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*Note the redemption values may have changed since publication.
The Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard® offers Earn 50,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles after making $2,500 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening* .
Is this a good deal?
This Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard® offer is good compared to other travel cards and the annual fee is $99, waived for first 12 months*.
The earning on this card isn’t decent at Earn 2 AAdvantage® miles for every $1 spent on eligible American Airlines purchases*. But if you fly as a family, you’ll get free checked bags for up to 5 passengers. That would more than offset the annual fee.
The card offers…
- A free first checked bag on domestic American Airlines flights for you and up to 4 companions on your reservation (you don’t have to buy your ticket with your AA card).
- No foreign transaction fees.
- Preferred boarding (even when flying on Basic Economy fares)
- Earn 2 AAdvantage® miles for every $1 spent on eligible American Airlines purchases*
- Earn 10% of your redeemed AAdvantage® miles back (up to 10,000 miles per calendar year).
Are you eligible for the bonus?
You’re not eligible for the bonus if you have opened or closed the same Citi brand card in the last 24 months. That means if you opened or closed any Citi AAdvantage® card, for example, the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard®, within the last 24 months, you won’t be eligible for the bonus.
Having said that, Citi has sometimes released personal and business AAdvantage® card offers that haven’t contained the same policy language. Unfortunately, this offer does, so make sure you haven’t opened or closed another AAdvantage® card within the last 2 years if you would like to apply.
There is one silver lining, though. Citi considers pesronal and business cards separately. So a previous CitiBusiness®/ AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard® bonus doesn’t count against you for the personal card and vice versa.
What can you do with the miles?
American AAdvantage® is far from being the valuable frequent flyer program it once was.
Awards at the MileSAAver level are a lot harder to come by than they used to be. There’s very little award space to Hawaii at the lowest MileSAAver prices and when you’re flying to Europe, you’re often left with having to pay big British Airways fuel surcharges.
But if you’re flexible and want to travel to Latin America, Asia, or just take short flights in the U.S., you can still find some good value with AAdvantage® miles. AAdvantage® is also flexible about holds and date changes.
You can hold awards up to 5 days before you ticket them, making it easier to piece together trips. And you can change the date of AAdvantage® awards for free as long as you booked your ticket 21 days or more before the original departure date.
Here’s the award chart for flights departing the U.S. All prices are one-way, so roundtrips are double the price.
And here are some good values that you can book with the miles from this bonus…
Fly up to 8 short flights for 7,500 AAdvantage® miles* each
American reduced the number of miles required for flights of 500 miles or less in the Continental U.S. and Canada from 12,500 to 7,500 miles one way. That makes it competitive against British Airways Avios on shorter routes, although keep in mind that 7,500 Avios cover up to 1,150 miles of flying distance.
So you can fly from Philadelphia to Charlotte, which is 449 miles away, for only 7,500 AA miles.
Off Peak Redemptions
If you’re flexible on travel dates, there are 8 regions with MileSAAver Off Peak Dates that let you save on miles for Economy Class. Here are the regions and prices for one way flights (Note: These dates may have changed since this article was published):
- Hawaii: 20,000 miles
- To Hawaii: December 29 – March 12, August 11 – November 18, November 24 – December 10
- From Hawaii: 20,000 miles, January 7 – March 19, August 18 – November 27, December 3 – December 25
- The Caribbean, Mexico, and Central America: 12,500 miles, September 7 – November 14, April 27 – May 20
- Europe: 22,500 miles, January 10 – March 14, November 1 – December 14
- Asia Region 1 (Japan): 32,500 miles
- To Japan: January 1 – April 30, July 1 – November 30
- From Japan: January 16 – April 19, May 2 – 31, September 1 – December 31
- Asia Region 1 (Korea): 32,500 miles,
- To Korea: January 1 – April 30, July 1 – November 30
- From Korea: January 16 – May 31, September 1 – December 31
- Asia Region 2 (China & Hong Kong): 32,500 miles,
- To China/Hong Kong: January 1 – April 30, July 1 – September 30, October 11 – November 30
- From China/Hong Kong: February 1 – May 31, September 1 – 19, October 2 – December 31
- South America 1: 17,500 miles, January 16 – June 14, September 7 – November 14
Take up to 3 Flights to Northern South America
South America Zone 1 includes Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and the Brazilian city of Manaus – the gateway to the Amazon.
You can fly there for 20,000 AAdvantage® miles* (17,500 miles on the OffPeak dates) in Economy and 30,000 miles in Business, which is a true bargain if you are traveling from the U.S. Northeast. 30,000 miles will buy you a lie-flat seat on LATAM between New York and Lima or Miami and Manaus.
You can fly from New York to Manaus via Miami for just 17,500 miles
Up to 8 Flights within Brazil
AA domestic redemption levels in some countries are simply outstanding. It costs only 7,500 miles* to fly anywhere within Brazil. So you could fly to Manaus for 17,500 miles from January 16 to June 14 or from September 7 to November 14, and explore the country on American partner LATAM for 7,500 miles per flight.
You can fly anywhere in Peru on LATAM for 6,000 miles. So, you can fly between Lima and Cuzco, Iquitos, Juliaca, etc., although Avios might be a better value in Peru (4,500 miles).
Summing it up
If you have some international trips ahead, are flexible and creative, the bonus can get you up to several flights.