The CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® Mastercard® has a phenomenal welcome bonus, offering 65,000 AAdvantage bonus miles after spending $4,000 within four months.
The card has a reasonable $99 annual fee that’s even waived for the first 12 months.
Why you want to earn the welcome bonus
Personally I value American miles at 1.4 cents each, so to me those 65,000 miles are worth $910. This is a phenomenal welcome bonus, especially when you consider that the annual fee is waived for the first year.
While American isn’t great about making award seats available on their own flights, there are so many great opportunities to redeem miles on partner airlines. Here’s American’s one-way award chart for premium cabin travel departing the US:
|Contiguous 48 U.S. To:||Business Class||First Class|
|Contiguous 48 U.S. States||25,000||50,000|
|Canada & Alaska||30,000||55,000|
|South America Zone 1||30,000||55,000|
|South America Zone 2||57,500||85,000|
|Middle East / India||70,000||115,000|
|Asia Zone 1||60,000||80,000|
|Asia Zone 2||70,000||110,000|
As you can see, 65,000 AAdvantage miles is just shy of enough miles for a one-way business class ticket from the US to Europe, South America, North Asia, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and India, so there are so many great ways you can redeem those miles. After completing the minimum spend requirement to earn the bonus, you would essentially have enough for a one-way business class ticket.
Seriously, this credit card bonus alone could get you a one-way ticket in Qatar Airways’ spectacular Qsuites from Los Angeles to Doha to the Maldives, for example.
I consider to be Qsuites the world’s best business class. Each seat has a door, Qatar has the best business class food with a dine on demand service, and more.
Qatar Airways’ Qsuites on the 777
Are you eligible for the card?
The CitiBusiness AAdvantage Card welcome bonus isn’t available to those who currently have the card. It’s also not available to those who have opened or closed this card in the past 24 months.
So you’re eligible as long as you haven’t had this card in over 24 months.
Also keep in mind that applying for this card wouldn’t count as a further inquiry to Chase’s 5/24 limit, in case that’s something you’re concerned about.
Long term perks for the card
In addition to the great welcome bonus, the CitiBusiness AAdvantage Card offers:
- 2x miles per dollar spent on eligible purchases with American, as well as on purchases at telecommunications merchants, cable and satellite providers, car rental merchants, and at gas stations
- A first checked bag free on domestic itineraries for you and up to four companions on the same reservation
- A $99 American Airlines companion certificate after you spend $30,000 or more in purchases each cardmember year and renew your card
The CitiBusiness AAdvantage Card is offering the one of the best welcome bonus of any co-branded American Airlines card at the moment, and the annual fee continues to be waived.
My single favorite use of American AAdvantage miles is for travel in Qatar Airways Qsuites, and award availability on these flights is generally excellent, and can now even be booked on aa.com.
Being able to fly one-way to the Middle East or India in Qatar Airways business class with essentially one welcome bonus is pretty awesome, if you ask me.