Citi is Adding New Benefits to the Platinum Select AAdvantage Card
This summer, Citi will be rolling out new benefits to the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard. Starting on July 22, 2018, the card will offer 2X AAdvantage miles for spending at gas stations and restaurants. Additionally, the sign-up bonus is expected to increase from 50,000 to 60,000 AAdvantage miles starting May 3, 2018. If you already hold this credit card, no action is required and you will automatically receive this benefit come July.
What is Changing with the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard?
- 2X AAdvantage miles for all spending at restaurants & gas stations.
- $100 American Airlines flight discount after spending $20,000 in a calendar year and your card is renewed.
- The annual fee will increase from $95 to $99 but will be waived for the first year of card membership.
- Sign-up bonus expected to increase from 50,000 to 60,000 AAdvantage miles starting May 3, 2018.
This is a decent improvement for a co-branded credit card, but it still isn’t going to earn any of my restaurant or gas spend. Cards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred or the Chase Sapphire Reserve are a much better option for dining expenses as Chase Ultimate Rewards points are more valuable to me than American AAdvantage miles.
There are also better options for your gas spending, like the American Express EveryDay Preferred card which allows you to earn up to 3X Membership Rewards points on your gas purchases. Or even the Starwood Preferred Guest credit card which allows you to earn 1 point per dollar spent on gas, but can be used to transfer to over 30 airline partners (this will change in August).
The changes to the Citi AAdvantage World Elite Mastercard will take effect on July 22, 2018. While not earth-shattering, they are a nice improvement from what the card currently offers. If you don’t have this card, I would wait until May 3rd to apply as the bonus offer is expected to increase.
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