Citi is Ending 10% Rebate for AAdvantage Platinum Card, Book by April 30!

Citi AAdvantage Rebate

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Everyone loves a rebate. Spend some money, get some of it back.

Well, with certain American Airlines co-branded credit cards, you can get a rebate when using those AAdvantage miles, too. Cardholders of both the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard and the AAdvantage Aviator Red World Elite Mastercard from Barclays get 10% of their miles back on all award bookings, capped at earning 10,000 miles back per year in rebates. But that’s ending.

Late last month, Barclays announced it would end those rebates effective May 1, 2019 as part of a slew of changes to the card. And now, Citi is informing AAdvantage Platinum cardholders that the 10% rebate is ending.


Citi AAdvantage Rebate


Citi and American actually toyed with ending this rebate perk almost a year ago. But they eventually backed away from ending the popular benefit. Apparently, that was only a temporary reprieve.

On the bright side, you’ve also got until April 30, 2019 to make any bookings before the rebates end. That should give cardholders plenty of time to make the most of their miles and earn some back before the window closes.

Citi is also increasing the American flight certificate benefit for cardholders, from $100 to $125. But that’s only available to cardholders after putting $20,000 on the card each year, so it’s not as widely applicable.


Our Analysis

After Barclays ended its own 10% rebate on using AAdvantage miles, it was only a matter of time before Citi followed suit.

These intertwined benefits were popular for a reason. Getting 10% of the miles you use back after making an award booking was a nice touch. But it’s also unique among the major airlines with credit cards – neither Delta nor United offer a similar perk.

It’s worth noting that whether you have one or both of these cards, you’re still capped at earning a total of 10,000 miles in rebates back each year.


Bottom Line

You’ve got just over a month and a half to keep earning those 10% rebates before the window closes April 30. Make those bookings now and save some miles while you can!

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