9 Reasons to Take Advantage of Elevated AAdvantage Business Card Offers

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The CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard® has a 70,000 mile initial bonus offer (after $4000 spend within 4 months of account opening) 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 There’s never been more than a combined 145,000 miles between these two cards on offer.

  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 like 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 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®

About Gary Leff

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. “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”.

    Come on Gary, Do you see any availability?

  2. “They come with first checked bag on domestic American Airlines itineraries….”

    Wrong. Domestic routes only. When you need it, they take it away.

  3. I’m thinking about applying for the AAdvantage® Aviator® Business Mastercard® and adding my wife as an employee to get the employee card and get the extra 10k points. Does this affect her credit profile at all? Thanks.

  4. Eyeroll.

    Gary – you can write about how terrible the AA is as an airline. And how the AAdvantage program has been devalued. You can write about “why you should get that AA credit card”. But you can’t do both with any credibility.

    You especially can’t if you don’t acknowledge the direct relationship between credit card miles and the devaluation of the FFP programs.

    Why people continue to take this site seriously I don’t know.

  5. @Bob – no contradiction at all. You don’t accrue AAdvantage miles to fly American, but to fly their partner airlines. AAdvantage miles are the currency I’ve redeemed most. The card gives you a bunch of up front miles. And if you don’t have status you get better treatment (earlier boarding to avoid gate checking bags, free checked bags).

  6. What is the policy for people who have had barclays AA business cards in the past getting another signup bonus?

  7. @Bill:
    The Barclay card is churnable, but generally you’ll want to wait at least 6-months after closing the card before applying again. Also, it helps to keep the card open for a year. Barclay doesn’t seem to like opening the card, getting the SUB and then cancelling right away (unlike Citi) and then re-applying again. Also Barclay typically pulls TU credit report and is very sensitive to inquiries and new accounts in the past 6-12 months, IMO.

  8. @Gary: Barclays is now explicitly citing the number of applications in the last year in rejection letters.

  9. Is the Citi / AAdvantage® cards personal and Business consider as the same product brand?

    If i was denied for the personal, can I still apply for the Business?

  10. @NR – no they are diff. products. Depending upon the reason for the denial, you can still apply for the Business card (ie, if they denied you for too many inquiries or too many new accounts, odds are that’ll be the same reason for the Business).

    Did you call recon for the personal card?

  11. @mjonis I got denied for the personal because there was a record of a late payment on my previous citi AA personal card and they said even thought the late fee was reversed it was already noted in their record and there is nothing to do to remove that. Since I applied for the same brand of product card, and the card came with the 0 annual fee, it will take that very seriously and not able to approve. I asked if I apply for the business card would that consider the same product, the rep said no, but I wasn’t sure.

  12. While I pretty much agree with Gary’s comments about AA operations and AA miles currency, the gutting of all the benefits, coverages and Admirals Club (must be on AA flight to use your $450 per year membership) have convinced me to use my City National Bank Crystal VISA card as my “go to” card. Unfortunately there is no Priority Pass lounge in the AUS airport.

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