When it comes to changes to the benefits you get from having a travel credit card, 2019 was an eventful year. Some of the big changes happened in the premium card space with the Citi Prestige, Sapphire Reserve and AMEX Platinum all getting new benefits, losing old benefits and just getting more expensive to have.
With all of that news, it’s easy to forget the changes that happened to some of the less expensive co-brand airline credit cards.
Even I almost forgot about a new benefit that comes with one of these cards.
In 2019, some big changes took effect for the American Airlines Aviator Red card from Barclays. In the end, I decided to hold onto the card, despite it losing some benefits that had value to me.
One of the new benefits to the card is a $25 credit for WiFi purchases onboard American Airlines aircraft. While $25 isn’t a whole bunch of cash, it’s something. A flight long WiFi pass for our flight costs $16. I’d almost have enough to pay for two flights with the credit.
Once the charge for WiFi showed up on my statement
The credit posted just 2 days later
While $25 isn’t the most significant benefit and doesn’t make up for everything the card lost, I’m never one to leave free money on the table. I would have paid for the WiFi anyway, so getting some money back was a nice bonus.
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