(Back Again) Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select: Limited Time 75K Offer

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Update 5/15/23: A Doctor of Credit reader has shared another working link for the 75K offer, so we’re back at it again! That’s the link you’ll find in the best offers page.

There is a new, limited-time offer for the Citi American Airlines AAdvantage Platinum Select card: earn 75,000 miles after $3,500 in purchases in the first 4 months. This is a 10K increase from the previous offer and matches the best that we’ve seen on this card.

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The Offer & Key Card Details

Card Offer and Details
75K miles after $3,500 spend in first 4 months
$0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $99
Information about this card has been collected independently by Frequent Miler. The issuer did not provide the details, nor is it responsible for their accuracy.
Recent better offer: None, this is the best we've seen.
FM Mini Review: Excellent choice for a great intro bonus. Plus it offers the usual collection of perks for flying AA (free checked bag, priority boarding, etc.)
Earning rate: 2X restaurants ✦ 2X gas ✦ 2X AA
Base: 1X (1.3%)
Dine: 2X (2.6%)
Gas: 2X (2.6%)
Brand: 2X (2.6%)
Card Info: Mastercard World Elite issued by Citi. This card has no foreign currency conversion fees.
Big spend bonus: $125 AA Flight Discount with $20K membership year spend
Noteworthy perks: ✦ First checked bag free ✦ Priority Boarding ✦ Save 25% on inflight food and beverage purchases

Quick Thoughts

In a world of incredibly strong credit card offers these past couple of years, transferable currency offers of 100K+ have become so commonplace as to displace airline-specific credit cards in many instances.

In this case, things are a bit different. Since the Bilt Rewards program and Marriott Rewards are the only points programs that transfer to American Airlines, the American Airlines credit cards are the only meaningful way to quickly accumulate a large sum of American Airlines miles. The good news is that both Barclays and Citi issue American Airlines credit cards (including both consumer and business versions). That means there are several possible bonuses to collect.

Keep in mind that the Barclays-issued Aviator Red card offers a nice sum of miles after the first purchase whereas the Citi card currently requires $3,500 in purchases in the first 4 months. That might make the Barclays card more appealing for some. On the other hand, if your goal is to accumulate as many American Airlines miles as possible and/or you aren’t eligible for an Aviator bonus, this may be a better deal.

This offer certainly can be appealing because the American Airlines partner award chart has retained a number of good sweet spots that have become a bit more attractive as oneworld has expanded and other programs devalued. On the other hand, I certainly wouldn’t prioritize this over the monster offers that we’ve seen recently from other issuers unless you have a strong need for American Airlines miles.

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Brian

Insta approved for 22k. 75k link. 815 credit score. Very little usage on 3 Citicards past year but did put 3K+ on the Doublecash card last month.

LSP

Linked offer is back down to 50k, will you please update the Best Available Offers page? I too was declined despite great credit.

Joe

Another one in the denial camp for too much unused credit. Womp womp. This one I had hoped to park as a second CC or Rewards+ in year two, but alas.

Frank

Strange thing: I applied and have not had this card for quite some years, credit score > 830, credit utilization very low (maybe the trigger), have no other Citi cards … and was denied. The reason: not enough usage of current credit lines !! Usually people worry about the opposite. But even stranger – they did not do a hard pull on either TransUnion or Experian – not a peep out of Credit Karma.

ktw

same thing & pull from Equifax.

rich

If someone is an authorized user on a card can they also apply for a card on their own? Do all of the major credit card companies handle this the same way?

Thanks.

Nun

1) Yes 2) Probably

Last edited 11 months ago by Nun
Mark W

I just got a (presumably targeted) 75k link in an AA flight confirmation email that says explicitly “Apply by 5/11/2023.” Clicking the link takes you to a 75k offer page that says “Limited-time offer: 5 days left” in a banner at the top.

So booking a freely cancelable AA flight may be a risk-free way to potentially generate a 75k offer link that’s good til May 11.

CF Frost

Was just on an AA flight – Rcvd an offer from one of the flight attendants – Earn 60k AA miles with just 1 purchase (i.e. pack of gum) on Barclay’s AAdvantage Aviator card. No $3,500 spend required – Annual fee waived the 1st year. Eh, it’s a 15k mile hit…but a no brainer for getting a 1st time AA card for a young adult or just don’t want to meet the min. spend.

Jeff

After reading about the denials people have been getting, I knew I would probably fall in that camp too. Took a shot and yup, denied. If you’ve been playing the game and have a number of new cards in your recent credit history, then know that there’s a decent chance you’ll get denied.

Mil

For those who are able to refer, the referral links show 50,000 bonus points. Any data points on being able to be matched or populating a link with 75,000 bonus points?

TravelFitForAKing

Here’s a recent datapoint. I applied today (4/27) with a 804 credit score. They pulled my  Experian report. I was instantly approved for 12,000.

Mark W

A couple DPs in Doctor of Credit comments that emails from Citi mention this offer ends May 11. I previously thought I saw the same on AA’s web site (though I can’t find it now). Do we think “soon” encompasses May 11 or should we take from the vague “soon” language and the May 11 date possibly having been scrubbed from AA’s site that this may be ending sooner?

gmoney

I assume others are getting the 80k mailers?

Rich T.

Hey guys – your affiliate link on this appears to be broken – I’m trying to use it, and it goes to a “Sorry no cards!” page on card ratings.

Tim

Applied for this sign-up offer, but was instantly denied by Citi. FICO 815+, two new cards opened recently (Amex Green Card 12/7/22) and (Amex Gold 1/6/23). Denial reason was “high amount of unused credit compared to available credit lines” and that I had “recently opened one or more accounts.” Called recon and they said that there’s nothing they could do as this Aadvantage card is not available for reconsideration for the reasons that they flagged me on. I asked her if this was a Citi Bank policy or solely the Aadvantage card policy and she confirmed that it was the latter. Seem like AA may have increased the sign-up offer, but also increased the difficulty to be approved for it. 🙁

Herbie

I basically had the same problem. However, my “recent” card was 17 months old. Credit usage hovers between 1-2%. I think they like people who maintain big balances and/or spend a ton every month.

Joe

I’ve seen a few other DP’s indicating similar, that AA was somehow asserting conditions over what the usual Citi approval logic would be. I find that interesting if true, and while I would normally take the CSR’s word as zilch, they seem to be parroting that same line a lot. I hope there is an element of truth to it so I don’t have to write them off for the foreseeable future.

Speter

Just got my credit card for 50k bonus miles but received 75K offer in mail yesterday. I did not use my 50K bonus card yet. Called citi and they said to send screenshots of offer.
Do I wait for them to get back to me or do I apply for new card?