New Benefits and Faster Miles Earning for Citibank AAdvantage Business Card

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I just signed up for Citibank’s AAdvantage business card, taking advantage of the best-ever offer of 70,000 miles after spending $4,000 within the first 4 months of account opening.

I have had this card in the past. I’ve had it for my own business and I’ve had it for other businesses where I’m a decision-maker. So I’ve had the card multiple times over the last 15 years.

However I have not had this card in the last 24 months, which made me eligible to apply again and earn the bonus. I still have a nice seven figure balance of American Airlines miles, but I spend them. In fact for all of my complaints about AAdvantage I still use these miles more than any other airline currency for the rewards I want.

Citibank just launched improvements and faster points-earning for the personal co-brand. Now they’ve improved earning and benefits on the business card, too.

Effective July 22, 2018:

  • Earn 2 miles per dollar on cable and satellite service
  • Get 25% savings on American Airlines inflight Wi-Fi

That’s on top of existing benefits,

  • 2 miles per dollar at gas stations, plus car rental and telecommunications merchants and eligible American Airlines purchases
  • First checked bag free on domestic itineraries
  • Preferred boarding
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Companion Certificate yearly after spending $30,000

The card’s annual fee is going to be increasing from ($0 the first year, then $95) to $99.

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  1. A brief article because this is a card you put in your drawer after earning the bonus points.

  2. The Companion Certificate isn’t all that useful, especially compared to the BA one. It can’t be redeemed online, it costs $99 to use, and it can’t be used with a mileage redemption. It’s really kind of crummy, and I don’t think I’m going to be able to use mine this year.

  3. Does anyone know how to find out when the business card was closed out as it does not show up on credit resport?

  4. Improved bur I wish the free bags on the AA cards included international. I know many times you get a bag allowance but it would just simplify this benefit I think.

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