Posted by William Charles on September 8, 2019
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Published on September 8th, 2019 | by William Charles

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Barclays Aviator Red World Elite MasterCard 60,500 Miles, Annual Fee Waived First Year

Update 9/8/19: As readers point out in the comments, this does come with the extra 500 you normally get when using an “in flight” application like this.

The Offer

Direct link to offer (use code [removed upon owner’s request])

  • Sign up for the AAdvantage Aviator Red World Elite MasterCard and receive a signup bonus of 60,000 AAdvantage miles after you make your first purchase in the first 90 days. Annual fee of $99 is waived first year

Card Details

  • No foreign transaction fee
  • Annual fee of $99 is 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 5 boarding, for the primary cardmember on domestic itineraries operated by American Airlines
  • 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

Our Verdict

There is another very similar offer, the only difference is that the annual fee isn’t waived but you do get a companion certificate. Personally I’d prefer the $99 over the companion certificate, but if you’re able to make the certificate work for you then chances are that is a better offer. Previously with these in flight offers you’d get an additional 500 miles as well, but that doesn’t seem to be the case this time. This is most likely the best credit card offer with no minimum spend requirement.

If you have any questions about Barclays credit cards, I’d recommend reading this post first. We will be adding this offer to our list of the best credit card bonuses.

Hat tip to Bgesq

 



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Jags
Jags

Any danger of this promo not being honored if your “flight date” doesn’t match the records of your FF#? I haven’t flown AA in nearly a year.

Chucks
Chucks

I’d bet against it as I’ve never heard of such a thing, people often fly without their FF# or another carrier’s FF#, Barclay’s being given direct access to everyone who flew on a particular date would involve a level of connection between AA and Barclays I’m unfamiliar with and holy hell it’d involve an absurd amount of time and effort to weed out credit card applicants.

JL
JL

I was approved a few hours ago. I last flew on American Airlines on December 31, 2018. I didn’t use AAdvantage number during that flight, so there would be no record my flight there. I entered December 31, 2018, into the credit card application form though. No problems.

Sami
Sami

I agree that I’d take the cash of the annual fee waived over the companion certificate. I find myself 50/50 using the companion certificates whether it’s Delta, Alaska and would much rather the $.

Doggo
Doggo

Imo the only companion cert worth a damn is SW CP haha

Kyle
Kyle

Damn, finally got approved for this card 3 weeks ago

RAM

Is this new?
From time to time, we may offer bonuses of AAdvantage® miles or other incentives to new American Airlines AAdvantage® Aviator® Red Mastercard® cardmembers in connection with an application for a new account. These bonuses and /or incentives are intended for persons who are not and have not previously been American Airlines AAdvantage® Aviator® Red Mastercard® cardmembers. You understand and agree that you may no longer be eligible for any bonuses and/or incentives in connection with a new American Airlines AAdvantage® Aviator® Red Mastercard® account after this Card Account is opened.

VML
VML

I think it’s only fair to warn others that the AA/legacy USAir certificates are a massive scam and bait and switch. I earned one a couple of years ago when they gave out EQDs for spend on the Silver card and could not make it work despite trying desperately for months. Here are my highlights::

1) Certificate takes average of 30-60 days to deposit into your account. You can’t expedite it. The expiration date is 1 year from earning it, not taking possession of it in your account. So you’re already at a disadvantage out of the gate. I believe both flights need to be completed by the expiration date but YMMV on this.

2) Barclays and AA make it very difficult to find the exact T&Cs for these until you get one. You can find a prior example here:
https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/american-airlines-aadvantage/1742011-barclays-aadvantage-aviator-silver-card-companion-certificate.html
As you can see, pretty much any major and most even minor holidays are black-out dates.

3) In addition to the above, the regular AA award BS applies: can only redeem on AA metal, can’t be used for AK or HI (unless you reside there), and the availability of flights with applicable fare buckets is atrocious unless you want to take a 5 am flight with 2-3 stopovers arriving at midnight or the next day.

4) The certificate needs to be redeemed by calling to book your travel, the holder MUST be on the flight, only round trip itineraries apply, and you then have to sign and mail the certificate to get your award ticket.

I think there are/were valid reasons to apply for this card but buyer beware!

Lc
Lc

Isn’t Barclays subject to 6/24 or something similar and extremely difficult for most of us here?

Lynn
Lynn

Yes!

PeaceandPost
PeaceandPost

But you never know. both wife and I are about 20/24 and I was instantly declined for this card and she was instantly approved with 20k CL a month ago.

RD
RD

I’m well over 6/24 and got approved. FWIW I usually get declined for other cards like Arrival+

Kev
Kev

How many new cards (from Barclays) have you gotten in the last 6 months?

RD
RD

Zero. I keep getting denied by them–until this one

Jim
Jim

Very tempting — I and family members are all sub 5/24, but 60k with no min spend seems would be worth a x/24 slot.

Do we know if Barclays pulls offers sooner than the advertised end date — 10/31/19? I would like to postpone applying for a week or few as we get more data points

Michael
Michael

Hi, I closed mine about 11 months ago, can I apply for this card again and get the bonus?

Mat
Mat

I thought Barclay also has a 24 month rule where u cannot get same card/bonus within 24 months of account closure. They denied my Business Aviator card earlier this year after i had closed my previous one in Nov 2019….Told me i have to wait for 24 months from closure and could apply after November 2021.

Frank
Frank

On the application page, they ask the date of the AA flight you took on which you received the promotional code. Can you just write anything? Do they not care/check? I probably haven’t flown AA in over 20 years and never plan to fly them again (I’m only interested in using their miles w/partners for J flights to Asia).

eclipsor
eclipsor

it’s optional

Adam
Adam

If I got the aviator red bonus a few years ago, but downgraded the card to the no fee version, am I able to apply for another aviator red card and get the bonus?

Peter
Peter

Interested as well, planning to close my no fee card and trying to apply

JL
JL

Just approved with no problems. I had been looking at this card for a while. No annual fee for the first year sealed it. Thanks.

Preacher
Preacher

What did you write down for travel date, or does it allow you to leave it blank?

Dan
Dan

You can leave it blank — I did. Instant approval.

JR
JR

I entered December 31, 2018 (my last AA flight). I didn’t use AAdvantage number during that flight though, so there would be no record my flight there. But I entered December 31, 2018, into the credit card application all the same. No problems.

Ben
Ben

Just approved at 7/24 for 22k credit line.

Joe
Joe

Instant approval 8/24 +
16k CL
No prior barclays history I did try in the past for the arrival + and was declined for 6/24 so I hope this DP helps.

Mikey
Mikey

Thanks, approved instantly. As a side note, Credit Karma was the only monitoring service that immediately notified me of my credit being pulled.

OffByOne
OffByOne

They possibly pulled TU. Perhaps you happen to have only CK for monitoring TU?

Mikey
Mikey

Experian Identity Works (provided through Anthem breach) has now emailed me but it took 48 hours longer.

VL
VL

That is expected, as Barclay usually pulls TU exclusively (at least in CA it is the case 100% of the time). Hence only CK notified you. In case described by Mikey it also makes sense. IdentityWorks is an Experian service, with it you do get other reports monitoring (TU and EQ), but it is not instant (like native Experian).

That is why I use both Experian monitoring direct (create account via FreeCreditScore.com – a daughter company, then you get to see your actual FICO8 Experian score in addition to the report) and use CreditKarma for TU and EQ monitoring. Those 2 services cover all 3 major CRs.

Good luck!

joanne
joanne

I got approved instantly and Experian, Discover and eclub(Clearview credit union) all three texted and emailed me.

Wesley in Boulder
Wesley in Boulder

Here’s 2 more codes if they start blocking the posted one: [removed] and [removed on reader’s request]

My offer also included an additional 500 miles for first time card holders.

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