darkguy2 wrote:So I am looking to get the AAdvantage card since I am going for status with AA and will be traveling with them a good amount on business and would like to get the zone 1 boarding. I see that the standard offer is for 30K miles after $1K spend in 3 months. I found another offer link that gave me 50K miles for $3K spend in 3 months.
So my question is if it is worth putting another $2K on the card for another 20K miles? The $1K would be no problem, but the $3K I would need to work at achieving. Also any advice on the card itself? Most likely I will get it for the free year, get the bonus, and then close it before it charges me. By that point I should have status with AA and no longer need the card for the benefits.
First of all, I assume we're talking about the personal (and not business) Platinum Select. Will you be reimbursed for travel, or does it ultimately come out of your own pocket?
I got one in January with the $3k/50k/3 month offer. I got it originally just for the bonus, but I might end up keeping it (especially if I get an AF waiver or some sort of retention on just $5k spend). I've saved $150 in bag fees in the first six months, and may end up just paying the AF. I don't use it for Price Rewind items any more, but I might end up making an extended warranty claim through it.
You might consider Prestige or AA Executive. The AFs are higher, but they offer more AA perks (like Admirals lounge access). If you're flying enough to reach elite status, the value of perks can really add up. Also, the rewards are good. I don't know how you value URs, but Prestige's 3 TYs * a guaranteed 1.6 cpp on AA = an easy 4.8% on flights is pretty appealing to me.
Also, Zone 1 doesn't mean much (at least, it hasn't on my flights). There are many groups with higher boarding priority.