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The AAdvantage Aviator FAQs Barclaycard forgot to provide

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Barclaycard started notifying US Airways MasterCard holders about the replacement AAdvantage Aviator cards they will be receiving following the merger of the American AAdvantage and US Airways Dividend Miles programs this Spring. Unfortunately their communication left a lot of questions unanswered, and we were able to reach out and get answers to some of the specific inquiries we’ve seen, and compiled them below.

What are the new cards?

Existing US Airways MasterCard holders will be transitioned into one of four cards when American and US Airways merge frequent flier programs this Spring:

  • Aviator Red ($95 annual fee – this is the card open for public applications)
  • Aviator (no annual fee – for a small group people with some old accounts – earns miles at half the rate of the standard Red card)
  • Aviator Blue ($49 annual fee – for a small group of people who already have cards with a $49 annual fee – has fewer benefits than the current standard cards)
  • Aviator Silver ($189 annual fee – this is a brand new card that’s being made available as an upgrade after you’ve held an Aviator Red for 90 days)

What’s different about the Aviator Red vs the US Airways MasterCard?

Staying the same:

  • 2x miles on US Airways / American purchases
  • 1x miles on all other purchases
  • Preferred boarding
  • First domestic checked bag free
  • 25% inflight purchase discount
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Your annual fee
  • The 10,000 mile anniversary bonus, if your US Airways MasterCard originally had one

What’s Changing:

  • No more annual companion certificate
  • No more elite qualifying miles if you card had that benefit
  • New: Get 10% of your redeemed miles back: Whenever you redeem, you’ll receive 10% of your redeemed miles back. That puts more miles into your AAdvantage® account to use toward your next trip (10,000 miles maximum each calendar year).
  • New: EMV Chip with PIN capability for international travel
  • New: $100 flight discount: Earn a $100 flight discount after your account anniversary each year in which you spend $30,000 or more in purchases and maintain your account in good standing

Can I upgrade my Aviator, Aviator Red, or Aviator Blue card to an Aviator Silver card? If you have your replacement Aviator card in hand and activated, you can now request an upgrade or downgrade if your account has been open at least 90 days.

My current US Airways MasterCard earns 10,000 anniversary miles. Will it continue to do so? Yes, that benefit will carry over for cards that currently have it.

My current US Airways MasterCard earns elite qualifying miles. Will it continue to do so? No, unfortunately only the more expensive Aviator Silver card and the Citi Executive AAdvantage card will earn elite qualifying miles going forward. The Aviator Silver ($185 annual fee) earns 5,000 qualifying miles after $20,000 in calendar year spending, and another 5,000 after $40,000 in spending. The Citi Executive AAdvantage earns 10,000 qualifying miles after $40,000 in calendar year spending.

If I have both an Aviator Silver and a Citi Executive AAdvantage card, can I earn elite qualifying miles from both? Yes, that’s possible this year, so you could earn 20,000 elite qualifying miles if you spend $80,000 ($40,000 on each card).

Can I downgrade to an Aviator card with a lower annual fee? Once you have your replacement Aviator card in hand and activated, you can call to request if you are eligible to downgrade to one of the lower annual fee versions with fewer benefits.

Why can’t I earn a companion certificate? You can if you upgrade to the $189 annual fee Silver card and spend $30,000 in a calendar year, but we don’t recommend it just for that. While it may not have the same blackout dates as the US Airways companion certificate, it will have restrictions on the fare buckets you can use for companion fares. And that may mean seats are more limited, which could make the new companion certificate harder to use.

My Dividend Miles MasterCard was a World Elite. Will my new Red card be a World Elite? This World Elite status is earned via spend, and should transfer over to your new Red account.

When will US Airways MasterCards stop being offered? It’s no longer being offered.

Will I be able to apply for an Aviator card after the merger? There is a desire on Barclays’ part to be able to issue new card accounts for the new American Airlines, but no agreement has been made public. So expect that only Citibank AAdvantage cards will be open to new applicants.

 

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145 thoughts on The AAdvantage Aviator FAQs Barclaycard forgot to provide

  1. Christopher

    I applied for the Aviator Red back in January and was approved. I called tonight to convert it to the Silver card (over 4 month after approval) and they told me that offer wasn’t available for my card. Has anybody else been able to convert lately?

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  2. Solomon Guberman

    I have 121, 951 miles on my card. Never used any of them but would like to soon. How do I go about redeeming them, and how many actual miles of travel does this qualify me for? Your phone lines told me to call “later”, whatever that means!

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  3. Andi

    I have a Red Aviator card. If I decide to close the account, how long can i continue to use the miles left? I have miles i had bought previously which were never used. Appreciate any input.

    Reply
    1. MileCards.com

      @Andi – The miles don’t go away when you close the account. They expire after 18 months of no activity. But any way you earn or use miles counts as activity and resets the clock. No need to hold the credit card.

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  4. Michael Miller

    I just upgraded to the silver card from my red card. Will my spending in 2016 count towards elite miles, so if I spend 40,000, will I get my 10,000 elite miles this year, even though it was spent on the red card?

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    1. qwe

      No
      benefits of each type start on day the card begins
      you had a red card and spent 40k
      now you have a silver card and spent 2k; no dice

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  5. Scott Sabotta

    I have a red aviator aadvantage card and would like to know how check out my miles status. I don’t see anything on my statements showing accumulated miles. I started out with a US Airways card and am thinking of taking a trip.

    Reply
        1. MileCards.com

          @Scott – Two possibilities. One, the miles expired – though sounds ulikely if you’ve had the card and use it regularly. Two, you have another AAdvantage account lying around that’s being fed by the credit card. Best to call the number on the back of your card to get the exact AAdvantage account number it’s using. If it’s different than the one you found, you can call AAdvantage on 800 882 8880 to merge your AAdvantage accounts.

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  6. Rob

    I recently took an American flight which I booked and paid for with my Aviator Red card. My pre-check in boarding pass had my Frequent Flyer number on it. When I checked in at the automatic kiosk, used my Red Aviator card as identification, and I still was charged $25 for my one bag that I was checking. How can I get a refund?

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Rob – Best to start with Barclaycard at the number on the back of your card regarding that one, esp. if the charge hit your Red card.

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    2. Rick

      Where were you flying? The free checked bag only applies to domestic flights. Also, you don’t need to pay your flight with your Aviator card to receive the free checked bag benefit.

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Maria – Not yet. But stay tuned. Sometime early next year Barclaycard will have the rights to sign up new customers for its AAdvantage cards in airports and on flights, so you might see the business version then.

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Margaret – Most mortgage companies don’t offer credit cards as a payment option. Some insurance companies do, so you might want to check your carrier.

      Reply
  7. Shelley Early

    If I apply for the aviator silver card, am I going to be eligible for the bonus elite miles? What about the 100.00 discount per year? There was some indication that all of this is changing. If that is the case, what will my benefits be in the future? If these benefits are not changing, how do I apply for the silver card?

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Shelley – We haven’t heard of any changes to the Aviator Silver benefits. The only way to apply for a Silver card is to first have an Aviator Red card, and then upgrade.

      Unfortunately, no one can apply for an Aviator Red card. The only people who had them were cardholders of the old US Airways Mastercard who were transitioned over to the Aviator Red.

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  8. eileen doheny

    Booked our flights through the AA website using FF miles and paid with my Aviator AAdvantage credit card. Entered our FF numbers when booking. Flying on Alaska airlines from Sacramento to Seattle. When I checked in on the web site, it said I had to pay baggage fees for the first bag checked?? Thought this was a benefit for the loyalty program.

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    1. MileCards.com

      @elieen – Unfortunately the benefit only applies to American Airlines flights. Alaska’s own credit card offers a free bag on its own flights.

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  9. Sue Spiess

    Recently I read on Facebook numerous people complaining that they never got their 50,000 bonus points for signing up with the us airways aviator MasterCard. I did some researched and my dividend miles did not transfer when they merged frequent flyer accounts. I just contacted Barclay aviator MasterCard and a representative indicated that I got my bonus on June 4 and it went into my Aadvantage account. I asked for a copy of his document and he wants to charge me $50.00. I have saved all my monthly summaries from American Advantage during this time and there is no proof that any miles, including the 50,000 bonus, was added by the Barclay Aviator MasterCard. Please help me as I will not let this issue go unresolved!

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    1. siobhan

      I have the same issue! Did you ever get this resolved? I spent hours on the phone and no one was able to figure out the problem.

      Reply
  10. Wendy Johnson

    My mom has accumulated many miles on her US airways credit card and continues to do so using her Aviator Red replacement card. She has never redeemed any miles – will they ever expire? She seems to think they will as of 12/31/2015.

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Wendy – As long as she keeps adding miles to her account they won’t expire. Each time you do, it resets the clock another 18 months.

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  11. mmt

    Notice of renewal for Aviator Red states card must be cancelled before annual fee posts or annual fee must be paid. I thought gov’t requirement was that you had 60 days after fee posts to cancel the card and not pay fee? I also presume you can negotiate a fee waiver more easily after the fee is on the statement. What is the true situation on annual fee removal or cancellation after renewal?

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  12. John

    Do you gave to link the red card number with you AA advantage number to receive benefits such as the free checked bags. I am the primary card holder and my wife is also on the account. Will she receive the same benefits with the card. She has a card with a separate 16 digit number

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  13. Peter

    It seems clear that if I earn or use miles, then my present miles will be extended by another 18 months. But does “earning” mean earning by flying, or does it include earning miles by using the credit card?

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  14. Lisa

    I have the red Aviator Mastercard, and my anniversary period ended on 06/30/15 (from the US Air World Elite MasterCard). The benefits tracker on barclaycards.com said “Congratulations” and indicated the money I had spent on the US Air card had transferred over and that I had met the $30,000 spend to qualify for the $100 flight discount to be used at aa.com. I was issued the code electronically right there on the benefits page on barclaycards.com with the 4-digit pin number. There was a link beside it that said “check the balance,” but when I did so, the balance was registering as zero. I sent a secure message from the website to ask what the problem was and I got a response that didn’t make any sense to me–that once the code had been issued it would show as zero on their website–and to go ahead and use the code with the pin per the instructions at aa.com. I did this on 09/03/15, but my reservation was still showing as “ticket pending” today. I was unfamiliar with that terminology but did some research and found that American doesn’t have instant ticketing, so I just let it ride for a days, then called American and was told that “everything is fine.” I then sent a private message on Facebook yesterday, and they told me the reservation was coming up with an error, so I called American again this morning, and they said the problem with the reservation was that the discount code balance I had used was zero. I hung up and called barclaycards, but they have no idea how this program works. The rep was nice but essentially couldn’t tell me anything about the program and how it works or how to fix a problem with a code, telling me it was “new to them.” The expiration date for the code is 08/31/16, and there is no chance that it had been used prior to my using it (or trying to use it). The rep did find somewhere in the program rules that the codes at least at some point were supposed to come by snail mail, but, like I said, mine was listed on the website. There is a 45-day rule where your account has to be open and in good standing 45 days past the anniversary date, and I had definitely met that requirement. The code on the rewards page did not appear until the 45 days was up. Can you give me any more information on these discount codes and why mine is not working? My reservation is in limbo until I can get this straightened out. Thanks.

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    1. Lisa

      Just wanted to update to say this issue has finally been resolved. They actually listed the code on the rewards page with the pin but apparently hadn’t officially “activated” it. I checked the balance at the link a few days later and the value was $100. Then this morning I got an e-mail that said to check my rewards page for a code and pin number (which had already been listed for a couple of weeks) and stating that the code had been mailed as well. Very confusing, to say the least. Anyway, I called and had AA just run it gain, and voila, ticketed!

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  15. Jagir Jhaveri

    I have Barclay and Citi AA card so am I eligible for 10,000 miles back on each card as per back on redemption or 10,000 per account as the account will be the same on both cards?

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Jagir – That 10% back up to 10,000 miles refunded is limited to one per AAdvantage account, so unless you’re playing with separate AAdvantage accounts, you’ll only get it once.

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  16. Mary Ann Watkins

    We used to have two separate homes and flew back and forth several times per year. I flew more than my husband so we got a U S Air Master Card with me as the primary and him as an authorized user. He semi-retired, we moved to the vacation location and sold our primary home. Now we have the offer of the silver AAdvantage master card with an offer of reimbursement of the TSA pre check fee once every five years.
    Since we now live in our former vacation location, I rarely travel. My spouse’s work makes him travel more, but as I said, he is an authorized user. If we were to accept the silver offer, could he do the TSA prescreen application, pay for it with the credit card and have them reimburse us for the cost. It is a total waste for me to apply for one.

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    1. MileCards.com

      @May Ann – Yes just have him pay for it with his card. Though the annual fee on that card is $195….and Precheck is just a $85 one time fee. So you’re paying over $100 extra each year to save $85 once. Probably better to just keep the card you have.

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  17. cardman

    Anyone know if I never activated the card, will the account close out or will I be hit with an annual fee when its time for renewal?

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    1. MileCards.com

      @cardman – From experience with another bank the annual fee would still hit and you’d have to call to cancel.

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  18. Marcia Godich

    I received a red aviator card to replace my USairways cards II had had a card wit USAir frequent flier miles from Bank of America AND fee free one with Barclays. The Bank of America account was closed, the Barclays account wa merged with my red aviator card, Last May, shortly after I got the new card, I received an email from Barclays that said I would now have trip delay/cancellation insurance, but to login and check my benefits for details. I didn’t find any info for that benefit, and the online comparison site only listed the travel benefit with the world elite card. So I called Barclays, and was assured that my card DOES include that benefit. I was mildly disappointed, because I had just paid for insurance for an upcoming trip, Now I am planning another trip, so I decided to call Barclays again, to make sure. Again, this agent assured me that I have the insurance coverage. But I am still leery because I don’t see it anywhere. This agent gave me a phone number to call, if I needed to file a claim: (855) 830-3721.

    Since two different agents tell me I have the coverage, I’m hoping that is accurate. Do you know anything about this?

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Marcia – When you login to your account online click on ‘rewards details’ (it’s small print on the lower half of the screen). Then click ‘My card benefits.’

      Under the ‘Travel’ tab you will see a ‘Trip Cancellation & Interruption Insurance’ paragraph if your card has it. There will be a ‘Learn more’ link where you can see the exact terms and conditions. The coverage is pretty minimal though, probably about $1,500 in coverage.

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  19. Pam

    I would like to learn more about redeeming miles and cancellation policies in the event of an emergency. What provisions, if any, are made for having to change flights due to medical emergencies and the like?

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Pam – Coverage here is pretty limited for such things, which is a disappointment. You’d basically pay a $75 fee to AAdvantage to change your dates if the emergency is within 21 days of departure. It’s free to change dates more than 21 days before departure. Or you can pay $150 to redeposit the miles altogether.

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  20. CSloan

    I’m going to cancel my card but I’m concerned about losing my AA ff miles – can they eliminate thoses if I do close the account?

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    1. MileCards.com

      @CSloan – No they won’t. Your miles expire after 18 months of no activity. But any activity – earning or using miles – resets the clock another 18 months. And you can keep resetting it as many times as you’d like.

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  21. Catherine Meyrick

    I traveled to Europe in May using my frequent flyer miles. Also I upgraded on the return flight to business class so I used a considerable amount of miles. When do I receive the 10% mileage rebate? Do I have to apply for it or is it done automatically? Thank you, CAM

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Catherine – It can take 6-8 weeks. But did you make the mileage booking before or after you were converted to the Aviator? Generally it’s only supposed to apply to redemptions you made after you activated your Aviator card.

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  22. Jon

    I just upgraded my red card to the silver. I asked Barclay if the spend for the EQM based on calendar year (Jan – Dec) or card anniversary year (my annual card fee date is March each year) spend and they stated it was card anniversary year (I don’t trust the person telling me this). If I hold off on completing my spend until January 2016 (Complete required spend between Jan – March 2016) will my EQM post for 2016 or will my card spend start over on 1/1/16? Also, the companion certificates state they are based on spending $30k in the prior year – is that prior card-membership year or prior calendar year?

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    1. Jon

      Barclay’s website now has meters that show your progress towards rewards so I now know the answer to my own questions. All of my spend from January 1, 2015 counts toward my new aviator silver card. EQM is based on annual spend from 1/1 – 12/31 and annual companion certificates are based on card membership year so in my case March 2015 to March 2016.

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      1. Rob

        So if I put $40k on my red card, and convert in December to the silver, will 10k EQM appear? And will they post for this year, or 2016?

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          1. Bayview

            Hi. So if I spend $40K ending Dec 2015, the EQMs will post to AA in Feb 2016 so wondering if they will be treated as EQMs for 2015 or 2016? If 2016, then in theory I could spend another $40K by June 2016 and get another 10K EQMs for 2016? That doesn’t seem smart from AA’s perspective so just wondering whether the postings in 2016 for 2015 spend will be treated as EQMs for 2015 or 2016?

        1. sean

          I switched from the red to the silver card this last summer, and the spend from my red card counted towards that total.

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  23. Long

    I got the us airway mastercard on Feb.2015 and now it converts to the Aviator red with 89 fee. But I didn’t get any information about the10k anniversary bonus, how could I get the benefit? if not, I will downgrade it to the no annual card and stick to my citi aadvantage card.

    thanks for your help!

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    1. Long

      Also, what’s the function of elite qualifying miles? Any difference with the general miles earned through credit card? Also, If I downgrade my red aviator to non-annual card, will the annual fee returened to me pro-rated as what had been done by amercican express to me one month ago?

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    2. MileCards.com

      @Long- Your card should retain the 10k anniversary bonus it had prior to the conversion. You can check that by logging in at this link

      https://www.barclaycardus.com/servicing/rewardsHub?rewardsBenefits=

      And choosing ‘My card benefits.’ Or just call the number on the back of your card.

      As for elite qualifying miles – they are miles usually earned via flying that help you reach AAdvantage elite status (Gold, Platinum, or Executive Platinum). They aren’t miles you can use for free flights.

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  24. Rachel

    Do you have to purchase tickets with the Aviator card (vs. another card) in order to use the benefits such as free checked bag and priority boarding? Thanks!

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      1. Donna

        Thanks. Also, the elite qualifying miles on the Silver card, if you don’t spend $20,000 in one year to qualify for the 5,000 miles but instead spend $10,000, would you receive 2500 elite qualifying miles? Is it pro-rated?

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  25. Martha Rocha

    I just want the address so that I can make my payment I did not get a statement this month.

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Martha – Call the number on the back of your card and they’ll give you the right address, as it may not be the same as we have.

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  26. Olivia

    I have the red card. how do I redeem my free checked bag? i recently purchased a domestic American flight with my red card and when i go to check in online it still wants to charge me for a bag. how do i wave this?

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Oliiva – Did you put the AAdvantage frequent flier number that’s associated with the card in your reservation when you booked?

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  27. John

    I have the dividend miles world card, and I’m being transferred over to the Red card. I have 3 major concerns:

    My biggest concern is that, if the colored cards become available for direct application, will I be eligible for any signup bonus offer?

    Second question is – if I book travel using the companion passes for before the end of the year and then cancel the card entirely, will they still honor the companion pass?

    And once cancelled, will they honor the Admiral Lounge passes I have?

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  28. Susanne

    How did I end up with a blue card and get zone 5 every time for boarding and I use the card monthly and my boyfriend got a red card(that he never uses) and always gets zone 2??

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Susanne – Your annual fee is probably lower than his. That priority boarding and free bag comes with an $89 annual fee on the red. Yours is probably $49. You can call to see if you’re eligible for an upgrade.

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  29. Mike

    I have the Aviator Red and also a Citibank card that now both have the ability to get 10% of your redeemed miles back. I was planning on dropping the Citibank but now wonder if I’m now in a position to get 20% back each year. Thoughts?

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Mike – It’s limited to 10,000 miles per AAdvantage account – so unless your Citi card is feeding into a different AAdvantage account you’ll only get one.

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  30. Richard

    On US Air with the premium card after spending $25,000 you received 10,000 miles toward status. Will this continue on Advantage Red?

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Richard – Unfortunately no. You’ll need to request an upgrade to the Aviator Silver (which has a higher annual fee and requires you to spend on the card to earn the elite qualifying miles) – you can do that by calling the number on the back of your card.

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  31. Marc

    I have the Aviator Red. I’m trying decide whether to keep that card at 1 mile per dollar spent or move to a BankAmericard Travel Rewards which gives 1.5 miles per dollar spent and no annual fee.

    I never checked bags, even when travel internationally. The most important thing for me is the zone 2 boarding and the ability to redeem miles for travel.

    What’s a better deal for a frequent American airlines or US airways traveler?

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Marc – If you fly a lot, and use the priority boarding, then better to keep the card. If you want to earn some extra miles quickly it may be good to open a Citibank AAdvantage card which could earn you some bonus miles. Then decide which of the two you want to keep later, before the annual fee is due.

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  32. Razell

    I signed up for the card in feb when they were getting ready to change over, the pitch was the 50,000 bonus miles. I have activated the card, used it, paid the yearly fee, created the Barclay app account. And received m companion vouchers, yet the app still does not show my bonus miles. Am I missing a step to get this reward?

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  33. Rufio

    I’m getting the Aviator Red MasterCard because I’ve had the USAirways credit card. My annual fee is coming again in 2 weeks and thinking about calling to downgrade to just the MasterCard before I pay. I care about the free checked bag, wondering if there’s a good reason to keep the Red?

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    1. Leslie Polt

      My $49 Blue Master Card fee was charged on my April statement and was paid in May, 2015. What period did that fee cover, and when would the next annual fee be assessed?

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  34. Sally

    I have been trying to upgrade my card to Silver… Why am I unable to do so. The red offers nothing!!

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  35. susan jovanov

    How many miles for award travel to mexico? With usair mastercard it was 25000 miles -5000 if you had the card therefore 20000 miles

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Scott – Yes all of your US Airways miles have been transferred to an American AAdvantage miles account.

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  36. mccons

    Can you confirm that the new cards (specifically RED) will be true “chip and PIN” EMV cards and not just “chip and signature” with a traditional ATM PIN assigned. They are 2 different things as the “chip and PIN” cards store the PIN in the chip, ATM PINs are not stored this way. Not all EMV card systems support the “chip and ATM PIN”.

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    1. MileCards.com

      @mccons – Yes they are Chip and PIN, with the true PIN function working in places where signature is not available.

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  37. Chris

    I opened a Barclays US Airways card right before the cut off. When I log into the credit card account, I see that I have earned 50,000 miles since my last statement, but when I try to log into AA I don’t see anything posted. I never had a separate US Airways mileage account. How can I ensure the miles will be transferred to my AA account?

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Chris – Give Barclaycard a call to see which AAdvantage account they’ve tied to your card. It may well be posting to an account number you’re not aware of.

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  38. Michael Duany

    I have a USAIr visa and mastercard and have charged $25,000 on each by mid March of this year. Will I get the 10,000 of preferred miles that I have received in previous years by reaching this spending threshold?

    Reply
    1. MileCards.com

      @Michael – Give them a call if they do not post soon. You did it under the terms of the US Airways card, and before the Aviator status changed.

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  39. Jen

    Hi,

    I just looked at my account and noticed I have a red aviator and blue aviator card now. I don’t really use them that often but I did like the companion passes and priority boarding before. Is it worth to keep both and pay both annual fees? Or would it be better to give one up and if so which one?

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Jen – Unfortunately neither have a companion pass anymore. If you want a free checked bag, keep the Red. If you just want priority boarding, keep the Blue with a lower annual fee.

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  40. David

    I have both the US Airways Dividend Miles World Premier Mastercard and the American Airlines AAdvantage Citi Mastercard. I have received over 50,000 miles on both cards. Will I lose the miles I’ve already earned, or any bonus miles, on the US Airways card if i cancel it? Both of my frequent flier accounts have merged already.

    Reply
    1. MileCards.com

      @David – No the miles are yours to keep. AAdvantage, like US Airways, has an 18 month expiration date on miles, but that clock gets reset anytime you use or earn miles.

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  41. DHenry

    I applied for and received the US Airways Premier World in February of this year. I haven’t received my letter yet describing the changes with the merger yet but I did get the pop up when I logged into my Barclay acct. I saw mention of the companion tix here but am a little unclear. How long to I have to use the tix for this year? Also, what about priority boarding? Will I lose that immediately once I receive the Aviator card or is there a time period where the old benefits might be grandfathered in?

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    1. MileCards.com

      @DHenry – The certificates being issued are valid for travel through December of this year. The priority boarding privileges will transfer to the new Aviator card, and be good on both American and US Airways flights. Though the certificates are just for US Airways flights.

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  42. Patricia Alex

    If I read this correctly, I have to ue all of my dividend miles, 250,000 by 8/16/16 or I loose them. I thought miles were never going to expire.

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      @Patricia – As long as your earn or use even just one mile, your account expiration will be extended another 18 months. So it’s possible to never let your miles expire.

      It’s actually the same way US Airways miles worked, but they weren’t so explicit about expirations.

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  43. carroll hudson

    I had a visa signature card since 1985 with a 200,000 dollar limit and spent 485,000 last yr. I would have thought I would have gotten the silver card. the visa was changed to master card in Jan.

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      @carroll – Sorry to hear about that. They last ran a screen on Silver candidates around November of last year, and sounds like there will be another sweep sometime soon now that the merger is complete. Maybe because your account hadn’t yet been converted to a MasterCard it wasn’t included in the sweep. Still no date on when you can simply request an upgrade without an invitation.

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  44. Carl Wesch

    I too have been notified, by mail, of my change to Blue. I DO have the $49 annual fee, and my conversation from the World Elite, was confirmed by a very informative and friendly manager at US Air MC. FYI.
    Great site, Ron.

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    1. Carl Wesch

      Forgot to add, the manager also pointed out, as you have, that once the merger is complete, they will consider upgrade colors. At $195 a year (her quote), this would really only benefit high spenders above the $40K threshold per year.
      I will be checking back in a month or so.

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  45. Dawn

    I’m lost, I have no idea how they are going to convert my cards, I have a US Airways World MasterCard and a Citibank American Airlines Platinum Signature Visa, together the credit limit is over 20k, our spending is over that every year, I have not received anything in the mail about this change over, it was my husband who informed me of the change because he flew recently and found out during the flight in some capacity. What does this do to our cards and/or our credit limit on our credit cards? We pay them off every month but the limit is something that we have for a reason.

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      @Dawn – Nothing will change about your credit limits. Your credit accounts with Citi and Barclays (who has your US Airways card) will remain separate.

      Your Citibank American Airlines Platinum Visa won’t have any changes to benefits, and you’ll keep the same card.

      Sometime in the next few months, you’ll get a new card from Barclaycard to replace your US Airways World Mastercard, with the same credit limit as you have now.

      You can keep both the Citi and Barclays cards. And both will earn you real American Airlines miles.

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  46. thomas

    I just received (March 17th) my anniversary packet from Barclay for my US Airways MasterCard… *** There is a companion pass included that expires 12/31/2015 *** . There is also a club day pass that expires in Feb of 2016. It did not say anything about the 10,000 mile bonus. I looked at my account and it shows the 10,000 miles were added in early February.

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    1. MileCards.com

      @thomas – Thanks for the update – we can confirm the same for a card opened a year ago in March.

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  47. Ron Glior

    I guess I can say good by to my US Airways card at expiration. The one benefit was the $99 Companion fare as you can never get a free flight with miles anyway. N ice knowing US Airways while we had it. BYE BYE!!!!

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  48. Michael Johnson

    Is it worth shutting down my US Airways card in the hopes of getting a sign on bonus with the new card comes out?

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Michael Johnson – The risk you take is that AA continues to prevent Barclays from giving Aviator accounts to those who don’t currently have a US Airways MasterCard. You could always decide to cancel once it’s clear there may be a bonus and take advantage then.

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  49. AB

    What, if any, is the difference in benefits between the Red Aviator AAdvantage Mastercard and the Citibank Platinum Level AAdvantage Mastercard?

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  50. Ron

    I currently have a World Elite MC with US Airways, my spending averages between $65,000 to $70,000 per year, is it odd that I am getting offered a blue?

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      @Ron – What is the annual fee on your card? If it’s the lower fee version that makes sense. Many people with the lower fee version now do not have the World Elite benefit, and it’s possible yours will translate to a World Elite, but still Blue.

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  51. Chyllene Waters

    I have a Barclay US Airways master card and pay 50.00 annual fee. I also have a citi American Advantage card which I pay 50.00 annual fee. I would like to give up one. Will I lose miles accumulated on the card I give up? How will that work when the miles combine for the 2 airlines?

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Chyliene – You won’t lose any of your miles if you cancel one card, and they will be combined in one account.

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  52. Barbara Yager

    Please e mail me a statement for my balance due. I have not received a statement therefore card is not valid.

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Barbara – Please call the number on the back of your card and they can send it your way. We are an independent comparison website, not Barclaycard itself.

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  53. aaron

    I currently have the reg MasterCard. if they replace my card will it upgrade to world MasterCard or world elite?

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    1. MileCards.com

      @aaron – You’re likely to stay with the same level you have. Definitely not going from regular to World Elite automatically, but possibly to World.

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      1. aaron

        but my card has 10000 credit limit. I tried to call them to see if they can upgrade mine to world MasterCard and they said no. thanks

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        1. MileCards.com

          @aaron – Try again after the new cards are issued, as they may have more flexibility for upgrades then.

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  54. nadball

    There was some discussion of the aviator offering global entry. Is that only on the silver? Or will the red offer it as well. Thanks!

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