Back in April American introduced several new benefits for their co-branded Citi AAdvantage cards which added quite a bit of value to otherwise boring cards. My favorite new benefit was 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 atwww.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.
This benefit applies to all co-branded Citi AAdvantage personal cards (not business cards), and the rebate is based on the calendar year. The benefit can only be earned on one card per person, so if you have multiple cards you’d only earn the rebate on one card. The other cool thing is that the rebate posts after the booking is made, so you don’t have to wait till travel is complete to get the rebate. The posting date is even back-dated to the date the redemption was made, even though it can sometimes take a few weeks for the mileage refund to post.
Anyway, since we’re approaching the end of the year I figured it was worth posting a reminder of the benefit so you plan your award travel accordingly. If you haven’t maxed out the 10,000 mile benefit this year, consider making your redemptions before the end of the year so that you can use the benefit again next year. Keep in mind that American lets you change dates and routings for free on award tickets, so as long as you have the origin and destination right, you wouldn’t pay to make a change in the future. If you’ve maxed out the benefit this year and don’t redeem American miles all that often, consider waiting till the new year to make a redemption, as to max out the benefit.
It’s an awesome new benefit that has caused me to keep the card rather than canceling it within the first year, given that to me the value of the 10,000 saved miles is greater than the $95 annual fee.