For the past 3 years the Citibank-issued American AAdvantage co-brand credit card has offered a 10% rebate on award redemptions.
You get 10% of the points you redeem back, up to 10,000 miles per year. You’re capped at 10,000 miles though no matter how many Citibank AAdvantage cards you may have.
Given that American’s systems have limited points-earning from this benefit, it was expected that you would only be able to earn 10,000 miles from rebates from the Citibank card and from the Barclays-issued card.
Now that the US Airways credit card from Barclaycard is an American AAdvantage card it too comes with a 10% rebate on redemptions capped at 10,000 miles per year.
It turns out that those of us who have both a Citibank AAdvantage card and a Barclays AAdvantage card get redemptions rebates from both and for the same redemptions. Unfortunately they aren’t posting 10% from each card for the same redemptions, they are splitting the rebate as two transactions half for each card.
Yesterday I redeemed 30,000 miles. Overnight a 1500 mile rebate posted from each of the Citi and Barclays cards. They’re certainly posting quickly.
Each transaction line is called a 10% bonus, but in fact each line represents a 5% bonus.
Of course those folks with legacy Barclays cards which come with 10,000 bonus miles at renewal continue to get that — so those cards earn up to 20,000 bonus miles per year (as long as you redeem 100,000 miles each year) for their $89 annual fee.