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1. Citi American Airlines 50,000 Mile Credit Card. The number 1 Top Deal credit card deal on the Hot Deals tab has always been getting 2 Citi American Airlines credit cards for 50,000 miles each or 100,000 miles in total (1 Visa and 1 AMEX) at the same time using the 2-browser trick.
It is only 12,500 miles for a 1-way trip in the US, 30,000 miles for a 1-way trip to Europe in coach or 50,000 miles in business class, so 2 Citi personal American Airlines cards is one of the easiest ways to have Big Travel with Small Money.
In my opinion, there isn’t a better deal or an easier way to rack up 100,000 miles! I suspect that many readers agree judging by the 558 comments and 38 Facebook likes on the post.
You may also be able to get the personal Citi American Airlines cards again if it has been at least 18 or more months since the last time you were approved the personal Citi American Airlines cards regardless of whether you still have the cards or have cancelled them since then.
And 100,000 American Airlines miles are much more valuable than 100,000 British Airways miles for international travel because you won’t pay fuel surcharges unless you use them for flights on British Airways or Iberia.
My affiliate link which pays me a commission is for only 30,000 miles (but with a $2,000 lower spending requirement), so I link to the 50,000 mile offer instead so that you get more miles.
However, the links to the 50,000 mile version died over the last few days, but I’ve updated the links on the Hot Deals, Airlines Credit Card, and 2-browser trick post to another 50,000 mile offer after spending $3,000 within 4 months from FlyerTalk.
Unfortunately, this version does not include the 2 free American Airline lounge passes, but you can easily get 12 lounge passes for under $40 by using the Executive Privileges program.
However, this version offers only a $100 statement credit (versus the $150 in the earlier version) for any eligible purchase which is billed by American Airlines. I’ve successfully bought American Airlines gift cards and received a statement credit and readers have paid for award fees, checked baggage or bought a sandwich on an American Airlines flight and also received the credit.
So not only do you get 50,000 miles, but you also could potentially get a $100 American Airlines gift card for free after the $100 statement credit.
There is also a Companion Certificate which is valid on only select PAID (not award) tickets.
This offer technically expired on December 31, 2011, but like the Citi 75,000 mile links and other Citi expired offer, the offers still appears to work based on reader comments. But, of course, your miles may vary.
Check out this FlyerTalk post for more variations of the 50,000 mile offer which require $5,000 in spending.
I’m a big fan of the Citi Thank You Premier card because it is great for getting flights without any restrictions because 1 Thank You point can be redeemed for 1.33 cents towards any flight. So it is as good as buying a ticket with cash.
You may also be able to get another Citi Thank You Premier card every 3 to 6 months, but as always, your miles may vary. Or you may be able to get 2 at the same time, but remember to not apply for more than 2 personal Citi cards within a 65 day period.
The 60,000 point offers gets you:
- 30,000 points in the 1st year after spending $2,000 within the 1st 3 months
- 30,000 points after spending $2,000 in the 1st 3 months of your SECOND year
Emily: I don’t like this because I’m not sure I’ll remember to spend $2,000 within 3 months of my 2nd year unless I set a reminder on my phone or in Outlook.
This isn’t as good as the 50,000 point version (which just expired yesterday), because you have to:
- Wait 1 full year to get the full 60,000 points
- Pay the $125 annual fee for the 2nd year
Each Citi Thank You Premier point can be redeemed for 1 cent worth of gift cards or 1.33 cents worth of airfare.
So the 50,000 point offer means that you are getting $665 worth of airfare (1.33 cents per point X 50,000 points) immediately after completing the spending requirement since the 1st year’s annual fee is waived.
But with the 60,000 point offer, you are getting $798 worth of airfare (1.33 cents per point X 60,000 points), BUT you will have to pay the 2nd year fee of $125. So you’re effectively getting only $673 worth of airfare ($798 – $125 annual fee), AND have to wait more than a year to get the full 60,000 points.
I prefer the 50,000 point offer because I get the points immediately and don’t have to wait a full year. Unfortunately, the link to the 50,000 point offer died last night, but please let me know if you know of a working link!
Bottom Line: I’d strongly suggest using the 2-browser trick to get two Citi American Airlines cards for an easy 100,000 miles, but would hold off on the 60,000 point Citi Thank You Premier unless you were running out of Citi cards.
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