Success: 70K American Bonus Miles With The Citi Business AAdvantage Card

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For several weeks now we’ve seen increased welcome bonuses on the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard® and CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard®, which are among the best we’ve ever seen.

I’m not eligible for the personal version of the card since I already have the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard® (and specifically, because I opened the card in the past 24 months). This card has a $450 annual fee, but offers an Admirals Club membership for the primary cardmember, plus Admirals Club access for up to 10 authorized users, which is a pretty spectacular deal. As far as I’m concerned that’s the best lounge access benefit offered by any airline credit card.

In mid-May I decided to apply for the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Business Card, which I didn’t have. I applied for this card for several reasons:

  • The card is offering a welcome bonus of 70,000 AAdvantage miles after spending $4,000 within four months, which is an even bigger bonus than we’re seeing on the personal card
  • The $99 annual fee is waived for the first 12 months
  • Eligibility for this card is independent of whether you have any Citi AAdvantage personal card, so a lot of people are eligible for this card
  • Generally applying for Citi business cards doesn’t count towards 5/24, in case that’s a limit you’re trying to stay under; I’m trying to get under 5/24, so that was important to me

I actually wasn’t 100% sure I’d be eligible for this card. I could have sworn I’ve had this card in the past, though when I called up Citi they had no record of me having had the card. So I was hopeful I’d be eligible, though wasn’t positive.

I received the card and activated it in early June, and then I completed the minimum spend within a month, and my statement just closed. I’m happy to report that the 70,000 miles already posted, so they seem to post as soon as the statement closes where you complete minimum spend.

This is an incredible bonus, as I value American miles at 1.3 cents each, so to me those 70,000 bonus miles are worth $910.

If you’ve never applied for a business card before but are potentially interested in the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Business Card, see this post for details on how to apply for a business card.

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Comments

  1. When they had no record of you having the card they couldn’t tell you absolutely if you would get the bonus or not?

  2. Quick question: Are authorized users (as opposed to cardholders) of the Executive World Elite card eligible for the Platinum World Elite Card?

  3. @ Nathan — They told me I was eligible, though I never 100% trust phone representatives, as their information isn’t always correct. I could have sworn I had the card before, so I was skeptical of their information.

  4. @Lucky.

    Ok thank you. I had always wondered that because I never tracked my cards good enough to know when I was eligible again. I just want to call and have them tell me if I am eligible. Need me some more AA Miles.

  5. @Lucky. Are you sure that having the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard® precludes one from receiving the sign up bonus for the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard®? I thought that these cards are counted as “separate” type of cards for bonus purposes.
    When a year ago my wife applied for the Executive card (whilst already having the Platinum Select), she DID get the 75k sign up bonus for that too.

  6. @ Daniel B. — The terms are as follows:
    “American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles are not available if you have had any Citi® / AAdvantage® card (other than a CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® card) opened or closed in the past 24 months.”

    So you’re not eligible if you’ve opened or closed the other card in the past 24 months. In my case, I got the Citi Executive Card about a year ago, so I wouldn’t be eligible at the moment for the Personal Platinum. However, if you’ve had either card open for 24 months or more, you would be eligible for the other one.

    Realize my post didn’t make that very clear, so will update it for clarity.

  7. “I’m not eligible for the personal version of the card since I already have the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard® (and specifically, because I opened the card in the past 24 months).”

    Yeah, sure. You can only get one personal card every 24 months. No way one can get one card each month. And besides, one cannot get 70,000 miles upon secure-message request on each personal card, impossible.

  8. On a side note I am trying to find a flight to Europe using AA points in July and its virtually impossible. Thank God for Lufthansa and lifemiles! (and Swiss, United, Austrian etc to a lesser degree). Flights 2-3x a day.

  9. @Lucky. Thanks for the clarification. We will wait for the 24 months to pass, then will apply.

  10. Note that Citi won’t approve you for this card if your credit history is shorter than 60 months, even if your credit score is excellent. They will approve you for the personal card. Something to keep in mind for new arrivals in the US like myself.

  11. I was on a Citi site that had an offer for 75k miles for $5,000 spend in 5 months. I applied and was approved.

  12. @Mick. Exactly. I can’t rid of the AA points I have – unless I want to make three stops and stay somewhere overnight. The only way to get American to be decent toward their passengers is to stop rewarding them. Most especially to let Citi realize no one wants AA point and let them force AA to have a decent rewards program again.

  13. You could also secure message them to match for 75K points and get an additional 5K (was successful doing it myself! 😉

  14. No explanation other than this:

    Unfortunately, we were not able to approve your application.
    You will receive written notification with details regarding our decision in approximately 7-10 days.

  15. Lucky, did your welcome letter from Citi specifically state you’d earn 70k miles after completing the minimum spend? My understanding with AA Citi cards, is if the bonus is mentioned in the welcome letter, then you’re good to go. If it’s not mentioned, then you will not receive the bonus. Curious to know yours and others experience with this.

  16. Thank you Lucky for your valuable information. I cancelled the personal version of this card October 2016 so would not be eligible. I took a chance and applied for the business version through your link. Instantly approved. I was trying to wait until August to apply (for another CC to fall off my credit report) but caught sight of the end date. I am saving up to treat my mother to a business (first) seat to Asia for her 70th birthday.

  17. @Joe – I sure hope you are wrong, b/c my letter didn’t mention it at all. BUT, I don’t recall EVER having a welcome letter talk about the bonus, and I’ve been doing this a long time. We’ll see–I’m halfway toward my spend. (FWIW, I really do think I’m eligible, and would not have applied if I’d thought any of my previous cards disqualified me.)

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