SKY1 From Spain, joined Apr 2006, 885 posts, RR: 4 Posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 5770 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.
Syncmaster From United States of America, joined Jul 2002, 2068 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 5743 times:
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).
TAN FLYR From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 1943 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 5663 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.
LVTMB From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 397 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 5432 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
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BOACCunard From United States of America, joined Dec 2009, 864 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 5205 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.
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?
FLVILLA From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 394 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 4741 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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