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CitiBusiness®/ AAdvantage® World MasterCard® Review

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Citi has been working hard to differentiate their line of business cards from the crowd. One of the ways they have done this is by releasing co-branded business cards that feature additional benefits for certain users. They are also offering some nice sign up bonuses on select cards. One of their business rewards cards that meets both of these criteria is the Citi Business® / AAdvantage® World MasterCard®, which features solid benefits for all users, and some extra benefits when used on American Airlines, including 30,000 American Airline AAdvantage® bonus miles and two Admiral’s Club® lounge One-Day Passes after making $1,000 in purchases in the first 3 months of cardmembership* This is generally enough points to receive a round-trip coach ticket on most domestic American Airlines flights.

CitiBusiness®/ AAdvantage® World MasterCard® Review

CitiBusiness®/ AAdvantage® World MasterCard® ReviewThe Citi Business® / AAdvantage® World MasterCard® is designed with the business traveler in mind, and it pulls double duty as a solid business rewards card and as a travel credit card. The primary benefits come when you use this card as a travel card, as cardholders receive Group 1 boarding privileges and your first bag is checked free for you and up to 4 travel companions.

Rewards and other benefits: You also earn 2 American Airlines AAdvantage® miles when you use the Citi Business® / AAdvantage® World MasterCard® on eligible American Airlines purchases, including US Airways codeshare flights booked through American Airlines.* Cardholders also earn 2 AAdvantage® miles for every $1 spent on purchases at certain office supply, telecommunications and car rental merchants. You will receive 1 AAdvantage mile per $1 spent on other purchases.*

Companion travel tickets and bonus miles.  You can also earn a domestic travel companion ticket for $99 when you spend $30,000 on your card in any given year and you renew your cardmembership. Government taxes and fees are not included in this companion ticket price, and they will range from $21.60 to $43.20, depending on your itinerary. This benefit is in addition to the miles you earn. You can also earn a 5% AAdvantage® mileage bonus based upon eligible purchases made during the cardmembership year when you renew your annual card membership.

CitiBusiness®/ AAdvantage® World MasterCard®Here are the bullet points for this offer:

  • Designed for businesses with an established credit history
  • Earn 30,000 American Airline AAdvantage® bonus miles and two Admiral’s Club® lounge One-Day Passes after making $1,000 in purchases in the first 3 months of cardmembership*
  • Get the first checked bag free for you and up to 4 traveling companions*
  • Enjoy Group 1 Boarding*
  • Earn 2 AAdvantage® miles for every $1 spent on eligible American Airlines purchases, including US Airways codeshare flights booked through American Airlines.*
  • Earn 2 AAdvantage® miles for every $1 spent on purchases at certain office supply, telecommunications and car rental merchants. Earn 1 AAdvantage® mile per $1 spent on other purchases.*
  • Receive 25% savings on in-flight food and beverage purchases when you use your card on American Airlines flights*

Fees and Other Information

The annual fee of $95 is waived for the first 12 months. If you are a frequent flier, the $95 annual fee is quickly made up for with the free checked bags for you and your travel companions, as well as the priority boarding, which is a great time saver.

Who Should Use This Card

The target audience is businesses with an established credit history. This is a solid credit card for the frequent business traveler, especially if American Airlines is your preferred airline. If you don’t frequently travel on American Airlines, you may be better off choosing a different business or travel rewards card. Click here to apply or learn more.

Photo credit: caribb


Published or updated August 29, 2014.
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