Posted by William Charles on October 10, 2017
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Published on October 10th, 2017 | by William Charles


Citi & Barclaycard American Airlines Cards Now Receive Preferred Boarding On American Airlines International Flights

Citi has sent out an e-mail to their American Airlines cardholders letting them know that they will now receive preferred boarding on American Airline international flights. Previously cardholders only received this benefit on domestic flights. The new benefit also applies to Barclaycard American Airlines cards.

The following cardholders will receive Zone 5 boarding:

  • Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select World EliteTM Mastercard
  • CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select World EliteTM Mastercard
  • Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® American Express® Card
  • Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® Visa Signature
  • AAdvantage® AviatorTM Silver Mastercard®
  • AAdvantage® AviatorTM Red Mastercard®
  • AAdvantage® AviatorTM Business Mastercard®

Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard® cardholders will receive zone 4 boarding. The benefit also applies to up to 4 customers listed in the same reservation as the primary card-member.

Hat tip to reader @Bayuze

22 Responses to Citi & Barclaycard American Airlines Cards Now Receive Preferred Boarding On American Airlines International Flights

  1. Dave C says:

    Not a game changer, but better than a kick in the pants…

  2. Larry says:

    Not sure when this changed but had an international flight at the end of August and I noticed I got preferred boarding because of my card.

  3. Jim says:

    It is totally useless benefit cos you are always the last with the general public without status or first or biz class to board . The right thing to do is to release award flights and give free checked bag benefit on international flights

    • Aaron says:

      I’m not sure I follow… the benefit is that you get on the plane early, which these days is primarily to give you priority access to the overhead bins. I’ve never seen Group 4 or Group 5 be forced to gate check bags due to full overhead bins.

    • Celestino says:

      I agree with that the check bag would be awesome to have on International flights but the Zone 5 boarding is really useful (at least for me). I get in line when they call zone 3, since zone 5 is first on the general line so I’m not blocking anyone and always find overhead space.

    • frogger says:

      You can check a bag for free on International flights no matter whom you are on American Airlines. So you have what you want. Enjoy/

  4. Abey says:

    I didnt know there is an Amex AA card.

  5. John says:

    When you redeem with a partner program you get this automatically. Also 9 zones on top of all the other status boarding benefits is ridiculous American.

  6. EthanZ says:

    Looks like Barclays AA cards got the benefit too?

  7. Evan says:

    I’d love to know how to apply for the AAdvantage Aviator Business MasterCard. Nobody seems to know much about it…neither Barclaycard customer service nor their team on Twitter.

  8. Ray says:

    Zone 5 is priority? How many boarding groups does AA have?

    I guess at least everyone isn’t Group 2 like on UA.

  9. MoreSun says:

    Zone 5 and then “general” boarding hasn’t even started yet- sheesh! Any bets on when we hit double digit loading zones with AA?

  10. Darvin Ray says:

    i always had preferred boarding when travelling to europe in AA. all i have is the AA platinum mastercard (was a visa)

  11. Marshall says:

    I just came back from HKG 10-10-17 and got early group 5 boarding which was nice.

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