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When American Airlines and US Airways merged a couple years ago, cardholders of the US Airways Premier World MasterCard from Barclaycard were offered one of four different American AAdvantage Aviator cards. However, when that happened, Barclaycard couldn’t acquire new credit card accounts, instead it could only retain existing cardholders. So, the frequent AA flyer could only apply for one of the carrier’s co-branded Citi cards, such as the Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard and the Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard.
But today, American announced that it’s entered into new agreements with both Citi and Barclaycard US. The new agreement makes AA the only major US carrier to have more than one bank issuing its credit cards. This new agreement will allow Citi to continuing offering its standard cards that customers have seen on the market, but it will also allow new customers to sign up for Barclaycard credit cards — for the first time since before the US Airways merger.
The new Barclaycard cards will become available for new customers in airports and exclusively during flights beginning January 2017. In addition, the new agreement will allow Citi to continue offering its lineup to new customers through multiple exclusive channels, such as digital — including aa.com — mobile, direct mail and Admirals Club lounges. So it looks like you’ll be able to sign up for new Barclaycard cards in airports and on flights, and for Citi cards in Admirals Club lounges and online.
A press release detailed that current cardholders of AA-branded Citi and Barclaycard cards will continue to see the same benefits, as well as a new, long-term exclusive agreement with MasterCard. If anything, the competition between the two banks should mean good news for the AA frequent flyer, as they’ll be trying to outdo each other for your business.
If you're a frequent American flyer but don't have status, additional perks that come with this card like first free checked bag on domestic AA itineraries, preferred boarding on American flights and 10% of your redeemed AA miles back (up to 10,000 miles each year) can be extremely valuable.
- Earn 30,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles after making $1,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening*
- First checked bag is free on domestic American Airlines itineraries for you and up to four companions traveling with you on the same reservation*
- Enjoy preferred boarding on American Airlines flights*
- No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases*
- Receive 25% savings on in-flight food and beverage purchases when you use your card on American Airlines flights*
- Double AAdvantage® miles on eligible American Airlines purchases*