Earn Up to 60,000 American Airlines Miles With This Checking Account Bonus Offer (Soft Credit Pull) (Targeted)

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Citi has been sending out targeted checking account bonus offers recently, and some folks have reported offers for up to 60,000 bonus American Airlines miles.  So check your snail mail for a flyer!

The flyer will contain a unique code that you’ll need in order to register and qualify for the bonus.  We’re not certain what can help you get targeted for these types of offers.  It’s possible they are targeting folks with Citi American Airlines cards, like the CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard® or American Airlines AAdvantage MileUp℠ Card who don’t have a bank account with Citi.

Team member Jason has a Citi American Airlines card (but didn’t have a Citi bank account) and was targeted for this offer.  If you were targeted, let us know in the comments.

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60,000 Miles Is More Than Enough for 2 Round-Trip Coach Flights Within the US!

The number of bonus miles you’ll earn depends on your targeted offer and which type of checking account you open.

Here are the details of the targeted offers:

  • Open a Citigold account – earn 60,000 American Airlines miles after you make $1,000 in debit card purchases and 1 or more bill payments for 2 consecutive months (need an average monthly balance of $200,000 to be eligible)
  • Open a Citi Priority account – earn 50,000 American Airlines miles after you make $750 in debit card purchases and 1 or more bill payments for 2 consecutive months (monthly fee of $30 is waived if you maintain a combined average monthly balance of $50,000 or more in eligible linked deposits, retirement and investment balances)
  • Open a Citibank account – earn 30,000 American Airlines miles after you make $375 in debit card purchases and 1 or more bill payments for 2 consecutive months ($25 monthly service fee is waived if you have $10,000 in combined average monthly balances)

For all of these deals, the debit card purchases and monthly bill payments must be completed within 60 days of account opening.  And you must open your account by December 31, 2018.

In addition to those requirements, you can’t currently have or have had a Citibank checking account within the last 180 calendar days.

While making a certain number of debit card purchases and bill payments is a fairly easy requirement to meet, it’s the monthly balance requirements that will likely prevent most folks (myself included!) from earning the biggest bonus offered…if you were lucky enough to even be targeted.

But don’t be discouraged, because there’s an easier way to earn a nice stash of American Airlines miles!  Consider applying for a card like the CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard®.  For a limited time, you can earn 70,000 bonus American Airlines miles after making $4,000 in purchases within the first 4 months of account opening.

Were you targeted for any of these Citi checking account bonuses?  And if so, do you plan on taking AAdvantage (see what I did there? 😉 ) of the offer?

Meghan Hunter is a contributor to Million Mile Secrets, he covers topics on points and miles, credit cards, airlines, hotels, and general travel.

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subramanian
4 months ago

For first time priority checking account, does citibank waive $30 monthly fee for people 62 years old or more?

JOD
1 year ago

So just to be clear for everyone, I guess for beginners, it is not just “pay one or more bills for two consecutive months.” It is “pay one or more bills for two consecutive months” using the bill payment system on the Citibank website, app etc. I naively just went to my electric company website and paid the bill with funds from the Citi checking account for two consecutive months. This does not count according to the fine print – no bonus. Thanks for nothing Citibank, so disappointing.

Details – I opened a Priority Checking account in March, 2019. The offer at that time was spend $ 750 in debit card purchases the first two months of the account plus the paying of a bill for two consecutive months. The reward bonus for completing the required activities was to be 50K American airline miles.

Leon W
Reply to  JOD
3 months ago

same thing happened to me!!! good to put that out there!!!! Rip off

Johnny
Reply to  JOD
4 months ago

I did the same thing. Who knew that citibank had a bill payment system that you *had* to use? The requirement is unclear. What a waste of time this was.

JORGE
Reply to  Johnny
3 months ago

Do you know if online purchases count as qualifying? The fine print states “Qualifying purchases are signature or PIN based debit card transactions”

David
Reply to  JOD
8 months ago

Were you able to close your checking account to avoid paying the month $30 fee (if you didn’t have $50k in balances) once you met the requirements? Or did you have to wait until you got your miles to close your checking account (or downgrade to one without a monthly fee)?