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Citi & Barclaycard AA Credit Card Free Domestic Checked Bag / Baggage / Luggage

Old Aug 6, 14, 7:07 pm
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AA Credit Card Domestic Baggage Benefit
All Citi AAdvantage and Barclaycard Aviator cards

Summary

If you have an American Airlines co-branded credit card (including the ones they currently advertise in the airport and onboard the aircraft) you will receive a waiver of your first checked bag fee on domestic (US and Canada) flights for a standard size/weight bag. The following general conditions apply:
  • Your flight must be marketed and operated by American Airlines.
  • The primary cardholder must be a passenger on the reservation, and the primary cardholder's AAdvantage number must be in the reservation at least seven days prior to flight.
  • If the account is closed, the benefit will no longer apply.

Which Credit Cards Does This Work For?

The following US credit cards include a waiver of the first bag fee:
  • Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select card (+ 4 companions on the same reservation)
  • Citi / AAdvantage Executive card (+ 8 companions on the same reservation)
  • CitiBusiness / AAdvantage Platinum Select Mastercard (+ 4 companions on the same reservation)
  • Aviator Red MasterCard (+ 4 companions on the same reservation)
  • Aviator Silver MasterCard (+ 8 companions on the same reservation)
  • Aviator Business MasterCard (+ 4 companions on the same reservation)
The following credit cards DO NOT include a waiver of the first bag fee:
  • Citi / AAdvantage MileUp℠ card
  • Citi / AAdvantage Gold Card (not open to new applicants)
  • CitiBusiness / AAdvantage Select Card (not open to new applicants)
  • Aviator Blue MasterCard (not open to new applicants)
  • Aviator MasterCard (not open to new applicants)

Frequently Asked Questions

They wouldn't allow me to check my bag for free on my domestic reservation. Why could they do that?
The most common reason a free bag is denied is the requirement the account must be open 7 days prior to air travel AND, the reservation must include the primary cardmember's American Airlines AAdvantage number 7 days prior to air travel

Can I combine this with another reason that I get free bags to get 2 or more free bags?
No. If you have Gold status, you will still only get one bag for free (though it will include international itineraries).

Do I need to pay with my credit card to get this benefit?
No. The benefit is tied to your AAdvantage number, so you can pay in any way(another credit card, employer, online travel agency, etc.).

If my companions are on another PNR, can they use this benefit?
No. The other (up to four or eight) travelers and you must be on the same reservation.

Will this work on any reservation with AA?
The reservation must be entirely domestic (US & Canada).

If I'm connecting to an international (non-Canada) flight, can I use this benefit?
No.

If I'm connecting to another airline, can I use this benefit?
No.
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Citi & Barclaycard AA Credit Card Free Domestic Checked Bag / Baggage / Luggage

Old Jan 7, 22, 3:20 pm
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Hi, recently got Barclay AAdvantage aviator card. I booked a basic economy flight with British airways aviator points and was able to add AAdvantage Number to the British Airways Avios Booking using Royal Jordanian website (more than 7 days ago). However, on the American airlines reservation webpage, there is no mention about a free baggage, even though I see upgraded group 5 booking. Is this usual and do I get the 1st checked baggage free being the Barclay credit card holder?

Many Thanks.
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Old Jan 7, 22, 3:30 pm
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Originally Posted by sabya31
Hi, recently got Barclay AAdvantage aviator card. I booked a basic economy flight with British airways aviator points and was able to add AAdvantage Number to the British Airways Avios Booking using Royal Jordanian website (more than 7 days ago). However, on the American airlines reservation webpage, there is no mention about a free baggage, even though I see upgraded group 5 booking. Is this usual and do I get the 1st checked baggage free being the Barclay credit card holder?

Many Thanks.
Is this a domestic (U.S.) flight that you booked with your BA Avios?
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Old Jan 7, 22, 3:47 pm
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Originally Posted by guv1976
Is this a domestic (U.S.) flight that you booked with your BA Avios?

Yeah that is right. Forgot to mention this.
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Old Jan 7, 22, 3:52 pm
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Originally Posted by sabya31
Yeah that is right. Forgot to mention this.
If your AAdvantage number sticks in your AA reservation record, then you should get a free checked bag at check-in.
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Old Jan 7, 22, 5:29 pm
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Okay, thanks!
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Old Jan 10, 22, 9:38 pm
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Originally Posted by sabya31
Okay, thanks!
I was approved for the Barclays card and already had a flight reservation in 8 days. The next day I signed into AA and it showed Group 5 but showed nothing about free luggage. Today I checked in and each of our first bags were free!
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Old Nov 22, 22, 8:48 am
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Checked bag to Mexico?

Hi, I have the Aviator Red MasterCard. Does the checked bag benefit apply to flights between the US and Mexico? It looks like the answer is no? So does this mean that if I have no status, I will definitely have to pay for a checked bag no matter what? Thank you!
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