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American Airlines and Citibank announced that their co-brand credit card will be increasing earning and American tells me that a bigger signup bonus is coming next month.
There will be a 60,000 mile offer starting May 3 and the card will come with stronger points-earning and an opportunity to earn credit towards American Airlines travel.
The Platinum consumer card is getting two improvements.
- 2 points per dollar at restaurants and gas stations
- An annual $100 American Airlines flight discount after $20,000 spend within a year provided after card renewal
Existing cardmembers will see these improvements go into effect July 22.
Interestingly the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard® doesn’t get increased earn that the same time. It’s the $450 annual fee card that comes with American Airlines Club membership — and it offers authorized user cards at no additional annual fee, each one getting club access as well. The less expensive card is actually going to be stronger for earning American Airlines AAdvantage miles than the premium card.
We’ll see whether there’s a competitive response from Barclays. I’ve said for some time that airline co-brand cards have been good for benefits flying the airline especially if you don’t have elite status but haven’t been the most rewarding way to earn miles because of the generous earning cards out there.
And while these changes alone don’t alter that value proposition, they do help a little bit especially since with the changes to Marriott credit cards coming with the new Marriott loyalty program Starwood’s card will no longer be a better way to earn AAdvantage miles than American’s own credit cards.