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In October Citibank brought back their great 70,000 mile initial bonus offer for the CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard® ($4000 spend within 4 months of account opening, $0 annual fee the first year then $99).
I applied for this card and was approved last summer because as many AAdvantage miles as I already have, this is a great offer. And it’s especially helpful because there’s no good way to earn American Airlines miles through other credit cards and transfer those miles to American (the way Chase lets you with United and American Express allows with Delta). And at the end of the day there’s no mileage currency I’ve spent more often than my AAdvantage miles.
- Initial bonus miles There’s never been a better public offer for this card.
- 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.
- It’s almost like having Gold status, but without the upgrades Golds rarely get anyway. The card comes with first checked bag on domestic American Airlines itineraries and preferred boarding on American flights.
- 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.
- 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
- Doesn’t add to 5/24 this business card isn’t reported to your personal credit so does not count towards Chase’s 5/24 restrictions. You can get the card without pushing up that numerator.
- 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. That’s four cards you can get earning the same mileage currency.
- 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.
- Anecdotally easy to get Readers tell me the CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard® has been good for them with approvals and it’s been my own experience as well