I guess good things come to those wait. Last week, we wrote about an increased 50K-point offer on the Barclaycard AAdvantage Aviator Red Mastercard. In that post, I mentioned that my wife intended to sign up for the card based on the previous 40K bonus but had been procrastinating. The new 50K sign-up offer came out at just the right time. After that card, my wife next intended to go after a Citi AA card as both the Citi personal and business AAdvantage Platinum cards are featuring limited-time 60K sign-up offers. Then, over the weekend, I got a picture of the following envelope (addressed to my wife) thanks to my USPS Informed Delivery:
I expected to receive the offer on Saturday, but it didn’t come in the mail that day. That’s now happened to me a couple of times with informed delivery — a few items have come a day or two after I receive the scans. I’m not sure if those items are mis-delivered to a different address or just get caught up at the post office for one reason or another. At any rate, my wife held off on applying knowing that a 65K offer was coming. Sure enough, it showed up today:
- 65,000 American Airlines AAdvantage miles after $4,000 in purchases in the first 4 months
- 2X at certain telecommunications and car rental merchants and at gas stations
- 2X on American Airlines
- 1X everywhere else
- Spend $30K or more in a calendar year and get an Anerican Airlines Companion certificate (see our Complete Guide to Travel Companion Tickets for more information on this)
- Preferred Boarding (I believe this is Group 5)
- No foreign transaction fees
- $95 annual fee is waived the first year
This offer requires $1,000 more in spending than the current public offer of 60K for $3K in spending. That boils down to an extra 5X on that extra $1K in spend — which is a deal I’m happy to take. Also of note, the offer contains no 24-month language, though this wouldn’t be an issue for my wife anyway. Several other readers have reached out to us about receiving the same offer; this offer may be widely targeted. Between the no-minimum-spend Barclaycard offer and this Citibusiness offer, my wife will quickly pick up a total of 119,000 American Airlines miles (including only 1x on the minimum spend on this card) for $4,000 in spend and the Barclaycard annual fee. While American miles are not particularly useful for travel on American Airlines flights (where saver availability is rare), that 119,000 miles is enough for one-way partner travel in first class to any region in the world — or round trip in business class to Europe, etc. That’s not a bad deal. Of course, the current public offers are just about as good — if you’re not targeted, 60K on this card is still a good offer in my opinion. On the other hand, you might be able to get matched to the offer by sending a secure message to Citi. See reader Tom’s comment below. See more about that and the other best public offers on our Best Offers page.
Have you received a similar targeted offer for the Citibusiness card? Let us know in the comments.