One of the most useful benefits on AA’s Barclays and Citibank credit cards is the 10% rebate on award redemptions. Cardholders are able to get up to 10K miles back per year when they use their AA miles.
I confirmed with American Corporate Communications that the final day to redeem miles and get a 10% rebate will be 4/30/19 as this benefit will go away on 5/1.
There will be some new benefits come on 5/1. Citi AA Platinum cardholders will get a $125 flight credit if they spend $20,000 annually on the card. Barclays Aviator Red cardholders will get a $99 companion certificate if they spend $20,000 annually on the card and they’ll get a $25 annual WiFi credit.
Those benefits don’t come close to replacing the 10% rebate benefit, and nor are they enough to shift everyday spending onto an AA card.
The card is still useful for the signup bonus and for the free checked bag and priority boarding benefits if you fly on AA and don’t have elite status, but the loss of the award rebate stings.