Travel with Comfort and Ease: Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard

By Jason Steele. Last updated 7 January 2021. 3 comments

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The promise of airline frequent flyer credit cards relies on a premise — cardholders will actually be able to redeem a reasonable amount of their miles for award flights a reasonable amount of the time. Yet too many airlines have such poor award availability at the lowest mileage levels that customers feel rightfully betrayed by the airlines and the credit cards that offer their frequent flyer miles. On the other hand, the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite Mastercard® from our partner Citi offers American Airlines miles that are still easy to redeem.

How This Card Works

For each dollar spent, cardholders earn one mile in the American Airlines AAdvantage® program, and double miles on purchases from American Airlines, at gas stations and restaurants. Earn a $125 American Airlines Flight Discount after you spend $20,000 or more in purchases during your cardmembership year and renew your card.

Bonus Offer: Earn 50,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles after $2,500 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening.

You can redeem your miles for award flights with American Airlines and other OneWorld airline partners. 

Other Benefits

Travel benefits and protection. Cardholders receive preferred boarding privileges on American Airlines flights, a 25% savings on eligible inflight food and beverage purchases when they use their card on American Airlines flights, and their first checked bag is free on domestic American Airlines itineraries for the cardholder and up to four companions traveling on the same reservation. Cardholders will also receive benefits such as extended warranty coverage, lost luggage insurance, and retail purchase protection.

World Card Hotel and Resorts Program. Another special perk for travelers is access to the World Card Hotel and Resorts Program, which has added benefits like best pricing, VIP status, complimentary breakfast, and early check-in.


AAdvantage program. The strength of this card comes from the American Airlines AAdvantage frequent flyer program, which is one of the best.

Easy-to-find award seats. American Airlines' website efficiently searches for seats on American and many of its other OneWorld partner carriers, and it is much easier to find award seats at the lowest mileage levels than it is with competitors.

Travel benefits. Furthermore, this card features a healthy number of benefits. Cardholders who have yet to reach elite status in American's program will enjoy free checked bags and priority boarding, as well as reduced mileage awards.


Annual fee. Although this card provides different ways to earn miles for award flights, the annual fee may still be a problem if you aren't able to earn enough every year for free flights. (See also: Which American Airlines Credit Card Should You Get?)

Who This Card Is Best For

This is a great card for customers of American Airlines that want to enjoy some additional convenience when traveling and to earn miles for award flights. 

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Craig Welch

"In addition, this card is equipped with an EMV smart chip that makes it compatible with a growing number of unattended kiosks overseas".

Nope. This is still a chip/signature card, not a chip/PIN card. Consequently, it will not work in European kiosks, at railway stations for example.

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Thanks for the heads up, Craig. We've edited the article to reflect the update.

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The card worked in Bulgaria, Romania, Germany, France, Czech Republic for me. It's chip and signature and after inserting the transaction just goes through without asking for a pin.