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Competition for airline credit card signups has heated up. American Airlines told the SEC they were behind projections with new card signups and that was materially affecting their revenue outlook. So Citi came out with this new offer.
American Airlines Boeing 787-9 Business Class
Now it appears that there’s a bigger offer for the Barclaycard AAdvantage® Aviator™ Red World Elite Mastercard® as well: 50,000 bonus miles after first purchase in the first 90 days and paying the card’s $95 annual fee. When the card 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.)
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.