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Card To Consider: Get 25,000 Miles With The AA Gold Credit Card

25,000 miles
Written by Charlie

With credit card issuers tightening things up for those of us who get a lot of cards for the bonuses (and other things), it is always a wise thing to check around at the other cards to see if they will make good additions to our mileage plans.

For many of us, there is a certain threshold that we use to determine if an offer is worth signing up for. For instance, signing up for a credit card to get a 2 liter of soda is never worth it. 🙂 I like to think that at least $400 is a good threshold but I am willing to bend it depending on what the card offers.

American Airlines Gold Credit Card – 25,000 Miles

25,000 miles

American Airlines Gold Card Application (this is not a referral link)


  • Card issued by Citi
  • Must spend $750 in 3 months
  • 25,000 miles after meeting spending
  • Not eligible for the bonus if you have opened or closed the Gold card in the last 18 months
  • Annual Fee – $50 (waived the first year)

This particular American Airlines credit card offers 25,000 miles and it only requires $750 in spending to get the bonus! That is a nice, easy threshold and a quick way to pick up 25,000 miles. AA miles are probably among the most valuable, especially when you consider how many great partners you can redeem on. If international travel does not interest you, this offer still gets you a roundtrip award ticket in the continental US – pretty good!

This card does not give you a free bag, so you will not have that to look forward to. But, it does have a much lower annual fee if you decide to keep it (which I would not). The annual fee is only $50, but it is waived the first year.

The bonus on this card would actually make this a nice addition to the AA Platinum Select card that offers 50,000 miles. That way, you could pick up the same 75,000 miles on two cards that the AA Executive AAdvantage card is offering – but with $3,750 less in spending and $450 less in annual fees up front!

But, if you want as many AA miles as possible, then getting all three AA cards, plus a business card, could really fatten up your AA mileage balance!

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About the author


Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points.
Now he uses this experience and knowledge to help others through Running with Miles.


  • Do you know how strict they are on the no bonus if you’ve closed an account in the last 18 months? This was the first mileage earning credit card I got about 5 years ago and the one I’ve been using exclusively up until I started reading your blog and other blogs on boarding area. I recently closed it because I have the AAdvantage platinum card now, but am wondering if I can sign up again and get another 25000 miles? Or do I really have to wait 18 months?

  • You said….Not eligible for the bonus if you have opened or closed the Gold card in the last 18 months.

    I recently closed the only Citi card I had, the 100k Exec card, which I picked up 2 of those and closed out 1 a while ago.

    Can I still apply for this Gold version?

    • It is just that particular card, so as long as you have not opened or closed the Gold card (the other AA cards do not matter), you are fine!

      • So I did apply and got the ‘under review’ message online. I’m armed with the application number and will dig up the recon number. 25k will help pad my numbers nicely. Thanks for the info!