This morning I was checking on my progress in the AA Loyalty Points game in the American Airlines app and noticed a newly increased offer for the Citi American Airlines AAdvantage Platinum Select card under my “Promotions” tab: now earn 75,000 miles after $3,500 in purchases in the first 4 months.
The Offer & Key Card Details
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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 first purchase whereas the Citi card here 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. Also keep in mind though that the Aviator Business card currently (at the time of writing) offers more miles for less spend.
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.