Some links to products and travel providers on this website will earn Traveling For Miles a commission that helps contribute to the running of the site – I’m very grateful to anyone who uses these links but their use is entirely optional. The compensation does not impact how and where products appear on this site and does not impact reviews that are published. For more details please see the advertising disclosure found at the bottom of every page.
Citi has brought out a couple of new welcome offers on its CitiBusiness/AAdvantage Platinum Select World Mastercard and although both offers are very similar there’s a slight difference between them that may see you prefer one offer over the other.
CitiBusiness/AAdvantage Platinum Select World Mastercard
First I’ll go over what exactly this credit card offers then I’ll delve into the two welcome offers that are currently available.
- $99 (the fee is waived for the first 12 months)
- 2 AAdvantage Miles/dollar on spending with American Airlines
- 2 AAdvantage Miles/dollar on spending on telecommunications
- 2 AAdvantage Miles/dollar on spending on cable & satellite services
- 2 AAdvantage Miles/dollar on spending on car rentals
- 2 AAdvantage Miles/dollar on spending at gas stations
- 1 AAdvantage Mile/dollar on all other spending
- First checked bag free for the cardholder and up to four companions traveling with the eligible primary credit cardmember
- 25% saving on American Airlines inflight wi-fi when purchased using this credit card.
- Earn an American Airlines companion certificate for domestic main cabin travel after you spend $30,000 or more in purchases each card membership year and the card membership is renewed
- Preferred boarding
The Welcome Offers
Both welcome offers will see the annual fee waived for the first year but while the primary public welcome offer is for 70,000 AAdvantage miles there’s a second offer available which would see a cardholder earn 75,000 AAdvantage Miles.
Earn 70,000 American Airlines AAdvantage bonus miles after $4,000 in purchases within the first 4 months of account opening.
Earn 75,000 American Airlines AAdvantage bonus miles after $5,000 in purchases within the first 4 months of account opening.
As you cannot generate American Airlines miles from any of the major transferable currencies (Membership Rewards points, Ultimate Rewards points, ThankYou points) the number of ways of earning significant numbers of AAdvantage Miles is primarily limited to credit card bonuses/spending and transfers from Marriott Bonvoy….and that’s where this card can come in useful.
Here are a few facts:
- Only the AAdvantage Aviator Silver card ($199/year) offers more points/dollar for American Airlines spending (3 miles/dollar)
- No other American Airlines co-branded credit card offers bonus miles for spending on telecommunications or cable and satellite bills.
- No other American Airlines co-branded credit card offers more points on car rentals
- No other American Airlines co-branded credit card offers more points at gas stations
- The card doesn’t offer a way to earn bonus Elite Qualifying Miles or Elite Qualifying Dollars
- You have to spend $30,000 on this card to earn a companion pass when other cards offer the same for $20,000 in spending.
Overall, if you’re focused on earning American Airlines AAdvantage Miles this is actually a pretty good credit card to have as it offers a number of ways a cardholder can earn a reasonable number of AAdvantage Miles outside of purchases made directly with American.
As far as the welcome bonuses go, both look pretty good and I like the way the offers have been structured.
- I like the fact that the spending requirements aren’t overly aggressive
- I like the fact that you get 4 or 5 months to meet the spending requirements instead of the more common 3-month time frame
- I like that those who can easily meet the spending requirement can go for a slightly elevated bonus (75,000 miles) while anyone who may find $5,000 in spending a little challenging can choose to earn slightly fewer miles (70,000 miles) in return for a lower spending target ($4,000).
I have to admit that I no longer go out of my way to earn AAdvantage Miles but based on some of the emails I get I know that there are still a lot of people out there who treat them as their primary airline currency…and that’s at whom this credit card and its welcome offer are pitched.
Because I don’t care to earn AAdvantage Miles day-to-day this card wouldn’t get a lot of time in my wallet (although I’d love the welcome offer) but if you’re an avid collector of AAdvantage Miles this is definitely a card you should be considering.
With no annual fee in year one you get to try this card out for free while you work out if it’s a card that works for you, and with the welcome offers set as high as they are that’s not a bad deal at all.