Review: American Airlines Credit Cards

american-airlines-credit-cardAmerican Airlines, in partnership with Citi, offers 3 credit cards with varying rewards options, along with various annual fees, which will likely play into your decision of which is right for you. An overview / review of each card is below:

  • The AAdvantage Platinum Select Mastercard offers 2 miles per dollar on American Airlines purchases and 1 mile per dollar on everything else. It also offers a number of other perks: first checked bag is free for you and up to 4 people traveling with you, you get “Group 1” boarding privileges, 25% off in-flight purchases, and you get 10% of your miles rebated back when you redeem miles for a flight reward. Plus, new cardholders get 50,000 extra miles if you charge at least $3000 on the card within the first 3 months of having it. The annual fee is $95, but that is waived for the first year. Apply here.
  • The AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard also offers 2 miles per dollar on American Airlines purchases and a mile per dollar on other purchases, but the other perks it offers are bigger than the Platinum Select MasterCard. You get the first bag checked free for you and up to 8 people traveling with you, dedicated check-in lines at airport security, access to to Admirals Club lounges at airports, 25% off in-flight purchases, and no foreign transaction fees on purchases out of the country. New cardholders also get 50,000 extra miles if you charge at least $5000 on the card within the first 3 months of having it. Finally, if you charge over $40,000 in a calendar year, you’ll get 10,000 Elite Qualifying Miles toward elite status with American. Annual fee on this card is $450, which may be more than worth it for the frequent traveler. Application here.
  • The CitiBusiness AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard offers 2 miles per dollar on American Airlines purchases as well as car rental, gas, and telecommunications purchases, and 1 mile per dollar on everything else. It’s other perks include: first checked bag is free for you and up to 4 people traveling with you, you get “Group 1” boarding privileges, and 25% off in-flight purchases. Plus, new cardholders get 50,000 extra miles if you charge at least $3000 on the card within the first 3 months of having it. The annual fee is $95, but that is waived for the first year. Apply here.

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