39 thoughts on “Positive Update on the 30,000 American Airlines Miles Offer for Opening a Citigold Account 

  1. Why does your wife needs to wait for her next AA card?

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    • I want the 30k AA offer and that you need an AA card for. Technically anyone has been able to register but in case I have issues, I can point to her having an AA card which should make her eligible. If I wanted the 40k TYP, I could do that now

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      • Can you make her an authorized user of your AA card, and then she can open a new citigold account? I am in the same position as you…

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        • Hmm didn’t think of that. Honestly not sure. I could see it working but my concern is if the miles don’t post for her and I have to have them look into it, they will see its my account and not hers and as such, not award the miles. Maybe I’m being too conservative with this?

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  2. This is great–waiting for mine to post as well. It’s been about 2 months.

    If I close my citigold (not downgrade) after the miles post, any instances of them clawing back? Or is there language requiring one to keep a citi checking in order to keep the miles?

    Thanks!

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    • I’m not 100% sure but I think you would be fine. I haven’t read any reports of miles being clawed back in this case.

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    • I just called citi about this offer and was told that although you are not charged for the first 60 days monthly fees, you are in fact required to keep the account open for at least 5 months (the first 60 days and then three additional months when fees are not waived) , so I am a bit surprised that miles are being posted within @three months rather than five to six… What I heard from citi is enough to warn me off this deal . Comments?

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      • I understand what you are saying but there is nothing in the terms that REQUIRES the account to be open 5 months. Rather I read it as you may have to wait 90 days after qualifying activity (which takes you to the 5 month mark) but they could post it earlier. I think I am good in this case but I would have expected to wait 5 months total to get the bonus – I was surprised as well to get it earlier

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  3. […] Earning the full 30,000 American mile bonus for a Citi checking account without fees or meeting a mi…. […]

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  4. When funding the account with a credit card, is it treated as a cash advance? Do you still earn points/rewards for using a credit card in this way?

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  6. Doesn’t citi tax mileage bonuses for checking account?

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  7. caveat emptor. i once got i think it was 20,000 AA points for opening a citibank account i think around three years ago. in january of the next year, i got a notice that was also sent to the IRA that I was paid a dividend of $650, which is what they (over) valued the miles at. in short, that $650 was reported as taxable income. i suspect that citibank hasn’t changed in sending out the taxable income form for the points earned. this financially aids citibank because the $650.00 is taken off of their books as an expense and put on my books as revenue.

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    • To my knowledge, Citi doesn’t send a 1099 for AA miles anymore. I think Doctor of Credit had a post on it but can’t find it at the moment

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      • I got a 1099 Misc from Citi for earning more than 60k in TYP and using it last year from checking accounts. You won’t get it if the points are earn from CC (I got more than 300k AA mles from CC) but since it was from checking accounts, they sent the 1099 MISC.Not sure how they would value AA miles earned through the banking side though.

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  8. make that the IRS

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  9. Is this offer churnable? I got the 30K miles about two years ago then downgraded to basic checking but the downgraded checking account is still open.

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    • The offer states for new account holders only so I would guess no in your case. What might work is if someone closed their account and then sometime later (possibly years) opened a new account. I have no insight if that will work but based on how loosely Citi enforces limits on credit card, it very well might.

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      • Any negatives to closing a checking account and reopening? Is the age of your checking account important in any way? When I call Citi they always thank me for having an account for over 18 years with them.

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        • I don’t think there is. Outside of being able to leverage that during a reconsideration call for a credit card where you can point to being a loyal customer for 18 years, I don’t there is much benefit.

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  10. Did the charge on your Barclays card show as a cash advance or purchase?

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  11. hhttp://www.creditcards.com/credit-card-news/irs-taxable-income-credit-card-rewards-points-gift-1277.php

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  12. I never got my bonus. Every time I asked, the rep asked me to produce the email listing the promotional code. Obviously I didn’t have it because I got the code off the internet. So that was a waste of my time.

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    • Sorry to hear it didn’t work for you. I know others have had success without getting the code directly – not sure why it didn’t work for you.

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  13. Awesome news Ralph! I opened an account for myself in February and then my wife in March after I realized how easy this was, but hadn’t yet seen any fees to either account. Our AA miles haven’t posted yet, but I didn’t know this would be a great way to MS too. I opened each account with $18,000 from my Arrival+ and can also report no cash advance fees (set limit to zero first). So, around $800 in travel from my Barclays card before we even get to the 60,000 AA miles which hopefully post soon! Thanks for the update!

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  14. Hi Ralph, I am looking at the citi bank online credit/deposit form (which I have to mail to citibank) but in nowhere does it indicate my checking account number. How does citi know which checking account to fund my deposit? Thanks! This is the form citi asked me to fill out:
    https://online.citibank.com/JRS/popups/ao/CreditCard.pdf

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  15. I opened my account yesterday over the phone (Citigold office 1-888-248-4465). I gave them the code 4Y6KEW8XL3 — he found the offer and read all the terms to me. I was approved, and I funded it with $2,000 from a Citi Aadvantage credit card and was told I would receive a letter explaining terms which I would have to sign and send back; only at that time would my account be funded. It sounds as if it will be almost 2 weeks before the account will be available to satisfying terms — a different experience than I have read about here, but I don’t mind because it will give me time to figure out how I will work this deal. I’m thinking about transferring some retirement funds to fulfill my required minimum to avoid the fees. It can all be linked.

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    • You were able to use a CITI AA card to fund your CITI Gold Checking Account?? Did you pay cash advance fees?? Explain how things worked for you please. Thanks

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  16. Can I fund my bluebird account and count it to fulfill the $750 requirement?

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  17. Thanks for this post! After setting up the CitiGold account on 7/2/15 and completing the requirements in August, the 30K AA points finally posted today 12/9/15 (but show 12/7/15). I was charged 2 fees which I asked for and was given credit on. Tried the chat to have the Gold downgraded to basic, but chat had me call in which was no problem at all. Thanks again for the datapoints! Love reading this blog.

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