The Best Current Citi AAdvantage Credit Card Offer

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Update: This offer has expired.  The best current offers are listed here.

For years now, the best Citi AAdvantage credit card offers have been available unofficially without landing pages, and found primarily through this Flyertalk thread that has almost 7,000 posts in it.  It is a massive thread, but filed with very useful information regarding these offers.  However, in the last few months Citibank has been changing the standard operating procedure on how folks were getting those best offers.  In other words, I think they were “fixing the glitches”.  It’s rarely good for miles and points collectors when glitches get fixed, but we have to adjust and move forward.

The situation is now that the best offer I know of for the Citi AAdvantage cards is 40,000 miles after spending $3,000 in the first three months.  This puts it in line with offers like the Chase Sapphire Preferred that awards the same number of Ultimate Rewards points after the same amount of spending.  If you aren’t familiar with the card, here are the offer details.

This one specifically is for the Citi® Platinum Select®/AAdvantage World MasterCard


  • For a limited time, Earn 40,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles after $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of cardmembership*
  • Get the first eligible bag checked free for you and up to 4 travel companions.
  • Priority Boarding with Group 1 privileges* and 25% savings on eligible in-flight purchases*
  • Earn a $100 American Airlines Flight Discount every cardmembership year with qualifying purchases and cardmembership renewal*
  • Double AAdvantage® miles on eligible American Airlines purchases*
  • Earn 10% of your redeemed AAdvantage® miles back – up to 10,000 AAdvantage® miles each calendar year*
  • $0 annual fee for the first 12 months, then $95

It’s still a very good card, and one that I have personally had for years.  I think benefits like 10% of your redeemed miles back are pretty cool, and of course free checked bags are useful for those (like myself) who don’t have elite status with American Airlines.  I still recommend reading the lengthy FT thread linked above for tips on all the different similar cards out there, but be aware that the best offer is now the same whether you are on that thread, see the offer on TV, apply directly from the Citibank website, or from affiliates like myself.

I’m sad to see the FT offers go, but I still have this card listed in my top credit card offers due to how valuable AA miles can be.


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  1. Do you know if the secondary card member gets 10 percent back on miles redeemed or any of the other benefits or only the primary cardholder?

    also, would you think about doing a Best Credit Cards for Secondary card holders? I’d like to get cards for my parents so they can have better benefits and maybe even for my teenage son for his travel protection and I don’t know which cards offer the best deals for secondary card members.

  2. THERE ARE SEVERAL better offers
    Million Mile secrets offers one for 50000 for 2500 spend
    It works I can testify to that

    read his post on maximizing current citi offers

  3. @ffi don’t think you’re right about MMS. The heading on his site says 50k, but it says 30k sign up bonus after spending $1000. This card has a $450 annual fee (not waived) and includes club membership, one free checked bag. I didn’t see where you could get extra miles for spending a large amount.

    I suspect he just needs to clean up his page.

  4. I am totally sold on this card, Mommy Points! Thanks for pointing it out. Can I donate to your site to show my appreciation for the amazing link? Please let me know how!

  5. This is a good card and IMO better than the AA Visa. Got it several months ago and I wound up getting about $150 worth of unadvertised statement credits. Additionally, they’re currently running a promo (with registration) until the end of June I believe for 3x points per dollar spent in several categories including gas, groceries, restaurants, and AA travel. I’ll ditch the Visa when it comes up for renewal but this one I might actually keep since Citi has really incentivized spending on it. Hope they continue to do so.

  6. MommyPoints just won a new pair of shoes!

    This seems to be basically just an announcement that AA referral credits can now ethically come your way again!

  7. This is the best offer I know of (other than perhaps some lucky folks who get targeted for something else). If anyone has a better link, feel free to post it! Some of the recent changes on the AA Citi card front are pretty big news in the miles world…sadly they it just isn’t great news.

    I believe the benefits like the 10% back are for the primary cardholder only.

    I recommend checking out the linked FT thread for details about getting more than one AA card.

  8. Please apply for this card with caution…not all incentives will be honored. After applying for this card under a Holiday Promotion in December of 2012 which promised “35,000 advantage miles after $1,500 in spending” if you apply by January 31st, I have been notified that the terms have changed, now to “40,000 advantage miles after $3,000 in spending”. While my account meets and exceeds the minimum spending limits for the ORIGINAL offer I applied for, these new “terms” exclude me from receiving any miles. Citi and the Advantage rewards department do not provide any direct contact information or customer support other than the website communication, which responds with canned answers and stock responses. Read their terms of service carefully for yourself, as their promotions and terms of use can change without any warning and at the detriment of the consumer. You may be applying for a rewards incentive, and have it completely change without notice! Make sure you read the fine print: “ American Airlines reserves the right to change the AAdvantage® program rules, regulations, travel awards and special offers at any time without notice”

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