Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select Card 2021 Review |The Ascent


Top perks

50,000-mile sign-up bonus: You’ll receive this bonus after you spend $2,500 within three months of opening an account. To put the sign-up bonus into perspective, 50,000 miles is more than enough to score a few free flights on American Airlines. With 50,000 miles, you can book multiple one-way domestic airfare bookings in economy class or one one-way domestic ticket in first class.

Earn up to 2 miles per $1: The Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite Mastercard® earns 2 miles per $1 on the following types of spending:

  • Eligible American Airlines purchases
  • Gas stations
  • Restaurants

It earns 1 mile per $1 on all other purchases.

First checked bag is free: On domestic American Airlines itineraries, you can check one bag free of charge. In addition, up to four companions on your reservation can also get one free checked bag each and avoid this common travel expense.

It would normally cost $30 to check one bag on an American Airlines flight if you had an economy ticket. If you usually book premium seats that include a free checked bag, you won’t get much value out of this benefit.

Preferred boarding: You and up to four companions on your reservation will receive complimentary preferred boarding with Group 5. This group boards after priority boarding but before economy boarding. Although you won’t be first on the plane, you’ll at least board before most of the overhead space is gone. Like free checked luggage, this benefit will only be valuable when you have an economy ticket.

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$125 American Airlines flight discount: When you spend at least $20,000 using this card in a year and you renew it by paying the annual fee, you’ll receive an American Airlines flight discount certificate for $125. The certificate will be valid for one year from the date of issuance, and you can earn one certificate each year that you have your Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite Mastercard®.

The time frame for this benefit is based on your card membership year, not the calendar year. For example, if you got the card in April 2020, you would need to spend $20,000 between April 2020 and April 2021 to receive the discount certificate.

25% savings on eligible inflight food and beverage purchases: You’ll get reasonable savings on any snacks or drinks you purchase while in the air.

First year annual fee waiver: Although the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite Mastercard® has a $99 annual fee, you’ll at least get the first year free of charge.


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