The best Citibank AA card is the AAdvantage Aviator Red Credit Card because it offers 60,000 bonus miles when you make your first purchase in the first 90 days and pay the annual fee. Aviator Red also gives 2 miles per $1 spent on American Airlines purchases and 1 on everything else. The annual fee is $95 and there is no foreign transaction fee.
If you prefer lounge access, the AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard offers a complimentary Admirals Club membership worth at least $400 per year. You get access to more than 50 Admirals Club lounges and 60 partner lounges worldwide. The card also gives 50,000 miles when you spend $5,000 in the first 3 months. But this card comes with a $450 annual fee.
The best Citibank AA card for no annual fee is the new AAdvantage MileUp Card. It offers 10,000 bonus miles and a $50 statement credit when you spend $500 in the first 3 months.
The best Citi AA card for business owners is the CitiBusiness / AAdvantage Platinum Select Card because it gives 70,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 in the first 4 months. You’ll also earn 2 miles per $1 spent on office supplies, telecom purchases and car rentals. The annual fee is $99, waived for the first year.
Citibank AA cards offer a variety of options for American Airlines flyers. But they do have one perk in common – 25% savings on in-flight food and beverage purchases. And all of them except the MileUp card offer preferred boarding and a free first checked bag for at least you (and sometimes for companions). Before you apply for a card, consider how much you fly American Airlines and if you’ll earn enough bonus miles to offset the cost of any annual fees.
Here are the best Citibank AA cards:
Best overall: AAdvantage Aviator Red Credit Card. 60,000 miles for making a purchase in the first 90 days and paying the annual fee. 2 miles per $1 on American Airlines purchases and 1 on all other purchases. $95 annual fee. Requires good credit.
Best for lounge access: AAdvantage Executive World Elite. Complimentary Admirals Club membership worth at least $400 annually. 50,000 miles when you spend $5,000 in the first 3 months. 2 miles per $1 on AA purchases and 1 on everything else. $450 annual fee. Excellent credit needed.
No annual fee: AAdvantage MileUp Card. 10,000 bonus miles and a $50 statement credit when you spend $500 in the first 3 months. 2 miles per $1 at grocery stores and AA. 1 mile per $1 on everything else. No annual fee. Excellent credit needed.
Best for business owners: CitiBusiness / AAdvantage Platinum Select. 70,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 in the first 4 months. 2 miles per $1 on purchases from AA, telecommunications companies, cable and satellite providers, car rental agencies and gas stations. 1 per $1 everywhere else. $0 annual fee first year, $99 after. Requires good credit.
All Citibank AA cards offer a valuable feature known as reduced mileage awards. If your destination airport is on the mileage discount chart, you’ll receive a discount of up 7,500 reward miles for roundtrip flights more than 500 miles (distance), or 2,000 reward miles on flights less than 500 miles (distance). Discounts vary depending on the destination and the card you use.
You will have to call American Airlines at 1 (800) 882-8880 to complete your discounted reservation. Online bookings for discounted reservations are not allowed at this time.
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