We’ve talked a lot about the new personal AAdvantage Aviator cards (there are four of them) but one thing we haven’t looked at yet is the Barclaycard AAdvantage Aviator Business MasterCard. Unlike the personal cards, there is only one business aviator product being offered.
- Earn an American Airlines companion certificate. When you spend $30,000 or more in a card member year, you earn an American Airlines companion certificate. You pay $99 + taxes/fees and get a companion ticket to accompany you on any round trip economy fare.
- 5% annual mile bonus. You’ll receive an additional 5% bonus on all miles earned in the previous card member year (e.g earn 100,000 miles receive a 5,000 mile bonus) – you must pay the annual fee before you receive this bonus.
- Free checked bag
- Board with Group 5 on American
- 25% statement credit for all in flight purchases
- Reduce mileage rewards
- Card earns at the following rates:
- 2x American Airline miles on American Airline purchases
- 2x American Airline miles on office supply merchants, telecommunications merchants, and car rental merchants
- 1x American Airline miles on all other purchases
If this seems familiar, that’s because it is. Citi offers the exact same benefits on their CitiBusiness / AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard. There is only one thing that is not clear, will this card keep the $79 annual fee that the old US Airways card has? Or will the annual fee be increased to match the $95 annual fee the CitiBusiness card has. Unfortunately the fine print that American Airlines has provided does not state this, if you’ve received any communication from Barclaycard then please let us know in the comments.
Personally I don’t think the benefits on this card make it worth keeping at all, it would have been nice if Barclaycard were able to put a more competitive business card together but I think the lack of business cardholders they have and the rather lackluster competing product Citi has would have made that difficult.