Earn a 10% Rebate on American AAdvantage Redemptions

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***UPDATE*** As of 5/23/18, Citi is no longer offering this benefit on the AAdvantage Platinum Select credit card. See our post here.

Earlier this week, Mr. TT wrote about how to book Qatar Airways flights with American AAdvantage miles. This is one of our favorite ways to use valuable American Airlines AAdvantage miles. Since 2012, Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select cardholders have been offered a 10% rebate on AAdvantage point redemptions. This is a rarely discussed but valuable feature of the AAdvantage Platinum Select card.


How Does The Rebate Work?

You don’t have to apply for the rebate, it’s all automatic. When you book a flight using AAdvantage miles, you are instantly credited back 10% of your points. It is worth noting that the bonus is capped at 10k points per calendar year, regardless of how many Citi AAdvantage cards you hold.


10k mile rebate on flight redemption


For example, in August, Mr. & Mrs. TT redeemed 220k AAdvantage miles towards a business class ticket to Europe. Mrs. TT was immediately credited back 10,000 AAdvantage miles (pictured above).


AA 787-9 Dreamliner from DFW – CDG


How to earn AA Miles 

It’s relatively easy to earn AA miles since there are co-branded cards with Barclaycard and Citibank. There is also an increased bonus on all three cards of 60k miles for a limited time. The best part is, you will be eligible for the 10% rebate if you hold any of the three of the cards mentioned below.

  • Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard (60k offer)
  • Citibusiness AAdvantage Platinum Select World Mastercard (60k offer) 
  • Barclaycard American Airlines AAdvantage Aviator (60k offer) 
  • Transfers from the Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) program to AAdvantage


Bottom Line 

The Citi AAdvantage 10% rebate is one of our favorite features of holding a co-branded American Airlines credit card. The 10% rebate is just another way to maximizing your point potential. If you would like to apply for a credit card, visit our Top Credit Cards page.


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