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No More AAdvantage On Citi Credit Cards?  
User currently offlineSKY1 From Spain, joined Apr 2006, 879 posts, RR: 4
Posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 5246 times:

I've received today a letter from Citibank (I'm a AAdvantage and Citibank credit card customer) saying the agreement between Citibank Spain and AA will end on December 31, so from January 1, 2010 will be not possible earn AA miles using the Visa credit card issued by Citibank in Spain. It also say American Airlines INC will launch "a new card" soon.

My question is if this policy will be applied only in Spain or its because major changes about the AAdvantage program regarding to collect milles with credits card are expected. What's the AA policy about this matter at the States? All replies welcomed and thanks in advance.


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User currently offlineSyncmaster From United States of America, joined Jul 2002, 2028 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 5219 times:
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I believe this more Citibank's call. They are backing out of a number of reward cards that they previously had as they claim the cost of offering them has risen too high. They are doing the same in the states with some (I'm not sure if this includes AAdvantage).

-Charlie


User currently offlineTAN FLYR From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 1906 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 5139 times:

hmmm..strange as we just got more solicitations in the mail for my son ( a minor with an AAdvantge #) for a new Citi AAdvantage Master Card...and even tho my wife and I have a joint account, she gets seperate offers also, almost monthly.

Maybe right now it is Citi in Spain ..maybe not enought base to justify whatever the cost is?

Lots of speculation in the US that Citi will be broken up..sold off in pieces in 2010.

Walter Wriston must be turning over in his grave!


User currently offlineBOACCunard From United States of America, joined Dec 2009, 864 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 5111 times:

My guess is this is a Spanish thing.

AA and Citi have a 20+ year relationship in the US. I'd be surprised to see it go away.

Is there an IB credit card in Spain?



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User currently offlineIsitsafenow From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4984 posts, RR: 23
Reply 4, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 5007 times:



Quoting BOACCunard (Reply 3):
My guess is this is a Spanish thing.

Agreed. My son has an AA Advantage card and he told me he didnt get a notice
of any kind from Citi about terminating ties with AA.
Looks like business as usual in the US of A.
safe



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User currently offlineLVTMB From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 391 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 4908 times:



Quoting SKY1 (Thread starter):
My question is if this policy will be applied only in Spain or its because major changes about the AAdvantage program regarding to collect milles with credits card are expected. What's the AA policy about this matter at the States? All replies welcomed and thanks in advance.

Citi and AA have a co-branding agreement in several countries. In other countries, other banks have that same agreement with AA. Top of mind I recall Credomatic in Central America, Scotiabank somewhere, etc. In the US the co-branded product seems very healthy - and they are actively soliciting. This is the first I hear from the agreement terminating in Spain or elsewhere. Interesting enough, the AA site in Spain didn't get the memo  Smile

See these pages:
[url=http://www.aa.com/intl/es/AAdvantage_en/Citibank_Offer.jsp]
[url=http://www.aa.com/i18n/AAdvantage/partners/creditDebitCards/citiAAdvantageCardsWorldwide.jsp]

MB


User currently offlineHeathrow From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2005, 979 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 4787 times:

Looks like someone's SOL! Sorry to hear about this. Maybe try your luck with BA or IB? You'll still have the Oneworld connections! Regards,
Rudi


User currently offlineSKY1 From Spain, joined Apr 2006, 879 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 4776 times:



Quoting Syncmaster (Reply 1):
They are backing out of a number of reward cards that they previously had as they claim the cost of offering them has risen too high.

Thanks for your input.

Quoting TAN FLYR (Reply 2):
Maybe right now it is Citi in Spain



Quoting BOACCunard (Reply 3):
My guess is this is a Spanish thing.

I think so.

Quoting BOACCunard (Reply 3):
AA and Citi have a 20+ year relationship in the US

And also with UA, DL and other major US carriers, right?

Quoting BOACCunard (Reply 3):
Is there an IB credit card in Spain?

Yes, it's possible earn Iberia-Plus points in credit cards issued by Caja Madrid, BBVA or Banco Popular. But I find the AAdvantage program a bit better, specially I like the AA upgrades policy.

Quoting LVTMB (Reply 5):
Citi and AA have a co-branding agreement in several countries. In other countries, other banks have that same agreement with AA.

So, is there any chance to continue with the AAdvantage in a credit card issued by other bank? It makes sense, but I don't think a Spanish bank can be interesed about it ...but, who knows.



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User currently offlineCws818 From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 1176 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 4740 times:



Quoting SKY1 (Reply 7):

Quoting BOACCunard (Reply 3):
AA and Citi have a 20+ year relationship in the US

And also with UA, DL and other major US carriers, right?

No, AA is the only U.S. major with Citi.
DL uses American Express; CO/UA use Chase; US/AS use Bank of America.



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User currently offlineBOACCunard From United States of America, joined Dec 2009, 864 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 4681 times:



Quoting SKY1 (Reply 7):
Yes, it's possible earn Iberia-Plus points in credit cards issued by Caja Madrid, BBVA or Banco Popular. But I find the AAdvantage program a bit better, specially I like the AA upgrades policy.

Well, I hope you are able to get another AAdvantage co-branded card in Spain then.

But it seems possible to me that maybe IB does not want AA offering a co-branded card in IB's home market. I'm sure IB doesn't offer one in the US, though BA does, BA of course having an enormous customer base here in the US.



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User currently onlineAAR90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3471 posts, RR: 47
Reply 10, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 4621 times:

My guess is this is a Citi decision (for whatever reason). Citi just paid (in Sept.) $1,000,000,000.00 up front for AAdvantage miles to award its customers.

From AMR's 3rd Qtr financials:
$1 billion in cash from the advance sale of AAdvantage™ frequent flyer miles to Citi



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User currently offlineJet-lagged From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 872 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 4515 times:

Last night I called Citibank to apply for a credit card Initially I was going to get an Aadvantage card which was being offered, although when they said it is US$85 per year, I steered away from that!

User currently offlineBOSSAN From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 255 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 4304 times:

The American Airlines page Citi(R) / AAdvantage(R) Cards Worldwide lists Belgium, Italy, Spain and the UK, while the page it points to omits all countries outside the US and Latin America.

My imagination tells me that American wanted to change the terms of their license for all of Europe, perhaps in advance of AA/BA/IB antitrust approval, and Citibank instead decided to terminate the agreement. But who knows?


User currently offlineSATexan From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 221 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 4264 times:



Quoting Cws818 (Reply 8):
US/AS use Bank of America.

US Airways switched from Bank of America to Barclays a few months ago..


User currently offlineFLVILLA From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 394 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 4217 times:

The Citi AAdvantage card here in the UK will also end on the 31st December '09. There will be a new card offered sometime at the end of January for UK AAdvantage members, although this has been repeatedly pushed back now.

There aren't many airline branded credit cards in the UK with major carriers* that are not AMEX now, the AAdvantage is very useful for all my non-amex spend (I have the BA Amex to cover 90% of my normal purchasing).

Although I do believe some have been able to still get the BD mastercard even though it's officially switched to an MBNA issued Amex card like VS.

*Major carrier = member in one of the big three alliances aka not U2/FR etc



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