Or, consider other cards for 50,000 more miles or points that transfer into United miles with additional flexibility for your everyday spending.
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$1,000 toward travel or transfer to United, Southwest, and more.
Update: If you want an Aviator Silver card, you need to first hold an Aviator Red card for at least 60 days (available for application here), and then request an upgrade to the Silver by calling the number on the back of your card.
Now that the US Airways MasterCard is phasing out, Barclaycard is transitioning users into the new AAdvantage Aviator credit cards.
There are four of them: the base level (no annual fee), the Aviator Blue ($49 annual fee), the Aviator Red ($89 annual fee), and the Aviator Silver ($195 annual fee).
The base, Blue, and Red directly replaced existing cards, but the Aviator Silver is a brand new card level that’s getting a lot of interest. The Aviator Silver was initially offered on an invitation only basis to some US Airways MasterCard holders and it offers:
The most interesting feature is the ability to earn American AAdvantage elite qualifying miles from your card spending, up to 10,000 per year (5,000 after $20,000 in annual purchases, 5,000 more after $40,000 in purchases).
And a lot of people who weren’t invited have been frustrated that calling into request an upgrade since then has been met with no luck.
Barclaycard confirms that if you have an Aviator Red card, and have had the account for at least 60 days, you can call in and request an upgrade to the Aviator Silver. Or you can also upgrade online via BarclaycardUS.com.
There’s no guarantee you’ll be approved or even eligible for it – and they’re not revealing the criteria they and American might use to decide who can get the upgraded card.
But at least you can now check, upgrading on the spot if you’re eligible. We’ve had readers report successful upgrades coming through.
You can also request a product change to the other Aviator cards if you’re interested in a lower annual fee, though with fewer benefits than the Red.
So if you’re in the hunt for American AAdvantage elite status, and have an Aviator Red card in your possession, now might be a good time to think about the upgrade to a Silver Aviator card.
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