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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.