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When it comes to earning American Airlines AAdvantage miles, there are plenty of credit card options from multiple issuers. Today, I’ll look at what’s available for AA frequent flyers looking to bolster their miles, benefits and elite status, and recommend what I think is your best choice. C iti

Citi is the main issuer of AAdvantage cards with multiple cards available for new sign-ups. The bank is known to offer increased sign-up bonuses on a relatively regular basis (like the previously available 100,000 miles for the Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard) and the ability to open multiple accounts with the same type of card. Before going into further detail, here’s a comparison of the available Citi AAdvantage cards: Card

The primary personal Citi AAdvantage card currently comes with a 60,000-mile bonus after you spend $3,000 in the first three months, as well as many in-flight perks. With a much lower annual fee and lower minimum spending requirement than the Executive card, it’s a great card for the casual AA flyer who isn’t invested in earning elite status. CitiBusiness / AAdvantage Platinum Select World Mastercard

The additional spending category bonuses on this business card make it an attractive option, and it currently also features a 70,000-mile bonus after you spend $4,000 in the first four months. It also comes with a $99 companion certificate after you spend $30,000 on the card in a calendar year and if the account remains open 45 days after anniversary date. Top off the perks with access to reduced mileage awards and a reasonable annual fee, and this is a solid business card. Many of the Citi AAdvantage cards offer perks free checked bags, priority boarding and a discount for in-flight purchases. (Photo by Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard

This card is offering a bonus of 50,000 American Airlines AAdvantage miles after you spend $5,000 in the first three months of cardmembership. You also receive access to American’s reduced mileage awards, giving you a 7,500-mile discount on round-trip awards for certain routes in North America. You earn 2x miles per dollar spent on American Airlines purchases, and 1 mile per dollar spent elsewhere.

The Executive card comes with an actual Admirals Club membership, so you can get in regardless of which airline you happen to be flying when you travel — and authorized users get membership too. You can also access Oneworld and certain other lounges. Membership entitles you to unlimited complimentary admission to Admirals Club lounges for yourself and two guests, or your entire immediate family.

When traveling on a domestic American flight, you receive your first checked bag free for you and up to eight traveling companions, as well as priority check-in, airport screening and boarding privileges. So it’s a lot like having elite status, but without the first-class upgrades. You also get a 25% savings on in-flight purchases, which isn’t even an elite status benefit.

Barclaycard has put in work to maintain its US Airways Premier World Mastercard customers with its lineup of Aviator cards. Including the Barclaycard AAdvantage Aviator Business MasterCard, there are five different Aviator products. Unfortunately, most of these aren’t open to new applicants, though you can currently sign up for the Aviator Red Card.

US Airways Premier cardholders were automatically converted over to one of the Aviator products, most likely the AAdvantage Aviator Red MasterCard. TPG Senior Points & Miles contributor Jason Steele recommended keeping the Aviator Red card for its valuable baggage fee waivers, 10% mileage rebate and priority boarding privileges. Here’s a comparison of the Barclaycard Aviator benefits: Aviator Card

In addition to the above benefits, the Silver card offers 5,000 Elite-Qualifying Miles (EQMs) for each $20,000 in annual purchases (up to 10,000 EQMs per year)· You can also earn a companion certificate each cardholder year when you spend $30,000 or more, which offers up to two additional tickets for $99 (plus taxes and fees) on a paid flight operated by American Airlines. Finally, this card also offers a $100 statement credit to cover the application fee for Global Entry.

If you were converted to an Aviator card you don’t like, or don’t believe the annual fee is worth the benefits, consider downgrading to the no-fee version instead of outright canceling. This is good for credit score purposes, receiving pre-qualified offers in the future and leaving yourself at least one avenue open to earn AA miles without an additional cost. Best Card

Which card is “best” really comes down to whether you fly American often enough to justify a higher annual fee, and whether you had a US Airways card that converted to an Aviator card. If you’re after elite status, fly AA exclusively or most of the time, and can spend quite a bit on the card, the Citi AAdvantage Executive Card is the one for you.

If you’re only an occasional AA flyer, the AAdvantage Platinum Select card is the way to go. You get a sizable sign-up bonus to boost your account from the beginning, and some nice ancillary perks like a free checked bag. Tack on a waived annual fee for the first year, and it’s an all-around solid offer.