Citi will be the exclusive issuer of new American Airlines credit cards now that American’s merger with US Airways is official. The bank will begin issuing the new cards when the US Airways Dividend Miles and American Airlines AAdvantage frequent flyer programs are fully integrated, which is slated to be completed in 2015.
Prior to the merger, Citi had exclusive rights to issue credit cards for American Airlines, while Barclaycard was the exclusive US Airways card issuer. Barclay’s exclusive deal is set to expire in 2017, but until then they will continue to service current cardholders.
Frequent Flyer recap
Earlier this month American Airlines announced that members in both frequent flyer programs would be able to earn and redeem miles while flying on both airlines until a new program is launched. They can also use these miles to earn elite status.
Citi cardholders will continue to be able to access the benefits that come with AAdvantage membership, and this month Citi is adding new rewards on codeshare flights into the mix.
Citi AAdvantage Platinum and Executive cardholders now earn double miles on American Airline purchases and can access discounts on tickets. They also receive 10% of their AAdvantage miles back when they use miles to book a US Airways codeshare flight. To be eligible for this benefit the flight must be booked through AA.com.
Starting in March Citi Executive AAdvantage World Elite MasterCard members will be able to gain full access to any of the 40 American Airlines Admirals Club airport lounges and 19 US Airways Club around the world. It will be the only U.S. credit card to offer this benefit.
American Airlines Group is the holding company for US Airways and American Airlines. With the merger, they now provide travelers with access to 6,700 flights a day, visiting 339 cities in 54 countries. Hubs are in Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C.
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