[EXPIRED] Credit Card Updates: 50,000 Points American Express Business Gold, 50,000 Mile Citi American Airlines Executive, 45,000 Miles Delta & 20,000 Points Virgin America

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1.   50,000 Point American Express Business Gold.  Just a quick reminder that the 50,000 point offer on the Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN. You get the 50,000 points after spending $5,000 within 3 months.

The bonus on this card has been zero points for most of the year, but American Express has run 1-day only offers for 75,000 points, but with a $10,000 minimum spending requirement.  This offer is worth waiting for if you can manage the extra $5,000 in minimum spending.

 2.   50,000 Miles Citi American Airlines Executive.  Million Mile Secrets reader Ralph (thanks!) wrote in to let me know that there is a better offer for the Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard which offers 40,000 American Airlines miles after spending $3,000 within 3 months, and an additional 10,000 miles after spending $10,000 within 12 months.  I’m not sure if the additional 10,000 miles is worth spending an extra $7,000 for, but it could be worth it for some of you.

The card has a $450 annual fee, but it also gets you access to American Airlines lounges.  So it makes sense to get the card if you usually buy lounge access to American Airlines Admiral’s Club lounges.  You can also earn 10,000 elite qualifying miles after spending $40,000 in a calendar year.

 3.   45,000 American Express Delta Gold.   This FlyerTalk thread discusses how to get a 45,000 Mile Delta credit card offer together with a $100 statement credit.  This is similar to the previous offer for 70,000 miles which requires tweaking to get the offer.

You can modify Jared’s tip on the previous 70,000 mile Delta offer to get this 45,000 mile offer to work for you.

Some of you will feel uncomfortable with changing the URL to this offer, while some won’t.  As always, do what you feel comfortable with.

If you do apply for this offer, remember that this isn’t my link so takes lots of screenshots and confirm the sign-up bonus when you activate the card.

4.   20,000 Points Virgin America.   Barclays is again offering 20,000 points after your 1st purchase on the Barclays Virgin America credit card.  20,000 Virgin America points should get you ~$350 to $450 worth of tickets on Virgin America.

I’m not applying for the card because Virgin America doesn’t fly to Kansas City and because I’d rather save my Barclays application for their US Air or Frontier Air credit card.  But the card could be useful for some folks who don’t have many Barclays’ inquiries and fly (or want to fly) on Virgin America.

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19 responses to “[EXPIRED] Credit Card Updates: 50,000 Points American Express Business Gold, 50,000 Mile Citi American Airlines Executive, 45,000 Miles Delta & 20,000 Points Virgin America

  1. I noticed the 40K/10K CITI offer for the platinum select the other day and figured it was worth applying, even though I am less than a year deep in my current CITI cards. Automated approval, card in the mail. The executive card at $450 isn’t worth it to me, as you can get AA club access with a $400/year AMEX platinum or even cheaper by buying passes as you need them and getting them rebated as you’ve discussed previously.

    I too wondered about the additional $7K for 10,000 points, but I think it’s worth it. 14 $500 visa gift cards buying 14 Vanilla reloads at roughly ($9*14 = $126) means you’re getting your 17000 miles for a real cost of about 0.7 cents/mile which is not the same deal as the first $3000 ($9*6 = $54) for 0.125 cents/mile, but still that last 17000 points come at about 1/3 of the cost of buying them directly from AA.

    Of course, if you have legitimate spend then both the 40K and 10K are an even better deal, or just use the card for Amazon payments over the year…

  2. Whew… total brain fart. Skip the visa gift cards ( I was still thinking Ink Bold ) and buy the Vanilla cards directly with your CITI card. 14 times $4 gives you 17000 miles for about 0.33 cents/mile. Well worth it.

  3. Lots of good deals out there. Thanks for the Barclays tip…US Air is more important to me than Virgin Air.

  4. I’m not interested in paying $450 but signed up for the $95/year card (free the first year) for the same 50,000 mile deal! So thanks very much for the heads up.

  5. What’s ur strategy for churning us air? I have one from march. Dunno if I should apply for another in a few months, pay renewal fee for $100, or cancel in cd and reapply. I’d like to use for round trip Asia.

    • @rob – So you got approved despite having 2 other Citi AA cards? Nice to know!

      @Lively @Patty
      – Glad it helped!

      @Webazoid – Emily got 2 US cards, but I wasn’t able to, so I’ll try for a Frontier Air card during my next churn.

  6. I was just reviewing the T&C for AA’s Million Miler program, and I’m unclear, but it seems that the Citi AA Executive is the only card where miles from spend qualifies?

    If that is indeed true (can someone confirm?), then that’s another good reason to consider this deal.

  7. Hi D. I got the Citi Executive about a month ago. I think Bonus was only 25K when I signed up. Do you think they will match the 50k Bonus? How wouls you recommend I contact them…regular customer service, reconsideration line, etc?

    Thank you as always!

  8. Yep – I have a personal citi amex, and business citi visa, both 10-ish months old. the application for the personal visa/mastercard (I can’t recall which it was) was auto-approved.

    • @Brian – Spending does count towards the million mile status, provided you had the card before December 2011, and only spending up to your December 2012 statement counts towards million mile status.

      @SP – You could call or send a note electronically, but Citi usually doesn’t match offers in my experience.

      @rob – Good to know. Thanks!

  9. The last time I tried to move my Choice Hotels points to an airline, I was told that I can do that only if I first had a stay at a Choice property that year. Has this changed?

  10. If I recently applied for 2 Citi Visas am I eligible for this offer who do i have to wait 18-24 months? Thanks.

  11. If i got the AA visa card in July of last year and already have the AA mastercard, can I sign up for the AA AMEX in your opinion or wait 18 months?

  12. I did the Citi AA 50K with 2 browsers but was not approved instantly? Is there a phone number to call? Or should I call? and what to say for the 2 applications (VISA and AMEX). Thanks.

  13. @Gary- Last week I purchased choice points (I had 0) and immediately transferred them to SW. transfer took 3-4 days and there was no issue

    • @Gary Steiger – You should be able to transfer points online without talking to anyone or staying in a Choice hotel.

      @srittle001 – no personal experience, but since they are separate card types you may be able to get them, but your miles may vary.

      @Seth – You normally have to wait 18+ months from your last approval, so I’d wait a bit longer for the AMEX card.

      @Alex – See this post for more information.

  14. I recently relocated from RI to TX for work, I have family back in New England and plan on visiting 2x per year + traveling, I have excellent credit and a few hundred dollars in credit cards. I love 0% interest but these airline miles really intrigue me….how do I know what is the best deal and when to apply? I like the Citi Platinum select for 40/10K. but the variable interest @ 15.24% doesnt sit well with me. I dont think I would carry much of a balance- but no one can predict that. thanks

    • Joe C – Miles and points cards are a bad choice if you carry a balance, because they have high interest rates. The best deal depends on which airlines fly between the cities you want to travel to. You can get 2 Citi American Airlines cards at the same time for 100K miles which should help traveling from Texas back to New England. But again, it likely doesn’t make sense if you carry a balance.

  15. Since I am relatively new at the airline miles game…what other citi american card should I get? I saw the one on your site for the Citi Plat. card 40/10K spending $3 K in 3 mos, 10k in 12 mos. I appreciate the head’s up with carrying a balance.