American Airlines Launches The AAdvantage MileUp Credit Card


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If I wasn’t expecting a the relaunch of the Chase Hyatt credit card last week I certainly wasn’t expecting to hear news that American Airlines and Citi have decided to rebrand and relaunch the AAdvantage Bronze credit card….but that’s exactly what has just happened.

American Airlines AAdvantage MileUp Credit Card

The AAdvantage MileUp credit card will be taking the place of the current American Airlines AAdvantage Bronze card from 22 July. That’s when the card will be open to new applicants and when existing Bronze card holders will see their benefits change.

Here’s what the new MileUp credit card will offer:

  • No annual fee
  • 2 AAdvantage Miles/dollar on spend made direct through American Airlines^
  • 2 AAdvantage Miles/dollar on groceries (including grocery delivery services)*
  • 1 AAdvantage Mile/Dollar on all other spend
  • 25% savings on inflight food and beverage purchases on American Airlines flights when you use your card

^Products or services that do not qualify are car rentals and hotel reservations (except taxes and charges paid when redeeming miles for car/hotel), purchase of elite status boost or renewal, and AA Cargo products and services.

*General merchandise/discount superstores and wholesale/warehouse clubs are excluded

Link to the MileUp card homepage

For a limited time the new MileUp credit card will offer a sign-up bonus of 10,000 AAdvantage bonus miles and a $50 statement credit after spending $500 in purchases within the first three months of opening an account

The revamped credit card will continue to charge foreign transaction fees so this is a card to leave at home when you travel abroad but, overall, the offering compared to the outgoing Bronze card is pretty good.

Thoughts

The outgoing Bronze card only offered 1 AAdvantage Mile per $2 spent on all transactions so the mileage earnings on the MileUp credit card are considerably better.

I value AAdvantage miles lower than Amex Reward points so I would still prefer to use the Amex EveryDay cards for my grocery spend (the free card earns up to 2.4 Membership rewards points/dollar at grocery stores) or the Blue Cash Everyday card which earns 3% cash back at supermarkets…but 2 miles/dollar with American Airlines isn’t bad for a free card.

I don’t see this as a credit card that’s going to excite a lot of people but it’s a good option to have if you’re looking to downgrade an existing American Airlines AAdvantage credit card.

If you’re an infrequent traveler living in an American Airlines hub then this could be a cheap way of adding to your AAdvantage balance and it could also be a good starter card for those just starting to build their credit score and who see themselves flying with American quite a bit.

Anyone else have any thoughts about the revamped credit card?

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