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How To Get and Use the American Airlines Companion Certificate

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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:

  • Compass Airlines LLC*
  • American Eagle by Envoy Air Inc.**
  • Envoy Air Inc.
  • Mesa Airlines Inc.
  • Piedmont Airlines Inc.
  • PSA Airlines Inc.
  • Republic Airways Inc.
  • SkyWest Airlines Inc.

* Valid on certificates from Barclays credit cards only.
** Valid on certificates from Citi credit cards only.

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.

Only certificates earned from Citi cards offer eligibility for Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands residents.

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 which 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:

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Credit CardMinimum Spend RequirementNumber of Companion Certificates Available
AAdvantage® Aviator® Red World Elite Mastercard®$20,0001
AAdvantage® Aviator® Silver Mastercard®*$20,0002
AAdvantage® Aviator® World Elite Business Mastercard®$30,0001
CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® Mastercard®$30,0001

* 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.

American Airlines Main Cabin
An American Airlines Companion Certificate allows you to purchase a second economy seat for $99 plus tax. Image Credit: American Airlines

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 within 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.

Final Thoughts

The American Airlines Companion Certificate is almost like getting a 2-for-1 deal. With this certificate, cardholders who meet the minimum spending requirement will be eligible for a $99 companion ticket (plus taxes) when they purchase a domestic economy ticket. It’s a nice perk on select American Airlines credit cards.

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® was independently collected by Upgraded Points and not provided nor reviewed by the issuer. 
The information regarding AAdvantage® Aviator® Silver Mastercard® was independently collected by Upgraded Points and not provided nor reviewed by the issuer.
The information regarding AAdvantage® Aviator® World Elite Business Mastercard® was independently collected by Upgraded Points and not provided nor reviewed by the issuer.
The information regarding the CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® Mastercard® was independently collected by Upgraded Points and not provided nor reviewed by the issuer.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an American Airlines Companion Certificate?

An American Airlines Companion Certificate is a perk that comes with select co-branded American Airlines credit cards. Once a cardholder meets a minimum spending requirement ($20,000 to $30,000), they will earn a companion certificate which allows them to add a companion to a domestic economy flight for $99 plus taxes.

Does American Airlines offer companion fares?

Yes, American Airlines offers companion fares through select co-branded credit cards. Cardholders will earn a companion fare certificate after meeting a minimum spending threshold (either $20,000 or $30,000 depending on the card).

What credit cards offer the American Airlines Companion Certificate benefit?

Currently, there are 4 credit cards that offer a companion certificate as a benefit:

  • AAdvantage Aviator Red card
  • AAdvantage Aviator Silver card (no longer open to new applicants)
  • AAdvantage Aviator Business card
  • CitiBusiness Platinum Select card

Can I use the American Airlines Companion Certificate for first class tickets?

No, the American Airlines Companion Certificate can only be used for economy tickets.

Can I use the American Airlines Companion Certificate to fly to Hawaii?

No, the American Airlines Companion Certificate can only be used for travel within the contiguous 48 states. However, residents of Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands can use the certificate to fly from their home states/territories to the contiguous 48 states.

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Katie has been in the points and miles game since 2015 and started her own blog in 2016. She’s been freelance writing since then and her work has been featured in publications like Travel + Leisure, Forbes Advisor, and Fortune Recommends.

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