Citi Platinum Select AAdvantage World MasterCard (Review)

Welcome to my review of the Citi Platinum Select AAdvantage World MasterCard.

I have to admit there’s a soft spot in my heart for the American AAdvantage frequent flyer program. After all, when American Airlines started their AAdvantage program way back in 1981, it was the only one of its kind. Today, we can enjoy the benefits of loyalty programs from all of the major airlines and hotel chains, and these loyalty programs can all be traced back to the success of the American AAdvantage program.

American AAdvantage was also a pioneer in allowing its members to use credit cards to earn miles in the program, and it has a long-running partnership with CitiBank in offering a variety of credit cards that earn miles in the AAdvantage program. This review is specifically about the Citi Platinum Select AAdvantage World MasterCard.

This particular card is one of the “best of the best” in the Citi AAdvantage suite of cards.

For starters, it usually comes with a generous “bonus offer” when you get the card. These bonuses vary from time to time, but a typical bonus might be 40,000 bonus AAdvantage miles after you spend at least $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of card membership.

That’s a really sweet bonus when you consider that U.S. domestic round trip flights are available for as little as 25,000 miles.

In addition to the new member bonus, here are some ongoing benefits of the card:

* Earn 1 AAdvantage mile for every dollar in purchase charged on the card (2 miles for eligible purchases on American Airlines) So in the above example, you’ll have at least 43,000 miles… 40,000 bonus miles plus at least 3,000 miles for the $3,000 in purchases.

* Get the first eligible bag checked free for you and up to 4 travel companions

* Enjoy Priority Boarding with Group 1 privileges

* Earn 10% of your redeemed AAdvantage miles back — up to 10,000 AAdvantage miles each calendar year

* No annual fee for the first 12 months (then $95)… (You can cancel the card after the first year and avoid the annual fee)

If you are planning to travel on American Airlines using frequent flyer miles, I consider this card a “must have”. The bonus miles will help you earn the miles you need, and the other benefits (e.g. free checked bags and priority boarding) will save you money and make your trip more enjoyable.