March 31st, 2014
The biggest card bonus out there now is the 100K bonus on the Citi AAdvantage Executive card.
Since then my wife and I have already gotten 400K bonus miles with 2 cards each and just yesterday we were approved for our 3rd card each. That will bring our total to 600K bonus miles. It’s more than enough miles for 2 people to take 16 flights in first class on an around-the-world OneWorld ticket. Been there, done that already.
Tidbits worth knowing:
-Yes, you need to figure out how to spend $10K in a short period of time. So this isn’t for everyone. If you’re looking for big bonuses with less spending take a look at this post.
-Yes, the card carries a whopping $450 annual fee, though it’s refundable if you close it within 37 days of that being billed. Sometimes the fee is billed on the first statement, sometimes on the second statement. Sometimes the first statement comes right away, sometimes it takes a month. YMMV.
-You get a $200 statement credit which posts after you spend $200 on anything.
-Lots of people have reported that they had their American mileage account permanently closed with all miles forfeited for gaming this card by buying and cancelling refundable tickets.
-The miles sometimes post on the first statement after completing spending and sometimes don’t post until the 2nd statement after completing the spending. YMMV.
-Generally speaking you can apply for 1 Citi card per week and 2 per rolling 60 day period.
-I got lucky by racking up 3 million lifetime miles with American and getting lifetime Platinum status before 2011 when they stopped counting credit card miles towards lifetime status. If they still counted it that way I’m pretty sure there would be a whole lot more lifetime Plats around this year
Stay thirsty, my friends