Better Offer for Both Citi AAdvantage MasterCards: Now Includes Admirals Club Day Passes!

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Update:   This offer has expired.  You currently do NOT get American Airlines Admirals Club passes.  But check Hot Deals for the latest offers!

Thanks to Million Mile Secrets reader Andres who let us know about a better offer for the CitiBusiness AAdvantage Platinum Select World MasterCard.

The sign-up bonus for this card is still 50,000 miles after you spend $3,000 in the 1st 3 months.  But you’ll also get 2 American Airlines Admirals Club lounge day passes after meeting minimum spending requirements!  The previous offer did not include lounge passes.

And the personal version of this card has also been upgraded to include 2 American Airlines Admirals Club day passes!

They’ve also re-designed the card, but the rest of the offer terms and conditions appear to be the same as the previous offer.

What’s the Deal?

Link:   Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ MasterCard®

Link:   CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World MasterCard®

Link:   How to Fill Out a Business Credit Card Application

With the new offer for the CitiBusiness AAdvantage Platinum Select World MasterCard, you’ll get:

  • 50,000 American Airlines miles and 2 Admirals Club day passes after you spend $3,000 in the 1st 3 months
  • First checked bag free for you and up to 4 traveling companions on the same reservation (worth $50 per person round-trip)
  • Group 1 boarding (more access to overhead bin space and time to settle in)
  • 2 miles per $1 you spend on American Airlines and US Airways purchases and at office supply stores, telecommunications providers, and car rental companies
  • 1 mile per $1 you spend on everything else
  • 5% of your earned miles back when you renew the card each year
  • 25% discount on American Airlines and US Airways in-flight purchases
  • $99 domestic coach class American Airlines companion certificate when you spend more than $30,000 per membership year on the card
  • Annual fee of $95, waived for the 1st year
Better Offer For Both Citi AAdvantage MasterCards Now Includes Admirals Club Day Passes

The CitiBusiness AAdvantage Card Earns 2 Points per $1 You Spend on American Airlines, US Airways, and at Office Supply Stores, Telecommunications Merchants, and Car Rental Agencies

The new offer for the CitiBusiness AAdvantage card doesn’t earn us a commission, but Emily and I will always tell you about the best offers, even when they don’t earn us a commission!

The new offer for the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard (the personal version of this card) has some benefits which are different:

  • 50,000 American Airlines miles and 2 Admirals Club day passes after you spend $3,000 in the 1st 3 months
  • First checked bag free for you and up to 4 traveling companions on the same reservation (worth $50 per person round-trip)
  • Group 1 boarding
  • 2 miles per $1 you spend on American Airlines and US Airways purchases but NOT at office supply stores, telecom, and rental car agencies like the business card version
  • 1 mile per $1 you spend on everything else
  • Earn 10% of your redeemed American Airlines miles back with a maximum of 10,000 American Airlines miles per calendar year  (the business card version does NOT offer this)
  • 25% discount on American Airlines and US Airways in-flight purchases
  • Annual fee of $95, waived for the 1st year

Because the personal and business cards are considered to be different card products, you can have both at the same time.

Is This a Good Deal?

The CitiBusiness AAdvantage MasterCard had a sign-up bonus as high as 75,000 miles several years ago, but not recently.  So the 50,000 miles you get with the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard or CitiBusiness AAdvantage is still a good deal!

And 50,000 American Airlines miles can get you a lot of Big Travel with Small Money!  You could get:

  • 2 round-trip, coach class tickets within the US and Canada
  • A round-trip, coach class ticket between the mainland US and Hawaii (with 5,000 miles left over)
  • A round-trip, off-peak coach class ticket between North America and Europe (with 10,000 miles left over)
  • A round-trip, Business Class ticket within the US and Canada
  • A 1-way, Business Class ticket between North America and Europe
Better Offer For Both Citi AAdvantage MasterCards Now Includes Admirals Club Day Passes

You Could Get an Off-Peak, Round-Trip Coach Class Ticket to Europe With the Sign-Up Bonus, and Still Have 10,000 Miles Left Over

You’ll get 2 Admirals Club lounge day passes (worth $50 each) with each card after meeting minimum spending requirements.  If you don’t have airport lounge access from other credit cards, this could be a nice way to escape the hectic sounds of the airport with a quiet place to use their free Wi-Fi. 

Better Offer For Both Citi AAdvantage MasterCards Now Includes Admirals Club Day Passes

Relax Before Your Flight With Complimentary Snacks and Coffee at the Admirals Club Lounge With 2 Free Day Passes

The CitiBusiness AAdvantage MasterCard is a business card with the extra benefit of earning 2 miles per $1 you spend at office supply stores, telecommunications merchants, and car rental companies.  You might qualify for a business card even if you don’t think you have a business!

Bottom Line

There’s a new, better offer for the CitiBusiness AAdvantage MasterCard with a sign-up bonus of 50,000 miles and 2 Admirals Club lounge day passes after you spend $3,000 in the 1st 3 months.  The annual fee of $95 is waived for the 1st year.

Emily and I don’t get a commission for the CitiBusiness AAdvantage MasterCard, but it’s a better deal than our link which does not include Admirals Club passes.

We do get a commission for the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard that also gives you 50,000 American Airlines miles and 2 Admirals Club lounge day passes after spending $3,000 within 3 months of approval.

You’re allowed to have both cards.

You could get a lot of travel with the 50,000 American Airlines miles from each card.  And 2 Admirals Club 1-day passes alone are worth $100.

Thanks, Andres, for letting us know about this offer!

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23 responses to “Better Offer for Both Citi AAdvantage MasterCards: Now Includes Admirals Club Day Passes!

  1. Is this a different product from the CitiAAdvantage card which is not labeled “Select”? Could an owner of the former apply for the latter?

  2. If this were chase, they would match to the recent card I obtained without a right. You think citi would and me the admirals club cards cause I got this card two months ago?

  3. Sorry… stupid autocorrect.

    If this were chase, they would match to the recent card I obtained without a problem. You think citi would send me the admirals club cards cause I got this card two months ago?

  4. If you currently have the personal card, can you sign up for the business card and still receive the bonus?

  5. My husband and I (individually) both got the CITI AAdvantage Executive cards earlier this summer with the 10K min for 100K miles. Would we also be able to each apply separately for this card as well? We’re trying to collect AA miles for upgraded international travel.

  6. Thanks for the write up and info.

  7. I tried applying for this card but Citi said they couldn’t approve me for it because I already had an existing Citi card that earned miles (even though it was a different one).

  8. I just got the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select last week, pre-Admirals Club passes. I called in and they agreed to put in a request to get the passes for me. We’ll see….

    • @DaveS – Unlikely, but ymmv…

      @Michael k – Citi usually doesn’t match, but doesn’t hurt asking.

      @A.J. M – Yes

      @Jen – I’d try the business card. Folks report not getting the personal card for ~18 months if they opened the Executive card 1st.

  9. Hi Darius,

    I opened Citi Amex AA Advantage card on 12/29/2012 and still have the card and Citi AA business card as well. Will I receive 50,000 bonus miles if I apply for Citi Master card?

    Thanks,
    Tsui

  10. Similar question. I opened personal Citi AAdvantage VISA and Master cards on Dec 2012, and canceled only Master on Dec 2013 but still keep VISA. Am I eligible to get the 50K bonus if I apply this new Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard (personal version) now? Might the business version be better (in terms of getting bonus)? Thanks much.

  11. I received this same offer by email, but also received a similar offer for the Gold citi mc card (50k, $750 in purchases within the first 3 months to get 40k miles and to get the 10k bonus, need to spend 5k in 22 months)

    Which one is better? the Platinum Select or gold? Will one have better approval rate than the other?

  12. Hi Darius,

    I know I have to wait 18 months in order to quality the AA Advantage bonus miles again. Does the 18 months starting from the date I submitted the application or the date I cancelled the card?

    Thanks,
    Tsui

  13. Would we be able to each get a business card individually or is it one per business?

  14. If we can cancel the card after a year, would the remaining miles in the United account become not usable anymore?

  15. It’s worth adding statements to clarify in your write-up that the 2 AA club passes are really just a “once-off” deal; unlike the United Mileage Explorer card in which you get your United club passes EVERY year you hold on to your card.

    • @Jen – With Citi it is 1 per business. With Chase, you can get multiple cards (for different owners) of the business.

      @Henry – If you cancel the card, your miles expire according to the normal United policy of 18 months. But there are easy ways to keep them from expiring.

  16. Hi Darius,

    First off, thanks for a great blog, and all the awesome tips; they are really very helpful.

    We have the Citi Platinum Select AA Visa Signature card, which we applied in April 2013, so about 18 months ago. We are thinking of applying for both the personal and business card and get the 50k miles from each. Is that possible, and any tips on how to maximize the chances for that, such as which card to apply for first, how many days within the two applications etc. Also, if we get denied for one, can we still get approved for the other one.

    Thanks in advance!
    Raj

  17. Shockingly I sent in a direct message and they matched no problem. Only real difference was the club lounge access but still they matched for both the personal and business so that is 4 phases for doing the same spend.

  18. Are the Citi Platinum and Gold AA cards considered different products for getting the bonus? Can you have both? I got Gold, but want Platinum benefits now and bonus. Should I cancel the gold before applying for platinum? If so is there a waiting period. I am confused about similar products from the same bank. Another example is the Delta Sky miles Gold and Platinum. Please explain. Thank you.

  19. Wondering the same as BFD.

    How to decipher which AA cards are considered the same? There seem to be so many cards over the years with slightly different titles. EX: I recently received an offer for “CitiBusiness AAdvantage Platinum Select World Mastercard”. I closed a “CitiBusiness AAdvantage World Card” (Mastercard) a couple years ago. Are they the same product?