Citi® Platinum Select® / AAdvantage® MasterCard®–30,000 Bonus Miles

Review of: Citi® Platinum Select® / AAdvantage® MasterCard®

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On April 10, 2012
Last modified:August 17, 2016


For those that fly with American Airlines, this card will help you earn miles faster.

My family and I just returned from a vacation in which we spent $264 for a plane ticket to Florida and back. That might not be a bad deal, except that–

The “ticket” was for our luggage!

So when Citi relaunched a miles card that lets you and up to 4 companions each check one bag for free, it caught my attention. Called the Citi® Platinum Select® / AAdvantage® MasterCard®, it boasts some new features that make it a good option for AA frequent flyers.

The card allows you to earn 30,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles after spending $1,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of being a cardmember. The spend requirement is about as low as you’ll find, and 30,000 miles will go a long way toward free travel.

The Citi® Platinum Select® / AAdvantage® MasterCard® also includes a lot of other perks and rewards.  Here’s an overview:

  • Earn 30,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles after making $1,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening*
  • First checked bag is free on domestic American Airlines itenraries for you and up to four companions traveling with you on the same reservation*
  • Enjoy Group 1 Boarding on American Airlines flights*
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases*
  • Receive 25% savings on in-flight food and beverage purchases when you use your card on American Airlines flights*
  • Double AAdvantage(R) miles on eligible American Airlines purchases*
  • Earn 10% of your redeemed AAdvantage® miles back – up to 10,000 AAdvantage® miles each calendar year*

There is a $95 annual fee, but it is waived for the first 12 months. Also, the free checked bag applies not only to the cardholder, but also up to 4 traveling companions. Having just taken my family on a vacation for spring break, this feature would have come in very handy.

Published or Updated: August 17, 2016
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Rob founded the Dough Roller in 2007. A litigation attorney in the securities industry, he lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, their two teenagers, and the family mascot, a shih tzu named Sophie.

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