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The American AAdvantage card you wish you had

by on Fri April 10, 2015 • No Comment


Sure, a lot of people are hoping to get their hands on the hard to get AAdvantage Aviator Silver MasterCard with a $189 annual fee and up to 10,000 AAdvantage elite qualifying miles per year. And if you’re patient you’ll get your chance.

But there’s another card that’s only in reach for some that you’re going to wish you had.

It’s called the Banco Popular AAdvantage Visa Infinite.

What’s the sizzle?

infinite_gYou get 1.5 miles per dollar on all purchases with no limit – 50% more than a standard AAdvantage credit card.

And it includes real travel medical insurance, up to $30,000 in coverage – something we’ve rarely ever seen – plus a full Priority Pass membership so you get good lounge access.

The annual fee is $195 and there’s a decent sign on bonus.

It’s for 50,000 miles in total, with 37,500 miles after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months. Then you get another 12,500 after spending $50,000 (yes, $50,000) in the first 12 months of holding the card.

So what’s the catch?

The card is issued in Puerto Rico.

And to get it you need a Puerto Rico address and telephone number.

Which isn’t impossible for some people – and remember Puerto Rico uses the same Social Security system we do in the United States.

The application has a field for a drivers’ license, but it allows entries from other locations. So if you’re a part time or vacation home resident you might be able to swing it.

And if you’re really short on bonuses, maybe it’s time to spend some more time in Puerto Rico.

We wish Barclays or Citi offered a card in the U.S. with better base mileage earning in their Aviator and AAdvantage portfolios.

While earning elite miles with the Silver is nice, a lot of cardholders would be glad to pay more to juice up their earning of regular award miles.

Instead, they’re copying the Delta model with the mid tier Aviator Silver card closely resembling Delta’s Platinum Delta SkyMiles credit card.

It has a $195 annual fee and earns Medallion Qualifying Miles. Though at least with the Delta card you get redeemable miles as part of the elite qualifying mile bonus, letting you effectively earn 1.5 miles per dollar if you spend right up to the thresholds. And that’s where Barclays needs to step up.

We’d rather see that than the convoluted companion ticket benefit after $30,000 in spending.




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