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$0 American Airlines baggage fees with the right credit card

by on Thu April 5, 2012 • No Comment

Citi AAdvantage Platinum VisaIf you are planning to purchase an American Airlines domestic ticket, and think you’ll need to check baggage — then know you can get the first baggage fee waived with the right credit card versus the $50 roundtrip fee you’d normally pay for one bag. And you can extend that benefit to up to 4 other people in your reservation. That could save you $250 in baggage fees in one trip.


By carrying a Citi Platinum Select AAdvantage Visa Signature (secure application link).

What are the requirements of the baggage fees waiver?

The credit card now offers a waiver of the first checked bag fee on domestic flights for you and up to 4 others in your reservation. The only catch is, you must wait 7 days after opening an account to book your ticket to be eligible. But once you’ve done that, any further ticket will have the baggage fees waiver as long as you hold the credit card.

There is no need to use the credit card itself to purchase the tickets. The benefit will be tied to your American Airlines frequent flyer number, so as long as that is in your reservation you’ll get the no first baggage fee benefit.

The baggage fee for the first checked bag on American is normally $25 each way for domestic trips. So, if you bring along yourself and 4 others, and each checks baggage, that’s a savings of $250 in round trip baggage fees.

The credit card carries no annual fee the first year, and you can cancel it at any time. The fee after the first year is $95.

Other benefits of the credit card

  • Priority Boarding. Your boarding pass as the primary cardholder will have a priority boarding group zone printed on it, so you can get on the plane and store your carry on baggage just ahead of normal economy class passengers. This benefit also extends to up to 4 people traveling on the same itinerary as you.
  • 25% savings on inflight purchases. If you decide to buy food, drinks, or headsets on board, you’ll be treated to a 25% discount when you use the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select credit card.
  • 10% rebate on award ticket miles. You’ll get 10% of the miles you use to purchase award tickets back each year, up to 10,000 miles. That means a regular 25,000 mile coach award ticket costs you just 22,500 miles.
  • $100 American Airlines flight discount when you spend $30,000 or more in purchases on your Citi® / AAdvantage® credit card during your cardmembership year (each 12 month period prior to your anniversary date) and your account remains open for at least 45 days after your anniversary. The Flight Discount expires one year from date of issue. The Flight Discount is redeemable toward  air travel on American Airlines or  any oneworld® partner or American Airlines codeshare flight. The Flight Discount is redeemable online at

Other airlines with no first checked baggage fees for holders of their credit cards include…

  • Delta Airlines – Delta SkyMiles Gold American Express credit card
  • United Airlines – United Mileage Plus Explorer credit card

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