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I'm planning a trip with my family and would like to take advantage of the benefits on my wife's Citi Platinum Select / AAdvantage® World Mastercard but purchase the tickets with another card.

The benefits we'd like to enjoy are first checked bag free, priority boarding, and bonus miles.

My question is: do we have to purchase the tickets with the card? Reading the fine print it looks like we'd only have to put her AAdvantage number on the reservation and have everyone on the same reservation. From the website:

For benefit to apply, the Citi® / AAdvantage® account must be open 7 days prior to air travel AND, reservation must include the primary cardmember's American Airlines AAdvantage® number 7 days prior to air travel. ... For the Citi® / AAdvantage® card, up to four customers traveling with the eligible primary cardmember will also get their first checked bag free of charge if they are listed in the same reservation.

It doesn't say anywhere that the ticket(s) must be purchased with the card.

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It depends on the card and on the privilege. See also the similar question Will I receive Explorer card benefits if my employer pays for my flight?. –  choster Oct 3 '13 at 18:23
@choster and/or close voter: He has mentioned both the card and the privilege. –  hippietrail Oct 3 '13 at 18:40
Since the answer depends on the specific card you have, I think this question is rather narrow for this site. Surely it would be more effective to call your card issuer and ask? –  Nate Eldredge Oct 3 '13 at 19:33
Have you tried American Airlines already? –  Karlson Oct 3 '13 at 20:01
Do you normally need to show the card at checkin for the benefits? –  Gagravarr Oct 3 '13 at 20:31

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Called American and asked the question. Their answer:

"Tickets must be purchased with the card to get the benefits".

I posed this query to the group to get a survey of experiences. In our experience with American, we haven't used the card. In a friend's experience with Delta (he has a Delta AMEX), he can purchase a ticket with any card and get a checked bag free and priority boarding if he uses the Delta AMEX when he checks in at the airport.

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