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Citi AAdvantage MileUp Card Open for Applications, No Annual Fee

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Applications are now open for the Citi AAdvantage MileUp credit card, the latest co-branded airline credit card with no annual fee.

We previously wrote about the Citi AAdvantage MileUp when Citi and American Airlines announced it earlier this month. As a reminder, the card comes with a 10,000-mile bonus and $50 statement credit after spending $500 in three months. Cardholders also get 2x points on American Airlines purchases and at grocery stores. This offer can be found at our Top Credit Cards page. 

We generally feel like airlines’ higher-value cards like the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard are worth the $95 annual fee. But banks realize many travelers are scared off by annual fees, so if you’re or looking for an easy way to add some AAdvantage miles, it’s worth considering.

 

What Benefits does the AAdvantage MileUp Card Offer?

  • 10,000 bonus AAdvantage miles and a $50 statement credit after spending $500 on the card within the first three months
  • No annual fee
  • 2 miles per dollar spent on purchases made directly with American Airlines
  • 2 miles per dollar spent on purchases at grocery stores
  • 1 mile per dollar spent on all other eligible purchases

This offer can be found at our Top Credit Cards page. 

 

Our Analysis

This card is more or less identical to the Blue Delta SkyMiles credit card from American Express. Both cards offer a 10,000-mile signup bonus with their respective airlines. However, 10,000 miles doesn’t get you very far – a short domestic one-way flight, at most. And like the Delta card, this AAdvantage card doesn’t come with benefits like free checked baggage or priority boarding.

There’s no denying that AAdvantage miles are worth collecting, though. Between great rates on domestic flights, a cheaper award chart for trips to Europe and maybe the best partner airline network between the three airline alliances, AA miles are tough to beat.

 

Bottom Line

We’d generally recommend readers start with a card that comes with a bigger bonus and more benefit. Especially considering those cards waive the $95 annual fee in year one. However, the Citi AAdvantage MileUp card could be a good place for an aspiring frequent traveler to get started with travel rewards card. This offer can be found at our Top Credit Cards page. 

 

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Editorial Note: Any opinions, analyses, reviews, or recommendations expressed in this article are those of the author’s alone, and have not been reviewed, approved, or otherwise endorsed by any card issuer.

2 Responses

  1. Sam says:

    If I have the red Mastercard also, can I combine the points with this CC if I want to book a ticket?

    • Kyle Potter says:

      If you mean the Aviator Red Mastercard, then yes – both cards deposit the miles into your AA account after meeting the spend requirement/paying the annual fee.

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