Those who desire Admirals Club access

The top-tier Citi/AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard offers 50,000 bonus miles after you spend $5,000 in the first three months, plus 2x on all eligible American Airlines purchases. The Executive card has a higher annual fee than some other options, but does come with a few notable benefits for frequent flyers — including Admirals Club access for you and any authorized users. You’ll also be able to earn 10,000 AAdvantage® Elite Qualifying Miles (EQMs) after you spend $40,000 on purchases throughout the year.

These benefits are less useful to AA customers who already have top-tier elite status or those who frequently fly first or business class on international or transcontinental flights, as those both grant you same-day entry to the Admirals Club. This card is most beneficial to those who want help hitting elite status while enjoying the benefits of Admirals Club access when flying American.

American Airlines AAdvantage MileUp℠ Card

(Photo by Eric Helgas for The Points Guy)
(Photo by Eric Helgas for The Points Guy)

Welcome bonus: Earn 10,000 miles and a $50 statement credit after making $500 in purchases within the first three months

Annual fee: $0

Best for: Beginners looking to earn AA miles

The AAdvantage MileUp Card is Citi’s entry-level American Airlines cobranded card, offering a modest sign-up bonus worth a total of $190 ($140 in miles according to TPG valuations, plus the $50 statement credit). You’ll also get 2x miles on eligible American Airlines purchases and at grocery stores. The grocery store bonus category does include grocery delivery services, but you won’t get the best return by using the MileUp card for your weekly grocery runs. As a no-annual-fee card, it offers little in the way of perks, but you will get 25% savings on inflight drinks and snacks.

If you’re a beginner looking for an inexpensive way to earn AA miles, this could potentially be a good entry point into the Citi/AAdvantage credit card lineup. However, anyone taking more than a couple of American Airlines flights per year will likely be better off with the Citi/AAdvantage Platinum Select.

Bottom line

If you are looking to boost your AA miles earning potential — or if the sweet spots in the AAdvantage program align with your travel goals — this could be the time to pick up one of these cobranded American Airlines cards.

However, keep in mind that Citi recently stripped travel protections from most of its cards, which is something to consider before booking trips on your cobranded Citi card. Also make sure to note the restrictions on the sign-up bonus. You won’t be able to earn the sign-up bonus on any version of the card if you have received a new account bonus for the same card in the past 48 months.

Featured image by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy.


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CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard®

CURRENT WELCOME BONUS: 65,000 Miles

TPG'S BONUS VALUATION: $910*

CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 2x miles on eligible AA purchases plus 2x miles at gas stations and at telecommunications merchants, cable and satellite providers and car rental merchants. Get your first checked bag free.

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

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More Things to Know
  • Designed for businesses
  • Earn 65,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles after spending $4,000 in purchases within the first 4 months of account opening.
  • First checked bag is free on domestic American Airlines itineraries to reduce travel costs and boost your bottom line.
  • 25% savings on American Airlines inflight Wi-Fi when you use your card
  • Enjoy preferred boarding on American Airlines flights
  • Earn 2 AAdvantage® miles per $1 spent on eligible American Airlines purchases
  • Earn 2 AAdvantage® miles per $1 spent on purchases at telecommunications merchants, cable and satellite providers, car rental merchants and at gas stations.
  • Earn 1 AAdvantage® mile per $1 spent on other purchases
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees
Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
17.49% - 26.49% (Variable)
Annual Fee
$99, waived for first 12 months
Balance Transfer Fee
N/A
Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good

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