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American Airlines has two different bank partners issuing credit cards. Barclays advertises their cards inflight and in the airport (but not within 100 feet of an American Airlines Admirals Club). Citibank advertises theirs everywhere else.
The nice thing is we’ve seen competition between the two card issuers. We frequently see their bonuses move up at down together.
At the beginning of the month Barclays increased the offer on its AAdvantage Aviator Red World Elite Mastercard to 60,000 bonus miles after first purchase in the first 90 days and paying the card’s $95 annual fee (the fee on this card is not waived the first year).
These are the cards flight attendants advertise onboard American. ComputerPlayerOne says flight attendants have been told this offer will last through August 31.
Meanwhile Citi’s best-ever 70,000 mile business card bonus offer is still available. The CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard® still has the best offer I’m aware of that they’ve ever made for the card, a 70,000 mile initial bonus after spending $4,000 within the first 4 months of account opening. This card has a $0 annual fee the first year (then $99).
American Airlines Boeing 787-9 Business Class
Their premium card with club membership has the biggest offer I’ve seen in years. The Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard® will award 75,000 miles after $7500 spend within the first 3 months of cardmembership.
This $450 annual fee card comes with American Airlines Club membership — and it offers authorized user cards at no additional annual fee. You can have up to 10 authorized user cards, and each gets access to American Airlines clubs as well (and each can bring in up to 2 guests).
American Airlines Admirals Club New York JFK
These three are all ‘best ever’ offers for the cards, so if you’re interested I’d apply sooner than later.