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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 Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard® will include:
- 2X AAdvantage frequent-flyer miles at restaurants and gas stations.
- $100 American Airlines flight discount after $20,000 in purchases within a year and card is renewed. (Discount expires in a year.)
- Limited-time offer of 60,000 bonus miles after spending $3,000 within three months of account opening.
- Increase in annual fee from $95 to $99, waived for the first year as it is currently.
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:
- First checked domestic bag free for the cardholder and up to and four companions on the same reservation
- Preferred boarding on AA flights
- 25% off in-flight purchases
- 2X miles on AA spending and 1 mile per dollar spent on everything else
- No foreign transaction fees
The changes apply only to the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard® 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 Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard®, the airline’s credit card that allows access to Admirals Club airport lounges.
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.