There’s been some bad news this week when it comes to American Airlines credit cards as the 10% mileage rebate available on a few cards will be disappearing in a couple of months.
This change will be taking effect on May 1, 2019 and will affect the following cards:
- Barclays AAdvantage Aviator Red
- Barclays AAdvantage Aviator Silver
- Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select
The way this benefit works is that you’re rebated 10% of your AAdvantage miles when redeeming them for award flights, earning back up to 10,000 miles per year. A couple of the cards listed above have annual fees of less than $100, so if you redeemed 100,000 miles per year, you’d easily come out ahead provided you value AAdvantage miles at 1cpp at a minimum.
There will be other benefit changes coming on these cards from May 1 – both positive and negative – so we’ll have more about those in the coming weeks. In the meantime though, if you have one of these cards and are planning on booking award flights using your American Airlines miles this year, it might be best doing so within the next couple of months (if possible) while you can still take advantage of the 10% mileage rebate.