Citi AAdvantage Bonus Now Every 24 Months Instead Of 18

Citi has taken another step to curve churning for their credit card. After putting a stop to the World/World Elite loophole (kind of), they have also extended the timeframe for receiving another bonus.

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It used to be that you have to wait 18 months since you last opened or closed a Citi card, in order to receive the bonus again. Now that has changed to 24 months. Here’s the new language on the AAdvantage card application page:

“American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles not available if you have had a Citi®/AAdvantage® Platinum Select® MasterCard® opened or closed in the past 24 months”.

Not a major setback, but still a move in the wrong direction. The new rule shows up for most Citi cards.

This however doesn’t affect the loophole. It’s not completely dead. There’s a few successful reports, but mainly when you apply through mailers and pre-qualified online offers. I haven’t tested it out myself yet. Check out this reddit thread with survey results on the World/World Elite loophole.

HT: reddit

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