The Citi® Platinum Select® / AAdvantage® Visa Signature® card offers users 30,000 AAdvantage® miles after just $1,500 in purchases within the first 3 months of card membership and the first year’s fee of $95 is waived after that.
The 30,000 miles is quite attractive as it is more than enough for a round trip flight anywhere in the US, and ¾ of the amount required for a coach ticket to Europe.
What makes this offer attractive?
American Airlines requires less mileage for some of the most popular award redemption flights, compared to many other airlines. For example, American Airlines requires only 35,000 miles for its lowest level reward flight to Hawaii, while the minimum number of miles required for the same destination on USAir and Delta is 40,000 miles.
American’s lower mileage requirement also applies to reward flights to Europe. On American Airlines, the lowest reward level is 40,000 miles while both USAir and Delta require 60,000 miles.
Additional Features of the Card
American Airlines and Citibank make the card particularly valuable to those who travel regularly on that airline. Those who hold the card receive:
10% of the miles you redeemed each year, up to 10,000 miles, credited back to an AAdvantage® account
A $100 discount on an American Airlines flight, or on a flight on its oneworld ® partner airlines, when you spend $30,000 on the Citi® Platinum Select® / AAdvantage® Visa Signature® card in one year
First checked bag is free, for you and up to four travelling companions. At $25 per first checked bag, this could save up to $125 on a single one-way flight.
American Airlines also offers it AAdvantage® members lots of opportunities to earn many more miles, such as getting 5 miles per $1 spent when shopping on American Airlines Skymall.
Even with the annual membership fee of $95, which is waived for the first year, the rewards this card offers make it attractive.