The Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® MasterCard® credit card is one of our most highly recommended rewards cards as American Airlines miles are an essential part of any well-rounded travel rewards strategy.
These miles are extremely valuable in general as AA has a huge network of flights and you can use American miles on any of their Oneworld Alliance partners and other partners such as Alaska Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines (see a full list of partners here), which further adds to their value.
Bonus Information: Earn 50,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles after making $2,500 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening. There is a $99 annual fee, but it is waived the first 12 months the account is open.
Additional Noteworthy Benefits and Review: Your first checked bag is free on all domestic American Airlines flights (plus one free checked bag for up to four companions traveling with you on the same reservation) and you get “Group 1” boarding on all American flights. There are no foreign transaction fees when using this card internationally and you also earn 10% of your redeemed AAdvantage® miles back (maximum 10,000 miles per year).
One little known perk is American’s “reduced mileage awards” that apply when you have select AA credit cards; this card is eligible for a 7,500 mileage reduction on select MileSAAver® awards. See this page for all details and current award routes that are eligible.
One extremely valuable aspect of American’s award program is their “off peak” award chart; this enables you to book MileSAAver® awards at a significant reduction over the “normal” mileage pricing. You can see all the off peak award options by visiting American’s award chart and clicking on “details on award travel.”
In our opinion the two most valuable mileage currencies for US-based travelers are American Airlines and United Airlines miles; while we would almost always start a rewards strategy with transferable points such as Chase Ultimate Rewards, American Express Membership Rewards and Citi ThankYou points, the next cards we’d recommend would be American Airlines and United Airlines, so this is unquestionably a top-tier card for nearly every traveler.
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