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1. 50,000 Miles American Airlines Business Card
Thanks to DWG for sharing a link with a landing page to the Citi American Airlines MasterCard! You get 50,000 American Airlines miles after spending $3,000 within 3 months, which makes it one of the best business cards currently available. This is a much better offer than the 30,000 mile offer (which pays me a commission).
You also get Group 1 boarding and 1 free checked bag with the card. However, you don’t get the 10% of your redeemed American Airlines miles back like you do with the personal American Airlines card which also has a 50,000 mile sign-up bonus.
Instead you get 1 companion certificate for coach travel for $99 after spending a ridiculous $30,000 within 1 cardmember year (the 12 month period from when you get the card). The certificate is valid only in the contiguous 48 states, so I don’t see much benefit to this.
2. Citi Thank You Preferred
Update: The 30,000 Citi Thank You offer has expired.
You can get 30,000 Citi Thank You points with the new Citi ThankYou Preferred card. You get 20,000 points after spending $1,500 within 3 months and another 10,000 points after spending $1,500 within the next 3 months.
This card doesn’t have an annual fee so it is a good Citi card to keep for a long time and to increase your credit score.
You can redeem 30,000 Thank You points for $300 in gift cards or for 1 cent towards airfare or travel through the Thank You portal.
If you have the Citi Thank You Premier card, you can redeem for 1.25 cents towards airfare, so 30,000 points are worth $375.
You can use these points to buy flights up to any value, just as you would if you pay cash. This is great for those occasions where you can’t use miles and points (inter-island flights in French Polynesia) or where you have no flexibility with your travel plans (school schedule, sick family members etc.)
3. American Express Delta
The Delta Gold card now has double the minimum spending requirements of $1,000 (instead of $500) within 3 months. In return you get 30,000 Delta miles and a $50 statement credit after a Delta purchase.
You also get your 1st checked bag for free and priority boarding. I don’t see this as a great offer and would rather wait for something higher.
Delta is sending targeted emails for 50,000 miles after spending $1,000 within 3 months as well so keep a look out for those as well!
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