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Last Day to Make AA Award Bookings with 10% Mileage Refund

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Quick reminder here – today is the last day to make AA award redemptions and receive the 10% mileage refund that has been available on several AA co-branded credit cards.

As you probably know, the following cards have had the 10% mileage refund benefit, up to a cap of 10,000 miles per calendar year that could be refunded to you:

  • Citi AA Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard
  • Barclays AA Aviator Red World Elite Mastercard
  • Barclays AA Aviator Silver World Elite Mastercard
Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select Mastercard

Sadly, this benefit ends as of tomorrow (5/1/2019), on all of these cards. There will no longer be any card that gives the 10% mileage refund benefit.

Refunds under this benefit are triggered when you make your award booking, and not when you actually fly. Thus, you still have a few hours this afternoon and evening to make AA award bookings and capture the refund, up to the cap of 10,000 miles refunded in 2019.

For us personally, I’ve used my entire 10,000-mile refund for 2019 already, booking a one-way business class award from the Middle East back to the US for later this year at 70,000 miles (7,000-mile refund) and a 30,000-mile Anytime award (3,000-mile refund) on a last-minute flight from DFW to SEA that would have been prohibitively expensive on a paid fare. Philly booked the same Middle East award but nothing else yet, so she still has 3,000 miles left. For better or worse, we don’t have anything on our immediate booking list where an AA award flight is available and would be the right choice for us, even with the 10% refund.

If you have one of these cards and any of your 2019 refund cap left to use, we hope you can find a fun flight and book it today, to get the last bit of juice out of this nice benefit before it goes away forever. Good luck!


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