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Citi offers statement credit, companion certificate extension to select AAdvantage cardholders

May 05, 2020
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As the coronavirus pandemic continues to drag on, credit card issuers are starting to address the fact that many of their customers are paying for travel-related benefits they may not get to use this year. We've already seen both Chase and Amex take the initiative by offering annual fee reductions, new bonus categories and additional statement credits across a wide swath of their portfolios, and now Citi is doing the same for select AAdvantage cardholders.

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Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite Mastercard®

The Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite Mastercard® is the most premium American Airlines credit card on the market with an annual fee of $450. The primary benefit of the card that justifies that fee is a full Admirals Club membership, which normally costs between $550 and $650 depending on whether you have elite status with American Airlines. Better yet, the card allows you to add up to 10 authorized users, each of whom gets their own membership.

The American Airlines Admirals Club at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. (Photo by Chris Dong/The Points Guy)
The American Airlines Admirals Club at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. (Photo by Chris Dong/The Points Guy)

With most Admirals Clubs closed due to lack of demand and local regulations, Citi is offering customers whose accounts were open as of March 31, 2020, a one-time $225 statement credit upon account renewal. This represents a 50% rebate on the annual fee, and lowers the out-of-pocket cost for the AAdvantage Executive card to just $225 a year.

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Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite Mastercard®

Citi's entry-level AA card, the Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard, charges a modest annual fee of $99. As part of a recent refresh, the card added the ability to earn a $125 AA flight discount after you spend $20,000 in a cardmember year and renew your card.

CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® Mastercard®

The CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® Mastercard® offers the ability to earn a companion certificate valid for domestic main cabin travel after you spend $30,000 during your cardmember year and renew the account (account must remain open at least 45 days after account anniversary). You'll need to pay a $99 fee to redeem the certificate, plus applicable taxes and fees between $21.60 to $43.20. Customers who hold a companion certificate expiring Dec. 31, 2020, will also receive a six-month extension, bumping the expiration date to June 30, 2021.

The information for the Citi AAdvantage Platinum card and CitiBusiness AAdvantage Platinum card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Bottom line

The coronavirus pandemic has rapidly upended the entire world of travel, and card issuers are recognizing that they'll need to make adjustments if they want their customers to weather this storm alongside them as opposed to closing their accounts. Citi has taken a great step here by reducing the annual fee on its most premium AAdvantage card and extending key benefits on other cards as well.

Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.