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Best Citi AA Bonus Ever: 100,000 Miles!

134 Responses to “Best Citi AA Bonus Ever: 100,000 Miles!”

  1. Andy says:

    Both links (100k miles or 75k miles) say the same thing: Citi Platinum Select AAdvantage Visa Signature Card. Also, it’s odd that the site doesn’t state the miles you’ll receive.

  2. Andy says:

    I used the 75k mile link. Hopefully, I get the 75,000 miles! No where during the application process does it confirm your mileage bonus.

  3. Andy says:

    Thanks, Brad!

    I’ll let you know what I receive when I get the card. If there is still no indication of the bonus miles, I’ll call to confirm.

    Thanks for the posts!

    • Brad says:

      Great – thanks. For what it’s worth, I’ve actually called to confirm post-app and that promo was attached.

      • Helene Wilder says:

        Hello, I’ve tried to confirm the information with the phone number attached to the link you posted and all 3 individuals at the credit card site stated they are unaware of this offer. How were you able to see the promo attached?

        • Brad says:

          i inquired post-app and the offer was attached in some way. i’m not sure what they could see but that’s what i was told.

  4. Stephen says:

    Of note as well is that AA is running a promotion where short-haul flights (< 700 miles) only use 8750 miles one way or 17500 miles round trip. These miles become more valuable with promotions like this. The flights must be booked by 8/31 and used by 12/15. The full explanation is here:


  5. kimberly says:

    just clicked your link above and got an approval. The final summary says that annual fee of $85, limit of $12,000 but no mention about mileage whatsoever. well, I will just wait for the mail and cancel it if that mileage info is not included in the mail…^^

  6. David West says:

    I’m gonna pass on this “deal”.

    • Brad says:

      So why isn’t this a deal? Citi AA offers are normally 25k-35k miles. This is 3x as much and the best current mileage CC offer by far.

  7. Russ says:

    Any more news on this one? It seems one of the links is down. I have the same concern as everyone else.

  8. Danna says:

    I would really like the tickets so I could see my daughter,son-in-law, and grandchildren at Christmas

  9. Jade says:

    Thanks for the information. This is only for the first-time card holder, right? If someone who got the card but cancelled it a while ago, this person won’t be eligible I thought.

    • Brad says:

      Jade, officially it is for first-time cardholders. Unofficially, I’ve gotten most Citi bonuses I’ve applied for. You’re probably even in better shape if you aren’t a *current* cardholder.

  10. harvey says:

    i tried to apply and citi indicates it does not have this offer?? help

  11. Kim says:

    Any info on the interest rates?

    • Andy says:

      If you click on the links, you’ll see a link to the terms and conditions at the bottom which has the APR info. For example, the 75,000 Visa is 15.24%.

    • Brad says:

      This is definitely *not* the best credit card for carrying a balance.

  12. Andy says:

    I received my card. When activating, I confirmed my sign up offer of 75,000 if you spend $1,500 in 6 months. It was accurate in their system.

    Once I spend $1500 on this card, and $1000 on my new Starwood AMEX, I’ll have a free vacation! My wife and I each signed up for each of these cards to “double dip.”

    Thanks, Brad!

  13. Margaret says:

    I just signed up via internet and then called Citi to immediately verify. Citi’s customer service confirmed the AA bonus miles.

    Thanks, Brad. I have forwarded your newsletter to several friends.

  14. ryan says:

    I was skeptical, but it works. 50k miles after 750.00 plus 50k miles after 10k spent in a year plus 1 mile per 1.00 spent. I’m headed to the store.

    • Bonnie says:

      couldn’t confirm the citi bank 100k miles offer by phone. Are you sure that you received it today 8/11/10? Would you share the website or telephone number where you were able to apply for it.


      • Brad says:

        The links everyone is using are listed above and the phone number is just the general Citi CC number but they don’t seem to know/see anything until after you’re approved.

        The info I have says the offer is valid through 10/31, fyi.

  15. kimberly says:

    Got my Amex and confirmed the offer by CSR thru the phone while activation. Thanks.

  16. wilsonblows says:

    So you scour flyertalk and then post these deals as your own. Good work…but plagiarism will get you nowhere.

    • Brad says:

      Oh C’mon, grow up. If the Cubs win is the Chicago Tribune the only newspaper that can cover the story or is the Sun Times or ESPN also OK by you to make note of what is happening in front of them? Citi & AA market to the whole wide world so don’t you think that maybe, just maybe it is possible that someone other than that tiny subset of the planet’s population received a similar marketing email from Citi?

    • treesa says:

      ha ha, you stole that one!! (you don’t sound like a superhero.)

  17. Peter says:

    Just wanted to let you know that it is valid, just received my card and my wife’s seperate account with her card. However, there is NO information provided with the card about the bonus mileage program. Talked with a CITI supervisor (1-800-950-5774 and make sure you ask for a supervisor) and she verified the bonus mileage program and made a note in my account file to that affect (and gave me her ID number for my records). AA customer service knows nothing about this offer. Thanks for the alert!

  18. SMS says:

    Do you know when the miles are posted to your AA account? Does it happen as soon as you hit the required spending thresholds?

  19. Y. Emily Kato says:

    I already have two Citi AAdvantage personal credit cards (master & AX). I would like to take advantage of this bonus miles by applying for a new business account. Do you think they will approve? I would appreciate your advise.

    • Brad says:

      Hi Emily, having personal is not an issue if you apply for business. It will be considered a first time app if you’ve never had business before. Of course, approval isn’t guaranteed (credit scores, etc.) but you’re at least OK on this one point.

  20. Jennifer says:

    Thanks so much for posting this! We applied for the card, just received it and called to activate and they CONFIRMED the mileage offers. We are looking forward to working towards the 100,000 miles and using them to travel!

  21. Bob says:

    Thank you for your posting. It was YOUR posting that I saw that alerted me to the 100,000 mile deal, not anyone else’s. I applied for individual cards for everyone in my family. I am expecting to get 500,000 miles by the end of a year for the family. Don’t even respond to that guy. Thanks again.

  22. Kevin says:


    I received the 75K offer in the mail, after receiving a 35K offer last month…so I thought I’d search to see if there were any other even sweeter deals out there, and stumbled on your site. I’m a self-proclaimed “dealhound” so I think I’ve found my new home page!

    I’m also a numbers guy, and have a spreadsheet that compares different credit card offers, to see what the actual value is of each offer both in terms of bonus miles as well as the corresponding annual fee. It assumes 1 mile is “worth” 1 cent, a 1% payback (there are instances where 1 mile is worth more than 1% – international business class tickets is one example, but this metric is a good way to get apples to apples comparisons amongst miles cards.) This handy tool told me this: the $100K miles offer is a better deal in spite of the $35 additional annual fee ($85 for the Platinum vs. $50 for the Gold) until you have the card for 7 years – thereafter, the additional 25K in miles you earn upfront is offset by the 6 years you’ve paid $35 more per year.

    So the bottom line is that if you plan to keep the card for more than 7 years and not cancel, you are better off in the long run going with the Gold card and the $75K bonus, rather than the Platinum card and the $100K bonus. If you don’t mind cancelling the card (and having it remain on your credit report for 7 years), you get a better deal with the Platinum card.

    Hope this helps anyone out there (like me) trying to decide between the two offers.

    • Brad says:

      Kevin, this is great analysis, thanks. I agree that the 100k offer is slightly more preferable even with the added cost.

  23. Maury says:

    Please repost the link for the 100,000 mile offer. Thank you

  24. derek says:

    Man, too late. I am about a month into working on my $750 spending for the “basic” 30,000 miles on a Citi select AMEX. All in all this will be the 5th time I have gotten either 25k or 30k miles (and paid no interest or annual fee), so I guess I can’t complain too much. Never had a Citi Visa, so anyone think that I would count as a first timer? I do currently have Citi cards, and when I apply for a new one they always call and say I am at my available credit limit. Then I ask if I can take a couple thousand available from this one or that one, and it always seems to work. Also, anyone ever had a problem trying a Citi Business card and using your social and saying you are a sole proprietor?

    • Brad says:

      Yes, sole proprietor is an acceptable approach if you don’t have a small biz with tax id.

      My personal sense is that if all you have is the AmEx you’ll be OK applying new. The bonuses seem to come through pretty smoothly regardless.

      Citi is good about reallocating credit limits, at least at the time of application.

    • Y. Emily Kato says:

      derek, I am on the same boat with you. I have AA master and AA Amex and one other citi card(not AA). I never had a Citi Visa. I was going to close those accounts a few months ago, but I put it on hold due to my home refinance. Now I have to see if they will approve AA Business Visa (I am a real estate agent)or AA personal Visa on top of them. I want to apply for a personal Visa later, but maybe not since this offer expires in October. At this point I don’t thik I should close any account and wait for 60 days to reapply. together. I think you could still apply for a Citi Visa personal since you never had a visa with them. Good luck!

  25. Andy says:

    Miles posted the day after payment! I already used the 75k miles to book two tickets to Maui (LAX – OGG, direct, good times, 35k miles each!).

    I still have 75k miles from my wife’s credit card to use. Unbelieveable deal. Thanks!


  26. Brad says:

    Andy, that’s great. I imagine those tickets would cost at least $1,000 between the two. Good work!

  27. Emily says:

    Just FYI…I got my AA CITI business approved but not AA Signature Visa. This was my first business card. They didn’t approve AA Visa because This specific offer is valid only for first time card members and I already have an account with them for AA Master.

    • Muks says:

      I got an approval for my 100K Visa Signature Platinum Personal. I already had 2 identical Citi Mastercards but Citi said they have approved my card but taken almost 90% of the credit limit from one of my never used CIti Mastercards and moved it to the Signature Platinum because they have already given me the max credit limit that a single person can get.

      • Brad says:

        Congrats on the approval. They’re certainly getting stingier about credit limits in general so it might just be that.

  28. Josiah says:

    This worked beautifully. I applied for the card last week. Today I received a call from Citi verifying some information about my application. At the end of the call, the rep reminded me that I would receive 50k miles after spending $750, and another 50k should I spend at least $10k in the next 12 months.

    Sign up before it’s too late!

  29. Josiah says:


  30. Jehtro says:

    I received an offer for 50k bonus miles on Friday. When I jumped online, I saw both the 75k and 100k bonus mile offers. The 75k promotion as a landing page that confirms the offer. The 100k promotion takes you directly to the application. I am extremely hesitant to apply for something from a random link.

    Which link is everyone using for the 100k promotion?


    • Brad says:

      The 100k link above has been successful for myself and a bunch of other folks on here. It’s a little weird that they don’t include any details on the landing page but it came from an email with more details about the offer.

    • treesa says:

      what is your link?

      or any phone numbers? i would like to speak to a person, though i hear all of you that none of the concierges seem to know about it, etc.

      if you have a link to share, any to try, great.

  31. Jehtro says:

    Is there any problem signing up myself for the promotion and then signing my wife up for hers? Has anyone done this? Things that seem too good to be true ofen are!

  32. Andy says:

    FYI, I tried to sign up for the AMEX about a month after being approved for the Visa. I was denied for the AMEX as it is “only for first time customers.”

    I’m considering the business card, but I’m fighting a personal ethics battle over that idea.

    • Brad says:

      Interesting data point, thanks Andy. The bigger issue there could be that I believe Citi only allows one approval per 60 days per person not including biz apps. That might have played a role.

      Re: business, I can’t advocate that you do anything questionable. Not knowing the details of your situation, the only thing I’d say is that for all business cards there is certainly latitude over what constitutes a business in the sense that it doesn’t need to be a formally incorporated entity. If there is something you do or will do on the side as a sole proprietor, my understanding is that is acceptable.

      • Andy says:

        Thanks for the info, Brad! I’ll keep debating on the business card. The 60 days is good to know. Maybe I’ll give it until then and try again for the AMEX.

        • Andy says:

          I applied for the Business, but was declined due to too many requests of credit. Must be due to my recent Personal Citi AA, declined Citi AA Amex, Starwood AMEX, and United Visa.

          I’ll try again just before the 10/31 expiration date.

  33. treesa says:

    peter’s post from august 14 has a phone number.

    i called it as i am trying all that before actually applying into thin air.

    the number said that the number has changed, and now i could reply to a text to receive some offer– in other words, totally unrelated to the credit cards.


    any more numbers out there to try? i like people.


  34. Barb says:

    Wanted to pass along a little different slant on my confirmation process, and let you know of yet another successful enrollment!

    I signed up through the link on 8/22 for the Visa Signature personal card w/100k mile bonus. Got my paperwork & cards in the mail a week or so later and then set up an online account. I sent an email to customer support through the website asking for confirmation of the bonus offer. I got an auto response that my question would be answered in 10-14 days. This made me nervous, but I waited and low and behold, today I received a snail mail response that my account was indeed set up under the 100K offer.

    Thanks Brad!

  35. treesa says:

    ok i did it… hey are requesting proof of my address, then approval.

    i will let y’all know. and i am waiting to pay my bills with it, ha ha!

    stay tuned.

  36. Shine says:

    I received the credit card in mail and confirmed with customer service rep that the promo was valid. Great promo offer!

  37. Emily says:

    Hi Brad,

    My husband canceled his Citi/AA Amex about a month ago before we knew about this promo. He is thinking about applying for a business card for the first time. He still has his Citi/AA personal Mastercard. Should he wait for another month (total 60days), or should he go ahead since he never applied for a business card before? Is this promo still good through October 31st? Thank you, again.

    • Brad says:

      Hi Emily, he should be fine if he’s never applied for business before.

      The posted date is 10/31 but it might not last that long either. I routinely see great deals (be it credit cards or shopping) that get pulled in advance of their expiration for no reason.

  38. treesa says:

    they are asking for proof of my income. it was really low. i am probably “out” on this deal. boo hoo.

  39. peter chen says:

    I applied for the 100000 bonus points but i didn’t receive instant online decision. I called the customer service they told me that my application is pending for further process. I hope i will get a free ticket to China.

  40. JS says:

    Hi Brad,
    Do you think it’s possible to apply for a card for my business (self-employed) as well as two cards (Visa & Amex)for myself as an individual?
    Thanks a lot!

  41. Brad says:

    Hi JS, one business and one personal is 100% not a problem for the bonus but with two personal (even if one Amex, one Visa) at the same time the issue isn’t the bonus but rather I don’t think they’ll approve two personal apps within the same 60 day period. If you had a longer horizon, one Amex and one Visa at least 60 days apart might be worth a shot for the bonus.

  42. treesa says:

    I GOT IT!!! got the letter of approval, they confirmed the 100,000 mile deal over the phone, card is in the mail!!

  43. DT says:

    Can I sign up for the card but have the frequent flyer miles go to my kid? Does the name on the account have to match the name on the frequent flyer account? Thanks!

    • Brad says:

      DT, the safest/easiest thing is to put the miles into your AA and just book the flight for your kid using your miles.

      If not, you might get away with it but you also run the risk of having the aadvantage account shut down.

  44. Dana says:

    Is the 75,000 deal still going on? I could not find it in print on the link! I really want to sign up for it!

    • Brad says:

      Hi Dana, believe it or not it never was displayed anywhere on the app page but a bunch of folks here (myself included) can vouch for it at this point.

  45. JS says:

    Hi Brad,

    My two personal accounts got approved. But my husband applied for one business (pending) and one personal (approved) and applied one more personal (denied) after we found out that I got two approved almost at the same time. What can we do at this point? Can I call them and request an approval for his personal on behalf of him explaining my situation?


  46. [...] to help all of you take trips like these !  That’s why I’ve been posting about the 100,000 Mile Citi American Airlines Bonus, the American Express Starwood Card or last spring’s Hyatt Big Welcome Back deal. [...]

  47. D. Pierce says:

    I applied, got the card and spent over $1500 almost immediately…have not seen the miles and when I called AA was told they were not honoring this any longer…..can they do this? (well, of course they can!….very disappointing)

    • Brad says:

      Wow, sorry to hear. Any similar experiences out there?

      • Emily says:

        Those people who verified their bonus miles after receiving cards but haven’t yet spent the required amount should be ok.

        • Julie says:

          Sorry to hear this, too. I activated my card on 9/24/10, after confirming that I would get the 75K-mile deal. Just started using the card recently. I will be ticked if the deal isn’t honored, just like everyone else.

          On a related note, just received an offer in the mail for 50K miles with a Citi Via, citi Amex, or a CitiBusiness Visa if you spend $750 in the first four months. any thoughts on that one? I ask because my husband was still planning on taking advantage of the 75K-mile deal until it vaporized. :-( So maybe this will a a next-best offer…

          • Brad says:

            I’m on about the same timeframe with one card and just had a 50k chunk post about a week ago. I don’t think you’ll have a problem.

            I’m a little suspect on one CS rep stating they aren’t honoring this anyway.

  48. Mickey says:

    Noted on one of the comments that a cancelled card stays on your credit report for 7 years. What’s the net impact on your credit when you cancel one or several cards?

    • Brad says:

      Not much if you can reallocate the old credit limit to a new card. Let’s say you have one Citi card and apply for another. They will usually let you reallocate any or all (ideally all but $500) of your old credit limit to the new card. I call right after acceptance or ask during the call if I get a “pending” from the app.

      If you have two $10,000 cards and move $9,500 over from one to the other and then cancel the old, you shouldn’t see a huge hit because your available credit stays almost the same. I’d say there’s more of hit if the card you’re cancelling is *very* old but less if it’s 1-2 years old.

  49. Kate says:

    British Airways has a fabulous deal – it is only 40k miles to fly rt to CHILE during High season. Hubby and I are going via their partner LAN first to Buenos Aires for two nights, then to Santiago then down to Concepcion – flights were 40k each total. We could have gone first for 20k miles each additional….. Hotel for two nights in Buenos Aires at Sheraton Liberador courtesy of Starwood Amex sign-up and one time use – was one night free and the other a combination of miles and dollars (approx $60 total for two nights). When I went to Australia with my son I used the AMEX AXON code which gives you four nights at a 4 or 5 star for 125k Hilton points – and they always upgrade us so we get drinks/breakfast and enough appetizers to consititute a dinner.

  50. Mark says:

    Hey, I had the email for this offer and now lost it somehow. Can someone forward it to me? chocolate.gibbins@gmail.com

    Apparently there is a special phone number listed there to call for the deal.


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