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Old Jun 10, 21, 5:13 pm
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AAdvantage Credit Card Issuer agreement updates

From what I understand AA's credit card issuer agreements with Citi and Barclays are coming up for renewal in 2022. I currently have an Aviator Red card.

Has anyone heard any news about this? Who besides Citi and Barclays have been vying for the contract? Will AA continue to use two issuers? Perhaps they will go with only one to save money. I hope they don't go with Chase.
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Old Jun 10, 21, 5:38 pm
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Doubt chase could or would be interested.

no idea what is in store nobody does other than prob the AAdv team who may may not have started any type of negotiations yet.


Originally Posted by Delta 764 View Post
From what I understand AA's credit card issuer agreements with Citi and Barclays are coming up for renewal in 2022. I currently have an Aviator Red card.

Has anyone heard any news about this? Who besides Citi and Barclays have been vying for the contract? Will AA continue to use two issuers? Perhaps they will go with only one to save money. I hope they don't go with Chase.
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Old Jun 10, 21, 8:07 pm
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Let's hope they get rid of the BS exclusive agreement with Apple. No reason I should not be able to use my AA/Citi card with Google Pay.
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Old Jun 10, 21, 8:27 pm
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Originally Posted by bchandler02 View Post
Let's hope they get rid of the BS exclusive agreement with Apple. No reason I should not be able to use my AA/Citi card with Google Pay.
Barclays allows use of Google Pay.
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Old Jun 11, 21, 7:52 am
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Originally Posted by Delta 764 View Post
Barclays allows use of Google Pay.
And if Barclays had a card that offered AC access, I'd be over there yesterday.
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Old Jun 11, 21, 8:23 am
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I wonder to what extent AA's unhappiness with Citi's loose marketing/terms/approval to people who were gaming the system will weigh in their partnership renewal decision.

AA potentially closing accounts due to credit card churning/churn
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Old Sep 17, 21, 9:36 pm
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I actually wonder if Wells Fargo will be vying for the contract. I know Wells Fargo plans on overhauling its credit card portfolio within the next year, and an agreement with AA would be a huge win for them. However since I already have two WF cards (Visa Signature and Propel Amex) approval may be more difficult.
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Old Sep 17, 21, 10:20 pm
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Bank of America might be interested in offering a major airline's credit card (AS is very regionally focused, even if all FTers know how valuable their miles are).

AA and Citi have had a relationship for 30 years, my guess would be either that it's Citi exclusive or remains Citi and Barclays.

Some of the exclusivity is annoying e.g. Barclays can't offer lounge access or day passes. Hopefully the renegotiations increase the benefits offered, though historically airline credit cards have not offered super rich benefits.
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Me too !
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Old Nov 15, 21, 2:39 pm
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Originally Posted by bchandler02 View Post
And if Barclays had a card that offered AC access, I'd be over there yesterday.
With that new Amex AA Business Extra card, they may just need to spice up the offering a bit so one never knows!
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Old Nov 24, 21, 10:30 am
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Originally Posted by bchandler02 View Post
Let's hope they get rid of the BS exclusive agreement with Apple. No reason I should not be able to use my AA/Citi card with Google Pay.
I'll second that !
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Old Nov 25, 21, 9:16 am
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Let's just hope that, whatever happens, the cards actually improve. The Citi Executive is one of the worst premium cards I've ever seen from an earn, rewards, and insurance perspective. Almost no benefits. Even the Chase and AMEX cards with lounge access offer travel and other credits that help offset the fees. That said, they've probably kept it this way because it's the only card that fulfills the function of automatic AC access. Now that it will also earn LP's, I can't really see any incentive for them to change it. Good business situation for them, I guess - they're able to deliver a product that people want without have to be competitive and actually offer much else other than the 2 things that make it worthwhile.
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Old Nov 25, 21, 9:39 am
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Originally Posted by Delta 764 View Post
I actually wonder if Wells Fargo will be vying for the contract. I know Wells Fargo plans on overhauling its credit card portfolio within the next year, and an agreement with AA would be a huge win for them. However since I already have two WF cards (Visa Signature and Propel Amex) approval may be more difficult.
Is Wells in the cobranded card business? I get that they are changing up their product lines, but for whatever reason I don't see Wells making a purchase like this.

I personally think Barclays is the most likely suitor for the entire portfolio. They could offer a complete line of cards, including a premium card to compete with DL's AMEX Reserve or UA's premium offerings from Chase. Barclays loves cobranded cards and they already have the existing relationship with AA.

Though if AAdvantage is really becoming a bank... I wonder if they will try to partner with a full service bank that can offer checking/savings products alongside the credit cards. That makes Barclays a lot less of a serious player, but makes an agreement with someone like BoA with a nationwide footprint a little more interesting.
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Old Jun 26, 22, 4:55 pm
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Thought Id bump this thread since were about half way through 2022 at this point. There certainly hasnt been any news on this front yet so well have to wait and see.

My own speculation- I wonder if the limited time Citi Thank you point to AA transfer last fall was some sort of test Citi was doing to get certain data points, ahead of renegotiating their contract?
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Old Jun 26, 22, 4:59 pm
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Originally Posted by ramcm7 View Post
I wonder to what extent AA's unhappiness with Citi's loose marketing/terms/approval to people who were gaming the system will weigh in their partnership renewal decision.

AA potentially closing accounts due to credit card churning/churn
Why do you think AA cares? If Citi wants to buy billions of dollars of miles and give them out, I think AA would be happy to have the cash.
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