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AA Credit Cards — Barclays or Citi
The Barclays AA Aviator Red Elite Mastercard and the Citi AA World Elite card have extremely similar benefits and cost (by design, I’m sure). American is one of my key airlines; what should my strategy with these two cards be? I have Citi and thinking of signing up for Barclays then cancelling Citi so I can get it back with a sign-up bonus in two years. Is there a catch to that that I’m not seeing?
The nice thing about the Barclays card is that you get the bonus after the first purchase so if you need a quick hit of miles, that helps. Citi just rolled out some new bonus categories with their card: 2x points at restaurants and gas stations. Also, Barclays requires $30K spend to get the $100 discount voucher while Citi only requires $20K.
So it just depends on what suits you better. Also if you’ve had the Citi card for awhile consider how it could impact your average age of accounts and thus your credit score.