You may be confused as to why I’m doing a review of both the Citi® Platinum Select® / AAdvantage® Visa Signature® and the Citi Select® / AAdvantage® American Express® cards at the same time. They’re pretty much the same card, right? Why bother getting both? Well, does a flight around the world interest you? How about $300 worth of statement credits? If so, you’ll want both cards. I’ll tell you about the benefits (we’ll discuss miles further down in the post), my sign-up bonus experience, the best deal you can get, how to best manage your cards, and the kicker: how you can get two cards at once. Let’s get down to business.
Card Benefits (as of 1/4/2013)
- $95 annual fee is waived for the first year
- First checked bag is free on American Airlines, American Eagle, and AmericanConnection® “operated and marked” flights. Up to four (4) travel companions booked on the same reservation are also eligible for a free checked bag. Note: This does not apply on codeshare flights (American Airlines flights operated by different airlines).
- Priority boarding on American Airlines, American Eagle, and AmericanConnection® “operated and marked” flights. Up to four (4) travel companions booked on the same reservation are also eligible to receive this perk. Note: This does not apply on codeshare flights.
- 2 miles for every $1 spent on American Airlines purchases. 1 mile for every $1 spent on all other purchases.
My Sign-Up Bonus Experience
In July of 2012, I took a look at the Citi AAdvantage Visa and American Express pages. The offers were okay, but I knew I could find something much better. I came across a Flyertalk thread that discussed all the existing Citi AAdvantage offers. The majority of the offers were expired, but the links to the application pages were still active.
Note: The two-browser trick mentioned below no longer works in its past incarnation. Take a look at Million Mile Secrets’ newest post regarding the use of the two-browser trick.
Before I continue, we should get to something much more important – the two-browser trick. The two-browser trick allows you to apply for both the Citi® Platinum Select® / AAdvantage® Visa Signature® and the Citi Select® / AAdvantage® American Express® cards at the same time. If you haven’t checked out the link, I’ll explain. Open both application pages in separate tabs in your web browser. Fill the first one out, correctly and completely, but don’t submit it just yet. Switch tabs, and fill the second application out. Don’t submit it yet. Once everything is filled out, submit the first application, quickly switch over to the second application, and submit it. This will result in only one hard inquiry on your credit, and if all goes well, two new credit cards!
Getting back to the applications – I ended up sifting through the Flyertalk thread and finding offers I could not pass up. Here are the details (both cards were exactly the same):
- Receive 50,000 AAdvantage miles after spending 3,000 dollars within 4 months
- Receive one (1) companion pass
- Receive 150 dollar statement credit after any American Airlines purchase
Thanks to the two browser-trick, I received 100,000 AAdvantage miles, two companion passes, and 300 dollars in statement credits – quick makings for a trip around the world if you ask me.
Your Sign-Up Bonus Experience
As these offers are very time sensitive, it’s always best to consult the Flyertalk thread before making any decisions. Since the offer I took advantage of is no longer active, there are several other options that you can find via the thread.
Note: The minimum spend on these offers are not small. If you don’t normally spend that amount or don’t think you’ll be able to meet the minimum spend without overspending, look for some different offers – the Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great start. Remember, since these offers are technically “expired” yet the links are still active, do this at your own risk. But they worked for me and hundreds of others as seen on the Flyertalk thread. When you receive the card, call and confirm the minimum spend and the perks you’ll receive when you activate the card.
How to Manage Your Cards
Since you will have two cards that are identical, you should close one card before the one-year anniversary so you won’t be charged the annual fee for both cards. You’ll still be able to get priority boarding and a free checked bag, but you’ll only have to spend 95 dollars per subsequent year as opposed to 190 dollars. That’s exactly what I’ll be doing.
Enjoy the miles. If you have any suggestions, questions, or comments, drop us a line!