New Citi American Airlines benefits & bonus coming soon

Citi has announced that there are new benefits (and a there will be a new signup bonus) coming soon on the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard, including 2x at restaurants and gas stations. These benefits will go live for new cardmembers on May 3rd, though existing cardholders will have to wait until July 22nd to take advantage of the new benefits. Along with these changes in benefits, the card’s annual fee will be increasing, from $95 today to $99 when these changes take effect.

The Deal

  • Beginning for new applicants on May 3rd and existing cardmembers on July 22nd, the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite MasterCard will offer the following benefits:
    • 2x at restaurants and gas stations
    • $100 AA flight discount after $20,000 in purchases within a year and card is renewed
  • The annual fee will also be increasing from $95 per year to $99

Key Card Details

  • Earn 2x on American Airlines purchases
  • Earn 1x everywhere else (though note the new bonus categories of restaurants and gas stations beginning May 3rd for new applications and July 22nd for existing cardholders)
  • 10% of your redeemed miles back each year on up to 100,000 redeemed miles
  • First checked bag free for you and up to 4 companions on domestic AA flights
  • Priority boarding
  • 25% discount on in-flight purchases with your card
  • $95 annual fee now, scheduled to increase to $99 (often waived the first year, including under the current offer on our Best Offers page)

Quick Thoughts

It’s certainly nice to earn more miles when you can. Whether or not 2x at restaurants and gas stations is a stronger value than other cards that earn the Best Category Bonuses at those places is a matter of your personal valuation of American Airlines miles. Our Reasonable Redemption Values has American miles pegged at 1.4 cents each — see Airline Miles are worth 1.4 cents each. A simplified approach to Reasonable Redemption Values. for more on why. Based on that metric, a 2x return does not beat the return available through other cards in those categories. On the other hand, if you’re saving up for a valuable redemption that will give you much more value than 1.4 cents per mile, you might be happy to earn a bonus on dining out and filling up.

The $100 AA flight discount after $20K in purchases is nice if you are already spending $20K on an AA card, but is a relatively weak Big Spend Bonus. It must be used on itineraries that originate in the US, Puerto Rico, or the US Virgin Islands, but it can be used for oneworld codeshares booked through aa.com.

Keep in mind that these new benefits will be available for new applicants beginning May 3rd, but existing cardholders will have to wait until July 22nd to take advantage of the new category bonuses and big spend bonus. Currently, the annual fee is waived the first year and is listed at $95 thereafter. It may be possible to apply now and lock in the $95 fee at first renewal, but I’m not certain that they won’t just send a notice indicating that your fee will go up upon renewal, so I’m not sure there is an advantage to applying now (especially if you would like to have the bonus categories available during the minimum spend period, as though categories will take effect July 22nd for existing cardholders but will be available to new cardholders who apply after May 3rd).

While some will certainly bemoan the difficulty of using American Airlines miles, I find that it really depends on your routes and dates and miles are worth more to some people than others based on their intended redemptions. Bonus categories aren’t very common on legacy airline credit cards, so a little something extra is a welcome change, if not an amazing return.

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Nick Reyes is a (fairly) regular guy with an animalistic passion for maximizing the value of miles and money to travel the world in comfort and style. There is little in life that he loves more than finding a fantastic deal and helping you shop smarter & harder to achieve your travel dreams.

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New offers must be at least 100K with no more than $3K spend otherwise nah.. thanks but no thanks

J L
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J L

I think the point of AA card change is to focus on people who actually spend on the card, and not ones who do it for the sign up bonus and sock drawer it.

Mitch
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Mitch

Nothing for the Executive card?

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CaveDweller

Only the Bonus counts I already got the card @ 60K .. The Ink & Citi P better and I agree with JL tier the cards @ $5k & $10k and I spend like $20k on cards.. Banks are run by fools why does anyone need 14 CC ?
Fool On !!!!

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[…] Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard®, you might want to hold off.  According to Frequent Miler, there are some new benefits and a new sign-up bonus that will be introduced on May 3, 2018.  We […]

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Pam

AA miles are difficult to earn. I welcome some help so am looking forward to July. Whatever your opinions are about AA & their miles program, they are also the biggest in the world. A respectable stash always comes in handy when those UR portal Alaska & BA bookings don’t go quite as envisioned.

I like that AA is trying to be competitive, wondering if increased bonusus will also extend to their Barclays cards eventually. Also to the Citi Biz card since it already has 2x gas.

Not sure the last time Citi even changed their bonus structure so, yey for us. Competition from URs & recoil from MRs are forcing better programs. I love capitalism.

Chris
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Chris

I just took a targeted offer for 60k. Am I then locked in for no annual fee the first year? And will I be receiving the same new benefits as everyone else come July? Thanks!

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Call them .

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[…] the annual fee. These changes will take effect on July 22 for those who already have the card, but Frequent Miler reports that new cardmembers will be able to use them starting on May […]

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Wish they’d remove the restriction on free bags to domestic only. What other airline does that?

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