American Airlines AAdvantage MileUp Card Review

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Looking for an American Airlines-specific card with no annual fee and the ability to earn miles on both airline and non-airline purchases? If so, the American Airlines AAdvantage MileUp Card (a NextAdvisor advertiser) might be the right choice for you.

Kicking things off is a 10,000-mile bonus and a $50 statement credit that you'll receive after spending $500 on purchases in the first 3 months. Next, you'll earn an uncapped 2X miles for each $1 spent at grocery stores, including grocery delivery services, as well as 2X miles for each $1 spent on eligible American Airlines purchases. Earning miles on grocery purchases is a nice (and fairly unusual) perk for an airline-branded card, which helps rack up extra miles at an accelerated pace. All other purchases will earn an unlimited 1X mile per $1 spent.

Miles earned with the American Airlines AAdvantage MileUp Card can be redeemed for free flights and upgrades on American Airlines (and other participating airlines), car rentals, hotel stays and more. Your miles hold the most value when they're redeemed for flights, according to our Travel Rewards Credit Card Analysis, which indicated an average flight redemption value of $1.25 per $100 spent. The hotel redemption value clocked in at a far lesser $0.66 per $100 spent, a good thing to remember if you intend to use your miles for free hotel stays.

For an airline-specific credit card, the travel perks are fairly slim - you'll enjoy 25% savings on inflight food and beverage purchases, but that's about it. In fact, the American Airlines AAdvantage MileUp Card lacks most of the perks you'd usually get with other airline-branded credit cards, including free checked bags, priority boarding benefits or the opportunity to receive flight discounts, but this isn't really surprising since the American Airlines AAdvantage MileUp Card has no annual fee. For those interested in an American Airlines-specific card with those type of extras, take a look at the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard (note that it has a $99 annual fee that's waived the first year).

If you tend to spend a decent amount on groceries and are in the market for a card that earns you free American Airlines flights, the American Airlines AAdvantage MileUp Card might be a good fit. For those who'd prefer a travel card with no annual fee that gives you the option of using your miles on any airline or at any hotel, consider the Capital One VentureOne Rewards Credit Card.

Redeem Rewards

  • Redeem miles for free flights and upgrades on American Airlines (and other participating airlines), car rentals, hotel stays and more.
  • Redeem as few as 12,500 miles for flights on American Airlines to over 250 destinations worldwide.
  • Reduced Mileage Awards let you travel to select destinations for fewer AAdvantage miles round trip.
  • Flight Redemption: American Airlines AAdvantage members can redeem their AAdvantage points for travel on American Airlines and their partner airlines including British Airways, Japan Airlines, Quantas, Alaska Airlines and JetBlue. AAdvantage offers 2 different redemptions options: Miles SAAver and AAnytime. Miles Saver tickets are subject to special limitations on seating availability and may be subject to travel embargo dates on some participant airlines. AAnytime tickets are more flexible and are available on any unsold seat on any day.
  • Hotel Redemption: With the AAdvantage program you are able to book free hotel stays at a multitude of hotels at different price points. The AAdvantage terms and conditions don't indicate an affiliation with any particular hotels, but when we conducting research we saw hotels ranging from The Westin, Fairmont and Hyatt to Holiday Inn and Best Western.

Fees and APR
  • Annual Fee: $0*
  • Foreign Transaction Fee: 3%
  • Purchase APR: 17.99% - 25.99%* (Variable)
  • Balance Transfer APR: 17.99% - 25.99%* (Variable).
  • Balance Transfer Fee: 3% of each balance transfer; $5 minimum.
  • *Additional details can be found on the Citi landing page.


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