Posted by William Charles on July 23, 2018
Credit Cards

Published on July 23rd, 2018 | by William Charles

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New Citi American Airlines MileUp Card Now Live

Earlier this month Citi & American Airlines announced that they would be launching a new no annual fee co-branded credit card. That card, called MileUp is now live and accepting applications.

Card Basics

  • No annual fee
  • Card earns at the following rates:
    • 2x miles per $1 spent on American Airline purchases and at grocery stores
    • 1x mile per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Sign up bonus of 10,000 American Airlines miles and a $50 statement credit after $500 in spend within the first three months
  • This card replaces the current Bronze card offered (previously this only earned 1 mile per $2 spent)

Our Verdict

This card isn’t great, but it’s treated as a different product/family for the purposes of Citi’s 24 month per brand rule. This card states:

“Statement credit and American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles are not available if you have had an AAdvantage MileUpSM card opened or closed in the past 24 months.”

Other Citi American Airlines personal cards state (emphasis mine):

“American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles are not available if you have had any Citi® / AAdvantage® card (other than an AAdvantage MileUpSM or CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® card) opened or closed in the past 24 months.”

Given the sign up bonus is only 10,000 miles + $50 I still don’t think it’s worth signing up for. That being said some people will find the 2x American Airlines miles on grocery store purchases worth signing up for. But hopefully they offer a better sign up bonus in the future.

Hat tip to reader dmlin



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Jamie
Jamie

Looks like they are treating this card separately regarding the 24 month bonus restriction.

MileUp Terms:
“Statement credit and American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles are not available if you have had an AAdvantage MileUpSM card opened or closed in the past 24 months.”

Platinum Select Terms:
“American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles are not available if you have had any Citi® / AAdvantage® card (other than an AAdvantage MileUpSM or CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® card) opened or closed in the past 24 months.”

Security
Security

I’m seeing the same thing. Separate restrictions so you could have both cards.

Abe
Abe

Card could be worth a glance down the line if citi changes the rules like Amex and chase….can’t get a sub on a card you hold

EB
EB

Worthless – unless you spend a lot on “groceries”.

Blue
Blue

2x groceries makes this a no brainer for a PC on one of the AA cards folks churn.

Dave C
Dave C

Agree, easy MS on AA

Harold
Harold

FYI: This card also does not have the reduced mileage discount. You can see this information when compare this card to other AA cards on AA website.

PoorChurner
PoorChurner

You say Bronze but they took down the AA Gold card. Oops! Page Not Found.

jwapa2
jwapa2

The card number didn’t change when I PC’ed Plat to Bronze, probably not resetting the clock. I think the automatic conversion from Bronze to this one (am already seeing the new name and design for the Bronze as of today) without change in the card number may also not reset the clock. Am I missing something?

Snorlax
Snorlax

On the other hand, my card number did change when I PCed Plat to Bronze.

Mike
Mike

Just inquired about the possibility of PCing Platinum to Mileup and included in the lengthy disclosures was that the card number would change. This likely resets the 24 month clock for Plat, so cancelled the PC and will now call retention in hopes of an offer on the Plat. Will wait for a better sign-up offer to apply for the Mileup to get the 2X grocery.

carl wilson
carl wilson

DOC, obvi luv the blog but just curious why so harsh on Citi AA deals? If you’re not a hardcore churner and value aa miles this seems like a solid downgrade option. Am I missing something? Not a perfect card by any means but AA miles are getting a bit harder to accrue/transfer, and this is a decent no fee way to get them, especially if you eat a lot of groceries.

I just wish you could have more than 1 citi business card cuz that platinum aa biz 75k mile is appetizing , I’ve got Costco biz card which I love but word-on-the-street is you can only have 1 citi biz card per EIN.

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