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The 60,000 mile American Airlines Mastercard offer (get up to 8 flights)

by on Mon May 8, 2017 • No Comment
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The Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select Mastercard is out with a limited time offer for 60,000 bonus miles.

You will receive the 60,000 mile bonus after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months of opening a new account.

This is double the standard offer of 30,000 miles, and it’s also available for the Business version of the card.

Is this a good deal?

aadvantagemc170This Citi AAdvantage offer is 20% higher than the prior high 50,000 mile offer that tends to come and go, and the $95 annual fee is waived for the first year, so if you have been on the fence about the card, this is the time to go for it.

The earning on this card isn’t special (2 miles per $1 on AA purchases and 1 mile per $1 on everything else). But if you fly as a family, you’ll get free checked bags for up to 5 passengers. That would more than offset the annual fee (even if it weren’t waived for the first year).

The card offers…

  • A free first checked bag on domestic American Airlines flights for you and up to 4 companions on your reservation (you don’t have to buy your ticket with your AA card).
  • No foreign transaction fees.
  • Preferred boarding (even when flying on Basic Economy fares)
  • Earn 2 AAdvantage miles for every $1 spent on American Airlines purchases and 1 mile per $1 on everything else.
  • Earn 10% of your redeemed AAdvantage miles back (up to 10,000 miles per calendar year).

Are you eligible for the bonus?

You’re not eligible for the bonus if you have opened or closed the same Citi brand card in the last 24 months. That means if you opened or closed any Citi AAdvantage card, for example, the AAdvantage Executive card, within the last 24 months, you won’t be eligible for the bonus.

Having said that, Citi has sometimes released personal and business AAdvantage card offers that haven’t contained the same policy language. Unfortunately, this offer does, so make sure you haven’t opened or closed another AAdvantage card within the last 2 years if you would like to apply.

There is one silver lining, though. Citi considers pesronal and business cards separately. So a previous Citi Business AAdvantage bonus doesn’t count against you for the personal card and vice versa.

What can you do with the miles?

American AAdvantage is far from being the valuable frequent flyer program it once was.

Awards at the MileSAAver level are a lot harder to come by than they used to be. There’s very little award space to Hawaii at the lowest MileSAAver prices and when you’re flying to Europe, you’re often left with having to pay big British Airways fuel surcharges.

But if you’re flexible and want to travel to Latin America, Asia, or just take short flights in the U.S., you can still find some good value with AAdvantage miles. AAdvantage is also flexible about holds and date changes.

You can hold awards up to 5 days before you ticket them, making it easier to piece together trips. And you can change the date of AAdvantage awards for free as long as you booked your ticket 21 days or more before the original departure date.

American Airlines is a member of the Oneworld Alliance and uses a region-based program with two charts: one for its own flights and the flights on its partners.

Here’s the award chart for flights departing the U.S. All prices are one-way, so roundtrips are double the price.

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And here are some good values that you can book with the miles from this bonus…

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Get Business Class to Europe for 57,500 miles

The intro bonus is enough for a one way flight to or from Europe in Business Class on American or any of its partners like Iberia, Finnair, Air Berlin, or British Airways.

You’ll want to avoid British Airways though since those awards involve fuel surcharges of over $500 each way.

If you’re trying to avoid British Airways, beware that award availability on American and its other partners isn’t great unless you’re traveling in the off season, or plan almost a year in advance.

You also won’t see Iberia flights on the AA site, so you’ll need to call to book them, or use alternate sites to check for space before calling.

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Sit in Business Class to Japan, Korea, or China

You can fly Japan Airlines or American Airlines to Japan, Korea, or China for just 60,000 miles one way in Business Class.

Award space is pretty good on Japan Airlines flights, and it’s a great way to pass 14 hours in comfort just from the miles you earn with this bonus.

If you don’t live in a city that Japan Airlines flies to in the U.S., you can use American Airlines or Alaska Airlines flights to connect for the same price.

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Fly 8 short flights for 7,500 AAdvantage miles each

American reduced the number of miles required for flights of 500 miles or less in the Continental U.S. and Canada from 12,500 to 7,500 miles one way. That makes it competitive against British Airways Avios on shorter routes, although keep in mind that 7,500 Avios cover up to 1,150 miles of flying distance.

So you can fly from Philadelphia to Charlotte, which is 449 miles away, for only 7,500 AA miles.

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Off Peak Redemptions

If you’re flexible on travel dates, there are 8 regions with MileSAAver Off Peak Dates that let you save on miles for Economy Class. Here are the regions and prices for one way flights:

  • Hawaii: 20,000 miles
    • To Hawaii: December 29 – March 12, August 11 – November 18, November 24 – December 10
    • From Hawaii: 20,000 miles, January 7 – March 19, August 18 – November 27, December 3 – December 25
  • The Caribbean, Mexico, and Central America: 12,500 miles, September 7 – November 14, April 27 – May 20
  • Europe: 22,500 miles, January 10 – March 14, November 1 – December 14
  • Asia Region 1 (Japan): 32,500 miles
    • To Japan: January 1 – April 30, July 1 – November 30
    • From Japan: January 16 – April 19, May 2 – 31, September 1 – December 31
  • Asia Region 1 (Korea): 32,500 miles,
    • To Korea: January 1 – April 30, July 1 – November 30
    • From Korea: January 16 – May 31, September 1 – December 31
  • Asia Region 2 (China & Hong Kong): 32,500 miles,
    • To China/Hong Kong: January 1 – April 30, July 1 – September 30, October 11 – November 30
    • From China/Hong Kong: February 1 – May 31, September 1 – 19, October 2 – December 31
  • South America 1: 17,500 miles, January 16 – June 14, September 7 – November 14

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Take 3 Flights to Northern South America

South America Zone 1 includes Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and the Brazilian city of Manaus – the gateway to the Amazon.

You can fly there for 20,000 AAdvantage miles (17,500 miles on the OffPeak dates) in Economy and 30,000 miles in Business, which is a true bargain if you are traveling from the U.S. Northeast. 30,000 miles will buy you a lie-flat seat on LATAM between New York and Lima or Miami and Manaus.

You can fly from New York to Manaus via Miami for just 17,500 miles

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8 Flights within Brazil

AA domestic redemption levels in some countries are simply outstanding. It costs only 7,500 miles to fly anywhere within Brazil. So you could fly to Manaus for 17,500 miles from January 16 to June 14 or from September 7 to November 14, and explore the country on American partner LATAM for 7,500 miles per flight.

You can fly anywhere in Peru on LATAM for 6,000 miles. So, you can fly between Lima and Cuzco, Iquitos, Juliaca, etc., although Avios might be a better value in Peru (4,500 miles).

Summing it up

60,000 AAdvantage miles aren’t what they used to be. But if you have some big international trips ahead, are flexible and creative, the bonus can get you well over $1,500 in flight value.

If you already have a Citi / AAdvantage card, consider a Barclaycard Aviator Red for 40,000 miles to start.

 

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