Link: Apply now for the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite Mastercard® with 50K bonus miles offer
Earn an easy 50K American AAdvantage miles
The Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite Mastercard® has a welcome bonus of 50,000 AAdvantage miles after spending $2,500 within the first three months. The card’s $99 annual fee is even waived for the first 12 months.
I value AAdvantage miles at 1.5 cents each, so to me this bonus is worth $750. That’s not bad, especially for a card with its annual fee waived for the first 12 months. That’s a great way to be able to “try” the card before you have to “buy” it, so to speak.
There are so many great uses for AAdvantage miles on partners, and 50,000 miles will get you on the way to a one-way business class ticket on partner airlines to Europe, Asia, the Middle East, etc.
As far as card eligibility goes, the bonus miles aren’t available to those who have received a new account bonus for this exact card in the past 48 months. Eligibility is unrelated to any other AAdvantage card, whether issued by Citi or Barclays. For example, you’d be eligible for this card even if you already had the American Airlines AAdvantage® MileUp® (review) or Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite Mastercard® (review).
Learn more about Citi’s 48 month rule, and about Citi’s standard application rules.
Why you should get the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Card
Beyond the bonus and the annual fee waived for the first 12 months, what are the other reasons to consider the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Card?
- With the American AAdvantage Loyalty Points system, credit card spending counts toward elite status, whether you’re going for AAdvantage Gold or AAdvantage Executive Platinum
- The card earns 2x miles at restaurants, gas stations, and on American Airlines purchases, and 1x miles on all other purchases, all with no foreign transaction fees
- The card offers a first checked bag free on domestic American Airlines itineraries for the card member and up to four companions traveling on the same reservation
- The card offers preferred boarding on American Airlines flights
- The card offers 25% savings on American Airlines inflight food and beverage purchases when paying with the card
- The card offers a $125 American Airlines flight discount after you spend $20,000 or more in purchases during your card member year and renew your card
Read a full review of the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Card.
The Citi AAdvantage Platinum Card has a nice welcome bonus of 50,000 AAdvantage miles upon completing minimum spending, with the card’s annual fee waived for the first 12 months.
Do you plan on picking up the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Card with this offer?
Applied today. Approved instantly for $12.4K credit limit.
Here's a recent datapoint. I applied today (4/27) with a 804 credit score. They pulled my Experian report. I was instantly approved for $12,000.
Instantly declined. 800+ credit score, but also have low credit utilization, and two new cards in the last 12 months.
I got the Avaitor MC two months ago and just received the Citi MC with the 75k offer. But what is better than this? I just got an offer offer for 60k AA miles for opening a Citi checking account with a $12 monthly fee (waived) spending $1k on their debit card within 90 days and a ACH deposit of $1k (OMG)!! The ACH can be made by VENMO, Zelle, Direct Deposit....I'm just rolling in...
I got the Avaitor MC two months ago and just received the Citi MC with the 75k offer. But what is better than this? I just got an offer offer for 60k AA miles for opening a Citi checking account with a $12 monthly fee (waived) spending $1k on their debit card within 90 days and a ACH deposit of $1k (OMG)!! The ACH can be made by VENMO, Zelle, Direct Deposit....I'm just rolling in easy miles!
Like Lucky, I was instantly denied despite having an excellent credit score. I'm also at 3/24 (not a Citi criteria I know) with only a handful of inquiries in the last two years. Apparently Citi doesn't like "low credit utilization" and deems people like me "not profitable". Anyways, I would be cautious about applying unless you don't mind a hard pull and getting denied. I'm done with Citi.
Why did you get denied? Too many citi cards already? Suspicion of “gaming”? Would be curious to know.
Ben- I hope that they did not deny you for having recently obtained one or more credit cards. I discovered that the definition of "recently" includes 17 months (or possibly more).
Does buying AA gift cards count toward minimum spend?
Ed, you're not to smart. ANY spending counts toward minimum spend. Spending is spending
Applied for this sign-up offer, but was instantly denied by Citi. FICO 815+, two new cards opened recently (Amex Green Card 12/7/22) and (Amex Gold 1/6/23). Denial reason was "high amount of unused credit compared to available credit lines" and that I had "recently opened one or more accounts." Called recon and they said that there's nothing they could do as this Aadvantage card is not available for reconsideration for the reasons that they flagged...
Applied for this sign-up offer, but was instantly denied by Citi. FICO 815+, two new cards opened recently (Amex Green Card 12/7/22) and (Amex Gold 1/6/23). Denial reason was "high amount of unused credit compared to available credit lines" and that I had "recently opened one or more accounts." Called recon and they said that there's nothing they could do as this Aadvantage card is not available for reconsideration for the reasons that they flagged me on. I asked her if this was a Citi Bank policy or solely the Aadvantage card policy and she confirmed that it was the latter. Seem like AA may have increased the sign-up offer, but also increased the difficulty to be approved for it. :(
If I applied for the card two months back and have not yet fulfilled the previous spend $2500 in 3 months 50k mile offer, what are my option? Can I request for an upgrade or can I cancel and reapply and still be eligible for the new bonus?
I don't know if Citi has changed their approvals, but I was denied for having too much unused credit and too many open/closed accounts on my credit report.
I was told the same thing, too much unused credit. I think I have four or five credit cards, including one from Citi. It’s a mystery.
I too was denied for too much unused credit and having one or more accounts opened recently. My most recent cards were opened 12/22 and 01/23. They increased the bonus offer, but then made it harder to get approved.
Maybe it doesn't help that I have the business card already, but I haven't had the personal Citi card in years.
Funny how people are whining about how useless AA miles are while still be able to get 5cpp out of a card thats annual fee is waived first year. Opportunity cost and all but you’re trippin if you say you can’t put 75k aa miles in good use. Gosh some people are greedy as hell
Ben, would like to use your link but.... is it just me or does the link to apply for the card NOT WORK?
@ JD -- Thanks for the support! Hmmm, are you using desktop or mobile? It's working for me on desktop, not sure if there might be an issue with cookies?
Ben, I am interested in this card since I think I last closed this card five years ago. Do you know how long they will keep the offer open? Will they pull it without notice? I just picked up the IHG and I have to make spend on a second upgrade offer I have so I am trying to space out my spending requirements a bit.
Not huge. Not at all. Considering the junk status that AAdvantage miles have become lately, 75K doesn't get much of anything. It's even a challenge to find a domestic round trip for less than 75K. And forget about anything non-stop. Huge would be something closer to maybe 350,000 miles. Even that won't get a transatlantic trip these days. Right now at least, their miles are practically useless.
Used recently approx. 110K miles for 2 tickets one way to Tokyo. Pretty good.
350,000 miles? Please...
Applied. Denied instantly. No idea why. The last Citi AAdvantage card I held was opened in 2016, and closed in 2018.
You have other citi cards (if not maybe it is something with citi and not specific to this card) or recent citi apps/cards (maybe you triggered one of their other disqualifying factors based on that type of thing)?
It would be a good deal if (and only it) AA miles were worth anything. You all be the judge, but I am not sure they are worth much.
I hope there’s no more BS 6 weeks wait to for the miles to post to your account. I’m about to finish spending 4K on Citi Aadvantage Business and need that 60k mile bonus asap. I wanna do $350 co pay plus 25k miles for an upgrade from lax to hnd. Never done that before.
I feel like this blog is just shilling cards now in the guise of providing "advice".
This is good but I like the Barclay’s 60k miles and all you have to buy is a pack of gum.
50K miles now unfortunately
Ben, what kind of preferred boarding (which group?). Also does preferred boarding also apply to authorized users of the card or just the primary card holder?
@ Bill -- Preferred boarding in this case is with group five. This only applies to the primary cardmember, and not to authorized users.
What about someone traveling with you on the same reservation, say a spouse?
@ Michael -- Companions can board with you, that shouldn't be an issue.
My wife and I both get preferred boarding even though our AA account and card are under her name.
Just in time for the dynamic price switch over. That increased sign-up bonus will buy a lot less.
@ Jim -- Well, as of now there's no change to partner awards, which I'd consider to be the best use of AA miles anyway.
Do you need to cancel a Citi card before getting a sign up bonus again? Annoying I am at 3 years and 10 months on this Citi AA card, so I am probably not eligible for a bonus for at least six months or so. I am still holding the card and was planning to cancel - but wondering if I absolutely have to before applying again. In the same situation with the Citi Premier card...
Wife literally signed up yesterday for this card with 50k bonus. Is Citi flexible, will they adj the bonus if she meets the new spend req?
@ Anthony -- If I'm not mistaken, Citi actually lets you have multiple of the same cards, assuming you otherwise meet the requirements.
how long is a "limited time"? a few days or weeks? can i wait to apply maybe over the weekend?
@Michael: Usually it is valid for a few weeks at least, so I would not worry too much and apply over the weekend if that is better for you.
@ Michael -- There's no published end date. As noted by InternationalTraveler, typically these bonuses are around for at least a few weeks. It's purely speculation on my part, but I think waiting until the weekend should be fine.
Will you downgrade the card before paying the annual feee?
@ Benny -- I haven't even applied for the card yet, let alone decided what I'll do 12 months down the road, heh. :-)
Is 48 month restriction enforced?
Will need to figure out when I had this card the last time
@ Nfd -- Yes it is. You can call up Citi and they should be able to tell you when you last had this card and received a bonus.