Finally, You Can Earn Miles and Points on All AA In-Flight Purchases

May 2, 2018

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In the US, it’s not that common for cash to be your only payment option — especially when paying a large company like an airline. However, through May 1, cash was your only option for paying for in-flight purchases on American Eagle flights. Thankfully, that’s now a problem of the past.

Effective May 1, all American Eagle operators will accept “all major debit and credit cards,” making American Airlines “cashless across all flights.” According to American Airlines, this is part of a larger effort to “align our mainline and regional customer experience so customers have a seamless experience and similar products on both American and American Eagle.”

While this isn’t a major development, it’s a good chance to make sure you’re using the right card for purchases on board American Airlines flights. The best cards to use are the ones offering 25% off the in-flight purchase plus 2x AAdvantage miles on eligible American Airlines purchases:

  • Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard
  • Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard
  • CitiBusiness / AAdvantage Platinum Select World Mastercard
  • Barclaycard AAdvantage Aviator Red World Elite Mastercard

The information for the Citi AAdvantage Platinum 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.

If you don’t have those cards on hand, make sure to use a card that earns 3x points per dollar spent on airline purchases:

  • Chase Sapphire Reserve
  • Citi Premier Card

Since we love to earn points and miles on all purchases, we’re glad to see American Airlines is finally cashless across all flights. Here’s to hoping the cash-only hold outs will do the same.

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