Which American Airlines Credit Card Should You Get?

By Christina Majaski. Last updated 27 May 2020. 0 comments

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

 

American Airlines AAdvantage MileUpSM Card

CitiBusiness / AAdvantage Platinum Select World Mastercard (Editor's note: This offer is currently unavailable.)

Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard (Editor's note: This offer is currently unavailable.)

Sign Up Bonus

Editor's note: This offer is no longer available.

10k miles and $50 statement credit after $500 within 3 months

Editor's note: This offer is no longer available.

65k miles after $4,000 in purchases in first 4 months

Editor's note: This offer is no longer available.

50k miles after $5,000 within 3 months

Rewards on purchases

2x miles on AA purchases and grocery stores, and grocery delivery services, 1x mile on other purchases

2x miles on AA purchases, 2x miles on purchases at telecommunications merchants, cable and satellite providers, car rental merchants. 1x mile on other purchases

2x miles on AA purchases, 1x mile on other purchases

Checked baggage

None

First checked bag free + up to 4 companions

First checked bag free + up to 8 companions

Priority boarding

None

Preferred boarding on domestic American Airlines operated flights

Early boarding for domestic American Airlines

Lounge Access

None

None

Admirals Club Membership: access over 50 Admirals Club worldwide (+ immediate family or up to two traveling guests)

Discounts On Inflight Purchases

25% inflight savings on food and beverages on American Airlines operated flights

25% inflight savings on food and beverages on American Airlines operated flights

25% inflight savings on food and beverages on American Airlines operated flights

Anniversary Bonus

N/A

$99 domestic economy fare AA Companion Certificate with $30,000 or more in purchases each year

10k AAdvantage Elite Qualifying Miles towards AAdvantage elite status membership with $40,000 or more in spending within the year

Foreign Transaction Fee

3%

Zero

Zero

Annual Fee

$0

$99, waived the first 12 months

$450

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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