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50,000 point Citi Prestige bonus for $800 in American Airlines flights

by on Thu April 9, 2015 • 4 Comments


Update – this offer has expired – you can see the latest offer here.

The Citi Prestige card is now offering 50,000 points as an intro offer.

Citibank is on a roll lately with the Citi Prestige Card.

It’s added some new (though not yet top tier) transfer partners for its ThankYou points program like Virgin Atlantic and Qantas, and it added a $250 annual air travel credit that can even be used to pay for plane tickets. That’s on top of American Admirals Club access to help ease the the $450 annual fee.

Now you can take advantage of an easier to get, and more lucrative intro bonus:

You get 50,000 points (they are Citi ThankYou points) after you make $3,000 in purchases in the first 3 months your account is open.


That’s much better than the prior online deal of 30,000 points.

Is this the best offer for the Citi Prestige?

You might see an offer that we found last year for 60,000 points if you apply in some Citibank branches. The spending requirement is higher – you need to spend at total of $15,000 on your card in the first year to get the deal.  It’s officially only for CitiGold banking clients, though some branches have let non-CitiGold customers apply for the deal.

But it does come with a lower $350 annual fee that’s part of the CitiGold package. CitiGold is Citibank’s premier bank account program, with a higher $30 monthly checking account fee if you don’t keep at least $50,000 in your accounts each month.

$450 is steep

The $450 annual fee on this card is not waived. But it’s effectively just a $200 annual fee if you take advantage of the $250 annual air travel credit. And since the credit can be used on any airfare you charge to the card, it’s hard not to get full value out of it if you fly just once or twice a year. Just buy a ticket with your card, and up to $250 worth will be reimbursed.

Even better, the annual air travel credit is good each January-December. So if you sign up now, you can get a $250 credit this year, and another one early next year before your next annual fee hits. So you can get $500 total credit while paying just one annual fee.

Should you switch from the Executive AAdvantage?

Both the Prestige and the Executive AAdvantage give you access to American Admirals Clubs.

And if you signed up for the 100,000 mile Executive AAdvantage deals last year you’re probably thinking of what to do next.

The Executive AAdvantage  gives you the chance to earn elite qualifying miles with American Airlines (spend $40,000 on the card in a calendar year and you earn 10,000 elite qualifying miles).

And if you’re on the cusp of the next level of AAdvantage elite that’s a big deal. But consider this…

When you use ThankYou points from the Prestige to book tickets on American Airlines, you’ll earn the same AAdvantage and elite qualifying miles as if you bought the ticket in cash.

And the $800 in airfare you’ll earn just from the sign on requirements can be easily used to book over 10,000 miles worth of flights. For example two $400 roundtrips from Los Angeles to New York are just about 10,000 elite qualifying miles.

Can you combine these with AAdvantage miles?

While you can earn AAdvantage miles on the American and US Airways tickets you book with your Prestige card’s ThankYou points, you can’t combine the ThankYou points with your AAdvantage miles.

American and Citibank don’t currently have an agreement that lets you do that.

So if you insist on earning real American miles, keep a Citi AAdvantage card in your wallet, or if you were a US Airways flier, your new Barclays AAdvantage Aviator card.


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4 thoughts on 50,000 point Citi Prestige bonus for $800 in American Airlines flights

  1. Dave

    FYI – I initially got a screen that said I was declined – which made no sense.

    But then got an approval email today!


      @flyer jay – There is no ‘limited time offer’ language. Usually that’s in place if it’s not going to be around for a while.


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