A few days back I confirmed an award booking with American Airlines that I briefly had on hold.
After I finished purchasing the award flight, I waited a day or so before I logged into my account to check to see if I got 10% of my redeemed miles back. This is a benefit offered by a couple of credit cards that I have, the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Card and the new Barclays AA Aviator Red (formerly the US Airways Mastercard).
(You can get a max. of 10,000 miles back each year as a benefit of each card.)
When I logged in, I did see 10% of my miles returned to my account but I was a bit confused.
A little about the flight I booked.
I booked a one way award for Kim, Lucas and I for 17,500 AAdvantage miles. We’re flying home from a destination in Latin America that we’ll be visiting at the end of June in economy class.
Based on this, I was due to receive 1,750 miles back for each ticket making each flight actually cost 15,750 miles each.
When I logged into my account, this is what I saw:
If you look at the chart above, you’ll see that it shows a Barclays 10% Award Redemption Bonus AND a Citi 10% Award Redemption Bonus.
The thing is that I did not receive a 10% return of miles from each card. I received 5% back from each card for a total 10% mileage refund.
This made me wonder…
If you’re a card holder of the Barclays Aviator Red and the Citi AAdvantage Platinum card, can we now get 20,000 miles refunded from award redemptions each year now?
Since I actually got 5% of my redeemed miles back from each card this time around, can each card be maxed out for 10,000 miles back per card in a calendar year? Or, will AA only allow a maximum of 10,000 miles back (total) regardless of having both of these AA cards?