Citi AAdvantage: 100K AA Miles from 2 Citi Platinum Visas in 8 Days?
Rewards Credit Cards
Avatar_160_hilary
Hilary Stockton
Google+

My Award Booking Service helps travelers book first class and business class with miles and points. As an independent affiliate of Cadence, I also have access to Four Seasons Preferred Partner, VirtuosoPeninsula Hotels PenClub, Dorchester Diamond Club, Belmond Bellini Club, Shangri-La Luxury Circle, Langham CoutureRitz-Carlton STARS, Starwood Luxury Privileges, Rocco Forte and other 5-star hotel partners, so I can book, for no extra cost, your perfect luxury hotel or luxury cruise with VIP amenities not available anywhere else. Become a client and upgrade your stay!

GOT A BLOG POST IDEA?
Have a travel question we haven't covered yet? Want to share your secrets for traveling well for less?

Citi AAdvantage: 100K AA Miles from 2 Citi Platinum Visas in 8 Days?

 

8/26 Update: Citi appears to have stopped allowing multiple applications for the same Citi Platinum Select credit cards. Please see the Best Travel Credit Cards page for details.

Citi AAdvantage card rules and Citi credit card application rules keep changing. First, the 2 browser "trick" died (Bye By Citi AAdvantage Two Browser Trick), and it was no longer possible to get approved for 2 Citi credit cards applied for on the same day. Then, it was discovered that one could apply for a Citi Gold card a few days after a 50K Citi AAdvantage card, and ~61 days later, a CitiBusiness card (see Citi AAdvantage Credit Cards: New Rules to Earn 130K AA Miles). Then, the 50K AAdvantage miles signup bonuses died, not to mention the BankDirect Devaluation, which has made it a lot harder to rack up AAdvantage miles quickly.

Fortunately, not only is the Citi AAdvantage 50K Bonus for the Platinum Select Visa Alive Again, it's currently possible to churn this card to receive the bonus again, without waiting 18-20 months. In fact, some have been able to apply for a new Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select Visa just 1 week after the first one! Sure, that means working on $6000 of minimum spend within 3 months, but the payoff is 100,000 AAdvantage miles.

1. Day 1: Apply for the 50K Citi AAdvantage Visa 

You may not be approved instantly, but in many cases you'll have the opportunity to chat with a Citi representative to verify your details and hopefully get approved. If you've moved recently, you may be asked to submit proof of your new address--see Change of Address: Getting Approved for New Cards for details.

Important: Do NOT apply for any other Citi cards on the same day, or even within 1 week of this application. You may want to apply for a few other non-Citi cards at the same time however, especially any Barclays cards you may want such as the Barclays Arrival card, because Barclays is *very* picky about many recent inquiries. Better to get approved *before* you have a slew of hard inquiries from applying for the Citi cards! 

I also do NOT recommend bothering with any other Citi cards, given the ongoing limit of 2 Citi applications within a ~65 day period. It's just not worth wasting a Citi application on a Citi HHonors or other Citi card, when you could be earning another 50,000 AAdvantage miles, as long as this link and the current rules last. 

 

2. Day 9 or Later: Apply Again for the 50K Citi AAdvantage Visa 

Seems crazy, especially if you've had to patiently wait 18-20 months or more before to apply again for another Citi AAdvantage card. But here's a recent example from FlyerTalk poster lwang138:

"...Applied for 50k VISA 7/6/2013, instant approval;
Re-applied for the same one 7/14/2013, get pending message. And then approved via chat.

I have a fairly thin credit history. So if the first one gets approved, don't hesitate to apply again the following week..."

As another data point, a friend of mine applied just a few weeks ago for the 50K Citi AAdvantage Platinum Visa, and just today applied again and was instantly approved:

Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select Visa Approved


3. Day 70 or Later: Apply for either the 40K CitiBusiness or a 3rd 50K Citi AAdvantage Visa 

If the 50K Citi AAdvantage Visa is still around, you may as well apply for a third one. If not, apply for the 40K CitiBusiness. Or, space them out by 1 week and apply for both to earn an additional 90K AA miles.

 

The Payoff: 150K-190K AAdvantage Miles in ~4 Months

If successful, you'll be able to earn 150K-190K AAdvantage miles in less than 4 months. If you have a spouse or travel partner, you can each earn these miles, which are ample to fly Cathay Pacific First Class to Asia, Etihad First Class and Etihad Business Class to the Park Hyatt Maldives or other destination in the Maldives, India or the Middle East, or Book an AA Oneworld Explorer Award. Need help booking your award? Our Award Booking Service can help.

Have you applied for multiple Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select Visas?

Related Posts

Citi AAdvantage 50K Bonus for the Platinum Select Visa Alive Again

American AAdvantage Oneworld Explorer Award Chart and Rules

Flyertalk Wiki and Thread: Citi AA Credit Cards

Need Award Booking Help? Our fee is as low as $75 per ticket if you book your hotel through us.

If you enjoyed this, join 90,000+ readers: please follow TravelSort on Twitter or  like us on Facebook to be alerted to new posts. 

Become a TravelSort Client and Book Your Hotel with Virtuoso or Four Seasons Preferred VIP Amenities!

  • |
  • Print
    print |
Related Articles
Comments
Picture?type=large Med S. commented 18 Jul 2013
I currently have Visa Signature Platinum and World Master Card. Visa is over 2 yrs old and Master coming to 18 months now. Should I cancel both and reapply or what would you suggest as I have 17k on Visa and 22k on MasterCard ... both cards have been used every month and are paid in full every month. Thanks
Avatar_60_hilary Hilary Stockton commented 18 Jul 2013
I would recommend *not* cancelling either, and applying for another Platinum Select. If you don't get approved instantly, you may need to chat and offer to move some of your credit line to the new card. In general, you don't want to cancel cards right before applying for a new card, as you may need the credit line to get a new card approved.
Avatar_60_hilary Hilary Stockton commented 18 Jul 2013
I would recommend *not* cancelling either, and applying for another Platinum Select. If you don't get approved instantly, you may need to chat and offer to move some of your credit line to the new card. In general, you don't want to cancel cards right before applying for a new card, as you may need the credit line to get a new card approved.
User_avatar_default john s. commented 22 Jul 2013
I currently have both the Citi AA Visa and Amex when the two browsers trick worked back in July 2012. It has been over 90 days since I applied for Citi AA MC. Would I qualify for Plat select if so, should I cancel both Visa and Amex first before trying trick?
Avatar_60_hilary Hilary Stockton commented 22 Jul 2013
John, I would not recommend cancelling before trying to apply for the Citi AA Platinum Select 50K offer, in case you need to move credit lines to get it approved (since Citi will typically not let you move your credit line to another Citi card before cancelling). I'm not Citi so I can't say whether you'll be approved or not, but if it was me, I'd take my chances and apply.
Picture?type=large Abdel A. commented 23 Jul 2013
i have the citi amex aa for more than 7 years now ,i would like to apply for the visa citi aa ,do they combine the aa miles if approved?
Avatar_60_hilary Hilary Stockton commented 23 Jul 2013
Abdel--yes, just make sure you put your AAdvantage number on the credit card application and you'll earn AA miles to your same account.
Picture?type=large Abdel A. commented 23 Jul 2013
wow thanks for the prompt respond,so you think i could apply for the visa then wait how many days to apply for the second time for the same card ?im kind of confused ,does citi get you approve for the same card twice and reward you twice or am i reading wrong
Avatar_60_hilary Hilary Stockton commented 24 Jul 2013
Abdel, yes--I'd wait ~8 days after applying for the first card to apply again for the same card (a second one). Currently this is working (see Robert's recent experience below) but no one knows how long this will last. Good luck!
Picture?type=large Robert S. commented 24 Jul 2013
Thought I'd provide another data point: I applied for Citi AA Platnium Visa #1 on 7/15 and was instantly approved (albeit with only a 2k CL). Applied and approved (via chat) for Citi AA Platnium Visa #2 (same exact product) on 7/23 (8 days later). Ironically, I was given a large 15k CL on the second app. So far it seems like everything is on track. Also FYI, app 1 was part of an 8 card AOR and that didn't seem to matter for app #2. Also, I had two other active Citi cards when I applied (TY & an AMEX AAvantage.) Good luck to those that apply for two cards! Thanks Hilary for all the great info!
Avatar_60_hilary Hilary Stockton commented 24 Jul 2013
That's great Robert, so glad you were able to get approved for both Citi AA cards for 100K miles after you meet min. spend, and thank you for sharing your recent experience!
User_avatar_default Cate H. commented 24 Jul 2013
Thanks for this info!
User_avatar_default Cate H. commented 24 Jul 2013
Thanks for this info!
User_avatar_default Veena M. commented 01 Aug 2013
Hi Hilary, I love your blog. I signed up and got Citi Gold AAdvantage Visa Signature in Nov 2011. It is over 18 months now, do I close it before applying for Citi AA Platinum Visa? The 18-21 months rule still applies to the first Citi AA platinum Visa, right? But 8 days between card#1 and card #2, correct? Thanks! Veena
Avatar_60_hilary Hilary Stockton commented 01 Aug 2013
Hi Veena, thanks, glad you're enjoying it! No need to close your existing Citi Gold; I always recommend keeping your Citi cards before applying for a new one, just in case you need to shift part of the credit line to help with opening the new card. I would definitely encourage you to apply for the Citi Platinum Select Visa now for the 50K bonus--let me know how it goes.
User_avatar_default Veena M. commented 01 Aug 2013
Thanks for your prompt response. I have a question, when applying for the credit card, we can put anyone's AA member number. If I put all our credit cards in one AA account, we don't have to worry about transfering miles and manage multiple reservation and incur extra fees etc. Your thoughts?
Avatar_60_hilary Hilary Stockton commented 01 Aug 2013
Veena, although the online form may let you enter in another family member's AA number, I'm afraid this won't work out if the card is in your name and you have the AA number of someone else there--the name and AA number need to match up. Unfortunately AA does not offer household accounts, the way BA does.
Picture?type=large Abdel A. commented 01 Aug 2013
Hi Hilary , Just want to give you and your readers an update about my case with citi applications ,as you know I did apply for the first card and I did get approved ,the I waited for 8 days and I applied for the second time but this time it took me to chat with a specialist who told me that since I do have more then five accounts with citi (guilty i have to admit :) ) so there is a need of distributing the credit between them since I already have the maximum credit line one can have (don't know how is that relevant ) but I said no problem and I was approved . Now it's time to work on the third one lol
Avatar_60_hilary Hilary Stockton commented 01 Aug 2013
Abdel, that's great that you got approved for a second card-congrats and thanks for sharing your experience!
Picture?type=large Abdel A. commented 01 Aug 2013
Although waiting 70 days it's too long but well I don't want take a chance of getting denied if I try sooner , I had a question ,as I browsed most of your articles ,I noticed you must have a lot of CC you and your husband ,I came cross the article about to cancel or not your cards ,but I just would like to know if you do carry a lot of cc with annual fee? and if so what's the fees your paying in total keeping all these cards ?
Avatar_60_hilary Hilary Stockton commented 01 Aug 2013
Abdel, great question, and it's probably time for an updated post on my strategy for my current cards. I'll post on this over the next few days, but the quick answer is that I generally only keep a card if it pays its way, meaning I received a retention bonus or its benefits more than compensate for the annual fee. If I don't receive a retention bonus, then I'll either downgrade to a no annual fee card (if it's one that doesn't have a signup bonus) or I close the card. With Citi, I would recommend eventually closing some of the older cards (not right before you apply for a new one, but sometime after earning the bonus for the new one) in order to improve your chance of getting an instant approval in the future. There's only so much credit that Citi, or most lenders for that matter, will extend to you.
Picture?type=large Abdel A. commented 01 Aug 2013
Thanks ,that was helpfully . I would like to know according to one of your blogs ,ou mentioned that if your planing to apply for mortgage in the next year or so that's not a good idea to apply for miles credit card ? Can you elaborate on why is that bad ,and will that hurts your chances of getting denied a mortgage ?
Avatar_60_hilary Hilary Stockton commented 01 Aug 2013
Abdel, the reason I'd recommend not applying for a lot of new cards in the months prior to applying for a mortgage is that a few points are taken off your credit score for each new inquiry. While this isn't much to worry about usually, especially as you typically gain those points back in ~6 months to a year, you really want to get the best possible rate you can for a mortgage, particularly a substantial one. A slightly lower mortgage interest rate can save you tens of thousands of dollars over the life of your mortgage, so best to get the absolute best rate you can.
User_avatar_default Veena M. commented 01 Aug 2013
Thanks for your prompt response. I have a question, when applying for the credit card, we can put anyone's AA member number. If I put all our credit cards in one AA account, we don't have to worry about transfering miles and manage multiple reservation and incur extra fees etc. Your thoughts?
User_avatar_default Veena M. commented 10 Aug 2013
Hi Hilary, I applied 8/1 and 8/9 and got approved for 2 Citi AA plat Visa (not instant approval, had to call Citi rep both times to move CL). The second rep confirmed I will earn 50K miles if "qualified". Rep said AA has to review it because I already have the first card. Did I apply too soon? Or did I make a mistake of activating the first card before applying the second one? Thanks, veena
Avatar_60_hilary Hilary Stockton commented 10 Aug 2013
Veena, hmm, perhaps Citi is starting to scrutinize these more closely due to the likely influx of applications. I would follow up by checking with a rep when activating each card to verify the bonus, before putting spend on the card.
Picture?type=large Anil J. commented 03 Sep 2013
I got two invitation in mail for Citi Aadvantage master card with 60K AA points each. I just applied for one of those and got approved by chat! Can I still apply for the second one after 8 days?
Avatar_60_hilary Hilary Stockton commented 03 Sep 2013
Anil, unfortunately, as mentioned in the update to this post, it's highly unlikely you'll get approved for a second Citi AAdvantage personal card in this time frame; you could, however, apply for a CitiBusiness card for another 40K AA miles.
User_avatar_default Aris S. commented 06 Sep 2013
Back in April this year, I was approved for a personal platinum card. The next day I was also approved for a personal gold card (I got invitation for it through mail). Both were Visa cards. I guess, at that time "existing cardmember" rules were in effect, but still they approved me for both platinum and gold cards. Now, my spouse only has the personal platinum card. Do you think, we could apply for the personal gold version?
Picture?type=large Abdel A. commented 25 Sep 2013
Here in California ,CVS stopped accepting credit card to pay for vanilla reload card ,cash only policy .bye bye cvs to reach minimum spending limit
Picture?type=large JT L. commented 17 Nov 2013
Has anyone tried applying for the 2 AA Citi cards within a week of each other recently? I recently was approved for an AA Citi card for 50k miles after $3k/3mo spend. Should I try again in a week for another AA Citi or should I try the AA Amex or Visa ones?
Picture?type=large Mike K. commented 13 Jan 2014
Hi Hilary, Thanks for the great writeup. I have a AA Visa GOLD card I met minimum spending on last year and am curious if I am eligible for applying for and earning bonus points on the AA Visa PLATINUM card? Are they treated as two separate products or are they like the Amex Gold/Platinum cards which preclude you from earning double bonuses? Thanks in advance for your reply!
Avatar_60_hilary Hilary Stockton commented 19 Jan 2014
Unfortunately I don't think you'll be able to get the bonus for the AA Visa Platinum, because Citi has really tightened up. The reverse has at least been the case--those who were approved for a Citi AA Platinum were denied for a Gold card. But if you do go ahead and try and are successful, please share your update!
Leave a Comment
Comment
Facebook-logo
Rewards Credit Cards
Get Free Email Blog Updates
Popular Articles
Square_shangri-la_luxury_circle_benefits
1/7/2017
UPDATE: Due to high demand, we are only accepting Luxury Circle Reservations of 2 nights or more from New TravelSort Clients. As usual, quotes are only available after submitting a completed and signed TravelSort New Client Form. Note the $50...
Square_75k_amex_platinum_bonus_offer
1/24/2017
  75K AMEX Platinum and 75K AMEX Business Gold Rewards bonus offers are available to many, using private browsing (Safari) or an Incognito browser window (Google Chrome). To maximize your chances of seeing the offers, be sure to clear your...
Square_200_amex_platinum_airline_fee_credits_posted-2017
1/14/2017
  The $200 AMEX Platinum Airline Fee Credit isn't as easy for most people to use as the $250 Citi Prestige airfare credit or the $300 Chase Sapphire Reserve travel credit, for a couple reasons: It's restricted to one airline,...
Square_2017_and_travel_credits-which_credit_cards
1/3/2017
  It's 2017, which means a new round of airline and travel credits from credit cards such as the Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige, AMEX Platinum, and more. Here's a rundown of the main cards that offer an airline or...
Square_which_travel_credit_cards_i'm_using_most_and_why
2/10/2017
  Which credit cards should you use for which spend? TravelSort reader Ann writes "I've read many of your previous travel credit card posts, but I'm curious about which credit cards you're using most now, and why. My husband and...
Square_10000_alaska_miles_bonus_for_virgin_america_elevate_members
1/9/2017
  10,000 bonus Alaska miles is a nice present today for Virgin America Elevate members who are also Alaska Mileage Plan members. Log into your Alaska Mileage Plan account, and you may see a 10K bonus similar to the following:...
Square_review-british_airways_first_class_747-seat_2a
1/18/2017
  British Airways First Class is often panned in blogger reviews, compared to other international first class products. But the fact remains that British Airways has the most first class flights and seats between Europe and the U.S., by virtue...
Square_brussels_airlines_business_class_booked_using_etihad_miles
12/29/2016
  Brussels Airlines Business Class is a great way to get to Europe, especially if you can book Brussels Airlines Business Class with Etihad miles. That's because it's just 36,620 miles + ~$100 per person roundtrip. Compare that to some of...
Square_100k_chase_sapphire_reserve_offer_to_end_january_11_2017
1/3/2017
  The 100K Chase Sapphire Reserve bonus offer will end January 11, so just 1 week more to apply if you've been on the fence about the card. I'm assuming that the new offer, for applications on January 12 and...
Square_10000_amex_bonus_points-enroll_in_extended_payment_option
12/26/2016
  Earn 10,000 AMEX Membership Rewards Points by enrolling in Extended Payment "Pay Over Time" option, if you're targeted. This has been an ongoing AMEX targeted offer, which will appear in a green banner as below when you log into...