Can I Get 100,000 American Airlines Miles Applying for an American Airlines and US Airways Credit Card?

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Million Mile Secrets reader slasaath tweeted:

American Airlines and US Airways both have 50,000 mile credit card bonus.  Is it possible to sign-up for both for a total 100,000 American Airlines miles once both programs merge?
Can I Get 100,000 American Airlines Miles Applying For An American Airlines And US Airways Credit Card
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Slasaath can apply for an American Airlines and a US Airways credit card and have 100,000 American Airlines miles after the merger.  And you can too!  Here’s how.

Citi AAdvantage

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

Link:   My Review of the Citi AAdvantage card

Slasaath gets 50,000 American Airlines miles after he spends $3,000 in purchases within the 1st 3 months of opening his account with the Citi AAdvantage card. The $95 annual fee is waived for the 1st year. The information for the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select card has been collected independently by Million Mile Secrets. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

The Citi AAdvantage card gets him:

  • Priority boarding
  • 1 free checked bag for him and up to 4 traveling companions
  • 25% discount on in-flight food and drink purchases
  • 10% rebate on redeemed miles (up to 10,000 miles per year)
  • 2 points per $1 spent on American Airlines and US Airways
  • 1 point per $1 spent on everything else
But if Slasaath uses his card outside the US, he’ll pay a 3% foreign transaction fee!
Can I Get 100,000 American Airlines Miles Applying For An American Airlines And US Airways Credit Card
Slasaath Will Pay a 3% Foreign Transaction Fee for Charges Outside the US Like in Venice

Barclaycard US Airways

Link:   Barclaycard US Airways card

Link:   My Review of the Barclaycard US Airways card

Because American Airlines and US Airways are merging, the Barclaycard US Airways card will be discontinued soon.  Existing cardholders will get a Barclaycard AAdvantage Aviator card, but it won’t be open to new applicants.

Currently, Slasaath can get 50,000 US Airways miles (which will become American Airlines miles in the 2nd quarter of 2015) after his 1st purchase and payment of the $89 annual fee.

Slasaath also gets:

Note:   Barclaycard now restricts folks to just 1 or 2 new cards a year.  So it might be hard for Slasaath to get approved if he’s already applied for a Barclaycard this year.

Using the Miles

Link:   American Airlines award chart

Link:   Oneworld award chart

Because US Airways is part of the oneworld alliance, Slasaath can use his US Airways miles on partners like American Airlines and British Airways now, before the merger is complete.

Or he can wait until American Airlines and US Airways join together and Slasaath’s US Airways miles will be converted to American Airlines miles.

Slasaath can link his American Airlines and US Airways accounts here, but the miles won’t be combined yet.  But after the 2nd quarter of 2015, his miles will be combined IF he has already linked his accounts.

1.   First Class to Costa Rica

Slasaath can use 80,000 American Airlines miles for two 1-way First Class tickets to Costa Rica.

Can I Get 100,000 American Airlines Miles Applying For An American Airlines And US Airways Credit Card
Slasaath Can Use His 80,000 Combined American Airlines and US Airways Miles to Fly 1-Way in First Class to Costa Rica

2.   Business Class to Europe

100,000 American Airlines miles gets Slasaath two 1-way Business Class tickets to London.

Can I Get 100,000 American Airlines Miles Applying For An American Airlines And US Airways Credit Card
100,000 American Airlines Miles = Two 1-Way Business Class Tickets to London

3.   Coach to the Maldives

Slasaath could use 90,000 American Airlines miles to fly round-trip to the Maldives.

Can I Get 100,000 American Airlines Miles Applying For An American Airlines And US Airways Credit Card
Round-Trip in Coach to the Maldives for 90,000 American Airlines Miles

Slasaath would also have almost enough miles to take a round-the-world trip!

For other suggestions on how to use American Airlines miles, Slasaath can read my series on how to book award tickets using American Airlines miles.

Bottom Line

Slasaath can apply for an American Airlines and US Airways credit card for a combined total of 100,000 American Airlines miles after the merger.

After spending $3,000 in purchases in the 1st 3 months on the Citi AAdvantage card, Slasaath will get 50,000 American Airlines miles.  And 50,000 US Airways miles after his 1st purchase and payment of the $89 US Airways card annual fee.

He can use those miles to fly on American Airlines, US Airways and oneworld alliance partners like British Airways.

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