The FINANCIAL — American Airlines and its partners in the AAdvantage credit card program announced new agreements on July 12 to extend their relationships and continue providing AAdvantage miles and other benefits to customers.
American has entered into new agreements with both Citi and Barclaycard US. The agreements will allow Citi to continue offering its lineup of cards to new customers through multiple exclusive channels such as digital – including aa.com – mobile, direct mail, and Admirals Club lounges.
The agreements will also allow Barclaycard US, the payments business of Barclays in the United States, to offer its cards to new customers in airports and exclusively during flights beginning in January 2017, according to MasterCard.
Current cardholders will continue to see the same great benefits from both Citi and Barclaycard US as well as benefit from a new, long-term exclusive agreement with MasterCard.
“These long-term relationships with our innovative credit card partners provide our customers with the best ways to enhance their travel experience. From earning miles to boarding early and checking a bag for free, our customers tell us how much they value their AAdvantage®-affiliated cards,” said Andrew Nocella, chief marketing officer for American Airlines. “Our new dual-issuer arrangement is the first of its kind in the U.S. airline industry, and was enabled by the progressive partnership with Citi, Barclaycard US and MasterCard.”
“We are delighted to announce a multi-year extension of our nearly three-decade long partnership with American Airlines,” said Ralph Andretta, Head of U.S. Branded Cards, Citi. “This renewal reinforces our strong commitment to delivering exceptional value, benefits and service to our mutual customers today and for years to come.”
“We are thrilled to extend and expand upon our strategic partnership with American Airlines,” said Denny Nealon, Head of Partnerships, Barclaycard US. “We are proud to continue to help American Airlines grow its business and drive even greater loyalty and engagement with its customers. Together, we will offer consumers and American Airlines enthusiasts richly rewarding benefits, easy and convenient ways to earn their next award flight, and fantastic service.”
“We have enjoyed a long and successful partnership with American Airlines and the award-winning AAdvantage program and we are pleased to extend our relationship as the exclusive payment network for many years to come,” said Craig Vosburg, president North America, MasterCard. “We look forward to working with our bank partners – Citi and Barclaycard – to deliver seamless, safe and secure payments services through our global network, product innovations, and many Priceless experiences.”