Award Travel 101 Podcast Episode 16: Citi Product Change Rules and Meet the Team: Allison Caraway Award Travel 101 Podcast Episode 16: Citi Product Change Rules and Meet the Team: Allison Caraway

Award Travel 101 Podcast Episode 16: Citi Product Change Rules and Meet the Team: Allison Caraway

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The Award Travel 101 podcast is back with more Award Travel 101 member questions, offers to help to improve your travel experiences, and a chat with Award Travel 101 community manager, Allison Caraway. If you want us to air your question, send us an email or reach out to us in the Award Travel 101 Facebook Community.

Award Travel 101 Podcast Show Format

We break each show into six sections:

  • Question/Win of the Week — asked or shared by members of the Award Travel 101 community
  • News & Enhanced Offers
  • What Bonuses Did We Get — which will tell you what credit cards we're working on and why
  • Trip Updates
  • Highlight Feature
  • What You Didn't Know — a feature dedicated to a big or small tip that will help you better maximize the value you receive from your rewards.

How to Listen to the Award Travel 101 Podcast

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Previous Episode Show Notes

Award Travel 101 Podcast Episode 16 Show Notes

Meet the Team – Allison Caraway

Award Travel 101 community manager Allison Caraway discusses how she was introduced to travel and loyalty programs, her time traveling with family, some of her favorite programs, and a trip she's building to Singapore and Bali with friends she met from the community.

Question of the Week (from the Award Travel 101 Group)

Eric Wood asks:

I have a Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite Mastercard® that I've had for years (well over 48 months). I don't want to close it, but would love another sign-up bonus [SUB]. I'm trying to understand whether I can downgrade it to the American Airlines AAdvantage® MileUp®, avoid the annual fee, and be eligible for another SUB on an AA Platinum Select. (Also, will the card number change if I downgrade it? So much auto-pay is set up and it is a pain to change). I've read various blogs on the topic and am coming out confused. Can anyone explain this scenario?

News & Enhanced Offers

What Bonuses Did We Get?

  1. Allison — 140,000 (learn more about earning points paying rent through Bilt) 5x in first 5 days (Bilt Rent Day promotions like United Silver, Hyatt Match, 100% transfer bonus to Flying Blue)
  2. Joe — Nothing new

Trip Updates

  • Allison — Baseball (19, adding DC, Baltimore, Cincinnati, and Cleveland this year,) Belize, Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP), Bali
  • Joe:

Highlight Feature: Citi Product Change Rules

What You Didn't Know

Allison’s Tip of the Day: How and why you want to use the AA Award Map.

Where To Find the Award Travel 101 Community

For questions, you can join us in the free 94,000+ member Award Travel 101 Community.

  1. If you want to jump into more intermediate and advanced strategies, our Award Travel 201 community ($89.99 annually) is filled with those who want to dig into the weeds, looking for more outsized value.
  2. To book time with our team to discuss how to better your earning and burning strategies, check out Award Travel 1-on-1.
  3. You can also email us at
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