Last month I blogged about the benefits American added to their co-branded Citi AAdvantage credit cards. My favorite benefit as an elite member is the 10% mileage refund on award redemptions, up to 10,000 miles per year. The benefit is as follows:
Earn 10% Back on Your Redeemed American Airlines AAdvantage® Miles
For benefit to apply, your Citi® / AAdvantage® account must be open and active at the time of redemption. The American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles you earn through this benefit will be based on 10% of the total AAdvantage® miles you redeem each month during the calendar year. The maximum number of AAdvantage® bonus miles you can earn annually from this benefit is 10,000 AAdvantage® bonus miles per calendar year, regardless of how many AAdvantage® miles you redeem in that calendar year. This benefit only applies to AAdvantage® miles redeemed from the primary cardmember’s AAdvantage® account. Discover all the ways to redeem AAdvantage® miles at www.aa.com/redeem. Please allow 6-8 weeks after your redemption for the American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles to post to the primary cardmember’s AAdvantage® account.
Anyway, I was thrilled to see 6,250 AAdvantage miles deposited into my account this evening, back dated to my booking date. This was for a 62,500 mile award ticket for travel on Japan Airlines. There was a bit of confusion as to whether or not this benefit applied to award redemptions on partner airlines as well, so I’m happy to see that is in fact the case.
This benefit alone more than justifies the $95 annual fee of the card, since I’ll basically be earning 10,000 miles per year on the card just for keeping it in my sock drawer and paying the annual fee. Less than a cent per mile? Yes please!
Kudos to American for this new benefit!