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American Airlines Credit Card Agreements Extended
American Airlines announced today that they have extended their relationship agreements with both of their credit card issuers, Citi and Barclaycard US. The agreement will allow Citi to, “continue offering its lineup of cards to new customers through multiple exclusive channels such as digital – including aa.com – mobile, direct mail, and Admirals Club lounges.”
This isn’t a surprise, but look what comes next:
The agreements will also allow Barclaycard US, the payments business of Barclays in the United States, to offer its cards to new customers in airports and exclusively during flights beginning in January 2017.
You can find the full press release here.
This is really great news since it means we will see continued competition between Citi and Barclaycard when it comes to the AAdvantage credit cards. While Barclaycard won’t be able to offer their cards online, it sounds like it will be easy enough to get one if you want it. There is no word as to whether they will continue to offer the same exact Aviator line of cards or tweaked versions, but my guess is they will be the same. Either way, more competition and more options to earn miles is a good thing. It is too bad that the AAdvantage program has become fairly terrible lately with devaluations and an overall lack of award space.
What do you think? Is this a good thing? Are you excited to be able to sign-up for new Barclaycard AAdvantage cards?
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