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AAdvantage Miles and Samsung Pay
I have a Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select Mastercard that I use for almost every purchase (excluding Costco or HSA-medically related charges). I live in Dallas, so I almost always fly American Airlines. However, I just got a Samsung Gear watch that has Samsung Pay, and I LOVE IT! But none of the Citi AAdvantage cards are eligible for use with Samsung Pay. I looked at switching to the Citi Prestige card, but their Thank You points are no longer transferrable to AAdvantage. Are there any credit cards that you would recommend that will still allow me to get AAdvantage miles? Thanks.
Unfortunately, there’s no easy way to get AA miles from a transferable points currrency – except for Starwood. Those transfer 1:1 but if you transfer in increments of 20k starpoints, you get a 5k bonus. So if AA miles are your main goal, go for those cards.
Another way that is slightly more complicated is Chase’s cards that earn UR points. UR points transfer to Marriott Rewards 1:1, which then can be transferred to SPG at 3:1. However, I wouldnt recommend this method for AA miles unless you were really in a bind.
Lastly – have you considered buying AA miles? They have promotions several times a year where it can be worth the cost, if you know what award you’re redeeming for.
Thanks David. I like the idea of getting the SPG Amex card because I currently don’t have an Amex and it looks like those points are the most favorably transferable. However, I worry about how many vendors will not accept Amex. I’ll have to check that out. Thanks again.