Back in the good old days you were able to open several Citi American Airlines cards every month via 3BM and get the signup bonus for each one. I was doing 3BMs when I started this blog in 2004 before the term MBM or 3BM existed.
Up until a few years ago those miles counted towards lifetime elite status, so I racked up millions of miles and lifetime Platinum status.
Then Citi started approving people for just 1 AA card every 18 months. Occasionally a link would surface on DDF that would grant approval without waiting 18 months, but that was the exception to the rule.
The $450/year AA executive card offering 100K miles earlier this year did not have an 18 month waiting period and I’m sure I’m not the only one who took that as a license to print a million AA miles in the first half of this year.
Until now there was one thing you could count on, if you were approved for a Citi card you would get the bonus.
That no longer appears to be the case.
DDF member ari2955 reports that he was approved for the AA executive card, completed the spending, and was denied the bonus.
Normally I’d be suspect and say to wait until the next statement generates but the app has added language that “American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles not available if you have had a Citi Executive® / AAdvantage® World EliteTM MasterCard® opened or closed in the past 18 months.”
Now there is language like that on cards from other banks that isn’t enforced, but a Citicards employee who is also a DDF member confirmed that this change has been pushed through on the AA Executive card, the Citi Premier card, and the Citi Expedia card. Indeed all of those cards have the new language that if you have had a card, opened the card, or have closed the card within the past 18 months that there won’t be a bonus.
And he reports that Citi will be adding that language to other cards as well…