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I’ve been getting emails from readers about a targeted promotion they received for their Citi AAdvantage card where they receive 3x for certain purchases through the end of the year. I hadn’t yet gotten a chance to write about the promo, but now that one showed up in my own mailbox I’ll share the details so that you can be on the lookout for the promotion as well.
Here are the details for the promo:
- 3x AAdvantage miles for toy, electronics, computer, and apparel stores through 12/31/12.
- Earn a maximum of 2,500 bonus AAdvantage miles.
- You must be targeted and register for the bonus.
The trick for me is fitting this into my (already somewhat complex) spending plan for the rest of this year. In the process of thinking that through, I realized that I haven’t yet taken advantage of a retention offer from my AAdvantage card that offers 3,000 bonus AAdvantage miles after spending $500 on the card within three months. I am almost at the end of that three month window, so it is now or never. If I spend $500 in the near future at a toy, electronics, computer, or apparel store with that card, then I will be earning 3x for those purchases with the promo I received in the mail, plus 3,000 bonus miles from my retention offer. That comes to 9 miles per dollar for $500 in spending.
Of course it (almost) never makes sense to buy something you don’t need for points and miles, so I am thinking about what Christmas purchases I need to make, to see if I could go ahead and buy some gift cards to those retailers now (like Toys R Us or Best Buy) and then use them when the great prices come out around the holidays. I can then potentially go through the Ultimate Rewards portal to use those gift cards and add to the 9x I am already earning via the Citi AAdvantage program.
If “apparel store” means somewhere like Sears, then I could potentially just buy a gift card to another retailer there. The offer defines apparel store as “merchants that sell clothing, furniture, and accessories geared toward a specific audience.” Well, if that specific audience means points and miles junkies then I am in!
Be on the lookout for a similar offer from your Citi AAdvantage card and then do some strategizing to see how to maximize the offer. These days it often isn’t as straight forward as maxing out one offer, it is stacking two or three on top of each other to see how many miles you can earn at once!
Have you received a similar offer from Citi? How do you plan on taking advantage of the offer?