Published on December 15th, 2016 | by sirtheta79
Barclaycard AAdvantage Aviator Red World Elite MasterCard – 40,000 Miles
Following American Airlines’s July deal with Citi and Barclays, expectations were that applications for Barclays AAviator cards would be open in January 2017. It looks like Barclays is getting a 2 week head start because the following offer is now public. What is interesting is that Barclaycard are supposed to be advertising this at airports and during flights. I guess they are allowed online application links as well.
- Sign up for the AAdvantage Aviator Red World Elite MasterCard and receive a sign up bonus of 40,000 AAdvantage miles after you make your first purchase in the first 90 days and pay the $95 annual fee (40,000 points will post on the next statement after you pay the annual fee).
- If you apply using the application received in flight you get an additional 500 miles.
- No foreign transaction fee
- Annual fee of $95 is not waived the first year
- First checked bag free, for the primary cardmember and up to 4 companions on eligible bags when traveling on domestic itineraries operated by American Airlines
- Group 1 boarding, for the primary cardmember on domestic itineraries operated by American Airlines
- 10% of your redeemed miles back, up to 10,000 per calendar year
- 25% inflight savings on food, beverages, and headsets on American Airlines-operated flights1
- Earn 2x miles on all eligible American Airlines purchases
- Earn 1x points on all other purchases
AAdvantage miles are pretty valuable, and you can’t beat 40,000 points with no spending requirement (Citi requires you to spend $3,000 for 50,000 to 60,000 miles on their equivalent card, the Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select). Because you need to pay the $95 annual fee, you are essentially buying miles at 0.23¢ a piece.
According to View from the Wing (via GWBlueBlueBlue), you can upgrade from the AAviator Red to the AAviator Silver (which normally has a $195 annual fee) after 90 days and not have to pay the difference in the annual fee for the first year. This is probably the best offer on a card with no minimum spend (or that might go to the Avianca card with a 60,000 point bonus). Read through these things you should know about Barclaycard credit cards before asking any basic questions in the comments.