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It’s been quite the saga.  A few months ago, there was a promotion to earn 50,000 American AAdvantage miles (or 50,000 ThankYou points) by opening up a Citigold checking account.  The real kicker to this deal was the ability to fund the initial deposit with a credit card (though you can no longer do that)citibank

(SEE ALSO: The miles from my $39,000 purchase just posted!!)

I opened up an account back in December 2015 and funded it with an Alaska Airlines card, and those miles posted shortly after.  Generally in these types of situations, I recommend sending a secure message to make sure that you have enrolled correctly.  In this case, I messaged Citi and they confirmed that I was enrolled in the program

Citi tries to back out

I have experience with the necessity of following up on bonuses and things like this.

(SEE ALSO: 8 months later, I’ve almost got my 25,000 Avios refunded)aer-lingus-1306

(SEE ALSO: Why Aer Lingus is paying me $1306)

so once the 90 days passed with no AA miles, I have continued to follow up with Citi to see where the miles were.  Then, I saw over on Doctor of Credit that Citibank was denying many of the bonuses, saying that the people were not “targeted”.

I thought I had a pretty good case, given the message I received, but I thought I would call in to see what would happen.  Apparently, there have been a lot of queries, so when I told the phone agent I was calling in about this bonus, she took my information, and said a report would be emailed to me within a few days.  She gave me a password to open up the PDF file once it arrived.

(SEE ALSO: Citi reconsideration phone number and website)

Success!  Getting my American AAdvantage miles

A few days (and yet ANOTHER phone call) later, I got an email from Citibank with a letter saying that I was eligible and just needed to provide my AA member number, which I then did.

A few MORE weeks passed and still no miles, so yesterday, while on the Citi website, I did a live chat and asked about the miles.  The chat agent said that they had posted “today” and might take a few days to show up on American’s site.  How convenient I thought… 🙂

But sure enough, today while updating Award Wallet, I noticed that my 50,000 miles had (finally!) posted!


Guess it’s time to cancel my CitiGold account finally so I can stop getting those $30 monthly charges…

What about you?  Did you open up a Citigold checking account and if so, have you received your promotional bonus?


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