Applications are now open for the American Airlines AAdvantage MileUp credit card, the latest co-branded airline credit card with no annual fee.
We previously wrote about the Citi AAdvantage MileUp when Citi and American Airlines announced it earlier this month. As a reminder, the card comes with a 10,000-mile bonus and $50 statement credit after spending $500 in three months. Cardholders also get 2x points on American Airlines purchases and at grocery stores.
We generally feel like airlines’ higher-value cards like the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard are worth the $99 annual fee. But banks realize many travelers are scared off by annual fees, so if you’re or looking for an easy way to add some AAdvantage miles, it’s worth considering.
What Benefits does the American Airlines AAdvantage MileUp Card Offer?
- 10,000 bonus AAdvantage miles and a $50 statement credit after spending $500 on the card within the first three months
- No annual fee
- 2 miles per dollar spent on purchases made directly with American Airlines
- 2 miles per dollar spent on purchases at grocery stores
- 1 mile per dollar spent on all other eligible purchases
This card is more or less identical to the Delta SkyMiles Blue American Express Card. Both cards offer a 10,000-mile welcome offer bonus after spending $500 in the first three months of card membership with their respective airlines. However, 10,000 miles doesn’t get you very far – a short domestic one-way flight, at most. And like the Delta card, this AAdvantage card doesn’t come with benefits like free checked baggage or priority boarding.
There’s no denying that AAdvantage miles are worth collecting, though. Between great rates on domestic flights, a cheaper award chart for trips to Europe and maybe the best partner airline network between the three airline alliances, AA miles are tough to beat.
We’d generally recommend readers start with a card that comes with a bigger bonus and more benefit. Especially considering those cards waive the $95 annual fee in year one. However, the Citi AAdvantage MileUp card could be a good place for an aspiring frequent traveler to get started with a travel rewards card.
Editorial Note: Any opinions, analyses, reviews, or recommendations expressed in this article are those of the author’s alone, and have not been reviewed, approved, or otherwise endorsed by any card issuer.