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Citi AAdvantage Bronze Card to Get Shiny Upgrades, New Name

July 12, 2018
Airline Credit Cards, Credit Cards, Promos, Rewards Credit Cards, Travel Credit Cards
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Citi and American Airlines are polishing up the Citi® / AAdvantage® Bronze credit card, giving it enhanced earning power and a new name.

Launching on July 22, 2018, the new AAdvantage® MileUp℠ credit card will continue to have no annual fee, but it will come with a new rewards structure:

  • Earn 2 AAdvantage® miles for every $1 spent on eligible American Airlines purchases and at grocery stores.
  • Earn 1 AAdvantage® mile for every $1 spent on all other purchases.

There’s also a limited-time offer for new cardmembers: 10,000 AAdvantage® bonus miles and a $50 statement credit after spending $500 in purchases within the first three months of opening an account.

Like all American Airlines credit cards co-branded with Citi, the AAdvantage MileUp℠ card also comes with the following benefits:

  • Get 25% savings off of in-flight food and beverage purchases.
  • Ability to purchase presale tickets and VIP experiences through the Citi Private Pass program.

Why this version is better

The new rewards structure is a significant improvement over what’s offered on the existing Citi® / AAdvantage® Bronze, which earns just 1 mile for every $2 spent on all purchases. The American Airlines AAdvantage program offers saver awards to American Airlines credit card holders starting at just 7,500 miles one-way on certain routes, so the sign-up bonus offered on this card could be worth a free flight.

Although existing Citi® / AAdvantage® Bronze cardholders won’t be eligible for the sign-up offer, the good news is that they’ll be automatically converted to the AAdvantage MileUp℠ card’s rewards structure on July 22. (When their current Bronze card expires, an AAdvantage MileUp℠ card will be sent to them. Existing Bronze cardholders will retain their account numbers when they are converted.)

The AAdvantage MileUp℠ card will remain the only no-annual-fee American Airlines credit card that’s open for applications.

If you’re looking to boost your earning power further, want free checked luggage or desire elite status on American Airlines, you may want to consider the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite Mastercard®, a Nerd pick for top airline card for its earning power plus other money-saving perks. If you fly with a checked bag at least once a year, the annual fee of $0 for the first year, then $99 will make the cost of owning the card worth it.

Because of incorrect information supplied to NerdWallet, a previous version of this article included an error about foreign transaction fees for the AAdvantage® MileUp℠.  The article has been corrected.

Information related to the Citi® / AAdvantage® Bronze card and the AAdvantage® MileUp℠ card has been collected by NerdWallet and has not been reviewed or provided by the issuer of this card.

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