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.
Key Card Details
Key Card Details
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