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LIMITED TIME OFFER: 60,000 Miles for the Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard and 70,000 miles for the CitiBusiness / AAdvantage Platinum Select World Mastercard
Last month Citi announced a trio of improvements to its American Airlines co-branded personal credit card. The issuer has now followed up those upgrades with increased sign-up bonuses on both the personal and business AAdvantage cards.
If you apply now for the personal Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard, you’ll earn an increased 60,000 bonus miles after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months of account opening. The business flavor of the card — the CitiBusiness / AAdvantage Platinum Select World Mastercard — is offering a 70,000 mile bonus after spending $4,000 in the first 4 months of account opening. The annual fee on the personal version is increasing from $95 to $99 (it’s remaining $95 on the business version), and on both cards the fee is waived for the first year.
We’ve seen increased bonuses on these cards from time to time, but this is the first time the personal card is coming with broad new bonus categories. The Citi AAdvantage Platinum now offers 2 miles per dollar spent on restaurants and 2 miles per dollar spent at gas stations. You’ll also continue to earn 2x miles on purchases with American and 1 mile per dollar for all other everyday spend.
An additional new feature of the personal card is the ability to earn a $100 flight discount after spending $20,000 on the card in one cardmember year and renewing the card. Citi has also retained all the existing features of the two cards, which means in addition to the new 2x categories and the $100 flight discount, you’ll get these benefits with the personal card:
- Preferred Boarding for up to four customers traveling on your same reservation.
- First Checked Bag Free on Domestic Itineraries for you and up to four traveling companions on the same reservation.
- Access to Reduced Mileage Awards each quarter, which offer discounts of up to 7,500 miles round-trip on award tickets to or from the selected airports listed in each quarter’s promotion.
- 25% Off Eligible In-Flight Purchases including food and beverages paid for with the card.
- 10% Miles Rebate on all redeemed AAdvantage miles, up to a calendar year limit of 10,000 miles.
The personal card also comes with a number of useful travel and purchase benefits, including Trip Cancellation and Interruption coverage, Baggage Delay protection, secondary car rental insurance, purchase protection, extended warranty and Citi’s vaunted Price Rewind protection.
The business version of the card isn’t adding the new bonus categories or the $100 flight discount, but it retains its own existing 2x bonus categories on gas stations, car rentals, certain telecommunications merchants and of course purchases with American Airlines. The business card the same first checked bag free and preferred boarding benefits as the personal card. Plus, a $99 companion certificate after $30,000 in spend in a cardmember year and if the account remains open for at least 45 days after the anniversary date. Neither the personal nor the business card charge foreign transaction fees.
While airline cards have seen a lot of increased competition in the market in recent years, Citi gets credit for being the first issuer to add broad bonus categories to its primary legacy airline co-branded credit card (Chase and United followed suit last week). The bank is clearly trying to make its card more competitive with other market leaders, and these new bonus categories certainly help on that front.
American has gotten a bad rap for award availability on its own planes in recent years, but redeeming AAdvantage miles for partner awards is eminently feasible and can be a terrific deal, especially on trips to Asia with airlines like JAL and Cathay Pacific. Even award space on AA itself is better than it used to be, though you may have to accept complete itineraries instead of choosing individual flights.
So if you fly regularly on American Airlines or the sweet spots in the AAdvantage program align with your travel goals, this is the time to pick up one or both of these credit cards. These increased sign-up bonuses are only available for a limited time, so make sure you don’t miss them while they’re around.
LIMITED TIME OFFER: Earn 60,000 miles after $3,000 spent within the first 3 months. The sign-up offer alone is worth up to $840. If you're a frequent American flyer but don't have status, additional perks that come with this card like first free checked bag on domestic AA itineraries, preferred boarding on American flights can be extremely valuable.
- For a limited time, earn 60,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles after making $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening*
- New: Earn 2 AAdvantage® miles for every $1 spent at gas stations*
- New: Earn 2 AAdvantage® miles for every $1 spent at restaurants*
- Earn 2 AAdvantage® miles for every $1 spent on eligible American Airlines purchases*
- New: Earn a $100 American Airlines Flight Discount after you spend $20,000 or more in purchases during your cardmembership year and renew your card*
- No Foreign Transaction Fees*
- First checked bag is free on domestic American Airlines itineraries for you and up to four companions traveling with you on the same reservation*
- Enjoy preferred boarding on American Airlines flights*
- Receive 25% savings on in-flight food and beverage purchases when you use your card on American Airlines flights*