Citi Business AAdvantage Card Review – A great intro deal, but what are the miles worth?

  • Double miles for telecommunications, and car rental merchants and at gas stations
  • The only card for businesses that earns real AAdvantage miles
  • Preferred boarding and free first checked bag on domestic flights
  • $95 annual fee after the first year
  • No elite qualifying benefits
Overall Rating
4/5 Stars   
Key Features
  • Designed for businesses
  • Earn 30,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles after making $1,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening*
  • First checked bag is free on domestic American Airlines itineraries for you and up to four companions traveling with you on the same reservation*
  • Enjoy preferred boarding on American Airlines domestic flights*
  • Earn 2 AAdvantage® miles per $1 spent on eligible American Airlines® purchases*
  • Earn 2 AAdvantage® miles for every $1 spent on purchases at telecommunications, car rental merchants and at gas stations*
  • Earn 1 AAdvantage® mile per $1 spent on other purchases.*

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

Miles dont expireas long as card is open
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Partner Offer

50,000 bonus points

Intro Offer

$0 introductory annual fee the first year, then $95

Annual Fee


Foreign Transaction Fee Waived

Yes - transfer to United MileagePlus, Southwest Rapid Rewards, Marriott Rewards, and more

Points Can Transfer to Airline Miles ?

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10 thoughts on Citi Business AAdvantage Card Review – A great intro deal, but what are the miles worth?

  1. Betty

    We are interested in a credit card to give us the biggest bang for the buck in order to fly to and from Mexico. From our city, AA is the only direct flight to Cancun. What credit card do you suggest and why?


      @Betty – What city are you starting from? Would say the Chase Sapphire Preferred or Reserve could be good. You could try to use the British Airways program to book the nonstop AA flight if you’re flexible. And if it’s not available there, you could use your points to pay for the ticket like cash anytime.

  2. Dave Anderson

    What was the previous CITI Business Card mileage bonus I think 30,000 miles and how much did you have to charge over the 3 months to get the mileage credit?? I thought it was $1500.00 and now it’s 50,000 miles and charging $3000.00??

  3. Mo S

    Awesome! One last question…I often fly to Turkey, UAE, Qatar via Etihad/Turkish/Qatar/Emirates. Do you know which card gives you the biggest bang for your buck when you use it on these partner airlines? in terms of upgrades? AA partners with Qatar, United partners with Turkish/Etihad. Thanks!


      @Mo S – You won’t be able to use the AA or United miles for upgrades from coach. You’ll need native miles for each program unless you travel on the very highest ‘Y’ or ‘B’ coach fares.

      But you can use them to redeem for Business Class award seats. In that case AA has much broader coverage in the Middle East as it partners with Etihad, Qatar, and Royal Jordanian in the region.


      @Mo S – If American’s own flights head to where you want to go, their upgrades are cheaper than United’s. Though United flies to more destinations in Asia than American.

      If you are doing a straight up award ticket, it’s just 50,000 miles each way to many parts of Asia with American miles. Just call in to ask if Japan Airlines or Cathay Pacific have space as they don’t appear on the American website.

      That’s your best deal overall – the Business Class award ticket to Asia with American miles.


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