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Major changes are taking off this year for three American Airlines co-branded credit cards. Some of the adjustments may be good news for cardholders, while other changes are definitely negative.
American Airlines offers cards through Citi and Barclays, and products from both issuers are affected:
A change affecting all 3 cards
Among the most significant changes: As of May 1, 2019, these cards will end the benefit that allows you to reclaim 10% of your miles, up to 10,000 miles per calendar year, when you redeem them.
(Existing Barclays cardholders may have until November 2019 to take advantage of this benefit, depending on when they first opened their account.)
Change to the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite Mastercard®
While the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite Mastercard® loses the 10% discount feature, a future positive adjustment will be an increase in the annual discount on American Airlines flights offered by the card. You will receive a $ 125 rebate on ticket purchases on American Airlines or any oneworld® carrier after spending $ 20,000 in a card year and renewing your card.
Previously, the discount was $ 100.
Even bigger changes affecting cards issued by Barclays
The AAdvantage® Aviator® Red World Elite Mastercard® and AAdvantage® Aviator® Silver Mastercard® cards are both undergoing major revisions. Changes as of May 2019 include:
Annual fees: The AAdvantage® Aviator® Red World Elite Mastercard® will increase its annual fee to $ 99 (from $ 95). For existing cardholders, the increase will occur on your next birthday starting May 1, 2019. The AAdvantage® Aviator® Silver Mastercard® increases its annual fee to $ 199 (from $ 195).
Accompanying certificates: With the AAdvantage® Aviator® Red World Elite Mastercard®, you will be able to earn a companion certificate valid for one guest at a cost of $ 99 plus taxes and fees each anniversary year, once you have spent $ 20,000 on qualifying purchases on the menu. AAdvantage® Aviator® Silver Mastercard® cardholders will be able to earn two companion certificates for $ 99 each plus taxes and fees after spending $ 20,000 on qualifying purchases on the card.
Statement credits for in-flight purchases: The AAdvantage® Aviator® Silver Mastercard® will offer up to $ 25 in statement credit per day when you use the card to purchase food and drink on flights. You can also get up to $ 50 in statement credits each anniversary year for in-flight Wi-Fi purchases. The AAdvantage® Aviator® Red World Elite Mastercard® will provide up to $ 25 in statement credits each anniversary year for in-flight Wi-Fi.
Flight Penny Program: This optional program, available for both cards, will allow you to round your purchases to the nearest dollar and use the rounded portion to purchase more miles at a cost of 2 cents per mile. For example, if you make a purchase of $ 19.90, you will be charged $ 20. The rounded amount will be used to purchase five miles to add to those you earned on the original purchase.
Elimination of the $ 100 discount on flights: Previously, AAdvantage® Aviator® Red World Elite Mastercard® cardholders would receive a $ 100 discount on flights once they spent $ 30,000 in a card year, but that benefit wears off. If you already have this card, you have a grace period that allows you to get your last $ 100 flight rebate after the May 1 deadline, once you hit $ 30,000 in spend.
These updates follow another big recent change for the AAdvantage® Aviator® Red World Elite Mastercard®: the removal of the card’s ability to earn EQD (Elite Qualifying Dollars), which helps you achieve status. Elite with American Airlines.
(Existing cardholders can still enjoy this benefit until January 2020, depending on when they first opened their account.)
The information relating to the AAdvantage® Aviator® Red World Elite Mastercard® and the AAdvantage® Aviator® Silver Mastercard® was collected by NerdWallet and has not been reviewed or provided by the issuer of these cards.