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One of the new features of the Citi American Airlines AAdvantage credit cards is a 10% rebate in redeemed AA miles, up to 10,000 per year. I received my rebate in May of last year, but unbeknownst to me I got an additional 1,250 AA miles credited to my account in July as well.

My original 10k bonus, which more than pays for the annual fee on my AA card
My original 10k bonus, which more than pays for the annual fee on my AA card

At the time I probably just scanned my account and thought they were regular AA credit card miles and didn’t think twice about it.

A nice 1,250 AA mile bonus
A nice 1,250 AA mile bonus

However, today I got an email from American AAdvantage entitled “FYI: Bonus Miles In Your Account” and it started off with “Have you noticed a few extra American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles in your AAdvantage® account? As you might have guessed, we had a technical glitch.”

I cringed at the glitch word and thought they would politely let me know that they’d be recouping the miles. However, much to my surprise the email ends with:
“While we have fixed the glitch, we think these extra bonus miles might come in handy someday, so we’ve decided to leave them with you! As always, for your latest mileage account balance, we encourage you to visit your AAdvantage® account online at today.”

So two thumbs up to both Citi and AA for allowing us to keep the extra miles. I conservatively value AA miles at about 1.8 cents a piece, so that 1,250 is like finding $22.50 on the street… every mile counts!

If you want to get the Citi AA cards, there are still active 50,000 mile sign-up links, which you can learn about in this post. Note: You’ll have to click through FlyerTalk to get the most updated links.

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  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
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  • No foreign transaction fees
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