Citi launches limited-time 60K offer for AAdvantage Platinum Select cards

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Citi has relaunched its 60,000-mile sign-up bonus offer for the Citi/AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard and the CitiBusiness/AAdvantage Platinum Select World Mastercard for a limited time. New cardholders will earn 60,000 miles after spending $3,000 in the first three months of account opening – an increase of 30,000 miles over the previous bonuses.

Citi has not yet specified an end date to the 60,000-mile promotion.

Citi/AAdvantage Platinum cards at a glance

Besides the fact that one is a business card and the other is a consumer card, the Citi/AAdvantage Platinum cards appear to be almost identical. One main difference is that the CitiBusiness card offers an additional bonus category: You earn two miles per dollar on telecommunication purchases, rental cars and gas stations – a great perk for travelers.

See how these cards compare side-by-side in the chart below.

COMPARING CITI/AADVANTAGE PLATINUM SELECT CARDS
  Citi/AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard
Citi/AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard
CitiBusiness/AAdvantage Platinum Select World Mastercard
CitiBusiness/AAdvantage Platinum Select World Mastercard
Rewards rate
  • 2 miles per dollar on eligible American Airlines purchases
  • 1 mile per dollar on all other purchases
  • 2 miles per dollar on eligible American Airlines purchases
  • 2 miles per dollar on telecommunications, rental cars and gas stations
  • 1 point per dollar on all other purchases
Sign-up bonus
60,000 miles after $3,000 spend in first 3 months 60,000 miles after $3,000 spend in first 3 months
Annual fee
$95, waived first year $95, waived first year
Estimated value in first year ($15,900 spend) $1,366 $1,384
Other benefits
  • Free checked bags
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Preferred boarding
  • 25% discount on in-flight purchases
  • Free checked bags
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Preferred boarding
  • 25% discount on in-flight purchases

The content on this page is accurate as of the posting date. Please see the bank’s website for the most current version of the offer.

The average consumer, who spends $15,900 annually on gas, groceries, apparel and general purchases, can earn approximately $1,366 worth of rewards in the first year of card membership with the consumer version of the card. CitiBusiness cardholders can earn a similar amount in the first year – approximately $1,384 worth of rewards – a difference of $18. This takes into account the 60,000-mile sign-up bonuses and the waived annual fees in the first year.

After the first year, the annual rewards value drops to $70 for the consumer Platinum Select card and $89 for the business version, which is still a great value for an airline rewards card. 

Additionally, consumer Platinum Select cardholders earn 10 percent of their redeemed AAdvantage miles back each calendar year, up to 10,000 miles.

Comparing airline rewards cards

Though the AAdvantage cards aren’t the only airline cards with a 60,000-mile sign-up bonus, a glance at cards with similar offers shows that AAdvantage currently features one of the most valuable sign-up bonuses in the airline card category:

COMPARE AIRLINE REWARDS CARD BONUSES
Credit card Sign-up bonus Estimated value of bonus* Annual fee
Citi/AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard
  • 60,000 miles after $3,000 spend in first 3 months
$1,200 $95, waived first year
CitiBusiness/AAdvantage Platinum Select World Mastercard
  • 60,000 miles after $3,000 spend in first 3 months
$1,200 $95, waived first year

Gold Delta SkyMiles

(Update: Offer no longer available as of Nov. 8, 2017)

  • 50,000 miles after $2,000 spend in first 3 months
  • 10,000 additional miles after $1,000 spend in first 6 months
$810 $95, waived first year

United MileagePlus Explorer

(Update: Offer no longer available as of Nov. 13, 2017)

  • 40,000 miles after $2,000 spend in first 3 months
  • 5,000 miles after adding authorized user and making purchase in first 3 months
$684 $95

*Bonus value is based on our estimated value of each card’s rewards points.

While the Gold Delta SkyMiles card also offers a 60,000-mile sign-up bonus with similar spending requirements, the AAdvantage cards come out far ahead of the Delta card thanks to the high value of AAdvantage miles. We value AAdvantage miles at 2 cents per mile, and we estimate that 60,000 miles can net you around $1,200 worth of airfare.

The fine print

If you’re interested in applying for the Citi/AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard, you should note that you’re not eligible to receive American Airlines AAdvantage bonus miles if you have had any Citi/AAdvantage card – other than a CitiBusiness/AAdvantage card – opened or closed within the past two years.

If you’re interested in the CitiBusiness/AAdvantage Platinum Select World Mastercard, you are not eligible to earn bonus miles if you have had any CitiBusiness/AAdvantage card opened or closed within the past two years.

For those who want to take advantage of the limited-time promotion – especially for holiday shopping, it’s best to act fast. Although Citi hasn’t specified an end date for this offer, the previous 60,000-mile offer lasted approximately two months.

See related: Bank of America’s new premium travel rewards card offers up to a 75 percent rewards bonus, Chase and United unveil a new airline rewards card with no annual fee

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Updated: 11-18-2017