CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® Mastercard® review
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CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® Mastercard® Overview
For the devoted American Airlines flier, the CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® Mastercard® is worth considering — especially since you can test drive it for a year without paying the $99 annual fee.
What are the pros and cons?
- There’s no introductory offer on purchases or balance transfers
- You can’t redeem miles for cash back or a statement credit
A deeper look into the current card offer
It’s obvious that this card’s most attractive benefits are primarily designed for business travelers who are frequent flyers. Cardholders kick things off by earning 65,000 bonus miles after spending $4,000 within the first four months of account opening.
In addition, cardholders get one free checked bag on domestic American Airlines flights, which goes a long way toward reducing travel costs and boosting your bottom line. You also earn 2 miles per dollar on certain business-related categories, including telecommunications merchants, cable and satellite providers, car rental merchants and gas stations, as well as eligible purchases made through American Airlines. All other purchases earn 1 mile per dollar.
Combine all that with preferred boarding and 25 percent off in-flight Wi-Fi, food and beverages and you might stand to earn a decent bundle in the first year.
How much are the rewards worth?
If you spend $700 a month within the 2X category and $300 a month on everything else, you’ll earn 20,400 miles. When you include the welcome bonus you’ll obtain from spending $4,000 within your first 4 months of card ownership, you could have enough miles to get you seven one-way flights across the U.S. and Canada.
How to redeem rewards
To redeem miles, go to the American Airlines website, log into your AAdvantage account and book your travel. Citi AAdvantage cardholders also are eligible to redeem their accrued miles for reduced mileage awards when available.
Bankrate’s Take: Is the CitiBusiness / AAdvantage Platinum Select Mastercard worth it?
Business owners who use American Airlines regularly will certainly get the most value out of this card, especially if you tend to check bags and make purchases on the plane. Since the annual fee is waived for the first year ($99 thereafter), there’s no reason for frequent flyers to not give it a try. You have to have excellent credit to qualify for this card, so be sure to check your credit score before you apply.
If you were hoping for a more pampered airport experience, you might want to check out the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite Mastercard®, which comes with luxury perks like the Admirals Club Membership or VIP airport experience. Of course, you will also have to pay the luxury annual fee on that one which is $450.