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CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard® is offering 65,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® miles after spending $4,000 in purchases within the first 4 months of account opening. This card has a $0 annual fee the first year (then $99).
I had been saying for months that the 70,000 mile initial bonus offer on this card wouldn’t last. That was right. Though I didn’t say it, I think it was implied, I expected that when the 70,000 mile offer ended it would drop more – perhaps to 50,000 miles or even less. I’m surprised that it remains at this elevated level, still one of the best offers they’ve made for the card.
Let me make several points about the product.
- In general I prefer flexible currencies that transfer to a variety of miles (like American Express Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, etc.). There’s no option to transfer bank card points to American’s miles, so it makes sense to earn them from American’s own cards.
- American miles are the currency I’ve redeemed the most. They don’t have as many partners as carriers in the Star Alliance, but my preference for first class awards has led me to redeem on Cathay Pacific, Etihad, Qantas, and others.
- Even if it doesn’t make sense to spend on the card over time, the initial bonus is rich – and the card benefits (like first checked bag on domestic American Airlines itineraries and preferred boarding on American flights to avoid gate checking bags) useful.
- Cardmembers earn an American Airlines Companion Certificate for domestic main cabin travel after $30,000 spend or more in purchases each cardmembership year and cardmembership is renewed. So spending on the card can make sense for some anyway.
Ultiamtely worth flagging that though the 70,000 mile offer is over they only dropped the bonus miles by 5000 which is still strong.