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American AAdvantage has two bags issuing credit cards to members in the U.S.: Citibank and Barclaycard. Citibank advertises online, through direct mail, and in American’s club lounges. Barclaycard advertises in the airport and on flights.
When the Barclaycard version launched for new applications in December the bonus was just 40,000 miles. (There’s also been a 500 mile bonus for applying using an application received inflight, awarded whether you’re approved for the card or not.)
Three months ago they bumped the signup bonus to 50,000 miles.
Now the card has a limited-time offer of 60,000 miles. Note that their bonuses don’t require minimum spend, just first purchase.
Spending $25,000 on a Barclaycard-issued American AAdvantage credit card in a year also earns 3000 elite qualifying dollars towards status qualification.
Unlike the Citibank card which has a $0 annual fee the first year, then $95, the annual fee on the Barclaycard product isn’t waived the first year.
With either card you get one free checked bag and preferred boarding. I like both cards for the signup bonus and to keep for preferred boarding (you can bring a full sized carry on bag onboard even on a basic economy fare, and either way avoid having to gate check your bag) and the free checked bags.
Of course since the cards are offered by different issuers, you can get both.
The biggest current offer for an American Airlines credit card though is the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard® which is up to 75,000 bonus miles after spending $7,500 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening.
This is the card that comes with Admirals Club membership and lets you earn 10,000 elite qualifying miles after $40,000 spend in a year. That’s why I have the card.
You also get priority check-in, screening, and boarding as well as first checked bag free on domestic itineraries (benefits apply to up to 8 travel companions on the same reservation as well). And there’s a $100 statement credit for Global Entry TSA PreCheck.