How to redeem the Citi AAdvantage Card’s $125 flight discount

Dec 4, 2020

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With the announcement of a potential COVID-19 vaccine being available next year, many of you have probably started planning out travel for 2021. Hopefully, you’ve got a large stash of miles saved up, along with companion passes, airline vouchers and more. One of those vouchers that we get a lot of questions about is the $125 American Airlines flight discount from the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite Mastercard®.

The information for the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select 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.

Related: Choosing the best credit card for American Airlines flyers

This is a pretty valuable perk that doesn’t get nearly as much attention as it should. Cardholders can earn this voucher after spending $20,000 or more on the card during their membership year and renewing the card.

This perk is great for people who may not earn enough miles for an award ticket every year, but still need to justify paying the card’s $99 annual fee. The flight discount can be applied to revenue fares, so you can save money and even earn miles on your ticket. 

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While most of us are not traveling right now due to the coronavirus pandemic, knowing how to redeem the $125 flight discount from the Citi AAdvantage Platinum card will come in handy eventually. Despite our limited travel options, having a way to save on last-minute airfare in case of an emergency is always useful. 

And every dollar spent on purchases made with this card that posts to your AAdvantage® account through Dec. 31, 2020, will count as 1 mile toward Million Miler℠ status.

Without further ado, here’s everything you need to know about the flight discount offered by the Citi AAdvantage Platinum card.

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How to get the $125 American Airlines flight discount

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If you have the Citi/ AAdvantage Platinum Select Card, you get the $125 American Airlines flight discount every membership year you spend at least $20,000 on the card and renew your card. If you’re able to meet this spending requirement, it will more than offset the card’s $99 annual fee, which is waived the first year. Plus, you’ll end up with at least 20,000 AAdvantage miles that TPG values at $280. You’ll receive a discount code in the mail 8-12 weeks after meeting this spending requirement.

How to redeem the Citi AA flight discount 

Redeeming the $125 American Airlines flight discount is very straightforward. Simply search for and select airfare on AA.com as you usually would. On the payment page, you’ll need to select “Other forms of payment” and choose the “Gift card/Travel Voucher/flight discounts” option.

Redeem AA discount flight voucher

You’ll need to enter your discount code. If your flight costs more than the discount code, you’ll need to provide an additional payment form. Otherwise, that’s pretty much all there is to it.

Redeem Citi AA flight discount

Related: Choosing the best credit card for American Airlines flyers

FAQs

When does the Citi AA $125 flight discount expire?

The $125 American Airlines flight discount expires one year after it’s issued. If you have the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite Mastercard®, chances are you fly American at least once a year. Redeeming the $125 flight discount before it expires shouldn’t be an issue – except we’re in the middle of a pandemic. Luckily, Citi has taken that into account by extending AA flight discounts by another six months.

There is no guarantee that expiring flight discounts will be extended in the future, so keep that in mind if you’re aiming to earn one on your card.

Can I use my Citi AAdvantage flight discount to book airfare for someone else?

The great thing about the American Airlines flight discount is that you can use it to book flights for other people. Last year, my brother decided at the last-last minute to attend his friend’s graduation ceremony in Los Angeles. It was just an hour-long flight that usually costs around $100. He called me asking which credit card to use for a last-minute $200 fare. In addition to card advice, I gave him my AA flight discount code and he applied it at check-out, dropping his out-of-pocket cost down to about $75. 

Related: Your ultimate guide to American Airlines AAdvantage

Can I use the Citi American flight discount on other airlines?

While you can redeem the $125 American Airlines flight discount for other people, there are restrictions about which airlines you can apply it to. The discount is valid on Oneworld and American Airlines flights as well as those operated by Envoy Air, Republic Airways, SkyWest, Mesa, PSA and Piedmont Airlines. Flights must originate in the U.S., Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands.

What happens if you cancel or change your flight?

If you cancel or change a ticket booked with an American Airlines flight discount, your discount will not be reissued.  American Airlines currently offers free changes and cancelations due to the pandemic. So it certainly doesn’t hurt to ask an airline rep if they’ll issue you a travel voucher or airline miles as a replacement. They’re not obligated to and there’s no guarantee you’ll be accommodated, but it’s worth a try.

Related: Participate in a free American Airlines status challenge through Mastercard

Bottom line

The Citi AAdvantage Platinum Card’s flight discount is a useful recurring card perk if you’re able to meet the $20,000 spending requirement every year. It has saved me money on last-minute bookings before and can really come in handy during these uncertain times. On a positive note, once we all get the green light to travel again, you can put the discount code to use on a last-minute booking and save a little. I know I plan to!

For those looking for a business card alternative, the CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® Mastercard® offers similar benefits along with an annual American Airlines companion certificate when you spend $30,000 per account year and renew the card (account must remain open at least 45 days after account anniversary). It’s not as attainable or flexible as the $125 flight discount, but it has the potential to save you more money.

The information for the 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.

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Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card

Earn 90,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 in purchases within the first three months of card membership. Plus, earn a $200 statement credit after your first Delta purchase within the first three months. Offer ends 7/28/21.

With Status Boost™, earn 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, up to two times per year getting you closer to Medallion Status. Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels, 2X Miles at restaurants and at U.S. supermarkets and earn 1X Mile on all other eligible purchases. Terms Apply.

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  • Limited Time Offer: Earn 90,000 Bonus Miles after spending $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months and a $200 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months. Offer expires 7/28/2021.
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  • Accelerate your path to Medallion Status, with Status Boost®. Plus, in 2021 you can earn even more bonus Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) to help you reach Medallion Status.
  • Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels.
  • Earn 2X Miles at restaurants worldwide, including takeout and delivery and at U.S. supermarkets.
  • Receive a Domestic Main Cabin round-trip companion certificate each year upon renewal of your Card. *Payment of the government imposed taxes and fees of no more than $75 for roundtrip domestic flights (for itineraries with up to four flight segments) is required. Baggage charges and other restrictions apply. See terms and conditions for details.
  • Enjoy your first checked bag free on Delta flights.
  • Fee Credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓®.
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  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • $250 Annual Fee.
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Intro APR on Purchases
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Regular APR
15.74%-24.74% Variable
Annual Fee
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