Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select

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excellent
intro purchase APR no intro offerregular APR15.24 - 15.24% (V)
intro BT APR no intro offer 3% BT fee $5 min
rewards 1-2x/$1 +50,000
  • get 50,000 miles and 2 Admirals Club One Day Passes after spending $3,000 in 3 months
  • earn 2x miles on American Airlines purchases

 

$95 annual fee, waived for the first year

50,000 miles bonus

2 Admirals Club passes bonus

2x miles on AAirlines purchases

Editors Review

Pros

  • As a bonus, you can get a 50,000 AAdvantage bonus miles (a domestic round-trip ticket equivalent) if you have spent more than $3,000 from your account in the first 3 months. Two complimentary Admiral's Club lounge One-Day Passes will be added as a bonus
  • Regular rewards – 1 AAdvantage mile per $1 dollar 
  • Double miles for American Airlines purchases, flights, booked through American Airlines, car rentals, office supplies, and telecommunications
  • Get $100 annual American Airlines ticket discount every year
  • Get 10% of miles back when redeemed for travel (up to 10 000 annually)
  • Google Wallet enabled

Cons

  • There is an $95 annual fee which is waived for the first year
  • Excellent credit needed to apply
  • 3% International transaction fee – not the best thing on a travel card, unless you travel only domestic
  • Miles can be redeemed only at American Airlines, American Connection, American Eagle, and partner airlines

Verdict and Alternatives

Overall a good card, but not special, considering you have an excellent credit and ready to pay an annual fee - Capital One Spark Miles may be a better option for you. Spark Miles offer 2 miles per $1 on all purchases, No Hassle Miles (can be redeemed on any air travel), smaller annual fee and no international transactions fee. The only big advantage Citi AAdvantege offers are American Airlines specific perks – priority boarding, 1 checked bag free, business lounge passes. So if you travel preferably by American Airlines – Citi AAdvantage may work better for you.

Last updated: 06/15/2015









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