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50,000 mile AAdvantage Aviator bonus with no min spending requirement

by on Wed May 31, 2017 • No Comment


The AAdvantage Aviator Red World Elite Mastercard from Barclaycard is out with a new, bigger bonus that gets you 50,000 miles just for opening the card and making one purchase according to Reddit.

The $95 annual fee is not waived and billed upfront.

Is this a good deal?

This offer is an improvement from the usual offer of 40,000 miles with the same terms.

It’s not quite as big as the 60,000 mile offer on the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select Mastercard, which also waives the annual fee the first year, but requires $3,000 in spending in the first 3 months.

If you used to collect US Airways miles, you’ll remember an almost identical 50,000 mile deal was offered for the US Airways Mastercard, which the Aviator Red ended up replacing once the American / US Airways merger completed.

The difference is AAdvantage miles aren’t nearly as useful as they used to be, and not nearly as useful as US Airways miles were.

Why get this vs the Citi AAdvantage?

The Aviator Red is almost exactly like the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select, but the Aviator Red offers two features the Citi card doesn’t

  • Up to $3,000 in Elite Qualifying Dollars each year you spend $25,000 on the card in a calendar year. That’s useful if you’re trying to reach AAdvantage Elite status, but something to ignore if you’re not.
  • Chip + PIN functionality – this card comes assigned with a PIN so you can use it at kiosks outside the U.S. like those you’ll find at train stations and toll booths. The Citi AAdvantage comes with a chip, but it’s not assigned a PIN so it might not work at kiosks.

Other features include…

  • Get your first bag checked for free for yourself and up to four companions traveling on the same reservation on American Airlines flights within the U.S.
  • Preferred boarding on American Airlines operated flights within the U.S.
  • Earn 2 American Airlines miles per dollar spent on purchases with American Airlines and 1 American Airlines mile per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Get 10% of the American Airlines miles you redeem per year back, up to 10,000 miles back.
  • Access American Airlines’ reduced mileage awards on select routes throughout the year.
  • No foreign transaction fees on purchases made outside of the U.S.

You should consider this deal if you can’t qualify for a bonus on a Citi card, since Citi is strict and won’t give you a bonus if you’ve opened or closed any personal AAdvantage card in the last two years.

It’s also the fastest way to earn a big pool of AAdvantage miles, since with no minimum spending requirement the bonus miles could hit your account shortly after your first billing statement.

Otherwise, the Citi AAdvantage 60,000 mile deal is a better bet.

Are there any restrictions?

If you’ve had this specific card (the Aviator Red) within the last 24 months you can’t get the bonus, even if you’ve since closed the account. Also beware that in general Barclaycard is strict about approving applications if you’ve opened several cards recently.



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Partner Offer

50,000 bonus points

Intro Offer

$0 introductory annual fee the first year, then $95

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Foreign Transaction Fee Waived

Yes - transfer to United MileagePlus, Southwest Rapid Rewards, Marriott Rewards, and more

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