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You can now request the AAdvantage Aviator Silver card

by on Tue June 2, 2015 • 17 Comments
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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:

  • 3X miles for every dollar spent on eligible US Airways® and American Airlines® purchases
  • Boarding Privileges for Zone 2 on domestic US Airways flights and Group 1 on domestic American Airlines flights
  • 2X miles for every dollar spent on eligible hotels and car rentals
  • 1X mile for every dollar spent on all other purchases
  • Elite Qualifying Miles – Receive 5,000 EQMs for each $20,000 in annual purchases (10,000 maximum EQMs per year)
  • Companion Certificate – Issued each year after account anniversary with $30,000 or more spend in purchases during the previous year. Cardmembers can purchase a ticket for an American Airlines® operated flight and up to two guests can travel with them for $99 each (plus taxes and fees)
  • Global Entry Application Fee Credit— cardmembers can apply for Global Entry status and receive a $100 statement credit for application fee paid using the AAdvantage® Aviator™ Silver card. With this benefit, they receive one statement credit every five years.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees
  • First Checked Bag Free of charge for cardmember and up to eight (8) traveling companions
  • Get 10% of Redeemed Miles Back (10,000 miles maximum each calendar year)

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.

But as of June that’s changed.

Barclaycard confirms that *if you have already received your replacement Aviator card* you can now 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.

You can compare the benefits of each card here.

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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17 thoughts on You can now request the AAdvantage Aviator Silver card

  1. Neil

    Is this open to new customers? currently hold the world elite AA mastercard that gets you 10k EQM. Need another ~9K to requal for platinum and was hoping to do it through this. I am not a current barclay card holder from US Air.

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  2. Ellie

    “The Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® MasterCard® can help you get the most out of your travel experiences.” But……I have US Airways Mastercard through Barclays–now that the merger is in effect, AA is linked with Citi? What happens with the old Barclay’s MC?

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Ellie – Both the Barclays and Citi cards will remain active. For brand new accounts, only Citibank’s cards will be available, but your old Barclays account will remain alive as long as you keep the account open.

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  3. Louie

    Will all of the transactions be counted within the calendar year regardless of the date of upgrade from red to silver? this is in regard to the EQM benefit.

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  4. David Weber

    I have a credit score of 840 and spent as well as paid off on time in excess of 40 this year but am still “not eligible”. When I call or write they refuse to tell me what would make me eligible. In the very near future they will loose eligibility to be in my wallet. To many other cards out there that do want my business.

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    1. Nall

      David, do you have one of the cards where you get 10,000 bonus miles at your anniversary? Supposedly they are not upgrading or downgrading those for some unknown reason.

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  5. William

    I just tried to downgrade my old US Airways Dividend Miles Mastercard to the Aviator no AF version, and I was told that offer is not available?!?

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    1. MileCards.com

      @William – Seems to be hit or miss on that. They seem to be letting that happen when you get closer to having your new fee come due. If you recently paid it they seem less willing to offer it.

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  6. Acslater

    I called in, I am approved but I assumed the first year fee would be waived.. I was told it wouldnt be, is it still worth it to upgrade? I only really value the fact that the global entry fee is paid. Other than that I dont see the card really being that much better than my red card which the fee was waived. Pleade advise

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Acslater – Probably not – you’re paying a $100 higher fee to save a $100 Global Entry fee.

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  7. Miles

    Would love to hear from some people who’ve had success. Barclay Rep told me I’m not eligible, even though I have two Aviator Reds (one three years old, the other about one year) with $10k+ credit lines, and I’ve repeatedly spent several thousand dollars and paid it off by statement date.

    Not cool, Barclays. Not cool.

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    1. Jack

      I called and got upgraded this morning.

      My wife wasn’t – they said try again in a few weeks, so not sure what the decision process is.

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      1. Miles

        Jack, did your wife get one of the offers for the Barclay US Air card with bonus miles every cardmember anniversary?

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  8. Nicole

    So there are 4 new cards issued by Barclay that earn AA miles? In addition to the ones issued by citi.

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Nicole – Yes but you can’t apply for them – only switch to a different flavor if you have one of them already. Under old US Airways there were 3 tiers of annual fees and benefits, though you could only apply for one tier outright in recent years.

      With the merger, only Citi cards can be applied for as brand new accounts.

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