If you’ve followed any “miles” blogs in the last few years you may have noticed a trend. That trend is ‘miles are getting harder to earn’. It’s only natural for airlines/hotels/banks to cut back as more people wise-up to this lucrative game.
It’s getting tough
The big-three airlines no longer reward you with miles based on the distance flown, it is based on the cost of your ticket. Banks are making it harder to get approved for credit cards in close frequency (Chase, Bank of America, Citi, to name a few). In addition, award space is getting more scarce and miles need for a flight or hotel is going up.
Okay, now that I got all of that depressing stuff out-of-the-way.. Here is how I scored 10,000 points in 30 seconds.
As you probably know, banks are constantly changing the amount of points they offer on a given credit card product. In this case, I signed up for the Citi American Airlines Platinum card in January.
This is the second Citi AA card I signed up for in 12 months thanks to the 24 month language not being present. The offer in January was 50,000 AAdvantage miles, not bad at all.
Citi AA Platinum 60,000 Miles credit card link (not affiliate, so feel free to use another link)
Some credit card companies, certainly Chase and Citi, will typically “match” your points to the current offer. If you signed up for a credit card, usually in the last 90 days, the credit card company will typically match you to the current higher public offer.
How to Match
It is simple, just send a secure message to the bank politely asking to be matched to the current higher public point/mile offer. Login to your credit card account page and look for “message center”. Here is what I emailed:
I was approved for the 50,000 mile AAdvantage Platinum offer in January. I’ve noticed that the current public offer has been increased to 60,000 AA miles. I am kindly requesting to be matched to the higher offer. Thank you for your time.
Just three hours later I received this response from Citi:
I have added 10,000 miles to your account to match the offer that you received. This adjustment will be included in the total monthly mileage on your statement within 2 billing periods.
Cash Advances and Cash Advance Fees, Card Membership Fees, interest charges, late fees, payments, returned payments and returned payment fees, transferred balances and items returned for credit are exempt from earning bonus miles or statement credits. Merchant returns will reduce the spend amount.
We appreciate your business and value you as our customer.
Please let us know if we can be of further assistance.
That is it, by being aware of current offers and asking to be matched, I scored a bonus 10,000 miles. 10,000 AA miles is enough to bump from business to first class on some one-way routes. As a data point, I reached out to Citi 112 days AFTER I was approved in January, very impressive!