At the end of January, Citi came out with an incredible offer for the Citi American Airlines World Elite Mastercard: a sign-up bonus of 100,000 American Airlines miles, plus $200 in statement credits AND Admiral’s Club lounge access. Such a great deal!
In the middle of March, PointChaser shared that she (and many others) were able to get TWO of these cards, resulting in two identical sign-up bonuses. 220,000 American Airlines miles! Amazing.
However, at the beginning of April, View From The Wing reported that the language on the sign-up offer had changed, indicating that people could now only get ONE sign-up bonus.
But I was curious. So far, I’ve only applied for one of these cards, and I’ve been feeling bummed that I missed the boat on two. I keep thinking of the saying, “He who hesitates is lost.”
Of course, now that Vanilla Reloads are no longer an option, the $10,000 spend requirement is a little more daunting – but definitely still doable. (Reloads aren’t the only game in town!) So I spent some time on Flyertalk, trying to learn if anyone had successfully applied for a second card AFTER the sign-up offer wording change, AND if they had received a second bonus.
So far, I have seen reports of numerous people who have successfully received second cards since the change, but I have not read about anyone who has received a second bonus. However, I also have not read about anyone who has not received one.
I did read this in the Flyertalk Wiki:
With Citi, if you are approved for a card, and meet the minimum spend requirement, you will get the bonus listed for the offer you applied for. Every time ! Unlike Chase or AMEX, who will send you a card, wait for you to pay the fee and spend, and then say “sorry, you don’t qualify for a bonus”. If Citi doesn’t intend to give you the bonus, they will just deny your app. They won’t even do a pull, they will just instantly deny your app. If they send you the card, and you meet the spend on time, you will get the bonus. My attorney insists I add “that could change tomorrow”, but from the Big Bang thru today, that has always been true.
Then I scoured the comments in Gary’s post (always a fun read!). There were a couple that were especially interesting, such as this one from Nate:
Based off that info, it seems that odds are fair-to-good that you could apply for a second card and get the bonus again! But I’m curious – does anyone have more information to add? Have you applied for a second card lately? Did the CSR you spoke to confirm the second bonus? Please share!