Update: Barclay has increased the signup bonus for the AAdvantage Card to 60K AAdvantage Miles
A few weeks ago I wrote a blog article about Citi Bank offering a higher signup bonus for its AAdvantage cards. Now Barclay American Airlines Aviator card currently offering an increased sign up bonus of 50k American Airlines AAdvantage miles. When the card was introduced back in November of last year, it was offering only 40k sign up bonus points. The 50k sign up bonus offer is the highest signup bonus offered by Barclay for the American Airlines Aviator card.
50K 60K Increased Signup Bonus
Barclay used to issue US Airways co-branded card until the merger of US Airways with American Airlines. After the merger, Barclay stopped issuing the US Airways card. Those who had the US Airways card were converted to American Airlines Aviator MasterCard. I had the US Airways card, and after the merger, the card was converted into American Airlines Aviator card. But I canceled the card last year, and my spouse continues to have the card.
Last year American Airlines entered an agreement with Barclays for issuing the American Airlines Aviator card, and it is no longer in an exclusive agreement with Citi Bank.
If you never had this card in the last 24 months, you can get the
50k 60k sign up bonus by applying for the card. Compared with most of the airline cobranded cards with high initial spend to get the signup bonus, to receive the signup bonus from Barclay American Airlines Aviator card all you have to do is to make one charge using this card within 90 days of card approval.
Unlike other cards, the annual fee of $95 is not waived during the first year of card ownership.
Benefits of Barclay Aviator MasterCard
50k60k AAdvantage signup bonus (limited time offer) when you use the card to make one purchase within 90 days of card approval.
- 2x AAdvantage miles on all eligible purchases.
- First checked in baggage free as long as the primary card member AAdvantage number is included as part of the reservation.
- Preferred Group boarding as long as the primary card member AAdvantage number is included as part of the reservation.
- Receive 25% discount on in-flight food and beverage purchase when using the card.
- No foreign transaction fee.
- Personalized Concierge, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Trip Cancellation and Interruption coverage.
- $0 fraud liability protection.
- Extended Warranty, Price Protection, Purchase Security, and Return Protection coverage.
- Receive 10% of redeemed miles back up to a maximum of 10,000 miles per year.
Please note the annual fee of $95 is not waived during the first year of card membership. Use the following link to apply for the card.
One of the Best Benefits of the Card
I consider the 10% redeemed miles back is one of the best benefits of this card. Think for example if you use 100,000 AAdvantage miles to purchase a ticket, within six weeks of the ticket purchase you will see 10,000 AAdvantage miles credited back into your account. Other than the Citi AAdvantage card no other airline co-branded credit card offers the mileage redemption credit.
How to Apply for the Card
The Barclay website landing page stills show the old 40k signup bonus, but if you click the link it will take you to the increased signup bonus offer page, or you can use the following link to apply for Barclay AAdvantage Aviator MasterCard.
Please note you are not eligible to receive the signup bonus of
50k 60k miles if you had the card in the last 24 months. But there are two conflicting wordings available in the Barclays website for receiving the signup bonus.
may not be available if you already have or have had an account with us
Existing cardmembers, existing accounts, and previous cardmember with accounts closed in the past 24 months may not be eligible for this offer.
It looks like the first statement is a general one where Barclays can deny the issuing of the credit card for any reason. Which I consider a general statement used, by most of the credit card issuers.
It looks like there is a possibility you may receive the signup bonus if you have canceled the card on or before May 30, 2015. Note the Barclay conditions still shows as 40,000 miles as the signup bonus offer and not changed from the original signup bonus offer. But I do believe the term is still applicable to the
50k 60k offer.
Photo Credit: Barclays
H/T: view from the wing