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Citi AAdvantage- 10% Awards Booking Rebate Posts Immediately

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Last year Citi and American Airlines added some interesting perks for credit card holders. 

There was one thing that really stood out: Earn Miles for Using Miles:
Earn 10% of your redeemed AAdvantage miles back- up to 10,000 AAdvantage miles each calendar year.

This sounded like an amazing offer. How could you go wrong with getting back miles for using them! The only negative to the offer was that the mileage rebate was capped. To make this a true 10% back offer, I’d like to try to not redeem more than 100,000 AAdvantage miles in any given year. By doing so I could earn the full rebate.

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I was looking to set up my travel plans for most of 2013 early this year so I had an idea. If I could get an AA award booking done before 2012 was over, maybe I could earn the 10% rebate for 2012 and 2013 (if I decided to book another flight with AAdvantage miles).

Prior to booking an awards flight on AA, I called up the AAdvantage Gold phone line. I asked for information about how the credit card mileage rebate worked. The customer service rep wasn’t so sure about this offer. However, he did guess that I would be credited back my 10% after I took the actual flight, not at the time of booking the flight.

The rep’s answer made sense. What a bummer! I was hoping that I could book a flight, earn my miles refund immediately and still qualify for this same offer in 2013.

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Fast forward to a couple of days ago. I was checking my AAdvantage account balance online. While checking recent activity I noticed a couple of thing:

    1. Mileage for the AA flight that I booked for the end of June had been deducted from my account on 12/20/12. The miles were deducted in two 50,000 mile increments. 
    2. I earned 10,000 miles for the Citi 10% Awards Bonus, also credited on 12/20/12.

        This was amazing news! Now if I decide to book another AA award flight in 2013 I will still be eligible for the 10% mileage refund (up to 10,000 miles in a calendar year). 

        Win A Trip to LA For the Finale of the Hilton HHonors Charitable Golf Series

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        Hilton HHonors and Citi are running a sweepstakes with the prize being a trip to L.A. for the Finale of the 2012 Charitable Golf Series at the Riviera Country Club.
        While I’m not a fan of golf, I would love to visit L.A. again (I haven’t been there since I was 11) so I’ll definitely enter this sweepstakes.
        The Prize:
        • Roundtrip airfare for two to L.A.
        • Two night stay at the Beverly Hilton
        • Two rounds of golf for you and a guest at The Riviera Country Club
        • $500 gift card
        The event takes place October 8-10, 2012
        Open to legal residents of the 50 United States & D.C.
        Must be 21 years of age at time of entry
        Must be a Hilton HHonors Member to enter

        Enter by 11:59 pm ET on September 5, 2012
        Enter the sweepstakes HERE.
        You can also gain additional entries for each completed night you stay by 9/5/12

        **Thanks to Rene from Delta Points for letting me know about this sweepstakes!

        Update- Citi AA Card Retention Bonus- Success!

        I decided to call Citi one more time to try for a retention bonus on my American Airlines business card. The rep was very helpful and gave me two very nice offers:

        1. 2,500 bonus miles to keep my account open & do nothing
        2. 10,000 bonus miles if I keep my account open & spend $5,000 in 6 months

        Since I don’t have any new cards to reach minimum spends on, I went with choice 2. Spending $5,000 in 6 months is not too hard and well worth 10,000 bonus miles!

        Just remember when you want to cancel your Citi AA card-call and ask for a bonus to keep your account open & it’s never too early to ask, this card was opened in June!

        Update- Citi AA Card Retention Bonus-Success

        I decided to call Citi one last time to ask for a retention bonus to keep my American Airlines Business Card account open. The rep was very helpful and had two offers for me
          1- 2,500 miles to keep my account open & do nothing
          2- 10,000 miles to keep my account open & spend $5,000 in 6 months

        I went with option 2. Spending $5,000 in 6 months will not be hard to do and is well worth 10,000 AA bonus miles!

        If you are thinking of closing your Citi AA credit card don’t forget to ask for a bonus to keep the acount open. Take the bonus offer and then close it a couple of months later!

        One of My Mileage Goals Reached- AA Lifetime Status

        I finally have Lifetime Gold status on American Airlines!!! 

        I didn’t think that I would get there when changes to the AAdvantage program were announced in August. I did a couple of things to make it happen just in time.

        I transferred a bunch of Starwood points to AA miles and then had my wife apply for the Starwood 30,000 point promo over the summer. I then linked my wife’s Starwood account to mine and transferred her miles to my account to turn into AA miles. This got me within around 130,000 miles. I had already received two 75,000 bonuses from Citi AA cards this year & read that Citi AA cards were only churnable every 17 months give or take. I decided to take a chance and apply again and was instantly approved within a few minutes for a Citi AA Visa! I then decided to open a new browser and apply for a Citi AA Amex card. I crossed my fingers and what do ya know, I was approved!

        I did not have much time to reach the spend needed to earn each 75,000 bonus before the AA Advantage program changed. The AA Visa has a $1500 spend requirement, the AA Amex $4000. I ended up “charging” $1000 to myself/ my wife on each card for free through Amazon Payments, used an app called Square to charge $3000 to myself (which cost $83) and then actually used the cards to pay some bills.

        Hopefully Gold status will be useful when I decide to fly with some of the AA miles I have earned! 

        Are Citi American Airlines Retention Bonuses Still An Option?

        I currently have a few Citi AA credit cards active and don’t really have a need for some of them. Before closing a Citi card, I always try to get a retention bonus.
        A few months back instead of closing one of my cards I received 3,000 bonus miles and an offer to earn an additional 750 miles for spending $750 or more per month for up to 16 months. Not a bad deal if you ask me!
        I have another older card that I’d like to cash in for a retention bonus but have had no luck with my calls after two tries so far. Each time I was placed on hold and the rep could not reach a retention specialist. I was told that I have two options- close the account or call back. I’ve been going with the call back approach and am now hoping that the third time does the trick! I am going to keep trying until I am given a flat out “no” to giving me a bonus to keep my business.

        For personal cards you can reach the Citi Retention Line at 800-444-2568.
        For business cards just call the # on the back of your card & you will get transferred if you are lucky.