Many things have been in question and the subject of debate lately for American Airlines with its planned merger with US Airways. Which loyalty programs will remain standing? How will the merged loyalty program be impacted? How will existing routes and prices be affected? Which credit card issuer will retain the co-branded credit card post merger? Will they even be allowed to merge at all?
But one thing has remained constant in my book, the Aadvantage program is one of the best in the industry. I have found award availability to be fairly decent if planned out ahead. Domestic trips can potentially be had for some of the lowest rates in the industry via Reduced Mileage Awards for holders of several different Citi Aadvantage cards. With the right card you can potentially score a domestic round-trip flight for as few as 17,500 miles.
Citi routinely offers promo’s for 50,000 miles and no annual fee the 1st year on several of its Aadvantage cards making it an even more lucrative program. Back in January I signed up for the business version with 50,000 miles, an Admirals club pass, and $150 statement credit after an AA purchase. Many times these offers do not have a landing page available making many people skeptical about applying for them.
It looks like there is a new offer for the Citi® Platinum Select® / AAdvantage® World MasterCard which currently has a landing page reflecting the 50,000 bonus mile offer so you can confidently apply. However, as always, I would suggest you take a screen shot and save it until the miles post just in case. Better safe than sorry.
- 50,000 bonus miles after spending $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months
- Annual fee waived the first year, then $95/year after
- 1st checked bag is free for you and up to 4 travel companions
- 10% rebate on redeemed miles up to 10,000 miles/year