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New AAdvantage Aviator Business Credit Card for American Airlines miles

by on Wed March 25, 2015 • 9 Comments

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If you have an old US Airways MasterCard you’re probably seeing a lot of email and mail from Barclaycard about the new AAdvantage Aviator cards that will soon replace your card.

But there’s one that’s not so well publicized.

It’s the AAdvantage Aviator Business MasterCard.

Although some Aviator credit cards have better benefits than the equivalent Citibank AAdvantage cards, the Aviator Business card’s features are identical to the existing CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® MasterCard®, including 2x miles for office supply, telecommunications, and car rental merchants.

While the annual fee is not known yet, complete benefits include:

  • Double miles on eligible American and US Airways purchases
  • Earn 2 miles for every $1 you spend on select telecom, office supply purchases and car rental purchases
  • Earn one mile for every $1 you spend (on all other purchases)
  • Free eligible checked bag free for you and up to 4 traveling companions on American and US Airways
  • Board with Group 1 on American or Zone 2 on US Airways domestic flights
  • Earn a 5% mileage bonus with annual card renewal
  • 25% savings on eligible in-flight purchases
  • Earn an American Airlines companion certificate for $99 (plus taxes and fees)

And this could be a way to earn a fresh sign on bonus, since it’s an entirely different product from the personal version of the card.

We know the card will be open to applications from existing US Airways personal credit card holders after the Aviator cards are launched.

And there’s a chance it and the other Aviator cards will be open to applications from anyone, if Barclaycard, Citi, and American Airlines come to agreement.

One way to ensure you have access to apply for this card is to get a US Airways MasterCard now.

While the small business US Airways card stopped accepting applications several months ago, the personal version is accepting applications until March 28th, the day AAdvantage and Dividend Miles merge, though there will be some backdoor ways to apply until at least April 12th

Opening a US Airways MasterCard account by then will guarantee you have a personal Aviator card, which then means you’ll be able to apply for this Business MasterCard.

Or you can wait it out and gamble a bit on the chance that Barclays is able to open up applications for this and other Aviator cards to anyone.

Either way it’s good news if you’re interested in earning new bonuses for new card products.

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9 thoughts on New AAdvantage Aviator Business Credit Card for American Airlines miles

  1. Carolyn Stillions

    I have an American Airlines AAdvantage Aviator Master Card (Barclaycard) and I noticed that purchases made March or April have not been credited, or added to, my frequent flyer account. The last amount of miles added to my account was at the end of February. Since then I’ve made considerable amounts of purchases on both the former USAirways card and now the AAdvantage card (both were and now are Barclay Master Cards). The May statement has not arrived as yet (June 11), whereas most of the time it used to arrive earlier in the month. Please advise when I can look for the past three month’s ‘miles’! Thank you


      @Carolyn – Very strange – it’s possible you had duplicate mileage accounts with American and US Airways and that they’ve assigned a different one. First step is to call the Barclaycard number on the back of your card to see which frequent flyer account number they are using.

  2. Miles

    @MileCards – That’s a conversion, not a new application. Does Barclays permit conversions between personal and business cards?


      @Miles – Similar to the Aviator Silver card, where holders of existing Aviator cards are the only ones eligible to apply for it.


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