Use The 2-Browser Trick To Earn 100,000+ Free AAdvantage Miles

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Update:  You can’t get 2 personal American Airlines cards unless it is ~18+ months from when you were last approved for an American Airlines personal card.

But you could get 1 personal card and 1 business card.

Citi AAdvantage

Emily and I have earned over 1.5 million miles by applying for Citi AAdvantage credit cards which has let us have a lot of Big Travel with Small Money. 

The highlights include traveling to India on British Airways first class and flying Emily to London for a romantic weekend.

You can earn lots of American Airlines miles too!

You used to be able to earn 75,000 miles for each card by using the 2-browser trick which was one of my first blog posts.  Lots of readers individually earned  150,000 or 225,000 American Airlines miles and together earned millions of AAdvantage miles by applying for these Citi AAdvantage cards.

This was my most popular post (508 comments and 60 Facebook likes) and I was very happy to read everyone’s success stories. Folks used their miles to visit terminally ill family members, plan honeymoons, and surprise their partners.  Your wonderful stories kept me motivated to continue blogging!

Even though the Citi AAdvantage 75,000 mile credit cards are no longer working, there are still working links for 50,000 mile Citi AAdvantage cards. 

So I’ve modified my earlier 2-browser trick post for the current offer below.

Note:  The links below do NOT show you the terms of the offer on the application.  But based on the comments and my personal experience, you do get the 50,000 miles if you’re approved for the card. 

Citi American Airlines Bonus Miles Offer

The current Citi AAdvantage offer is for 50,000 miles per card.  If you get both the personal and business versions you will have enough miles for 4 roundtrip tickets within the US in economy class.

Or a one-way trip to Asia on Cathay Pacific in First Class (one of the world’s best airlines), or a return trip in Business Class to South America and still have some miles left over!

If you’ve never applied for a Citi AAdvantage Credit Card, you CAN get up to 130,000 AAdvantage miles, worth at least $1,300 if you conservatively value AA miles at 1 cent per mile.

If you don’t have an AAdvantage account, sign-up for one here, before you apply for the Citi AAdvantage Credit Cards.

Citi AAdvantage 50,000 Mile Bonus Offer – Existing Cardholder

Citi also generally lets you get the bonus again on personal AAdvantage cards 18 to 20+ months since your last application (regardless of whether you cancelled or still have a AAdvantage Visa or AMEX).

For example, if your last successful application and approval for AAdvantage cards was in January 2010 you should be able to reapply and get the sign on bonus again since it is more than 20 months since you were last approved for the personal Citi American Airlines card.

There are 3 Citi American Airlines cards which you can get.  As discussed the general Citi rules apply which mean that you can’t get more than 2 cards within a 65 day period.  And you have to wait at least 2 to 3 days in between the first and second card.

Citi AAdvantage 50,000 Mile Card Features

  • 2 AAdvantage miles per $1 on AA travel.  You earn 2 AAdvantage miles per $1 spent on American Airlines travel for the 1st year and 1 mile after that.  This is better than the previous deals where you would earn only 1 mile per $ spent on American Airlines, but is below the standard for most airline loyalty cards which let you earn at least 2 miles per $ spent on air travel with the co-branded airline.
  •  3% Foreign Exchange Fee.  There is a 3% foreign transaction fee, so don’t use this overseas.
  • 1st Year Annual Fee Waived.  The $85 annual fee for the personal card and $75 fee for the business card is waived for the 1st year.

5 Tips to get the most AAdvantage miles through this offer:

1) Your goal should be to get all 3 Citi AAdvantage cards (Personal card, Personal GOLD MasterCard, and Business card) for a total of 130,000 AAdvantage miles.

2) However,  you CANNOT apply for 2 cards simultaneously.  If you do apply for all 2 cards at the same time, you will be denied the second card.  But you can apply for a second (different card) after 2 or 3 days and get approved as long as you don’t have more than 2 applications within 65 days.

3) The 50,000 mile bonus is only for first time cardholders. One bonus for first time personal cardholders, and another bonus for first time business cards holders.

4) Here’s how to get all 3 cards and up to 130,000 AAdvantage miles:

Here’s how I would get all 3 cards over 65 to 95 days if it has been 18+ months from when you were last approved for a Citi American Airlines card or if you never had a Citi American Airlines card:

  • Day 3 or 4:  Apply for the Citi American Airlines personal GOLD MasterCard with 30,000 miles after spending $750 within 4 months.  You may have to call in to get approved.
  • If you are concerned about completing the minimum spend, I’ve listed more than 40 ways to help complete the minimum spending requirements. You only have one chance at applying for both the cards together, so don’t let the minimum spending prevent you from applying for both cards at the same time.
  • After 65 days apply for the Citi Business Card and earn another 50,000 miles after spending $2,500 within 4 months.  If you apply earlier than 65 days your application will be automatically denied because Citibank likes to see 60+ days gap after a personal application and 90+ days after a business card application.

If you get a letter declining the second application, you could write a letter to the Citi Executive reconsideration department asking them to reconsider your application.

The 2 browser trick usually works, but understand that there are no guarantees and that your mileage may vary (YMMV)!

5) Wait for your card to arrive and confirm the minimum spend required to earn the 50,000 miles when you call to activate your card.

Oh, and the first year annual fee is waived on both the personal ($85) and the business card ($75) so you are getting these miles for free!

Bottom Line: This is an AWESOME deal and you should move quickly since there’s no guarantee how much longer these deals will last.

You can do a LOT with  130,000 AAdvantage miles  – including 5 US domestic economy trips on American Airlines, or First Class flights on some of the world’s finest airlines such as Cathay Pacific, Jet Airways, and British Airways by redeeming through American Airlines for their One World Alliance partners.

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1,159 Responses to Use The 2-Browser Trick To Earn 100,000+ Free AAdvantage Miles

  1. @Lyndie – You should be able to get the 50K AA business card. The Citi 2 browser trick doesn’t work any more, but you can get the 50K card and then a few days later get the 30K AA GOLD MasterCard.

    @Mike W – Unfortunately, the ability to get 2 Citi AA cards is no longer possible because the “rules” changed recently.

    @Reuven – I can’t say if you should apply or not, but you can’t get 2 Citi AA 50K cards at the same time any more. You could get the 50K card and then a few days later get the 30K AA GOLD MasterCard.

    @Bree – The 50K links still work based on reader feedback.

  2. Thanks Daraius.

    I can confirm what Bree stated, they don’t offer the 50K card anymore, just 30K. I browsed their website and couldn’t find one 50K card. Also, when you click on the links in this post it takes you to applications, but nowhere in the app can you tell if it’s the 50k deal.

  3. OK confirmed that it worked and I Got 50K AAdvantage miles along with a 20K credit limit!

    Thank you!!

  4. Thanks Captain D! I succeeded with the double browser back in early January for an Amex and MC. You’re the bomb dude! Now I need a link to the Citi business card for 50K miles but one where A/C passes come with approval rather than renewal. Help!

    I have no other credit cards except the two I was approved for January 9, 2013. It’s been 65 days, but based on all that’s gone on with Citi lately, when would you apply for the business card?

  5. I want to stay somewhere nice for two nights in Honolulu next January. Which card or cards with bonus offers would you sign up for to stay free and where would you stay?

  6. It’ll be a Thursday and Friday night in case that makes a difference. Oh, and hefty spend requirements are not a problem if that helps.

  7. Darian, I saw on flyertalk that reading is my friend. So I read your Travel Credit Cards hotel section and was just approved for the Chase Hyatt card with two free nights and the $100 credit. Now if you can just point me to a Citi business card link for 50k miles where AC passes come with approval rather than renewal.

  8. Daraius, Thanks so much! Quick data point. Applied/approved using the links in Jan. Got my statements for Mar. 2 x 50K points 100K total. Thank you so much. Keep up the great work.

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  10. goals^n^dreams

    Daraius, do you know how many Chase cards or Amex cards can a person apply at the same time by using 2 or 3 browser trick?

  11. @matthewD – I’d wait closer to 95 days before getting the business card. You can find the link in the Hot Deals tab on the blog. Perhaps the Starwood card? I’d search for hotels where you want to stay on the Hilton, Hyatt and Starwood websites. Once you know which hotels you prefer and how many points it costs, you can apply for the cards to get you the points.

    @Bill – Congrats and thanks for sharing!

    @goals^n^dreams
    - I’ve got 2 Amex and 2 Chase cards at the same time. With Chase you may need to call the reconsideration line to get approved for the 2nd card. Good luck!

  12. @Darius – I just received the Chase Hyatt card this week. How long should I wait to apply for the Chase Southwest Business and Personal Plus cards. I’m confident I could easily do one now since the personal lending rep said, based on what he was seeing, he could approve me for another card even if the system auto-denied me. I’m after the Companion Pass. Would you wait the 95 days for the AA 50K Business card and do it and the Southwest Business Plus and the Southwest Personal Plus (all three) on the same day? Or maybe go for a second Chase card now (Southwest Personal Plus) and then apply for the two business cards (Citi AAdvantage & Chase Southwest Plus) on the same day in a month or so? I need the companion pass for CRP to SJU in August plus I also need to figure out how to get a card with Ultimate Rewards portal access in time for a January ’14 car rental in Hawaii. I know I’m asking a lot but if you don’t have specific thoughts for these goals, I doubt there’s anyone else in the world who does. Thank you so much for all you do!!!

  13. I mistakenly applied for the citi business card before 65 days after the personal application was over and I was denied as expected. How long do I have to wait before I try again for the Citi business card.

  14. @Darius – I realize my above Chase comments do not belong on this thread so please see my post on your recent Southwest Companion Pass thread.

  15. @Darius – I am very proud to say that thanks only to you, I snuck in under the wire with the double browser trick in January for 100K worth of Personal AAdvantage AAmex/MC miles (50K each) and am currently working with Citi on the 50K AAdvantage Business card after 72 days since I last applied. It sounds quite promising even though I was quickly denied in step #3 of the online application process. I explained the need to separate expenses on the recon call. She put me on hold and came back asking questions about my business location. The only thing she requested from me was a bank statement addressed to my PO Box or a utility bill in my businesses name and physical address. I emailed it this evening and my fingers are crossed.

    How high can one 330 lb man jump? and ALL FROM LINKS AND RECON NUMBERS ON DARIUS’ SITE. Thank you Captain D!!!

    Even with the many credit cards I’ve defaulted on in the past, I’ve been an AAdvantage member the whole time since Jan ’88 (so long ago the credit card only had 13 digits xxxx xxx xxx xxx instead of 16 xxxx xxxx xxxxx xxxx), and with a few miles accumulated through their shopping, dining and travel networks (yes you can use your personal checking account debit card to secure AAdvantage miles), I’ve already booked two round trip first class tickets to Hawaii with two free nights at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki for only 150K miles + $20 booking fee to be credited back on next statement. The Chase Hyatt card has a non waived $75 annual fee but that was offset by the $100 statement credit after the first purchase so I’m ZERO out of pocket and actually $25 ahead on the Hawaii trip. The other seven nights in a Hawaiian condo will cost only $350 by using exchange points from a friend’s timeshare in Florida. WOW! WOW! WOW!!!

    I realize some of this info may not belong in this thread so Darius please put it wherever it will help people the most. I want to help your readers just like you and FlyerTalk helped me. I am so stoked right now! WOW!

  16. Hi Daraius, is CitiBusiness AA Visa same as CitiBusiness AA Master? I applied CitiBusiness AA Visa last December, can I apply CitiBusiness AA Master after 90 days or I have to wait for another 18 months?

  17. @matthewD – Apologies for not seeing your comment earlier. I’d get the Southwest business card now (or personal if you prefer that), and after 90 days get the other Southwest card for the Companion Pass. Congrats on sharing your successes and have a great time in Hawaii! Your experience will be helpful for others!

    @Loong – I’m not sure if they are considered different products. But you can usually close a Citi AA business card and get another one in 3 to 6 months, but your experience could be different.

  18. Ok. “But you can usually close a Citi AA business card and get another one in 3 to 6 months,” which business card you refer to? the Master or Visa version?

    Thank you for your prompt response.

  19. @Loong - Either version works fine in my experience, but yours could be different.

  20. Hi Daraius, Thx for your site with all the great advice. I have been lucky to get the miles on both personal AA Citi cards and I also had the business card approved. Thanks to you. Unfortunately, my wife was denied for the Citi Amex after approval for the Visa, using the double brower method in late Jan. She now mistakenly applied for the business card before 65 days after the personal application was approved, and was denied. How long does she have to wait before she can try again for the Citi business card.

  21. I applied the Visa version with 50K AA miles + 150 statement credit. Hopefully I can get the bonus again.

  22. @Patrick – Thanks for reading. I’d wait a full 65 to 90 days before applying again.

    @Loong – Good luck!

  23. Hi Daraius, Love your site! Do you know if the citi business link on your site for 50,000 still gets 50,000? It takes you directly to an application without the terms listed. Thanks!!

  24. @Darius – I followed your plan and got all three Citi cards for 150K miles! WOW!!! Thanks!

    I received the Citi AAmex and MC in January and was just approved for the Business card after waiting 72 days to apply (see my March 22 post). The approval process for my business took an additional seven days. thank you! Thank You!! THANK YOU!!!

  25. Citi really put their foot down with me and my wife. Both of us applied for the AA card, the personal Platinum. Both of us were denied, not due to too many application or cards with Citi but because of too many inquiries by other issuers, Chase, AE, BofA, BofH. This was despite us both having credit scores over 800. For future reference, if you call the Citi Reconsid line the CSRs which are mostly overseas will read from a script. I asked the CSR if they have the authority to reconsider apps and she said NO, only supervisors can. So I spoke to her supervisor who was in Maryland. She was pretty nice and took a lot of time to review my app and my credit report. She said my score was stellar and yes, even though I have only one Citibank card, the Hilton card, I am viewed as a credit risk because of too many hard inquiries by other issuers. She wouldn’t budge despite my trying to convince her of why I wanted the card, the 25% inflight discount, the free baggage allowance, etc. Not once did I mention the bonus. She was fairly ignorant though. She said I can see you have a lot of cards and an incredible score. She said you better watch out, your score will plummet soon because of all the inquiries. Little did she know the score she was seeing already reflected the inquiries. It was pointless to argue at that point. I’ve written letters now as suggested by this blog and will wait to see. Otherwise will will wait awhile to reapply.

  26. @ald – I believe it still works.

    @matthewD – Congrats!

    @Kent C – Very interesting and thanks for sharing. I hope that isn’t a new policy change from Citi.

  27. I tried the link today for the business card and I get a system error – is the offer still good for the business card?

  28. @Betty – The link has died, but I’ll try to find another one.

  29. MMS.. Need the biz link too :) Been over 90 days since the two personal ones… waiting for u to post…

  30. https://www.citicards.com/cards/acq/Apply.do?promocode=altch&ProspectID=8EA705F8D3114B43A1014F9E651A65E1&app=UNSOL&sc=6VVZBRP1&m=ZGOGOZZZZZW&langId=EN&siteId=BAO&B=V&screenID=3006

    I thought i posted this comment but maybe not. apologize if duplicate comes up.
    I used above link (credit to travelsort.com)
    and was approved for business visa.
    they confirmed 50,000 points after $2500 spend in 4 months (NOT $3000. even better!) and first year fee waived. I actually forgot to ask about the lounge passes.. – -;
    I had to answer couple of questions about business (20 yr old business so no sweat there), and they had to verify business address, after that it was approved.

  31. Very motivated for miles after spending close to 8 grand to send my family of 5 to Japan to visit inlaws. I am learning so much from your site. Thank you very much.

    It appears that the AAdvantage Visa link is down. Is this offer dead? I wanted to try the 2 browser trick on my maiden churn!

  32. Sorry. That should read the Amex link. Not visa.

  33. @zemmer – That link no longer works and you can’t get 2 AA cards at the same time. But option #2 in this post still works.

  34. adding to my comments above..
    I just received the citi aadvantage business card (visa) that I received through the link i pasted.
    I called to activate and confirmed the 50,000 bonus miles after $2500 spend in 4 months. HOWEVER, NO lounge pass, no $100 american airlines credit… : (

  35. @kay - The offers keep changing, but 50,000 miles is better than the 30,000 mile offer on the Citi website.

  36. darius, yes definitely. I’m still happy :)

  37. Look like there rules has changed related to business card application , I had business card and closed it 2 years back. Now I applied it again this is the response I got it.
    Should I try to write to reconsideration department ?

    Thank you for applying for a Business Card account.
    Unfortunately, we are unable to approve your application at
    this time because:

    o This specific offer is valid only for first-time
    CitiBusiness/AAdvantage1 cardmembers. Our records
    indicate that you previously had a CitiBusiness/AAdvantage1
    account with us.

  38. @Pankaj – Very interesting and I hope this isn’t a sign of changes…

  39. I asked you “Should I try to write to reconsideration department ?” What you say ?

  40. @Pankaj – I don’t think it will help, but you could try!

  41. I am new to this and confused. After I spend the minimum required, I would then call in get my points? Also, my wife has her own business so could we apply for the business and the personal and get 100K miles? How many domestic flights approximately would that yield? Much thanks!

  42. @Eric – You get the sign-up bonus once you complete the minimum spending requirements. You can apply for the business card, but both of you won’t be able to get it. Only one of you will be able to get the card for the same business.

  43. Hey D:
    Is that 50K business link not currently working?

  44. @Gabe - It doesn’t seem to be working, but I’ll look for a new link.

  45. I got my points but have no need for the cards anymore. My one year will be up in November but I dont want to pay the annual fee but I dont want to cancel and take a hit on my credit (purchasing a house next year). Is there a CITI card that I could ask them to convert to that doesnt have a annual fee?

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  47. the Citi/AA personal gold mastercard link no longer works.

  48. This posting and links need to be updated.

    I can’t use your links and earn you a commission if you don’t have current info and links. I’m sure it is a pain in the ass for you to maintain the latest and greatest offers and keep up with all the latest but I’m finding more and more stale info on your website. I don’t like going to FlyerTalk as there is “too much” info there to weed through.

    So, if you are looking for something new to post…the American Airlines program could use some updating.
    Thanks!

  49. @Bill – I’ve updated the links on this page. In general, you can find the latest bonuses on the “Hot Deals” tab or the airlines tabs. What other stale information have you found?

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  51. So, it seems like im a little bit behind the crowd. And this made me a little bit skeptical. Is this still a good offer to apply? Is it advisable to terminate or keep this card?

  52. @fyong – You can no longer get 2 Citi AA cards at the same time.

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  54. can I get the aa biz card first and then wait 65 days and do personal? or do you have to do personal and then biz? thanks!

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  58. The Citi Business card only offers 30k rewards now, its not 50k anymore.

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