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Here’s some interesting news if you’re affected by the removal of the 10% mileage redemption rebate on certain American Airlines credit cards.
From May 1, 2019, Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard® and Barclays AAdvantage® Aviator® Red World Elite Mastercard® cardholders will no longer get 10% of their redeemed American Airlines miles back (up to a total of 10,000 miles per year). This valuable perk was a compelling reason for folks to get (and keep) these cards.
Now it appears the May 1 cutoff does NOT apply to all cardholders. Sharp-eyed Million Mile Secrets reader Norman shared an email he received from Barclays, and his deadline for the 10% rebate is 6 months later!
American Airlines 10% Redemption Rebate Deadline May Be Different for Some
If you’re a Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select or Barclays AAdvantage® Aviator® Red World Elite Mastercard® cardholder, you’ll want to redeem your American Airlines miles before April 30, 2019, to get in on the 10% American Airlines mileage redemption rebate before it vanishes on May 1, 2019.
The May 1 cutoff was announced over a week ago by both Citi and Barclays. But now it appears not all cardholders have the same redemption deadline.
Here’s the email reader Norman received from Barclays, showing a 10% rebate end date of November 1, 2019.
To compare, team member Joseph received a nearly-identical email. But his shows the widely-publicized end date of May 1, 2019.
So what’s going on here?
Our best guess (and we’re reaching out to Citi and Barclays for clarification) is that Norman’s 10% rebate deadline is extended to November 1, 2019, because he opened his Barclays AAdvantage® Aviator® Red World Elite Mastercard® card in October 2018. That gives him a full year to enjoy the 10% redemption rebate, given he’s paid his annual fee for a card that’s supposed to include that benefit.
It’s not clear if the same logic would apply to the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select, especially considering this card’s annual fee is waived for the first 12 months.
Now, we’re in search of more data points. So if you opened either the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select or Barclays AAdvantage® Aviator® Red World Elite Mastercard® after May 2018, please have a peek at the email you received about card changes and let us know what your 10% AA miles redemption rebate deadline is in the comments.
We’ll update as we find out more or get official word from the banks. Meanwhile, you can check out our post on how to decide if the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select card is worth it for you, especially given the changes to the card.
Hat Tip: Norman