50k Bonus Miles on CitiBusiness AAdvantage Card

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The CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World MasterCard® from our partner Citi is a business card that offers 50,000 bonus American Airlines miles after spending $3,000 on the card in the first three months.

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This card is in addition to the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® MasterCard® personal card which also offers 50,000 bonus American Airlines miles for a limited time after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months.

You can hold both cards at the same time to take advantage of earning American Airlines miles for your personal and business spending, but you cannot be approved for both on the same day. The collected wisdom is to put at least 8 days between applications for cards issued by Citi.

The business card is actually better than the personal card for accruing miles because it has three unique categories that earn 2x miles:

  • telecommunications merchants
  • car rental merchants
  • gas stations (starting 11/15/15)

The CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World MasterCard® offers a huge sign up bonus and nice category bonuses.

The card also comes with a free checked bag on American Airlines flights and priority boarding.

  • How does the category bonus work?
  • What are the other benefits of the card?
  • Are you eligible for this card?

2x Miles on Telecom, Car Rentals, Gas

Screen Shot 2015-11-11 at 12.38.10 PMHere are the terms on the double miles “on purchases at telecommunications and car rental merchants – and at gas stations after 11/15/15“:

Double Miles on Purchases in Select Business Categories 

“Office supply merchants are defined as stand-alone merchants that primarily sell stationery and office supplies for business consumption. Telecommunications merchants are defined as merchants that sell telecommunications equipment such as telephones, fax machines, pagers, and cellular phones, along with providers of telecommunications services including local and long-distance telephone calls and fax services. Car rental merchants are defined as providers of short-term or long-term rentals of cars, trucks, or vans. This does not include merchants that rent motor homes or other recreational vehicles. Purchases made through travel agencies, tour operators and online third party travel sites are not eligible.”

Telecom is a 5x category on the Ink Plus, so if you have that card, put those purchases on the Ink Plus. Car rentals and gas (all travel and gas) are 3x categories on the Citi ThankYou® Premier Card, so use that instead of this for car rental and gas purchases. If you don’t have those cards, these 2x category bonuses are nice.

Other Benefits

Like the personal card, the business card comes with a free checked bag and priority boarding on American Airlines flights.

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If you spend $30,000 in a year on the card, you also get a $99 companion certificate for use within the continental United States.

The annual fee on the card is $95, but it is waived for the first 12 months.

Can You Get the Card?

Anyone who has a Business including a sole proprietor can apply for the card.

You will not be approved if you have any Citi credit card applications in the last 8 days or two Citi applications in the last 65 days. You will not be approved if you have any other Citi business card application in the last 95 days.

People have been approved and received the bonus even if they have had a CitiBusiness American Airlines card in the past or even if they currently have it open. Read the wiki at the top of this FlyerTalk post for more information.

Bottom Line

Some credit card offers in this post have expired, but they might come back. If they do they will appear –> Click here for the top current credit card sign up bonuses.

The CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World MasterCard® has the best publicly available sign up bonus of any business card:

50,000 bonus AAdvantage miles after spending $3,000 in the first three months

The card also offers double miles on American Airlines purchases, telecom purchases, and car rentals. Starting on November 15, it offers double miles at gas stations.

This card represents a powerful way to turn business spending into American Airlines miles at a time when American Airlines has the world’s best award chart after big devaluations by United and Delta.

The card also comes with a free checked bag and priority boarding on American Airlines flights. The annual fee of $95 is waived the first 12 months.

  • Application Link: CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World MasterCard® (business)
  • Application Link: Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® MasterCard® (personal)

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6 COMMENTS

  1. For my first business card…. should I apply for the 50k Bonus Miles on CitiBusiness AAdvantage Card, or should I apply for the Chase Ink Plus with it’s 50K bonus miles? My business would be able to meet either card’s minimum purchase in the first 3 months.

    • It depends on your travel goals. AAdvantage card for South America, Asia, Australia (economy only). Ink Plus for domestic, Europe, Africa, Australia (premium cabins.) I offer a free personalized credit card consultation: milevalue.com/free-credit-card-consultation

      • My primary goal travel goals is to build up miles for travel for my family of four. Trips would be to visit family in Hawaii, and an other domestic destinations. I plan to take my family overseas in a couple of years, but don’t know yet if it will be Australia, Africa, or Europe. I suspect economy seats will be the most likely since it will be travel for a family of four.

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