American Airlines has inked new deals with AAdvantage credit card program partners, namely Citi, Barclaycard US, and MasterCard to extend their relationships. All of this means they will keep on providing customers with AAdvantage miles along with the additional benefits that come along with the rewards program.
Continuing these relationships is seen by American Airlines as being a way to ensure that their customers get the most bang for their buck when it comes to benefits, perks and miles. “These long-term relationships with our innovative credit card partners provide our customers with the best ways to enhance their travel experience. From earning miles to boarding early and checking a bag for free, our customers tell us how much they value their AAdvantage-affiliated cards,” said Andrew Nocella, chief marketing officer for American Airlines. “Our new dual-issuer arrangement is the first of its kind in the U.S. airline industry, and was enabled by the progressive partnership with Citi, Barclaycard US and MasterCard.”
Citi and Barclaycard US keep on keeping on
With this new deal, Citi will continue to offer consumers their roster of American Airlines cards to potential new customers via a wide range of channels, which includes everything from The American Airlines website, and mobile venues to direct mail and Admirals Club lounges.
The agreements also allow Barclaycard US to market credit cards in airports, and starting in January 2017 exclusively during flights. Current cardholders will see no changes in rewards and benefits.
Earning with these cards
With the Citi/AAdvantage Executive Card people get a 60,000 mile sign-up bonus and also earn double points on airline tickets when flying with American. The card also gets them access to Admiral Clubs and the ability to earn Elite Qualifying Miles. If they get the Citi/AAdvantage Platinum Select Card or Citi Business/AAdvantage Platinum Select Card they get 30,000 bonus miles, double points spent on American Airlines purchases and they earn earn 10% back when redeeming AAdvantage miles.
With Barclays AAdvantage Aviator Red MasterCard people earn two miles for every buck they spend with American Airlines and one mile for all other purchases. They also get their first checked bag and up to four companions free, along with Group 1 boarding privileges for the passenger as well as up to four friends and family. They also get 25% off when buying drinks, snacks and headsets in the air. And there are no foreign transaction fees.
With the AAdvantage Aviator Silver World Elite MasterCard they get triple miles on dollars spent with American Airlines and double points when booking rooms and rental cars. They also get the same benefits as those with the Aviator Red MasterCard, but also a $100 Global Entry application fee credit.