A 60K Citi Gold AAdvantage bonus offer is being targeted to some AAdvantage members. This is better than past 50K Citi Gold AAdvantage targeted offers, as well as the current public offer of 25,000 AA miles after $750 in purchases within 3 months, and also better than the 50K public offer for the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select listed on the Best Travel Credit Cards page.
Here are the details:
- Earn 50,000 AAdvantage miles after spending $1500 in purchases within the first 3 months of cardmembership
- Earn an additional 10,000 AAdvantage bonus miles after spending $5000 in purchases within 12 months of cardmembership, for a total 60K signup bonus
- For the first 12 months of cardmembership, earn 2X AAdvantage miles for every $1 spent on eligible American Airlines purchases, including US Airways codeshare flights booked through American Airlines
- After that, earn 1 AAdvantage mile for every $1 you spend on purchases
- $50 annual fee is waived for the first 12 months
- “Theis offer is only valid for new accounts”
Am I Eligible for the 60K Citi Gold AAdvantage Bonus Offer?
If you received this 60K Citi Gold AAdvantage targeted offer in your name, yes, you're eligible. Note that the invitation card includes a 9 digit invitation number and a deadline to apply by (in my son's case, the deadline is 1/15/15).
If I Received This Targeted Offer But Already Have a Citi AAdvantage Credit Card Am I Eligible for the Bonus?
The terms and conditions say the offer is only valid for new accounts. For Citi AAdvantage personal credit cards, generally you need to wait somewhere between 12-26 months after your last successful Citi AAdvantage application to no longer be considered an existing cardmember. A notable exception is the Citi Executive AAdvantage card, which many folks have been able to receive multiple times although now aren't worth it for the bonus, since the best offer is only 50K instead of 100K AA miles, still for the $450 annual fee.
Which Flights Can I Earn Double Miles for During the First 12 Months?
You can earn 2 AAdvantage miles per $1 spent on American Airlines flights or US Airways codeshare flights operated by American Airlines booked through aa.com and AA reservations. AA codeshares operated by US Airways or oneworld partners, however, are not eligible, and you also won't receive double miles if you buy AAdvantage miles.
Do I Earn 10% AAdvantage Miles Back When Redeeming for AAdvantage Awards with the Citi Gold AAdvantage Card?
No–you need to hold one of the Citi Platinum Select cards (Visa or MasterCard) or Citi Select AAdvantage AMEX to earn 10% AAdvantage miles back when redeeming for AAdvantage awards. The 10% back on AAdvantage award redemptions does NOT apply to the Citi Gold AAdvantage, Citi Business AAdvantage or Citi Executive AAdvantage cards.
Best Ways to Use AAdvantage Miles?
I loved my recent Qantas First Class
flight, so tthat would be my top pick for using your AAdvantage miles if it works for your travel plans. Other good first class awards Cathay Pacific First Class
and Etihad First Class
, or JAL First Class. And for Europe travel, British Airways New First Class is one of the few first class products available in advance as an award.
Of business class products, I'd Cathay Pacific Business Class and JAL Business Class. I wasn't all that impressed with Qatar Business Class, but Qatar recently took delivery of its first A380, so if you need to fly between London and Doha or Paris and Doha, Qatar First Class on the A380 could be a good bet, if award space again becomes available. British Airways Business Class is a rather old product these days and, as with all British Airways awards, comes with high fuel surcharges, so airberlin business class is a better bet if you manage to find availability and can connect from Berlin TXL to your final European destination.
Other Credit Cards to Apply for at the Same Time?
It's often advantageous to apply for a few credit cards at the same time, then none at all for the next several months, to improve your chances of being approved and avoid being declined for “too many recent credit applications.” I'd recommend:
- High Targeted AMEX Offer: Public American Express bonus offers tend to be rather lackluster, but if you happen to be targeted for a 100K or 150K AMEX Business Platinum offer then I highly recommend taking advantage of it.
- 50K Ink Plus Visa: It's no longer possible to apply for the Ink Bold (see Bye Bye Ink Bold) so one of the best remaining ways to earn Ultimate Rewards points is the 50K Ink Plus. Even if you previously had an old MasterCard version, you should be eligible for the bonus, as long as you never had the Ink Plus Visa.
- 50K US Airways MasterCard: American and US Airways have announced that they will combine the AAdvantage and Dividend Miles frequent flyer programs Q2 2015 (no exact date yet) so these 40K Dividend Miles (which you earn after first purchase and payment of the $89 annual fee) will become AAdvantage miles during Q2 2015. And so far, there are NO changes to the AAdvantage award chart–a huge relief for many, and one that many of us were pessimistic about.
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