Citi American Airlines AAdvantage Mastercard Review: 50,000 Bonus Miles (Updated)

citinewaaUpdated. American Airlines and US Airways have announced new details about their upcoming merger. As expected, the two frequent flier programs will merge and all the miles will become American AAdvantage miles in 2015. (US Airways Dividend miles will convert at a 1:1 ratio.) Along with that, they have slightly updated both the Citi American Airlines card and Barclaycard US Airways card.

Here are the updated details on the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® MasterCard® from our partner Citi:

New cardholder bonus:

  • For a limited time, earn 50,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles after making $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening*
  • Annual fee is $95, waived for first 12 months.

American Airlines and US Airways perks:

  • Free checked bag for you and 4 companions. Your first eligible checked bag is free for you and up to four travel companions. This perk still only applies to American and not US Airways.
  • Free Priority Boarding. Priority Boarding with Group 1 privileges for you and up to 4 companions on American flights only.
  • 10% rebate on award redemptions. Earn 10% of your redeemed AAdvantage miles back – up to 10,000 AAdvantage miles each calendar year*
  • 25% savings on in-flight purchases (food, beverages, and headsets) on both American Airlines and US Airways flights.
  • Earn a $100 American Airlines Flight Discount every cardmembership year with qualifying purchases and cardmembership renewal. The Flight Discount is also redeemable for air travel on any oneworld® carrier or American Airlines codeshare flight (this includes US Airways flights booked as American Airlines codeshare flights).
  • Double miles on both American Airlines and US Airways purchases. Double AAdvantage miles on eligible American Airlines and US Airways purchases* like plane tickets and 1 AAdvantage mile for every $1 spent on other purchases.


  1. baronvonjon says:

    Are you sure the Gold level cards will receive these features?

  2. How do you know this will be retroactive to existing cardholders? Did you receive a notice in the mail? I was going to cancel my card now that I received all the opening bonus perks, but this change might encourage me to keep it open.

  3. Jenna, Adaptu Community Manager says:

    Thanks for passing this information along.

  4. @baronvonjon – No, I forgot about the basic Gold level cards, I’m not sure about those. But their “old” or “existing” platinum card that they were promoting before will have the new perks.

    @Mike – That’s what I was told re: my Visa Plat, but it’s also in their press release, see below.

  5. Dug a little more, found this in their press release:

    “Starting today, existing cardmembers who have the Citi Platinum Select / AAdvantage Visa Signature, Citi Platinum Select / AAdvantage World MasterCard, Citi Platinum Select / AAdvantage World Elite MasterCard and Citi Select / AAdvantage American Express can enjoy the new benefits immediately”

    However if your annual fee was $85, it will be $95 on your next renewal. Hope that helps!

  6. I was going to ask for a link to the press release, but found it here:

  7. vladgur says:

    So how do you go about claiming that free checked bag?
    Do you pay for checked bag with Citi AA card?
    Does it also work on flights paid for with AA miles?
    What about if the flight is on AA partner such as Alaska?

  8. Marcello says:

    I just booked about 50K in mileage award travel at the end of March. I am wondering if I am going to see 10% back since I was already a card member. I have a feeling I am going to have to fight for this.

  9. jackcrawfish says:

    Links need updating I think. I want to make sure you get all the referral credit you desrve.

  10. Chris Moser says:

    $100 discount would do well to justify the annual fee. However you need $30K spend per year to get that.

  11. After cancelling the Citi AA card; how long do you need to wait before applying again to get the bonus?

    • I have the same question. I cancelled my account in Jan 2014 and applied in August 2014 and was denied. So was wondering when I can apply again.

      • The app has the following text “This Citi® / AAdvantage® card offer is only valid for new applicants for a Citi® / AAdvantage® account made pursuant to this offer and is not available to existing cardmembers or recent applicants for a Citi® / AAdvantage® credit card.”

        Reports are that the new number is one Citi American card approved every 18 months.

  12. I just applied, and got accepted for the card. My question is: If I redeem miles for Economy Class Seating, can I pay out of pocket to upgrade to Business/First?? Thanks for any responses.

  13. I heard Citi will mail you a 1099-MISC form for $600, so you will be paying taxes on $600. Anyone know about this ?

  14. Can someone please elaborate how to quickly spend the $3000 on credit card quickly enough to earn the miles ?

  15. If one buys vanilla visa card for $500 and $4.95 fees, are they treated like purchases for Citi American Airlines AAdvantage Mastercard ? One needs to buy 6 such cards. Or is there a best way for less fees to rack up the $3000 needed for the card rewards ?

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