Whoever said shopping around doesn’t save money was wrong. “Just browsing” can do a lot of good and apparently that extends to credit card deals as well. While searching for flights we recently found an offer that was certainly news to us – and really a no brainer. The Citi American Airlines AAdvantage Platinum Card seems to have a widely available offer out, with a waived annual fee and a huge fee credit, not to mention a stack of miles!
While browsing AA.com and pulling up a ticket, we did a double take. A $683 ticket was showing as $483 with the Citi AAdvantage Platinum card next to it. This indeed was not a $50 fee credit, or even a $100 fee credit, but $200 towards any American Airlines purchase in the first year. Best of all, we weren’t logged in and the offer was easy to reproduce! In fact – there’s a link. In addition to the $200 fee credit, 40,000 bonus miles are on offer when spending just $2,000 withiin the first three months.
Annual Fee Waived
Much to our surprise, the annual fee was waived here as well. This means you’re getting $200 off any American Airlines ticket, and 40,000 miles with no cost in the first year. That’s nearly enough to fly business class to Europe one way and certainly enough for an upgrade or a nice round trip in the USA. Of course, as with all cards, there’s no obligation to keep the card after the first year when the annual fee would be due – but if you’re a loyal American Airlines flyer, you might want to.
We get nothing for sharing this card deal. It just seems like a great opportunity to earn a bunch of free travel with no out of pocket cost, other than buying stuff you already would anyway. This card is a winner on other levels as well, such as priority boarding and free checked bag. These benefits allow you to book “basic economy” tickets and still enjoy an experience thats far from basic. With a waived annual fee and $200 almost instantly saved on travel, there’s not a lot to lose!
Pair the no feel Citi card with the $95 non waived Barclay’s Aviator Red complete with 50,000 miles on your first purchase and 10% of miles back when you redeem them – and you’ve got 95,000 American Airlines AAdvantage miles and $200 towards an American ticket for a total out of pocket cost of $95. 95,000 miles can take you a long way, and after a few months of spending, 100,000 will take you even further. This is a tremendous pairing.