Increased AA Bonuses: 60k Aviator Red & 65k CitiBusiness AAdvantage Platinum

If you’re in the market for AAdvantage miles, there are increased signup bonuses on a couple of American Airlines credit cards. One of them can be earned after your first purchase and payment of the annual fee, while the other requires $10,000 of spend in order to earn the entire bonus.

AAdvantage Aviator Red World Elite Mastercard 60,000 mile signup bonus

Offer 1

AAdvantage Aviator Red World Elite MasterCard
60K miles
60k miles after 1st purchase within 90 days and payment of the $95 AF

$95 Annual Fee

Key Card Details

AAdvantage Aviator Red World Elite MasterCard

Annual Fee: $95

Card Type: Mastercard World Elite

Base
Brand

Earning rate: ⚬ 2X AA ⚬ 1X everywhere else

Big spend bonus: Starting May 2019: Earn $99 + tax domestic companion certificate with $20K membership year spend.

Noteworthy perks: First checked bag free ⚬ Preferred boarding for the primary cardmember and up to 4 companions traveling on the same reservation ⚬ Reduced mileage awards ⚬ 25% off in-flight purchases ⚬ Starting May 2019: $25 wifi credit per membership year ⚬ Starting May 2019: Flight cents: round up purchases to earn more miles ⚬ Until May 2019: 10% rebate on AA awards (up to 10K per year)

CitiBusiness AAdvantage Platinum Select World Mastercard 65,000 miles

Offer 2

CitiBusiness AAdvantage Platinum Select World MasterCard
Up to 65K miles
Up to 65K miles: 50K after $3K spend in 3 months + 15K after $10K total spend in 12 months

No Annual Fee First Year, Then $99

Key Card Details

CitiBusiness AAdvantage Platinum Select World MasterCard

FM Mini Review: This card usually has a great signup bonus, but if you're looking for a card to keep long term, you'll find better options.


Annual Fee: $99

Card Type: Mastercard World

Base
Travel
Gas
Phone
Brand

Earning rate: ⚬ 2X AA ⚬ 2X certain telecommunications merchants ⚬ 2X car rental merchants ⚬ 2X gas

Big spend bonus: Earn $99 plus taxes domestic companion certificate after $30K spend

Noteworthy perks: ⚬ First checked bag free ⚬ Priority Boarding ⚬ Reduced mileage awards ⚬ Save 25% on inflight purchases

Quick Thoughts

The Aviator Red card has the easiest bonus to earn of these two cards. That’s because it offers a signup bonus of 60,000 miles which is earned after making only one purchase of any amount and paying the $95 annual fee.

That’s the highest bonus we’ve seen on this card, although in the past it’s been possible to earn an additional 500 miles by using an application form obtained on an American Airlines flight. Let us know in the comments below if you see forms for this offer in the wild this time around.

The CitiBusiness AAdvantage card has more stringent spend requirements with a couple of tiered bonuses. You’ll earn 50,000 miles after spending $3,000 within the first three months, then an additional 15,000 miles when spending a total of $10,000 in your first year of membership. This therefore requires far more spend than the Aviator Red credit card, although the annual fee is waived on the CitiBusiness AAdvantage card.

These two cards have some similar benefits – they both offer your first checked bag free, access to reduced mileage awards, 25% off in-flight purchases and more. There are a few key differences though.

For starters, the Aviator Red card offers a 10% rebate on award flights, up to 10,000 miles back every year. That alone can be worth paying the annual fee if you know you’ll be making redemptions.

The CitiBusiness AA card doesn’t include that benefit, but it does come with the opportunity to earn a $99 domestic companion certificate after spending $30,000 on the card. If you can put that spend on the card without it affecting your ability to earn other signup bonuses, that might provide good value in some circumstances.

Be aware that in order to be eligible for the CitiBusiness AAdvantage bonus, you must not have opened or closed this card within the past 24 months.

Last updated on February 9th, 2019

Regarding comments: Comments posted at the bottom of Frequent Miler pages and posts are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.

About Stephen Pepper

Stephen Pepper is on a 5 year, 50 state road trip with his wife Shae and their dog Truffles. Finding opportunities to earn miles and points is one of the ways they can afford to do this, so he'll try to help you do the same for your own travels.

More articles by Stephen Pepper »

16
Leave a Reply

avatar
5 Comment threads
11 Thread replies
9 Followers
 
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
9 Comment authors
CaveDwellerSpider2Stephen PepperChristom Recent comment authors

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

  Subscribe  
Notify of
Nick
Guest
Nick

Any DPs on having multiple Aviator Red cards? I’ve got one that was a conversion from the old US Airways card, but it’d be nice to pick up an easy 60k.

Clover Chang
Guest
Clover Chang

I tried 6 months ago and got denied

CaveDweller
Guest
CaveDweller

Wait 6.5 months then apply again .That worked with Barclays and another who denied me. I won’t be Denied ..
CHEERs

Mosaic
Guest
Mosaic

I can say that I had the old US Airways card, it was converted to the Aviator. Then canceled it before the 1 year mark to avoid the annual fee. Less than 24 months later, I applied for this AAdvantage Aviator Red World Elite MasterCard and got another 60,000 miles. I’ve since canceled this card before the next annual fee.

$190 for 120,000 AA miles. TBH I wanted these for for redeeming business class and its been very difficult. Still have the 60k miles from last year just sitting in my account.

Spider2
Guest
Spider2

For those asking about the old US air card converting to The Aviator, I had cancelled mine about 12 months ago, and then reapplied just three months after that to Barclays Avaiator and got approved with bonus.

As for Citi AA biz, am still finding the 70k link online after $4k spend in four months. Search for “Citi AA business 70k”. Click on a certain Citi weblink, not AA or other indirect ref which default to current smaller offer and higher spend. Just got approved. GL. Curious to hear if anyone else can do that.

F A
Guest
F A

I had the personal aviator red card for about 3 yrs before cancelling it about 2 months ago; any data points on if and when I can re-apply for a new one? Thanks!

tom
Guest
tom

Got this 2wks ago @50k. Do you know if Barclays match?

Chris
Guest
Chris

In general they do as long as it was within 30 days of the offer changing.

CaveDweller
Guest
CaveDweller

My Citi Bus.and Personal card Doesn’t get the 10%% Rebate ?? So I need the Aviator card and pay with that card then the bank will put the rebate in my AA account correct ?? I had all 3 in the past and got the rebate too.
CHEERs

trackback

[…] Increased AA Bonuses: 60k Aviator Red & 65k CitiBusiness AAdvantage Platinum […]