How to Get Big Travel With Current Big American Airlines Card Bonuses!

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There are great sign-up bonuses on each of the American Airlines credit cards.  If you apply for 2 of them, you could earn over 100,000 American Airlines miles.

That’s enough for a a round-trip Business Class ticket to Europe or South America.  Or 4 round-trip coach tickets to anywhere in the continental US & Alaska!

How To Get Big Travel With Current Big American Airlines Card Bonuses

100,000 American Airlines Miles Can Be Your Ticket to Big Travel, Like a Round-Trip First Class Flight to Explore Patagonia in South America!

I’ll share some ideas about how to use American Airlines miles for Big Travel!

How to Get American Airlines Miles

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

Link:   Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard®

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

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.

Citi Platinum Select AAdvantage World Mastercard

With the Citi Platinum Select AAdvantage World Mastercard, you’ll get 50,000 American Airlines miles after making $3,000 in purchases within the 1st 3 months of opening your account.

You’ll also get:

  • First bag checked free for you and up to 4 traveling companions
  • Group 1 Boarding gives you extra time to board and prepare for your flight
  • Earn back 10% of miles used for award travel, each calendar year , up to 10,000 miles

Read my review of the card.

Here are a few award flights you can book with 50,000 American Airlines miles:

  • 2 round-trip domestic coach tickets (excluding Hawaii)
  • 2 round-trip coach tickets to the Caribbean during the off-peak season
  • A 1-way Business Class ticket to Europe
How To Get Big Travel With Current Big American Airlines Card Bonuses

Get 2 Award Flights to the US Virgin Islands in October for 50,000 American Airlines Miles. There Are Lots of Award Seats!

And if you earn the sign-up bonus on 2 American Airlines credit cards, you can get more Big Travel.

Citi Executive AAdvantage World Elite Mastercard

The Citi Executive AAdvantage World Elite Mastercard has a sign-up bonus of 75,000 American Airlines Miles after spending $7,500 within the 1st 3 months of opening your account.  The annual fee of $450 is NOT waived for the 1st year.

But you’ll also get:

  • American Airlines Admirals Club membership (worth up to $500) – access Admirals Club lounges, and bring your immediate family or up to 2 guests traveling with you.  You do NOT have to be flying American Airlines to enter the lounge!
  • Up to $100 Global Entry or TSA PreCheck application fee credit (every 5 years)
  • First checked bag free (for you and up to 8 companions traveling on the same reservation) on American Airlines and US Airways flights
  • 25% discount on in-flight purchases (like food, drink, and headsets) on American Airlines and US Airways flights
  • Priority check-in, security (where available), and boarding
  • 10,000 elite-qualifying miles if you spend $40,000 or more on the card in a calendar year
  • 2 American Airlines miles per $1 you spend on American Airlines
  • 1 American Airlines mile per $1 you spend on everything else
  • No foreign transaction fees

Read my review of the card.

How To Get Big Travel With Current Big American Airlines Card Bonuses

75,000 American Airlines Miles Is Enough for a 1-Way First Class Flight to Fiji on Partner Fiji Airways!

CitiBusiness AAdvantage World Mastercard

I told you about the new limited-time offer on the CitiBusiness AAdvantage World Mastercard.  You’ll earn 50,000 American Airlines miles when you spend $3,000 on purchases within the 1st 3 months of opening your account.

Emily and I don’t earn a commission on this card, but we’ll always tell you about the best deals!

Remember, you may already qualify for a business credit card!  Here’s how to fill out Citi’s business card application.

What Can You Do With American Airlines Miles?

Link:   How to Book Flights With American Airlines Miles

Link:   American Airlines Award Chart

Link:   American Airlines Partner Award Chart

American Airlines miles are valuable because you can use them for award travel on many airline partners in addition to flights on American Airlines.

Here are all the ways to earn American Airlines miles.

If you sign-up for 2 of the current American Airlines credit cards, you’ll have at least 100,000 American Airlines miles to use for award flights.

That’s enough to fly a family of 4 anywhere within the continental US, Alaska, or Canada round-trip in coach!

How To Get Big Travel With Current Big American Airlines Card Bonuses

Take the Family to Alaska with American Airlines Miles! Or to Anywhere Else in the Mainland US or Canada.

Don’t forget, American Airlines has lower prices for off-peak award travel to many destinations including:

  • Hawaii
  • The Caribbean
  • Europe
  • South America (Region 2 which includes Brazil)
  • Asia (Region 1 which includes Japan)

And when you have 1 (or 2!) American Airlines credit cards, you are eligible for quarterly reduced mileage awards to stretch your miles even further!

Travel on Partner Airlines

One of my favorite ways to get Big Travel is to use American Airlines miles for First Class or Business Class award flights on partner airlines.

How To Get Big Travel With Current Big American Airlines Card Bonuses

I Used American Airlines Miles to Fly in Etihad First Class…and You Can Too!

That’s because those flights can cost thousands of dollars!  Part of the fun of this hobby for me is having experiences I wouldn’t otherwise want to pay for!  

The 1-way Etihad flight I took from Washington, DC to Abu Dhabi costs:

  • 90,000 American Airlines miles for First Class
  • 67,500 American Airlines miles for Business Class
  • 45,000 American Airlines miles for coach

I wrote about how to use American Airlines miles on Etihad.

Or you could fly in Cathay Pacific First Class from the US to Hong Kong for 67,500 American Airlines miles each way.  Here’s how I did it!  

How To Get Big Travel With Current Big American Airlines Card Bonuses

Fly Cathay Pacific First Class With American Airlines Miles!

No matter where you want to go, 100,000 American Airlines miles is enough for a round-trip award flight to almost anywhere in the world!

You’ll stretch your miles further by flying in coach.  Or you may decide to splurge and fly in First or Business Class.

How To Get Big Travel With Current Big American Airlines Card Bonuses

American Airlines Has Lots of Airline Partners

Use your miles on American Airlines flights on any of their partner airlines that fly to every corner of the world.

Bottom Line

Earn American Airlines miles with these 3 cards (after meeting minimum spending requirements):

  • 50,000 American Airlines miles with the Citi Platinum Select AAdvantage World Mastercard
  • 75,000 American Airlines miles with the Citi Executive AAdvantage World Elite Mastercard
  • 50,000 American Airlines miles with the CitiBusiness AAdvantage World Mastercard (through July 31, 2015)

If you earn the bonus on 2 American Airlines cards, you’d have enough to fly a family of 4 anywhere within the mainland US, Alaska, or Canada in coach.  Or enough for 1 round-trip flight to Europe in Business Class!

American Airlines miles are valuable because they have a variety of transfer partners such as Cathay Pacific to Hong Kong, off-peak award flights for fewer miles, and reduced mileage awards for American Airlines credit card members.

What’s your favorite way to use American Airlines miles?

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18 responses to “How to Get Big Travel With Current Big American Airlines Card Bonuses!

  1. Can I get five of these cards to get more bonus? You should do an article about how to get 5 of these at once. You will come across aa a genius after that.

  2. this is perfect I was trying to earn American miles!

  3. You made reference to the miles not working on flights to Hawaii above. My family of 3 is planning a trip to Hawaii in October 2016. If I get the personal and business card for me and have my wife open a personal card, will the 150,000 points not be redeemable for Hawaii flights or does AA limit them that much during the year when using points?

  4. @Jason–you could use AA miles to Hawaii. It’s just that it would cost more than 50,000 miles for 2 R/T tickets. Hawaii is 45,000 miles each, so you’d be able to get 3 tickets if you have 150K miles. We went last February using points with no problem(though a better way would be to use British Air points on AA–only 25K miles R/T from the West Coast).

  5. can someone tell me if I can book an award travel from JFK-HKG in economy and as the date gets closer maybe change to First Class as it becomes available in Cathay P. is this Possible?(without any fees)

  6. @Tony That is indeed possible, only if award availability opens up though. Plus it will cost 20,000 points to upgrade to Business Class, there shouldn’t be fees, but the taxes may change since you are flying a different class. I would not count on Business being available though.

  7. Terrible job MMS, shame on you. One cannot get 2 Citi AA Platinum cards (unless split with a spouse, SO). Its got an 18 month bonus limitation in the T&Cs,and the AA Citi Exec just added that language.

  8. How can i book Cathaway? It does not let me on

  9. @scott- AA is 35000 off peak RT. Which is January 12 – March 13, August 22 – December 15. If you don’t have enough points right away, book them separate you will get 10% back and that can be used for the other ticket almost immediately.

  10. I just recently applied for and after proving I actually had a business, I was approved for the citi business card, but it was before this offer of 50,000 miles. Do you know if it’s possible for them to give me this offer instead of the one I signed up under?

  11. How can I get from MIA to Fiji on AA?
    Tried to do it on AA and don’t find anything


  12. Mark – Qantas flies to NAN. Looks like you’ll have to call to book this award as their web site doesn’t show it.

  13. Citi is becoming one of my preferred cards/banks right now. I still think Chase has some of the best customer service and still love the sapphire preferred (espeically when recommending for newbies) but considering how valuable AA points are for me right now and despite the hefty annual fee, the annual perks that come w/ the Prestige card is just phenomenal, not to mention it is great daily spending!

  14. @BB
    There are three separate AA cards available to be taken out (Platinum, Executive and Business). Each cards is counted separate from the other and taking one out will not negatively impact upon your ability to take out any of the others. MMS is not saying you can take out two platinum cards, rather he is saying you can take a combo of the three available cards which can be taken out (or as an example, take out both Platinum and Executive cards — though note the Exec has a non-waived 450 fee). You can actually take out all three if you have a business.

  15. Thank YOU Steve!

  16. I am looking for a Business/First class ticket from SFO to India. I have around 150K AA miles. Can someone please suggest the cheapest partner airlines that I can use.

  17. re: Robert’s reply to @ BB (3 posts prior) – is this true? Having the business version does not exclude one from applying for the regular version (as long as its outside the 18 months)?

    note: i have the business version

  18. Darius, wonderful site. I can comment on the question asked by mo. I was just told by a citi representative that personal and business platinum cards are not considered separately if they both link to the same AA account – both count toward the 18 month rule. I discovered this after not receiving the 50k bonus with a new citi personal AA platinum because I had had a business platinum card within the last 18 months