Which Citi AAdvantage Card Offer Is Best For You?

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Update: These offers for the CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard®, the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard®  and the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard® have expired. Learn more about the current offers here.

We’re seeing one welcome bonus on a Citi AAdvantage Card being pulled later today, while we just saw two new limited time welcome bonuses being introduced yesterday, so I wanted to recap the offers for anyone who is trying to decide between these cards (since later today you’ll only have a total of two cards to choose from, rather than three).

The three increased Citi AAdvantage Card welcome bonuses

At the moment there are three limited time welcome bonuses on Citi AAdvantage cards. Here are the details of how big the offers are, their annual fees, and when the offers end:

Which offers are you eligible for?

As far as applying for Citi cards goes:

  • You can only apply for one Citi card every eight days
  • You can apply for no more than two Citi cards every 65 days

In terms of eligibility for these cards specifically, both the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard®  and Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard® have the following restrictions:

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.

Meanwhile the CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard® has the following restriction:

This card is not available if the business already has a CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard® account. Bonus miles and any additional special offer not available if you have had any CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® account opened or closed in the past 24 months.

In other words:

Which personal offer is better?

You’re eligible for the business card regardless of whether you have one of the personal cards, both of the personal cards, or none of the personal cards, so let’s take that out of the equation for a moment. Which of the two personal cards makes the most sense for you, given that the welcome bonus on the Citi AAdvantage Executive Card is being pulled later this afternoon?

Access the Admirals Club with the Citi AAdvantage Executive Card

Bottom line

We’re seeing three fantastic welcome bonuses on Citi AAdvantage cards at the moment. While the Platinum Select offers will likely be around for a few weeks, the Executive offer is being pulled this afternoon, so you’ll want to apply in the next few hours if you’re interested.

If you’re just an occasional American flyer, the Platinum Select is a great option, given the big welcome bonus, perks for flying American, and waived annual fee for the first year. However, if you’ve been looking for a card that comes with an Admirals Club membership (and Admirals Club access for 10 of your closest friends), the Executive is phenomenal, and that offer is being pulled in hours.

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  1. Thanks for the informative article. I have 2 small businesses (with different EIN’s). I have a citibusiness aadvantage card for one of the businesses and I recently received the 60k bonus. My interpretation is that I am not eligible for a bonus if I were to get a citibusiness aadvantage card for the other business. Would you agree?

  2. @ Paul — I believe you can only get the bonus for one business, assuming you’re the one applying for both. Sorry.

  3. Nothing in terms that explicitly prohibits applying for a second personal card (and being bonus eligible) while currently holding a personal (Platinum Select) for >24 months. Do I have that right?

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