By combining two American Airlines Citi AAdvantage credit card benefits, you can turn a 25,000 domestic flight into a 15,750 domestic flight.
You must be a Citi AAdvantage personal card holder. This can include any of the following cards:
- Citi Platinum Select AAdvantage Visa Signature
- Citi AAdvantage American Express
- Citi AAdvantage Business (only eligible for discount destinations, but not 10% mileage rebate below)
Citi AAdvantage Reduced Mileage Awards Benefit
As a Citi AAdvantage card holder, each quarter you have access to destinations at a mileage discount. To see the list of current destinations, click here.
The list is fairly limited. For example, in Canada there are currently five Jan – March destinations. In the Northeast, there are 10 airports.
Since Toronto Airport (YYZ) is the closest airport to my folks, I’ll use that as an example.
If I were not a Citi AAdvantage card holder, flying from my home airport, Denver, (DEN) to Toronto (YYZ) would cost me 25,000 miles round trip plus taxes and fees. However, since Toronto is one of the select reduced mileage destinations (as it usually is), I could book a flight for 17,500 miles round trip. I have no complaints about a 30% mileage discount.
Important Discount Mileage Destinations Information from Citi AAdvantage
The destination cities change (or not, because I usually see the same Canadian airports). The benefits are only for a limited time period. For now, you can only book discount flights between Jan – March. In the next quarter there will be new cities.
These flights cannot be booked online and must be booked on the phone. This will mean paying the $25 phone booking fee if you do not have status.
Citi AAdvantage Cardholder Benefit: 10% Annual Rebate
When you look at the application link for the Citi Platinum Select AAdvantage Visa Signature, one of the benefits mentioned states:
Earn 10% of your redeemed AAdvantage miles back – up to 10,000 AAdvantage miles each calendar year.
Essentially, this means that if you redeem up to 100,000 miles each year, you’ll be credited up to 10,000 miles back each year.
If you had your Citi AAdvantage card before April 2012 (when they added this benefit), you’ll probably want to call Citi to see if this benefit applies to your card. I’m guessing it does, but I have not confirmed it since I got my AAdvantage cards after April 2012.
Remember, this benefit is per calendar year. Since 2012 is about to finish, you should make your 2013 travel booking in 2012 if you have an upcoming trip. It doesn’t matter when you travel; it only matters when the points are taken out of your account.
As part of your 2012 year end mileage planning, you may want to maximize this benefit if possible.
Thus, in addition to the already discounted 17,5000 miles, you can take off an extra 10% (assuming your haven’t already maxed out your 10,000 miles back) and end up effectively paying a mere 15,750 miles for a trip to the designated destinations.