9 Reasons to Get AAdvantage Business Cards

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The CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard® has a 60,000 mile initial bonus offer and $0 annual fee the first year (then $99).

The AAdvantage® Aviator® Business Mastercard® has a 65,000 mile initial offer after $1000 spend within 90 days plus another 10,000 miles if you add an employee card within 30 days and it makes a purchase within 90 days.

I’ve had both of these cards within the past year. The nice thing is that they are issued by different banks, so you can get them both. This is especially useful because there’s no longer a great way to earn miles through another credit card and transfer those miles to American. And for all of my criticisms, there’s no mileage currency I wind up spending more often than my AAdvantage miles.

  1. Initial bonus miles I don’t recall a time when the combined offers for the cards have been bigger at up to 135,000 miles.

  2. Redeem for two of the best products in the world 70,000 miles is sufficient to fly from the US to the Mideast, India or Maldives on Qatar. You can even fly Qatar’s Qsuites, the best business class in the world. Together, after meeting bonus requirements, you’ve basically got the miles for a roundtrip from just these two cards.

    Credit: Qatar Airways

    Flying business class from the US to Southeast Asia also costs 70,000 miles — and you can fly carriers including Japan Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, and Cathay Pacific.

    Cathay Pacific

  3. It’s almost live having Gold status, but without the upgrades Golds rarely get anyway. They come with first checked bag on domestic American Airlines itineraries and preferred boarding on American flights.

  4. No annual fee the first year on the CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard® so the initial bonus doesn’t come with the card’s $99 annual fee, and the other card benefits like free checked bags and boarding privileges don’t either.

  5. First class awards. AAdvantage miles are great if you want to redeem for international first class because they have some of the best airlines in the world as their partners, airlines that offer an international first class product, and that make first class available to partners on points.

    I’ve been fortunate to regularly redeem my miles for Qantas first class, Cathay Pacific first class, and Etihad first class — not to mention that first class is available on Japan Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, and British Airways.

    Qantas First Class

  6. Doesn’t add to 5/24 Citibank and Barclays business cards you carry aren’t reported to your personal credit so do not count towards Chase’s 5/24 restrictions. You can get either card or both without pushing up that numerator.

  7. Can get personal and business from both Citi and Barclays Miles you earn from this offer aren’t the end of the story. Citibank has a personal AAdvantage card too and American also partners with Barclays for its co-branded credit cards. As I’ve frequently heard flight attendants remind customers on flights, you can get AAdvantage cards from both Citi and Barclays. That’s four cards you can get earning the same mileage currency.

  8. No credit cards earn American AAdvantage miles faster. Delta and United have bank partners whose own products earn points faster than the co-brands do, where it makes sense to put your spending on another card and then transfer (from Amex) to Delta or (from Chase) to United. However there’s no bank card out there that earns American AAdvantage miles faster. They haven’t been my go to cards for spending but it’s the best earning for AAdvantage miles.

  9. Anecdotally easy to get I’ve had both cards and I was approved without difficulty. Readers tell me the CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard® is the easier of the two cards to get approved for.

CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard®

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Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community InsideFlyer.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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  1. fyi that the Barclay AA biz card website is absolutely horrible. Account mgmt has never been more confusing.

  2. Did Citi just dropped travel protection and a few other benefits? I was never fun of Citi and Barclay websites anyway…
    By the way, those MilesAAver awards in J are getting more and more difficult to get especially when I do have time for a vacation. Hawaii MilesAAver is now 55K one way in J. Once Barclay and City dropped 10% mile back benefit earlier this year I have cancelled both of my AA cards. I am now charging all of my $20+K/year spending on AA tickets to Chase Sapphire for at least 4.5% return on travel.

  3. I’ve already been to this well. How long do I have to wait from cancelling a Barclay’s Aviator AA card, before I can qualify for another bonus.

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