Saving money on airline tickets is a goal for most of us, so knowing how to utilize companion certificates is a smart piece of knowledge to acquire. While many airlines offer companion certificates, they all work a little differently.
In this post, we’ll review exactly what the American Airlines Companion Certificate is, what you need to do to get one, and how to redeem it for a companion flight.
What Is the American Airlines Companion Certificate?
The American Airlines Companion Certificate is a benefit offered on several American Airlines credit cards. It allows the cardholder to purchase a companion ticket for $99 plus taxes.
The Companion Certificate does have some restrictions that you’ll want to keep in mind. For starters, it’s only good on qualifying domestic economy tickets (within the 48 contiguous states) on flights marketed and operated by American Airlines or on flights marketed by American Airlines but operated by any of the following airlines:
- American Eagle
- Envoy Air Inc.
- Mesa Airlines Inc.
- Piedmont Airlines Inc.
- PSA Airlines Inc.
- Republic Airways Inc.
- SkyWest Airlines Inc.
The companion certificate is not valid on Oneworld flights or any American Airlines codeshare flights.
For Residents of Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands
For residents of these states and territories, the companion certificate is valid on round-trip economy tickets originating in the state or territory of residence with a destination in the 48 contiguous states.
Cost of the American Airlines Companion Certificate
When you earn an American Airlines Companion Certificate, you won’t be getting a completely free ticket, or even one that you just have to pay taxes on (like the Southwest Companion Pass).
The companion ticket will cost $99 plus taxes that range from $21.60 to $43.20.
Bottom Line: The American Airlines Companion Certificate isn’t free. It costs $99 plus taxes, so you’ll end up paying between $120.60 to $142.20 for the companion fare.
How To Get an American Airlines Companion Certificate
The American Airlines Companion Certificate can be earned by spending either $20,000 or $30,000 on select American Airlines credit cards.
Here’s a quick look at which credit cards come with a companion certificate:
|Credit Card||Minimum Spend Requirement||Number of Companion Certificates Available|
|AAdvantage® Aviator® Red World Elite Mastercard®||$20,000||1|
|AAdvantage® Aviator® Silver Mastercard®*||$20,000||2|
|AAdvantage® Aviator® World Elite Business Mastercard®*||$30,000||1|
|CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® Mastercard®||$30,000||1|
* No longer open to new applicants
Hot Tip: The AAdvantage Aviator Silver card comes with a companion certificate that’s good for 2 companion flights for $99 each once the minimum spending requirement is met. This card is no longer open to new applicants, but you can upgrade to it if you have the AAdvantage Aviator Red card.
In addition to the minimum spending requirements, there are some additional things to keep in mind when earning an American Airlines Companion Certificate.
- The minimum spend requirement is based on net purchases within the cardmember year (the 12-month period through your cardmember anniversary month).
- Your account must remain open for a minimum of 45 days after the anniversary date (or for a full billing cycle for the CitiBusiness Platinum Select card).
- The certificate is valid for 1 year from the date of issue.
- The certificate is only valid for qualifying round-trip domestic economy fares purchased through American Airlines Meeting Services.
- After meeting the requirements, the certificate will be available for use 1 to 2 weeks for AAdvantage Aviator cardholders or 8 to 10 weeks for CitiBusiness Platinum Select cardholders.
Bottom Line: The American Airlines Companion Certificate is only good for round-trip domestic economy tickets. Certificates earned through the CitiBusiness Platinum Select card specify that the economy ticket must be a Main Cabin fare.
How To Use the American Airlines Companion Certificate
American Airlines Companion Certificates are good for qualifying round-trip domestic economy flights. That means you can’t use these certificates for business class or first class tickets. In addition, the certificate earned from the CitiBusiness Platinum Select card specifies that it can’t be used for Basic Economy fares.
If you live in the contiguous 48 United States, the companion certificate can only be used on travel within the 48 contiguous states.
If you reside in Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands, a domestic ticket is one that originates in your state/territory of residence and travels to the contiguous 48 states.
American Airlines Companion Certificates can be redeemed by calling American Airlines Meeting Services at 800-433-1790.
Getting a 2-for-1 deal on airfare is great! While the American Airlines Companion Certificates isn’t quite 2-for-1 since it does come with a $99 fee, it’s still a nice perk on select American Airlines credit cards.
With this certificate, cardholders who meet the minimum spending requirement will be eligible for a $99 companion ticket when they purchase a domestic economy ticket.
If the American Airlines Companion Certificate doesn’t work well for you, other airlines offer companion certificates, including Delta, Southwest, British Airways, and Alaska Airlines.
The information regarding the AAdvantage® Aviator® Red World Elite Mastercard®, AAdvantage® Aviator® Silver Mastercard®, AAdvantage® Aviator® World Elite Business Mastercard®, and CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® Mastercard® was independently collected by Upgraded Points and not provided nor reviewed by the issuer.
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