News You Can Use – Citi American Airlines 50,000 Miles, Hyatt Promotion & More…

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1.  Citi American Airlines 50,000 Miles

I’ve always listed the Citi American Airlines card with 50,000 miles in the Hot Deals & Airlines Credit Card tab since I started writing the blog because it is one of the best credit card offers.

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50,000 Miles With The Citi AAdvantage MasterCard

This is much better than my affiliate link for 30,000 miles, but the mother-in-law rule says that I let you know of the best possible offer for a card regardless of whether it pays a commission or not.

Some folks didn’t like that the card offer had no landing page which detailed the terms of the offer, but you almost always got the bonus if you were approved for the card.

The good news is that the 50,000 mile offer now has a landing page which details the terms of the offer!

50,000 Mile Bonus

You earn 50,000 American Airlines miles after spending $3,000 within the first 3 months of having the card.  At 50,000 miles, this offer currently has the largest sign-up bonus of any publicly available airline credit card.

It is only 25,000 miles for a round-trip coach award in the US, 60,000 miles for a round-trip coach award to Europe or 50,000 miles for a one-way award to Europe in business class, so the Citi American Airlines MasterCard is one of the easiest ways to have Big Travel with Small Money!

I also like these benefits of the card:

  • First bag checked for free for you and up to 4 traveling companions
  • Group 1 Boarding to give you extra time to board and prepare for your flight
  • Earn back 10% of miles used for award travel,  on an annual basis, up to 10,000 miles which makes up for the annual fee

The 10% rebate on redeemed miles is a great benefit, and I gladly pay the fee on the card to save 10,000 American Airlines miles each year.

This FlyerTalk thread discusses the other Citi American Airline card offers available.

2.   Hyatt “Discover New Possibilities” Promotion

Hyatt has announced their next promotion, where you can earn up to 50,000 points for hotel stays between September 9, 2013 and November 30, 2013.

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Hyatt’s Summer Promotion!

The Offer

The more times you stay, the more points you earn for every 5 eligible nights:

  • Stay 5 Nights – Earn 5,000 Bonus Points (5,000 Total)
  • Stay 10 Nights – Earn 10,000 Bonus Points (15,000 Total)
  • Stay 15 Nights – Earn 15,000 Bonus Points (30,000 Total)
  • Stay 20 Nights – Earn 20,000 Bonus Points (50,000 Total)

Terms & Conditions

While registration will not start until September 9, 2013, you have to register, and registration ends on October 31, 2013.

Participating hotels include all Park Hyatt®, Andaz®, Grand Hyatt®, Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt Place®, Hyatt House® hotels, Hyatt Residence Club™ hotels and resorts worldwide, and any participating M life resort in Las Vegas.

It may take 2 to 3 weeks for the bonus points to post to your account.

Hotels are increasingly occupied (so they don’t need to offer promotions to fill hotels), so I’m glad that Hyatt at least has a promotion this quarter.  It may not be the most lucrative promotion, but something is better than nothing.

3.   Will tripBAM Save You Money on Hotel Stays?

Via Points and Pixie Dust, you can use tripBAM to book a hotel stay and the tool will keep checking to see if the price has decreased.  I haven’t tested this as yet, but it could be useful if it works as advertised!

You usually don’t earn points or elite status credit for hotel bookings via third-party sites, but it could be worth it to save cash!

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tripBAM Could Save You Money on Hotel Stays!

How tripBAM Works

Like AutoSlash, tripBAM searches for the best rate possible based on your hotel preferences, up until you check-in:

News You Can Use - Citi American Airlines 50,000 Miles & More…

How tripBAM works

You can search a specific hotel, an area you would like to stay, or even already have a reservation, and then tripBAM displays a cluster of similar hotels in the area.

Next, you select your preferences including how much you want tripBAM to beat your old rate by, rate type, and search cut-off date.

From there, tripBAM monitors hotels in your cluster to find the best rate, and will send you an email when a cheaper reservation is available.  In addition, you can even choose to have it rebook your reservation if it find a better rate for you.

4.   Starwood Offering Double Points per Stay with Take Two Promotion

Via One Mile at a Time, Starwood is offering double points per hotel stay with their Take Two Promotion.

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Earn Double Points and up to 10,000 Bonus Points with the SPG Take Two Promotion

The Offer

Stays between September 1, 2013 and December 15, 2013 will earn two points per dollar spent on eligible stays, with no limit on points earned.

Also, members can earn an additional 2,500 points for every 5 nights, up to a maximum of 10,000 points after 20 nights:

  • Stay 5 Nights – Earn 2,500 Bonus Points (2,500 Total)
  • Stay 10 Nights – Earn 2,500 Bonus Points (5,000 Total)
  • Stay 15 Nights – Earn 2,500 Bonus Points (7,500 Total)
  • Stay 20 Nights – Earn 2,500 Bonus Points (10,000 Total)

Terms & Conditions

There are a number of hotels that are not participating, and you can find a list of excluded hotels here.  I much prefer Hyatt’s promotions because they do not exclude many hotels.

Registration is required before October 31, 2013, and can be completed via this link.

PS:  I’m on vacation until September 10, 2013, so won’t be able to get to the comments quickly.

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59 Responses to News You Can Use – Citi American Airlines 50,000 Miles, Hyatt Promotion & More…

  1. Thank you for letting us know about this great AA deal. I have been approved for AA Citi Amex last june, and canceled it early June this year. Also received AA Citi business Visa in April this year. Is the 50,000 AA MC considered to be a different product by Citi and I can still get a sign up bonus or not?

  2. Hi,

    I was wondering if this citi master card, listed as “Citi® Platinum Select® / AAdvantage® World MasterCard”, is the same as the one called “Citi® Gold / AAdvantage® World MasterCard”. The latter appeared in the option 2 of this post http://millionmilesecrets.com/2013/02/20/citi-2-browser-update-2/ .

    I applied for the Gold master version 6 months ago and was wondering if I could get this one again.

    Thanks,

    Yi

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  5. The AA card offer you posted is for a Mastercard. I received a 50K offer in the mail for a Citi AA Visa. Didn’t you post something awhile back about how to apply/get approved for 2 Citi cards at once? Maybe you had to wait a day in between apps or something? Assuming I could spend $6,000 in 3 months! I know you are on vacation so I will try to go through your old posts and find that info, but if you happen to see this comment and have time maybe you could let me know how that works. :)

  6. Approved AA AX and AA Visa on 6/9/2012, closed Visa card on 2/5/2013. should I apply MC version now or wait a little longer? Thanks

  7. @Laura R, Citi removed this “loophole” a few months ago. You can no longer apply for both the Citi AA (VISA + AMEX) cards in the same day and get approved. There has been mixed reports of people still trying it and getting it, but its a major YMMV. FYI

  8. Darius,
    I was under the impression the CITI personal AA cards are no longer churnable.

  9. I earned 55,000 Citi American Airlines from the signup bonus and spending. I was able to sell those American Airlines miles to rewards2cash for $660

    http://rewards2cash.com/AAdvantage?tracking=4f8fb6a3e7219

    The company has positive reviews on yelp, facebook, and slickdeals.

  10. The 50K AA offer was churnable but the blogshpere (including D) was too distracted by the 30K SPG affiliate links to post about it. In fact, D had a post about why it was better to put AA spend on SPG instead of the Citia AA card, replete with SPG affiliate links. Readers posted in the comments that he should be touting the churnable 50K offer if application links were germane to the topic. Meanwhile the 50K chrunability reportedly died yesterday. Sorry but the MIL rule doesn’t hold water in this case when affiliate links prioritized other content to the detriment of readers.

  11. If I already have got citi aadvantage visa two months ago, can I apply master card this time?

  12. Totally agree with HikerT. I think D was busy promotiing his own business.

  13. @HikerT I was so glad that D did not post the thread earlier or the churnable loophole may be died quickly :-)

  14. HikerT and Andy F – can you please explain what you mean by “churnability died” ? I’m still not familiar with much of this terminology.

  15. Also – Jacob. I know you can’t do it in the same day. But I thought Daraius once said you could do it one day, then wait a couple days and do the other one?? Maybe this is what people are talking about “dying” ? I get confused with all these terms. I just apply for cards and hope for the best. ;)

  16. Hello MMS, with some confusion on the churnability of cards, could you write a post on what cards are still churnable? (I understand that none of the Chase Cards are Churnable(?), but what about cards from Citi, AmX, Barclays, etc?) Thanks.

  17. Maybe I just don’t understand what “churnable” means. I thought it meant: apply for the card, spend on it, get bonus, use periodically over a year, cancel it, a year or so later, apply again. Is that not right? The above comment about Chase cards not being churnable has me more confused in that respect. In the past couple years I have “churned” the United Chase card and the Marriott Chase card. Also the Citi AA card a couple of times.

  18. @Laura R, I have the same understanding of “churnable” as you do, but I do not know why United Chase (not sure about Marriott) could be churned, as my mail-in-offer explicitly said the offer is NOT valid to previous card members. I also remembered MMS mentioned in his blog that Chase cards can not be churned. Looks like you got really lucky.

    Regarding this Citi AA card offer, the terms says it is not valid to existing or recent card members, and the problem is what “existing” or “recent” mean? We may just have to try for luck?

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  20. @Yi – No, it is a different card.

    @HikerT – The question was from a reader asking which was the best card to put his large business and personal spending to get the most American Airlines miles. The question was NOT about which has the largest sign-up bonus, though I did mention that the Citi AA card has a higher sign-up bonus. The SPG 30K card is very attractive to readers and is a once-a-year offer.

  21. First bag checked for free up to 4 companions was a big plus when I applied for the card. Booked AA with Avios miles but was charged for all the bags even when presenting my AA card at the check in counter. Lady said terms state you must book the flights with your AA card. I think she’s right. At least that’s my experience and I was out $100 for 4 people. I even paid for the baggage fees with the AA card hoping it would be automatically refunded via statement but because the flights weren’t paid for with the card, no refund.

    Has anyone had any luck using miles or points for AA flights and still getting the baggage fees waived after flashing your AA card?

  22. Thanks for this! I am in the middle of the $3,000 spending required for an older 40k AA miles Mastercard offer, so I messaged them to see if they could match me to the higher offer. Fingers crossed.

  23. I got the AA card earlier this year when it also had $150 statement credit. Can I order a gift card and then use it to pay for baggage fees as have used avios to redeem an AA flight and as Kent indicated I might also get charged? I read somewhere getting statement credit for gift cards is YMMV?

  24. I got an offer in the mail a couple weeks ago for Citi AAdvantage Mastercard, except spend is only $1500 over 3 months (instead of $3000). It also says I get an additional 10k miles after $5k spend within the first 12 months. My mailing makes no mention of first checked bag free though.

    By the way…would you recommend avoiding adding a credit inquiry if you may be in the market for a mortgage within the next 12 months? I only have 1 hard inquiry on my report, and my score is 793. Creditkarma estimates my score will drop to 789 if I add an inquiry and a new card, which doesn’t seem like much at all. I am guessing it shouldn’t really have any impact, but figured I’d ask.

  25. Smart man who listens to his mother-in-law ;) … I do share her opinion, Citi 50K AA card is very lucrative!

  26. @new – i think they all say that. ( first time or new cardmembers only) Hence the one year waiting period after cancelling the card. Even Macys does this with offering you the 25% discount for opening a new account. You have to have not had a Macy’s account within the past 2 years to get the “new account ” discount.

    In that respect, it is my understanding that ALL cards are churnable. If they are not, why are we all here? Why do blogs like this exist?

    I only know from my own personal experience and that of my friends and family members that i have persuaded to do this. In fact, my father in law got another United card and 40k miles when not even a year had passed since he cancelled the old one. I guess maybe it’s different for everyone.

  27. @Laura R and new. Hi. Your understanding of “churnable” is spot on. Get a card, do required spending, get bonus/use it. Cancel card after 9 month and reapply for sign on bonus again. That was the old way…

    Recently (Citi and AMEX) added language on their application stating that you cannot get the bonus again if you had the card or similar offerings from the company within the past 12 month. For example, the AMEX business platinum/gold/green family…if you got a bonus with on of those business card, you are excluded from the entire family of business cards until you cancel the card and wait 12 month. The new rule is after cancelling a card (with Citi and AMEX), you must now wait 12 month to reapply but you should still be able to get the sign on bonus.

    I have read mixed information with Chase (I have yet to reapply for a card with them). While most bloggers write that Chase sign on bonus is not churnable…there are reports out there of people successfully getting bonuses again (like Laura R). I recall reading that most of the success stories happened after people waited at least 2 years after cancelling a card to reapply. I only saw this on a few posts and they were from a while ago so maybe things have changed.

    Chase will allow different sign on bonuses if different product. Fro example, you can get bonus for both Ink Plus and Ink Bold business cards. They are both Ink cards but are different products. @Laura R…is it possible you got bonuses for different cards, like Visa vs MC, or United explorer vs club?

  28. I just signed up for this card appro. 6 weeks ago with 40,000 miles. Is there a number that I can call to try to have this offer matched for additional 10,000 miles?

  29. Thank you SP! That’s what I thought! I don’t think waiting a year or even 2 is that bad since there are so many cards out there. It might have been better in the “”good old days” but it’s still a good deal to get so much for basically nothing. :)

  30. With United I have only ever had the Explorer card. Not sure I know what the Club card is. If it’s one with a ridiculous annual fee, i did not have it. And the AA cards….i honestly don’t remember. I used to only do like one card a year so i didn’t keep track. But I am pretty sure all our AA cards have been MC.

  31. @Laura R. The club card is the one with the $4-500 annual fee, and I have not seen it with a sign on bonus…but I just thought I’d throw that out there.

    I agree that its better to wait a while, or mix up your strategy a bit. For example, I applied for Citi AA cards a few years back, got bonus, and cancelled. Instead of going back for AA card, I got the Citi Thank You family cards and picked up some Thank You points which I used on travel. After cancelling those, I went back to the AA cards…which was a good 18-24 month after the first round of AA cards.

    With AMEX you can also cycle between the personal and business cards. For example, SPG and platinum cards both have a personal and business version (platinum actually has 3…Mercedes Platinum, which is separate product as well). You can get the personal card one year and cancel, and during that time get the business card.

  32. Hi, I heard the Citi AAdvantage Visa signature credit card with 50,000 sign up bonus is no longer churnable, according to Flyerstalk as of August 25, 2013.
    Is that true? If it’s true, can I still apply for the Citi AAdvantage World Master credit card to get the 50,000 sign up bonus(I already have the Citi AAdvantage Visa signature). Are they the same type of card from Citi (Visa/Master)?

  33. @SP – This is what I see in regards to the churnability provision in the T and C for the 50,000 AA card that Darius is linking to : “*This Citi® / AAdvantage® card offer is only valid for new applicants for a Citi® / AAdvantage® account made pursuant to this offer and is not available to existing cardmembers or recent applicants for a Citi® / AAdvantage® credit card.” Can you please point out where it says that a person must wait 12 months after closing the account to be eligible for the new bonus? As far as I can see, it only mentions “recent applicants” (not cardholders) and existing cardholders. This is consistent with the 18 month-after-application rule that they always had. Please prove me wrong if I missed something. I currently am deciding whether to cancel my AA card and wait a few months to reapply, since I am close to passing the 18 month threshold.

  34. @SP – also, Amex always had the 12 month rule for certain products (such as the gold and platinum cards) while having the 18 month after application rule for other products, such as the SPG cards. You have to read the T and C for each specific offer. To make an across-the-board declaration about Citi and Amex changing all of their T and C to this 12 month rule is misinformation. I don’t mean to be snobby, sorry if I came off that way.

  35. @Kent C – You used to be able to get the baggage waiver up to a month ago, but since then I’ve heard reports from readers that you have to book the ticket using your AA card.

    @Amit – You can do that!

    @Joe – 1 inquiry could be fine, but I’d reduce the number of inquiries in the run up to your mortgage.

    @Darla – Try the number at the back of your card.

  36. @Alex. Hi there. I came across the language about the 12 month rule for both Citi and AMEX last year during applications. I was denied bonuses for both a business Platinum and a Business Gold (got BG card first with 75k bonus…almost reaching required spending, but a 100k bonus came up for Business platinum…applied and got card…completely required spending for platinum…but was denied bonus for both). Called customer service several times to no avail, and was referred back to original applications, and saw a new statement inserted in the platinum application TC about no similar product/12 month etc. The BG application had no such language (which I applied to 1 month prior to platinum). Asked customer service reps as well and they told me that the language was just added.

    After that experience, I doubled checked the TC for the AA cards applications and saw something similar (last year I applied for the Citi AA/Visa as well as a business Visa). I did not see such language when I applied a few years back.

    What I said was based on my experience. Rules are constantly changing so do what is comfortable for you. For me, I plan to wait 12 month for AMEX cards but will prob wait longer with Citi after cancelling my current card and go back to Thank You cards (assuming bonuses are decent. If not, I will look for something else). I did not think I was making any major declarations. I’ll leave that to the writers of the travel blogs.

  37. i got an offer in my email for the 50k citi platinum select/AA advantage via card, spend 3000 in 3 months to get 50k AA miles, no annual fee for first year…applied for it today 8/28/13 and got instantly approved..

    Your offer is for 50k mastercard, can i apply for it today? can i apply for it tomrrow?any restricitons/time frames, or i cannot just apply for this MC since i got the visa today?

    Kindly reply ASAP, thanks in advance.

  38. I’m also wondering about getting this MC based on previous cards I’ve held. I have never had an AA Advantage personal MC (I had the business version for 3 years)

    That said, I applied for the Visa & Amex AA cards, 20 months ago w/double browser, and cancelled them about 9 months ago. About 2 months ago I was approved for the CitiBusiness Visa card after some haggling. Citi did not like that I had cancelled the old Citi Business MC a year ago, even though I had the card for 3 years previous while paying the yearly fee.

    I know there used to be a suggested 65 day wait between business and personal applications. I’m about at that threshold. Besides that the language of “not available to existing cardmembers or recent applicants for a Citi® / AAdvantage® credit card.” seems to indicate I won’t be approved for the MC regardless?

  39. Hi,

    I got an email offer for 60k AA miles after 5k spend in 3 months, no annual fee, it is for visa card. Got instant approval today……………………..when and how should i apply for this 50k mastercard offer? Any tips/dieas, Mr Moderator/site owner?

  40. I got both Citi AA visa & master card 6 months ago (1 busines, 1 personal). I spent the req’d amt to get the miles & stopped using them. Now I’m using my Chase Ink so I get the 50k points. I plan to cancel the AA cards before I’m billed the annual fee. Please explain “churning”. Am I supposed to use the AA cards again before I cancel so I’ll get accepted for my next round of Citi AA card applications? Since I’m not using them, should I cancel now or wait until I’ve had them 11 months?

  41. I applied for the Citi AA mastercard and was declined for the reason that I had AAdvantage card previously. Called the recon line and was told the same thing. I tried to argue that I never had a mastercard version of the AAdvantage card before, no luck. Did CITI change their policy again?

  42. Hi Could you write a blog that talking about paying tuition by credit card, is it worth? or not

  43. hey do u read and answer messages here???????? would appreciate your reply to previously asked question, thankssssssss

  44. @rahul @David – No, you can’t get 2 American Airlines personal cards any more.

  45. I’ve had the AA MasterCard for 5 years. A few years ago they sent me an Amex to go with the same account. I applied today for the AA Visa 50k offer and was approved.

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  47. Hi
    I have an American airline $150 statement credit after I purchase at American Airline. I would like to use this credit to change my flight with American Airlines. Is the flight changing fee considered to be an American Airline Purchase?

  48. @Sandy – No personal experience, but I believe it counts!

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  50. Hi, Daraius,
    Can we redeem American Airlines Miles or other airline miles for cash or gift cards?
    Or we can only use airline miles to redeem airline ticket? Thanks!

  51. @Linda – You can redeem Ultimate Rewards points from Chase and American Express Membership Rewards points for cash back or statement credits. American Airlines miles are good for mainly flights.

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  53. I did the double browser trick (no longer applicable) 25 months ago for my hubby and 22 months ago for me. We have kept all four cards (Amex & Visa for each of us). The annual fee was just credited (+ bonus miles offer) for the 2nd year for hubby, so we haven’t paid an annual fee (YMMV), which is something we didn’t expect: we planned on canceling once the annual fee came due the first time.

    I thought I could still get a new AA card, after 20-24 months, but now it’s not clear from changes in Aug. 2013… Can I still get the 50,000 AA Mastercard since it’s a new product (not Visa/Amex)?

    Have I limited myself by keeping the accounts open & using them periodically? Do I need to wait another long 2 years to be considered a new customer? No annual fee = keep it open & help your length of credit, but losing out on AA miles (our favorite perk in churning) is a big mistake if we’ve ended up doing that.

    If we also want to get the 100,000 card ($450-$200 annual fee), how does that work in conjunction w/ the Mastercard?

    Thank you, Daraius! :)

  54. @Alison – You can get the MAstercard or the Citi Executive card with 100K miles.

  55. I’m new to the miles/points game. I’ve had my Citi AA Visa since 2011 and just applied for the AA Mastercard. I think from all of my reading on here that I will still get the 50,000 bonus points but am I correct or does the AA Visa count as being an existing cardholder and no additional point will be given? I think from your response to Alison above that I’m good, just want to make sure. Thanks!!

  56. This may be a dumb question but, I applied for this card about a year ago, got the points but have not used them. I am going to be getting my $95 annual fee bill next statement. If I cancel the card, will I lose the points? Thank you

  57. Captian Hooks

    @ MIke M, no you will not lose the miles if you cancel the card! The miles are yours to keep.

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  59. My wife has the platinum signature american airlines credit card. Can she apply for the platinum select and get the bonus points also. Thanks.

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