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50,000 mile American offer & new Citi® rules for multiple bonuses

by on Mon September 2, 2013 • No Comment

AAdvantage VisaThe Citi® AAdvantage® credit cards have long had an off and on 50,000 mile offer available, which is one of the most lucrative around as 50,000 American miles are great for first and business class travel.

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Another change.

One other thing about the Citi® AAdvantage® cards appealed to hard core mile credit card users: the ability to open several accounts to collect multiple bonus offers. For example, it was possible to apply for the Citi® Platinum Select® / AAdvantage® World MasterCard®, Visa, and American Express to collect hundreds of thousands of miles. Some users even held multiple of the very same card.

No other bank did this, and it certainly wasn’t sustainable, so as of August 25th Citi® closed the loophole on multiple bonus offers from its AAdvantage® credit cards.

Here are the rules now:

  • You can only have one open personal account within a product – for example, you can’t open both a Visa and MasterCard version of the base Citi Platinum Select® / AAdvantage® credit card
  • You can only open another Citi® AAdvantage® card once Citi® says you are no longer an active customer of an existing card. That’s generally 12-26 months after you were approved for your latest card
  • After that, you can be considered for a new card – it’s up to you whether you want to close out your old one
  • You *can* hold both a personal and business version of the same card, as they are distinct and separate products, and used for different spending

For 99% of people this is no real change. And small business owners, you can still quickly earn 100,000 AAdvantage® miles if you don’t yet have a personal or business version of the cards by applying for both.

The Citi® Platinum Select® / AAdvantage® still a great card – it’s one of the few ways to earn valuable AAdvantage miles via credit card spending, and the Platinum Select® offers a 10% mile rebate on the first 100,000 miles you redeem each year.

But after the cut in earnings to American Airlines miles via BankDirect savings accounts it’s become harder to rack up hundreds of thousands of AAdvantage® miles each year without flying.

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