Which Big Citi Sign-Up Bonus Should You Apply For?

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It’s an excellent time to consider signing-up for a new Citi card.  That’s because the sign-up bonus on several of their cards is now 50,000 points or miles!

You’ll earn 50,000 Citi ThankYou points when you complete the minimum spending requirement on both the Citi Prestige and Citi ThankYou Premier cards.  (BOTH EXPIRED.)

And for a limited time, you can earn 50,000 American Airlines miles with the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select personal and business cards after meeting minimum spending requirements.  Or from the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ MasterCard®!

Which Big Citi Sign Up Bonus Should You Apply For

Earn LOTS of Big Travel With Citi’s Current Credit Card Offers

But how do you decide which cards are best for you?  It depends on your travel goals!

Earn Lots of Miles and Points With These Offers!

Note:   Citi will only approve 1 credit card application per day, and no more than 2 every ~65 days.  And you should wait at least ~8 days between applications.

1.   50,000 Citi ThankYou Points

Link:   Citi Prestige

Link:   Citi ThankYou Premier

Link:   My Review of the Citi Prestige

Link:   My Review of the Citi ThankYou Premier

You’ll earn 50,000 Citi ThankYou points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the 1st 3 months of opening your Citi Prestige or Citi ThankYou Premier account.  (EXPIRED.)

And you can transfer Citi ThankYou points to airline and hotel partners such as:

 Citi ThankYou Points Airline Transfer Partners 
Asia Miles (Cathay Pacific)EVA AirEtihad
Flying Blue (Air France/KLM)Garuda Indonesia Malaysia Airlines
QantasQatar AirwaysSingapore Airlines
Thai AirwaysVirgin AmericaVirgin Atlantic
 Citi ThankYou Points Hotel Transfer Partners 
Hilton Hotels
Which Big Citi Sign Up Bonus Should You Apply For

You Could Use Citi ThankYou Points for Big Travel on Singapore Airlines to Fly First Class to Europe and Asia

These cards are great for folks who want flexibility in how they use their points.  Or if you’re not yet sure of your travel plans!

And Citi ThankYou points do NOT expire.

Check out my post on how to decide between the Citi Prestige and Citi ThankYou Premier.

2.   50,000 American Airlines Miles

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

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

Link:   Citi Executive AAdvantage

Link:   My Review of the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select

Link:   My Review of the Citi Executive AAdvantage

You can earn 50,000 American Airlines miles when you complete the minimum spending requirements on the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select (Personal), Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select (Business), and Citi Executive AAdvantage cards.

That’s enough miles for 2 round-trip flights anywhere in the US and Canada (except Hawaii)!

Which Big Citi Sign Up Bonus Should You Apply For

You Can Earn Enough Miles for 2 Round-Trip Coach Tickets With Just 1 Credit Card!

You’re not limited to using your miles on American Airlines.  They can also be used to book award flights on oneworld partner airlines, like Cathay Pacific or British Airways.

Here’s my series on how to use American Airlines miles.

These cards are great for folks who know they’ll be flying American Airlines or their partners.  But if you’re not sure of your travel plans, you may be better off with the Citi Prestige or Citi ThankYou Premier cards!

Bottom Line

Citi currently has some excellent credit card sign-up bonuses, so now is a great time to apply!

The Citi Prestige and Citi ThankYou Premier each offer 50,000 Citi ThankYou points after meeting minimum spending requirements. (BOTH EXPIRED.)  These cards are good if you want flexibility because they can be transferred to airline and hotel partners, or used to pay for airfare.

But if you like American Airlines or their partners, you may consider the 50,000 American Airlines mile sign-up bonuses on the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select (Personal), Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select (Business), and Citi Executive AAdvantage cards.

Which of these offers is your favorite?

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7 responses to “Which Big Citi Sign-Up Bonus Should You Apply For?

  1. We actually got a targeted offer in the mail for the Citi AAdvantage Gold card as well for a 40,000 sign up bonus when only spending $1,500 in the first 3 months, and 10,000 bonus after having the card for a year. We jumped at that deal and the platinum card 50k bonus since we want to use our miles to get to Japan in the next couple of years (costs 25k one way per person, so we need 100k for the trip).

  2. Hmmm…. I’m a bit confused by these two statements:

    1. Citi will only approve 1 credit card application per day…
    2. And you should wait at least ~8 days between applications.

    So, doesn’t that mean that #2 is really the only constraint? i.e. I should only try to apply for one Citi personal card every 8 days? Then point #1 doesn’t operationally give me any more direction, right? Or am I misunderstanding?

  3. @cashback I think he’s advising against applying for 2 instantly back to back, which can work for some cards and issuers.

  4. I noticed the fine print says, “American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles are not available if you have had a Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® MasterCard® opened or closed in the past 18 months.” I currently have a Citi AAdvantage Visa Card. Would you say that I am eligible since this is not the exact same card?

  5. @cashback there are more details in this FlyerTalk thread about the Citi card strategies:
    http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/citi-thankyou-rewards/1632562-citi-platinum-gold-aa-cards-bonuses-benefits.html
    And in the comments you can see what people have actually experienced. I would actually recommend at least 10 days between opening 2 separate new cards because Citi may hold it against you if you open too many Citi cards at once (unlike Chase who doesn’t seem to care at all).

    @Dave Every card issuer has its own rules regarding applications, in this case I was able to apply to the Gold card successfully, and then to the Platinum card 10 days later without any problems. But its a fluid arrangement. It also depends on whether or not you have already closed or opened the card you’re applying for in the last 18 months.

    @Sherri According to the FlyerTalk thread above, since you do not have the Citi AAdvantage Platinum MasterCard, you would still be eligible since it is not the same exact card.

  6. @Jessica H Thank you!

  7. Any advice? My spouse closed her Citi premier account in August of 2013. It’s been 18 months so she applied and got approved. Card arrived and upon activating found out that Citi says it’s been less than 18 months. We’re trying to haggle about the date. However, my question is if it’s been 16 months and then you erroneously apply for the same account and activate the account, does the 18 month clock start again or just 2 months?