Some folks used to apply for a new Citi personal AAdvantage credit card every 65 days in 2008 and get a new sign-up bonus each time!
Citi probably realized that this wasn’t the most profitable way to run a credit card business, and added language in the offer terms & conditions which restricted the bonus to first time Citi AAdvantage applicants only.
However, there are reports online of folks getting approved for new Citi personal AAdvantage cards 12 to 18 months from their last application date!
The discussion on FlyerTalk and MilePoint suggest that it doesn’t seem to matter if you have cancelled your card or if you still have your Citi AAdvantage card with you, as long as you’ve waited 18 months or more since you were approved for your last personal Citi AAdvantage card.
For example, MilePoint member miles and smiles wrote that he had success with getting another Citi personal card 17 months after his last successful Citi AAdvantage application, despite not cancelling his previous AAdvantange card.
On the other hand, a blog reader wrote in to say that she was denied for the Citi personal AAdvantage cards when she applied again 13 months after her last successful Citi AAdvantage application.
And I have been denied a new bonus when I reapplied 16 months after my last application.
So 13 months may be to soon, and 17+ months may be the sweet spot!
My Personal Experience
I was curious to see if I could get another round of bonuses since my last successful application was in September 2009 (22 months ago).
Well, yesterday night, I used the 2-browser trick to apply for the 75,000 bonus mile personal Citi Visa card with a $1,5000 spending requirement and the 75,000 bonus mile personal Citi American Express AAdvantage card with a $4,000 spending requirement within the first 6 months.
I was approved for BOTH cards with a $12,000 limit each.
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My Previous Application Details
- September 2009: I applied successfully for a Citi AAdvantage MasterCard and American Express personal credit card with 30,000 bonus miles each.
- January 2010: I reapplied for personal Citi AAdvantage cards (4 months since my last application), but was denied.
- December 2010: I cancelled both the above cards (15 months since application).
- January 2011: I reapplied for personal Citi AAdvantage cards (16 month since my last application), but was denied.
- July 2011: Success! I reapplied for 2 personal Citi AAdvantage cards (22 months since my last application), and was approved!
You may be able to get another round of bonuses on the Citi AAdvantage personal cards if it has been at least 18 months since your last successful application.
If you can’t remember when you last applied for a Citi AAdvantage personal credit card, you can check your credit report (make sure to check the credit report from all 3 agencies) to see when you opened your last AAdvantage credit card.
If you do decide to apply for another personal Citi AAdvantage credit card, use the 2-browser trick to apply for both the Visa and American Express versions at the same time and get 150,000 AAdvantage miles to have Big Travel with Small Money!
150,000 AAdvantage miles is enough for 6 domestic US tickets on American Airlines or a First Class ticket to almost anywhere in the world on some of the best airlines such as Cathay Pacific, British Airways, or Qantas.
You should also remember that Citi is very inconsistent in approving credit cards and providing additional bonuses, so I urge you to do your own research before applying for another round of personal Citi AAdvantage cards. Your experience may differ from mine!
The reports on FlyerTalk, MilePoint, and my personal experience yesterday, suggests that you may be able to get another round of Citi bonuses 18 months after your last successful application.
If you decide to apply again please let us know how it goes in the comments!
- Use The 2-Browser Trick To Earn 150,000 Free AAdvantage Miles
- 6 Ways to Use 150,000 AAdvantage Miles
- 3 Ways You May Qualify For a Business Credit Card
Disclosure: You should know that I have just been approved for 2 personal Citi AAdvantage credit cards and so I now have a banking relationship with Citi.
However, I don’t get any commission or payment from Citi or anyone else for this post or for the links in this post. In the interest of full disclosure, I do own negligible amounts of Citibank stock.