Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite Mastercard® vs. American Airlines AAdvantage® MileUp®
If you don’t fly on American Airlines frequently enough to justify paying an annual fee after the first year and you don’t plan to take advantage of the benefits offered by the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite Mastercard®, the American Airlines AAdvantage® MileUp® may be a better fit. Along with charging a $0 annual fee, the card offers double miles on grocery and American Airlines purchases.
You’ll earn 2 AAdvantage® miles for each $1 spent at grocery stores, including grocery delivery services. Earn 2 AAdvantage® miles for every $1 spent on eligible American Airlines purchases. Earn 1 AAdvantage® mile for every $1 spent on other purchases. Plus, earn 10,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles and receive a $50 statement credit after making $500 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening.
Unlike the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite Mastercard®, this card charges foreign transaction fees and doesn’t offer a flight discount, free checked bags or preferred boarding. But again, if you only fly American Airlines a few times a year within the U.S., this card’s $0 annual fee and earning rate can still make it worth your while.
Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite Mastercard® vs. Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite Mastercard®
On the other hand, if you travel several times throughout the year in the U.S. and abroad and want access to more premium perks, the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite Mastercard® may be a better match.
While the card charges a high annual fee of $595, the price tag gets you access to valuable benefits, like the first checked bag free for you and up to eight companions on the same reservation, priority check-in, airport screening and boarding for you and up to eight companions on the same reservation, 25% savings on in-flight food and beverage, up to a $100 Global Entry or TSA PreCheck application fee credit and 0% foreign transaction fees. Additionally, receive Admirals Club® Membership — which provides free access to almost 50 airport lounges worldwide — for you and up to two guests or immediate family members.
You’ll also earn 1 Loyalty Point for every 1 eligible AAdvantage® mile earned from purchases, as well as 10,000 additional Loyalty Points when you spend $40,000 in purchases during the qualifying status year. Plus, earn 70,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles after spending $7,000 within the first 3 months of account opening..