I received an email yesterday from Citi / AAdvantage offering bonus points when using my credit card at select merchants. Typically, with this card you earn 1 point per dollar spent on all spend (except American Airline flights), however, through September 30, 2012, you can earn 3x points at supermarkets, drugstores, gas stations, and restaurants. The promotion, however, is pretty limited where you are capped at 2,500 bonus miles (which means $1,250 of spend total at these merchants).

Due to this promotion, I will actually start using my AAdvantage card again for some purchases (however, the Chase Freedom card is still better for gas and restaurant purchases at 5x points). I probably haven’t used this card for over a year as this is not a great card for every day spend. While I love my American miles as they are my loyalty program of choice, I’d much prefer to use my Starwood card to earn SPG points and transfer them to American if needed. This point accrual allows much more flexibility and does not pigeon hole me like the American Airlines credit card does. I was actually contemplating canceling the card once my  right before my next $85 annual fee hit, however, with the recent perks added I decided to keep it.

Now, this might be a targeted promotion as the email included an individualized invitation code. If you have an American Airlines credit card, make sure to find this email (check spam, deleted email, etc.) and register. You will start receiving your 3x points 4 days after registering.

  • DaVe said,

    I got this email as well, so I’ll be using this card even more. What makes it even better is that I have an offer for 0% finance charge on purchases until February 2013 with a balance transfer. I made a small balance transfer to qualify for this promotion, so now I can keep my money in my Bankdirect account earning AA miles and then pay this off in February. Not a bad deal…

  • W Brian Duncan (aka IPBrian) said,

    I got a similar email on my Citi TY premier card 5x, but not the AA…bummer.

  • dealswelike said,

    @IPBrian – Darnit!

  • Jimmy @TravelByPoints said,

    My mother-in-law got a similar email but her bonus categories are airlines, hotels, and car rentals. Same limit of 2,500 AA miles, and same bonus period.

  • Kalboz said,

    Do you have a link to this offer?

  • Mike H said,

    I did not get this offer, bummer. I haven’t spent on this card in 3 months and would also like to drum up some AA points.

  • dealswelike said,

    @Jimmy – very interesting, thanks for sharing.

  • dealswelike said,

    @kalboz – This was a targeted email, so there is no link unfortunately.

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