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If you have a Barclaycard AAdvantage Aviator Red card activated and in your possession, you can now upgrade it online to the AAdvantage Aviator Silver which earns elite qualifying miles toward AAdvantage elite status.
Just login to your account at www.BarclaycardUS.com and you’ll see an option to ‘Upgrade your account benefits’ if you’re eligible. Note that if your current Aviator Red card has the 10,000 mile bonus each year you pay your annual fee, it probably won’t be eligible for an upgrade. And since this is a product upgrade, if your account is too new, it might not be eligible due to federal regulations regarding upgrades.
Once you click on the upgrade button you’ll be presented with the details of the Aviator Silver card…
And if you want more, you can find out the date your new Aviator Silver account can be active and (more important) when the higher $195 annual fee will be charged to your account.
Should you upgrade now?
The real reason to upgrade is to earn elite qualifying miles toward AAdvantage elite status each calendar year (January – December).
You need to spend $20,000 on the card to earn 5,000 elite qualifying miles, and another $20,000 to earn a second set of 5,000 elite qualifying miles.
That’s a lot of spending.
It looks like it takes about a month for the new account to be activated, so you could be left with only 3-4 months to meet the spending requirements for earning elite qualifying miles for this year.
On top of that, if your card anniversary date is later this year, you’ll be hit with the higher annual fee before the year is up. In the example above the higher annual fee comes due on October 30.
So if you’re not sure you’ll hit the spending to earn the elite qualifying miles this year and you’re due up for the annual fee to hit this year, you’ll be better off waiting until this December or January to request your upgrade.
And if you’re really eager to earn AAdvantage elite qualifying miles you may want to consider the Citi Executive AAdvantage card. You can earn 10,000 AAdvantage elite qualifying miles when you spend $40,000 on the card in a calendar year. It’s steep, but if you’re a big spender the lucrative sign on bonus can work out well for you, and you can shift spending to your Silver card later on.
Better yet you can double up and earn 20,000 AAdvantage elite qualifying miles a year from spending if you hold both the Citi Executive AAdvantage and the Aviator Silver and meet their spending requirements.
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