Which American Airlines Credit Card Should You Get?

By Jason Steele. Last updated 26 July 2017. 0 comments

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Citibank has been offering credit cards co-branded with American Airlines for many years, and it currently features three different cards with attractive benefits for frequent travelers.

Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard®

The Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard® from our partner Citi offers double miles on eligible American Airlines purchases, and one mile per dollar spent elsewhere. Earn 30,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles after making $1,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening. Other benefits include free first checked bag for you and up to four companions on the same reservation, 25% discount on inflight purchases, preferred boarding, and no foreign transaction fees. Cardholders also receive 10% of their redeemed miles back, up to 10,000 per year. There is a $95 annual fee for this card that is waived the first 12 months.

Click here to learn more and apply for the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard® today!

Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard®

This top of the line product offers everything the consumer version of Platinum Select does, and more. For a limited time, the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard® offers 75,000 bonus miles after $7,500 in purchases within three months of account opening. The big feature is a membership in the Admirals Club lounge program and concierge service. Also, the checked baggage fee waiver extends to eight other companions, and travelers receive priority check-in and airport screening. Finally, cardholders will earn 10,000 AAdvantage Elite Qualifying Miles from American Airlines when they spend $40,000 in purchases within the year. There is a $450 annual fee for this card, and no foreign transaction fees.

Click here to learn more and apply for the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard® today!

Citi® / AAdvantage® Gold World Elite™ Mastercard®

The Citi® / AAdvantage® Gold World Elite™ Mastercard® offers 25,000 bonus miles after you make $750 in purchases within three months of account opening. You'll also enjoy 25% savings on in-flight food and beverages on American Airlines flights, plus reduced mileage awards where you get to fly for 5,000 fewer AAdvantage miles roundtrip to select destinations. If you need more time paying for purchases or balance transfers, this card has a 0% intro APR on both for 15 months; after the intro period, a 16.74% - 24.74% variable APR applies. (There is a balance transfer fee of 3% of the amount transferred, $5 minimum.) The $50 annual fee for this card is waived for the first 12 months.

Click here to learn more and apply for the Citi® / AAdvantage® Gold World Elite™ Mastercard® today!

Which Card Should You Get?

The right card for you will depend on how much travel you are planning with American Airlines. Also, American Airlines is part of the oneworld Alliance which consists of 15 carriers. If you own a small business, the CitiBusiness card is a no brainer over the consumer platinum card. It includes extra bonus categories as well as the annual companion pass.

Citi's Executive card is for the most frequent flyers who can make use of the Admiral's club airport lounges on a regular basis. In fact, the $450 annual fee for this card is less than purchasing a lounge membership by itself. This is also great card for those whose travels take them overseas, as it has no foreign transaction fees. (See also: Best Credit Cards that Offer Free Airport Lounge Access)

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