Earn 2 American AAdvantage Miles Per Dollar (Minimum) On All Your Spending

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The Citi® Double Cash Card has no annual fee and earns 2% cash back (1% when you make a purchase and 1% when you pay for the purchase). That makes it one of the best value cards (strong rewards with no or low annual fee) and one of the very best cash back cards.

So far so good, it’s been a strong value card for awhile. However they made a change that turns the card from a top cash back card into a top card, period. The Citi® Double Cash Card‘s earnings transfer to Citi ThankYou Points at 1:1 (so $1 in cash rewards becomes 100 ThankYou Points).

On their own these points can’t transfer to most of Citi’s airline partners however if you combine points from a Citi® Double Cash Card into a Citi Premier® Card account you’ll be able to effectively use the card to earn 2 transferable points to airline miles per dollar spent. That means the minimum you’d ever earn is 2 miles per dollar with your choice of:

  • Star Alliance: EVA Air, Avianca LifeMiles, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, Turkish Airlines
  • oneworld: Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Qantas, Qatar
  • SkyTeam: Air France KLM, Aeromexico
  • Non-alliance: Etihad, Emirates, JetBlue, JetPrivilege, Virgin Atlantic

And through November 23, 2021 American AAdvantage is a transfer partner as well.

That means with Double Cash and Premier you can earn 2 American AAdvantage miles on all of your otherwise-unbonused spend.

Citi Premier® Card is offering its biggest-ever initial bonus to earn 80,000 bonus points after $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening. The card earns 3 points per dollar spent at restaurants; supermarkets; gas stations; air travel; and hotels.

Then in all of the categories you’re not earning triple points, put the spend on your Citi® Double Cash Card and earn 2 points per dollar, transfer those points into your Premier account, and move them to American AAdvantage miles.

Citi® Double Cash Card

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Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community InsideFlyer.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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