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.