CitiBusiness American Airlines AAdvantage Mastercard Review – 30,000 Mile Bonus


The CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard®, from our partner Citi, is currently offering a 30,000 bonus point promotion.  Here are the details:

  • Earn 30,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles after making $1,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening*
  • First checked bag is free on domestic American Airlines itineraries for you and up to four companions traveling with you on the same reservation*
  • Enjoy preferred boarding on American Airlines domestic flights*
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases.
  • Receive 25% savings on in-flight food and beverage purchases when you use your card on American Airlines flights*
  • Double AAdvantage ® miles on eligible American Airlines purchases*
  • Earn 10% of your redeemed AAdvantage ® miles back – up to 10,000 AAdvantage ® miles each calendar year*

Note the following fine print:

Card Offer: This card is not available if the business already has a CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard® card. Bonus miles are not available if you have had any CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® card opened or closed in the past 24 months.

  • Please note this a business card, designed specifically for businesses. Click here for the consumer version.
  • Annual fee is $95, waived for the first 12 months.

To clarify, you can have one of both the consumer version of this card and this business version under your name. The bonuses are also separate. You can get one consumer bonus every 24 months, and you can also get one business bonus every 24 months.

American Airlines MileSAAver awards are still 25,000 miles for a round-trip ticket within the contiguous 48 states. If the trip is less than 500 miles, then it is only 15,000 miles roundtrip within the contiguous 48 states. Under-500 miles routes include Las Vegas to/from Los Angeles, Charleston to/from Miami, New York to/from Washington DC, Philadelphia to Boston, and many others.

There are some small differences between this and the consumer version of this card. This business card offers 2 AAdvantage® miles for every $1 spent on purchases at telecommunications, car rental merchants and at gas stations. The consumer version does not. I also do not see any mention of the ability to earn 10% of your redeemed AAdvantage® miles back on this business card.

However, this business card does make you eligible for Reduced Mileage Awards, where you save up to 7,500 miles on roundtrip MileSAAver® awards to select destinations on American Airlines operated flights.

Business card eligibility. Many people aren’t aware that they can apply for business credit cards, even if they are not a corporation or LLC. Any individual can be a small business. Perhaps you sell items on eBay, Craiglist, or Etsy. Maybe you do some graphic design, web design, freelancing and/or consulting. If you received a 1099-MISC tax form and filled out a Schedule C, that means you have business income, you pay self-employment taxes, and you’re a sole proprietorship. This is the simplest business entity, but it is fully legit and recognized by the IRS. On a business credit card application, you should use your own legal name as the business name, and your Social Security Number as the Tax ID.

Bottom-line. The offer for this business card includes a 30,000 mile bonus and the annual fee is also waived during the first year. You can only get one of these bonuses once every 24 months. As with most of these co-branded cards, a lot of the potential value comes when you fly on American and use the free first checked bag benefit ($50 per person, roundtrip) and also when you redeem miles.

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  1. Hi Jonathan,

    If I don’t use the miles in first year and cancel my card before I am charged the fee for 2nd year, does the miles expire or I can keep those? Any idea

    • That’s the good thing about miles-earning cards, your miles don’t go away when you cancel the card. They just mix in with the rest of your American Airlines miles, and are subject to the same inactivity rules as all other AA miles. The current policy:

      How can I keep my miles from expiring? Just earn or redeem miles on American or with an AAdvantage partner at least once every 18 months. We’ll automatically extend your mileage expiration date 18 months from the date of your most recent activity.

  2. When is the last day to apply to receive the 50K miles offer? As I plan to have a major purchase in March 2017 to meet the $3K requirement. Thanks.

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