American Airlines 50,000 Mile Credit Card Update

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Update:  This offer is no longer available.  Check our Hot Deals for the latest offers.

The #1 credit card deal, every since I started blogging, has been the ability to get 2 Citi American Airlines cards (either the same card or different types) using the 2-browser trick.  Initially you could get 2 cards for 75,000 miles each, but last year the offer reduced to 50,000 miles.

But that’s 100,000 American Airlines miles for 2 cards, which is more than enough to go to Europe or South American in business class, or anywhere in the world in economy!  Just think about that – 2 credit card sign-ups could get you a dream vacation!

Sure the Chase Sapphire Preferred and American Express Starwood cards are good cards and you should eventually get them, but the travel opportunities unlocked with 100,000 miles from 2 Citi American Airlines cards is far, far superior to almost any other sign-up bonus available (except perhaps the 50,000 point Southwest cards for domestic travel) – and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!

For the record, I don’t get any referral for the 50,000 mile Citi American Airlines cards, but still list them as the #1 deal on the Hot Deals tab.  My referral link is for a 30,000 American Airlines miles after spending $1,000 within 3 months, which isn’t the best offer in the market by a long shot.

Expired Offer

Well, the 50,000 mile links to the Citi American Airlines Visa and American Express cards (my #1 deal), which also offered a $100 statement credit and 2 lounge passes, stopped working last week.  Thanks to everyone for letting me know.

I updated the links for the Citi American Airlines Visa to another offer for 50,000 miles, but this does not offer the statement credit or lounge passes like the previous offer.  However, this offer requires only $2,500 in minimum spending instead of $3,000 for the earlier offers.

However, I haven’t been able to find a similar offer for the Citi American Airlines American Express card.  Please comment if you can find better offers!

Why does this matter?

This matters because you can usually apply for 2 Citi American Airlines cards – either at the same time in different browsers or one-after-the-other in different browsers.

If you don’t apply for both at the same time, you usually have to wait 18+ months from when you were approved (not from when you cancelled the card) for your last Citi American Airlines personal card to get the sign-up bonus again.

So, for example, you can apply for 1 Citi American Airlines Visa card for 50,000 miles and another Citi American Airlines American Express card for 50,000 miles and get the bonus for both cards.

This isn’t a new discovery, and this FlyerTalk thread discusses it in great detail.

How to Get 80,000 to 100,000 American Airlines miles

Here are a few other Citi American Airlines cards with large sign-up bonuses which you can apply for at the same time as the 50,000 mile Citi American Airlines Visa card.  I’ve also updated the original 2-browser trick post, Airline Credit Card tab, and the Hot Deals tab with these links.

None of these are my referral links, but earn you many more miles.  My referral link is for only 30,000 miles after spending $1,000 within 3 months, and I’d prefer you get the better offers below!

However, some of these links are expired or don’t display a landing page, but folks on FlyerTalk have received the bonus.  You also won’t find these offers on the Citi webpage.

1.   50,000 Miles Visa.  Some readers have had luck applying for 2 Citi American Airlines Visa cards, for 50,000 miles each, using the 2-browser trick or one after the other.

However, you may need to call the Citi reconsideration line to get approved if you don’t get approved online.  Each card requires a minimum spending of $2,500 within 4 months, so you’d have to spend $5,000 within 4 months for 100,000 American Airlines miles.

Thanks to Jeanie for posting it on FlyerTalk.

2.   40,000 Miles MasterCard & AMEX.   You earn 40,000 American Airlines miles after spending $1,000 within 4 months on the Citi Platinum MasterCard or AMEX.  Thanks to libralibra for posting it on FlyerTalk.

If you do pair either the 40,000 mile AMEX or MasterCard with the 50,000 mile Visa, you can earn 90,000 American Airlines miles for $3,500 ($2,500 from the Visa and $1,000 from either the AMEX or MasterCard) in spending within 4 months.

If you’re worried about the minimum spending, you could apply for both the MasterCard and AMEX for 40,000 miles – so 80,000 miles for both – and spend $1,000 on each or $2,000 total within 4 months.

3.   50,000 Miles Visa & AMEX.   You earn the 1st 40,000 American Airlines miles after spending $2,000 within 4 months on the Citi Platinum MasterCard or AMEX.

You earn another 10,000 American miles when you spend another $3,000 within the 1st 12 months of being approved for the card.  So you’d have to spend $5,000 in total for the 50,000 American Airline miles.

You also get up to a $100 statement credit for select American Airlines purchases – gift cards, fees & taxes, etc.  However, you get a $1 statement credit only for spending $1 at American Airlines, so you’d have to spend $100 to get the full statement credit.

But you could buy a $100 American Airlines gift card and get it for free after the statement credit.  Thanks to libralibra for posting it on FlyerTalk!

If you do pair the 50,000 mile AMEX with the 50,000 mile Visa in #1, you can earn 100,000 American Airlines miles for $7,500 ($2,500 from the Visa and $5,000 from the AMEX) in spending within 4 months.

This is clearly the most expensive way to complete the minimum spending, but the AMEX card requires $2,000 within 4 months and you can differ the remaining $3,000 for the AMEX over the next 8 months.

What Should I Do?

I can’t tell you what to do, but option #1 or #2 (from the options above) make the most sense for me.  That’s because they have the lowest amount of minimum spending required to get lots of American Airlines miles!

Here are the 3 best combinations for the personal American Airlines cards to me:

1.   100,000 miles after spending $5,000 within 4 months 

  • 50,000 miles after spending $2,500 within 4 months on the personal Citi American Airlines Visa
  • 50,000 miles after spending $2,500 within 4 months on the personal Citi American Airlines Visa

2.   90,000 miles after spending $3,500 within 4 months

  • 50,000 miles after spending $2,500 within 4 months on the personal Citi American Airlines Visa
  • 40,000 miles after spending $1,000 within 4 months on the personal  Citi American Airlines AMEX or MasterCard

2.   80,000 miles after spending $2,000 within 4 months

  • 40,000 miles after spending $1,000 within 4 months on the Citi American Airlines AMEX
  • 40,000 miles after spending $1,000 within 4 months on the Citi American Airlines MasterCard

The Rules

Here are some rules (your miles may vary) to keep in mind before applying for the Citi American Airlines cards:

  • You can’t submit more than 2 personal applications within 65 days
  • You can apply for 2 personal cards first, and then apply for the American Airlines business card for more miles after 65 days or longer
  • If it has been 18+ months since you were last approved (not when you applied and not when you cancelled the card) for the Citi American Airlines personal cards, you could get the sign-up bonus again
  • If you don’t apply for both the American Airlines cards at the same time or one after the other, you likely won’t be able to get another for 18+ months from when your approved for your last American Airlines card
  • If your application is pending, call the reconsideration line to get approved

Bottom Line

The Citi American Airlines 50,000 mile credit cards have some of the best sign-up bonuses available.  The card also gets you 10% rebate on miles redeemed for award travel (up to 10,000 miles back a year) and 1 free checked bag which could make up for the annual fee after the 1st year.

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145 responses to “American Airlines 50,000 Mile Credit Card Update

  1. The link to the AA Amex card does not seem to be working any longer – is there another similar offer you can recommend or another link?

    Thanks!

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