Travel Rewards Credit Cards

Nov 03

AA Giveth and AA taketh Away

There’s been a fair amount of mileage news and offers from American Airlines in the past few days. Here’s a quick summary:


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Sign up to receive cruise emails from AA and you’ll be entered to win 500,000 miles and a $3,000 cruise credit. Five runner-ups will each receive 100,000 miles.

This offer falls into the category I call a “gimme.” There’s no effort involved and you’re getting something for nothing. I always sign up for these promos, just in case. The spam isn’t terrible.

I would never book a cruise through an airline, though. Cruises are one of the few industries where travel agents still earn commissions, and they are often happy to share the commission with you, in the form of a shipboard credit, in exchange for your business. Furthermore, booking a cruise can be complicated. It’s nice to have a single point of contact.

Someday, I’m going to write a post on cruises. They are, by far, the best value in vacations and ships have progressed a long way from The Love Boat.


Somebody needs to tell Linda that her credit card info is online

Somebody needs to tell Linda that her credit card info is online

AA and Citibank announced a limited time only promotion for its Platinum Select MasterCard, now giving you a 50,000 miles bonus for signing up and making $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening. There is a $95 annual fee, although it is waived the first year.

Yesterday’s post was about paying annual fees in credit cards. If you are a frequent AA flyer, the credit card comes with a free bag for you and up to four companions on your reservation. If you don’t want to keep the card, you’ll still get 50,000 miles and no fee if you cancel within a year. 50,000 miles can get you two free round-trip domestic tickets, one domestic first class ticket or most of the way to Europe, which is 60,000 miles round-trip.

You can get the card through the Miles or Travel banner at the bottom of this page.


Oops, their bad. Earlier this year, AA posted a new reward chart for flights on BA and Iberia, but quickly pulled it down, commenting that it was a mistake. Not so much.

As the world begins to segment consumer by how much they pay, American is joining the game with its European partners. Higher fare buckets are unaffected, but discount economy flights on Iberia or British Airways will now earn you only 50% of your miles, while deep-discount flights will only earn 25% of the mileage. Ouch. Those numbers also count toward elite status. Note that if you earn status with points, which takes into account how much you paid for the ticket, only the deep-discount tickets get a haircut, which is 50%.

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