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American Airlines and Citi will be enhancing rewards on the airline’s workhorse credit card, with double miles at restaurants and gas stations, making the card more intriguing for everyday use and outpacing spending rewards offered by competing cards. However, its annual fee will tick up a few bucks, beyond what Delta and United charge.
Changes for the will include:
American describes the double-miles changes and $100 flight discount as new benefits, not a limited-time offer. For new cardholders, the new rewards and sign-up bonus will go into effect May 3. Existing customers adopt the new rewards structure on July 22, which is also when the clock starts ticking on making $20,000 in purchases to get the $100 flight discount.
The new benefits add to the card’s current features:
The changes apply only to the and not business versions or American Airlines’ cards marketed by Barclays under the Aviator brand name, a holdover from when the airline merged with US Airways. Changes also don’t apply to the , the airline’s credit card that allows access to Admirals Club airport lounges for up to two guests or immediate family members traveling with the cardholder.
Because of incorrect information supplied to NerdWallet, a previous version of this article erroneously stated that the card's annual fee would no longer be waived in the first year. The article has been corrected.