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Review of the New Citi American Airlines AAdvantage Credit Card Benefits

Review of the New Citi AAdvantage Credit Card Benefits

Credit card issuers are in a continuous arms race with each other. The battle is to provide their cardholders with the most perks, rewards, and benefits in order to attract and retain as many customers as possible.

Among reward credit cards, airline credit cards tend to offer some of the best perks even at a time when non-cardholders are being charged extra for those very same benefits. Recently, while United and Delta were offering new features to holders of their co-branded cards, American Airlines was falling behind. In response, Citi and American airlines have recently enhanced the features offered to its cardholders.

New Features of the Citi® Platinum Select® / AAdvantage® World MasterCard®

Holders of the Citi® Platinum Select® / AAdvantage® World MasterCard® now receive their first checked bag for free and the first bag free for up to four additional customers traveling with the cardholder on the same itinerary. Cardholders also receive priority boarding for themselves and four others traveling on the same itinerary.

In addition, account holders will also receive a 10% refund on their redeemed American Airlines AAdvantage miles. The miles must be in the cardholders account first, and then the 10% rebate is given after the award flight is ticketed. A further 25% discount is offered to cardholders on in-flight purchases of food, beverages, and entertainment. A $100 flight discount is given to cardholders who spend $30,000 in a calendar year.

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Conclusions

Citi and the American Airlines AAdvantage program have come up with an innovative slate of new benefits to add to their existing cards. Yet in some respects, they have held short of matching other offers. For example, these Citi cards do not offer any elite qualifying miles like some of the Delta Skymiles cards from American Express, or a higher standard rate of mileage earning like the United Explorer card.

Yet all of these new benefits obscure the fact that American’s award redemption availability at the lowest mileage levels continues to be far better than their rivals. By adding valuable features and benefits to a card that already has better award availability, American and Citi are keeping up with the airline credit card arms race and in many ways finally offering a better product than their competitors.

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About the author

Jeffrey Weber

Jeffrey Weber has been following and blogging about the credit card industry since 2004. He has also written for Forbes and been cited in a wide range of major media outlets including USA Today, Time, MSN Money, The Christian Science Monitor, The Detroit Free Press and numerous other prestigious online and print publications.

Jeffrey resides in Easton, Connecticut and enjoys spending his free time chasing after his two year old son, watching films with his wife and occasionally taking a holiday to go snorkeling.

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