American and its credit card partner, Citibank, have been slow in bringing to market cards that could compete with those linked to the mileage programs of Delta, United, and US Airways. And the sign-up bonuses for the AAdvantage cards have been for the most part underwhelming.
But the new entry-level Citi Platinum Select AAdvantage (annual fee: $95, waived the first year) and elite-level Citi Executive AAdvantage World Elite (annual fee: $450) cards come loaded with many of the same benefits as their counterparts.
And at least for a short period of time, the sign-up bonuses are attention-worthy as well.
Through December 28, new customers for the Citi Platinum Select AAdvantage, Citi Executive AAdvantage World Elite, or CitiBusiness AAdvantage credit cards can earn up to 50,000 bonus miles as follows:
- 40,000 bonus miles after $3,000 in purchases within the first three months
- 10,000 additional bonus miles after $10,000 in purchases within the first 12 months
The bonuses are only available to new card applicants.
Deal or No Deal
These are solid cards, linked to a solid mileage program. Couple that with the generous bonuses and you have a pretty compelling value proposition.
If you were waiting for an outsized bonus to sign up for an AAdvantage card, this is likely to be as good as it gets.
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