Posted by William Charles on August 8, 2017
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Published on August 8th, 2017 | by William Charles

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[Expired] Citi American Airlines 60,000 Miles Business Offer (Possible Match to 75,000 Mile Offer)

Bonus has expired and is no longer valid. View the best current credit card bonuses here.

Reposting due to new 60,000 mile offer being found (thanks to reader Saturn via ninim2200 on Flyertalk). This offer is particularly appealing at the moment due to the fact that lots of people are being successfully matched to 75,000 points.

The Offer

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  • Citibusiness® / Aadvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard® is offering 60,000 miles after $3,000 in spend within the first three months.

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Card Details

  • Annual fee of $95 is waived the first year
  • Contains one American Airlines business bonus per 24 month language

Our Verdict

This offer contains the following language:

  • This card is not available if the business already has a CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select®World Mastercard® card. Bonus miles are not available if you have had any CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® card opened or closed in the past 24 months.

We discuss this rule more here. This means you can get this bonus and the 60,000 mile offer on the personal card. It has been possible to get this bonus for some time, but it required asking to be matched and I know a lot of readers prefer this much easier route (and who wouldn’t?) Downside to American Airlines is trying to find saver space. I’d still sign up for this bonus if I was eligible as it’s as good as it gets and it starts your 24 month clock as well. Before applying read these things you should know about Citibank.

Hat tip to Miles to Memories



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Sorry if I missed this but if I have a TY biz card, do I have to cancel it before getting an AA biz card from Citi? I thought Citi may have allowed only one business card per SSN/etc but maybe it was within the same product family. Not sure.

It is only card per product family so you couldn’t get 2 AA biz cards.

Not complaining, but I wonder why the 24 month rule keeps personal and business separate?

Probably because want to encourage non-churning customers who got ONE personal AA card in the past year to also get a business AA card, and the only way they can make that work with their 24-month rule is to keep personal and business separate. (Ie, it has nothing to do with making churning easier.)

American Airlines miles should be called ScAAm miles. The availability is so bad, especially on international flights. I’m sitting on 160k miles that I just don’t know what to do with, and I don’t even have the Citi cards yet.

Andrew, I’ve never had problems finding availability on flights to Latin America through Miami.

The availability is bad? Bro I just booked an Etihad First Apartment from Mumbai to JFK. That’s bad to you?

Yes, availability is generally lousy – the worst of domestic airlines

planning to book the same, how many miles and tax did it cost?

blueeyes_austin

The biggest issue is with AA flights to hubs for partners or AA metal across the water.

I don’t live in one the big cities that have flights to Asia. So yes it is a pain for me to redeem these award tickets every year. The biggest issue is the award fligt from my city to one of the hubs (e.g. ORD, Dallas ot IAH).

See comment below. Very good options available if you know where to look!

Stop flying on AA planes – use AA miles to book on *partner* flights like Etihad, Cathay, etc, and you will be happier and miles go further.

blueeyes_austin

You’ve got to get to the hub if you don’t live in one.

I use all of my AA miles on rental cars. Just booked a $750 rental for only 40K AA miles. It’s the best redemption value.

I booked Japan Airlines J class from Tokyo to JFK for 60k AA miles. I’d say that’s a better redemption value by far, but it just depends on what you are looking to get out of it personally.

You have to call AA reservations. They will want to charge you $50 for making the reservation over the phone but just tell them you were unable to make it on the website and they will waive the fee. I flew round trip from SFO to Calcutta on Emirates in December/January using AA miles.

How can you use AA miles to fly on Emirates?

Booked 2 RT business class from LAX to Tokyo. Could have done First Class if I wanted to fly on a weekday. Never understood when people complain they have a tons of AA miles and don’t know what to do with it. People just are inefficient or lazy in their research to optimize.

> This means you can get this bonus and the 60,000 mile offer on the personal card.

Does this mean that if I’ve never had the business card (but have had the personal version of the card), I am eligible for the bonus?

Went to pending, it said to call a number for an instant decision.
After a few minutes she said a decision isn’t available right now but I should know in 7-10 days & I can check the status online.

Is this normal? Should I also apply for the personal card?

I had this recently on the aa business card. I did supply some abnormal info on application which I presume didn’t go in my favor i.e. non-US citizen. Wouldn’t be real hopeful with that language after my experience but everyone is different.

I went to pending with a number to call. I can’t remember, is it better just to wait it out?

No, for Citi business cards, they just want to confirm your info. I’d call.

Just an update on this.. was just approved today with a 20k credit limit after going to pending.

The only luck I’ve had finding American Airlines saver awards lately is by booking really far out. A few weeks ago I found and booked saver awards for a trip to Germany in December. It’s the first time I’ve found saver awards in a long time, and there’s also the factor of low demand for trips to Europe in winter. Either way, American Airlines miles are definitely difficult to redeem efficiently right now.

That’s why I don’t get excited about these AA miles offers any more. I live in Hawaii and it’s even harder to find saver awards to go somewhere. That’s pretty much our complaints here when we call to cancel our Citi AA cards.

AA miles suck. I’m sitting on 1.5 million of them and can never find a decent redemption. Only redemptions available are always BA (huge fees), and/or horrible connections (3 stops with long layovers from US west coast to Europe) with domestic legs in coach.
Virtually ALL the partner availability shown on AA.com is phantom.
I no longer bother collecting AA miles, even if they’re free – they’re useless.
No airline works harder and longer to deliberately screw their FF members than AA.

Meh, just booked Labor Day weekend trip MSY-LIM about 2 months ago. We use AA at least once a year on international itineraries. Last year at Christmas they were one half of our Europe / Iceland trip. Not sure why everyone loves to jump on them.

I recently booked two RT business class on JAL from LAX to Tokyo. My friend just booked two First Apartments from Abu Dhabi to JFK.

Sounds like you are just inadequate in your abilities. Especially if your looking for partner availability on AA.com lol. If people put the same amount of effort in learning redemption optimization as points accumulation, they would be fine.

Hey Will,

Great site! Thanks for putting the good word out there.

I applied for the personal Plat Select in Feb and was approved. Does the language on the business card offer disqualify me for the deal?

Not sure if you made a typo where it says “can apply” – just wanted to reconfirm.

Thanks!

PS – also to the unhappy people mentioned that AA miles aren’t worth much – they are worth incredible value if redeemed correctly. 50k EY First Dreamliner 787 or 777 AUH-SIN vice versa. 40k for same in business. Incredible value. Incredible flight. Also AUH-EU 45k each way for business on 380, 777 and 787. Also 70k business for AUH-USA etc on 380, 777 and 787. Forget redeeming inside America and you’ll open your eyes to the real hidden value of aa miles. Welcome.

Newbie here. I sell on ebay but no EIN or LLC. Is it easy to get biz card?

If it goes to recon, any resource on how to handle?

Lastly, any idea on how long this will offer will last as I was going for 70k united offer. I don’t have the bandwidth to do both at the same time.

I got “Your application is pending further review and we need additional information from you. Please call 800-695-5171 now to receive an immediate decision”

I do have over 6 cards in the last 6 months so not sure if that affected anything

Got 50K offer mid jan. When i login, I could not find a place online where i can send a secure message to match to the 60k offer. Any email or phone number? Suggestions on what works best?

Go to account management and at the top it’ll say “Messages”?

When did you last try? Have you seen the new Citi Biz interface (which is just like the one for personal cards)?

I applied and got approved for this card on 3/6 when there was no 24 month language. Just PM’ed and got matched to the 60k bonus. Yay!

Just got approved for like 50k less than 2mos ago, any successfull matches usually with AA?

How strict is Citi with “business”? Amex level strict or Chase level strict?

I’m fairly new to business cards. I assume by your comment that either chase or amex is very strict for business cards. Which one is which? Thanks in advance.

@AL,

Among the 3 Amex is the most relaxed with “business”, then Citi and finally chase.

Appreciate the insight. Thanks again!

Got approved for the “business” card. 20K limit, last citi card was back in 2014 (Citi Double).

6 queries in past 6 months on both EQ and EX, while 0 on TU.

800+ CS

Need the card not for AA but for their partners 🙂

MontyFC,
Since you mentioned that you need the miles for AA partners, would you please provide a few examples for the “sweet spot” redemption options of AA miles for partners?
What is your targeted redemption for those miles?
Thank you in advance!!!

Hahahaha

Ok. Got your point.

Any decent redemption options please? Preferably from Los Angeles (LAX). What can I do with 75K AA miles?

Go to reddit.com/r/awardtravel, people share their redemption routes there. Awardace.com shows you route prices with partner airlines. Like someone said above, optimal redemption takes work (a different kind of work), just like MSing to get your bonus. But you can get 4-5 cpp (cents per point) redeeming for J class international travel if that’s your thing. I just booked 1-way business class on Etihad for 70k miles ATL-HYD, valued at $2,850. Had to search for inventory on BA.com, and there wasn’t much available, but it worked for my dates.

Bottom line: Plan to do some legwork after earning the miles to actually use them and plan to be flexible. You might have to hold on to the miles till an awesome redemption option comes available that matches your travel plans and schedule. And till then you may have to pay cash for flights. It’s annoying but this isn’t a hobby for the impatient 🙂 Good luck!

Got approved for the business card after verifying my address (applied with a different address than my my other accounts – should’ve known better). My EX is frozen – they pulled EQ (FICO 732).

Also hoping to use the miles for partner flights.

Great DP, do they usually pull EX and EQ for you?

Yes usually EXP and EQ but this is my first time applying for a business card from citi.

Hmm, thanks. Was just curious because the exact same thing just happened to me. No Citi business cards prior.

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