The AAdvantage Aviator Red Card Is Offering A 50,000 Mile Welcome Bonus

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As far as US airlines go, American is in the unique situation of having co-branded credit cards with two issuers. This came after the merger of American and US Airways, as American’s credit cards have historically been issued by Citi, while US Airways’ credit cards have been issued by Barclaycard. American made the decision that they could maximize their profits by having a non-exclusive co-brand agreement.

American has different marketing agreements with both issuers, though. For example, Citi products can be advertised on American’s website, through the mail, and in Admirals Clubs, while Barclaycard products can be advertised in airports and on flights.

A new 50K welcome bonus on the AAdvantage Aviator Red Card

It looks like there’s a new welcome bonus on the AAdvantage Aviator Red World Elite Mastercard. The card is offering a bonus of 50,000 AAdvantage miles after making a single purchase within 90 days of account opening. The card has a $95 annual fee, which isn’t waived the first year.

On top of that, the card offers a bunch of other benefits, including the following:

  • First checked bag free for you and up to four companions on a domestic itinerary
  • Preferred boarding for you and up to four companions on a domestic itinerary
  • Double miles for American Airlines purchases
  • 10% of your redeemed miles back every year, for a total refund of up to 10,000 miles (Citi’s co-branded credit card has a similar benefit, though the two aren’t stackable — you can get the benefit on one card or the other)
  • 25% inflight savings on food, beverages, and headsets
  • Earn 3,000 elite qualifying dollars when you spend $25,000 in purchases on the card in a year

This is a great welcome bonus, though not otherwise an especially compelling card in terms of the return it offers on everyday spend.

There are also 60K welcome bonuses on the Citi AAdvantage Cards

In addition to the above offer, keep in mind that there are also best ever, limited time welcome bonuses on two of American’s co-branded Citi AAdvantage cards. These include the following:

Keep in mind that these cards also offer some great perks:

  • First checked bag free for you and up to four companions on a domestic itinerary
  • Preferred boarding for you and up to four companions on a domestic itinerary
  • Double miles for American Airlines purchases

Bottom line

These are some great welcome bonuses at the moment on co-branded American AAdvantage Cards.

(Tip of the hat to @IadisGr8)

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  1. Customer: 50k aadvantage miles for $95 + single purchase? sounds like a great deal! what’s the catch?

    Agent: no award availability.

    Obviously a good deal in terms of basically “buying” the points. but are we just helping this profit transfer from banks to AA, giving AA no incentive of opening up their award spaces?

  2. Does the card issuer (barclay) have any restriction on who is eligible for the sign up bonus? I originally had the US Airways Dividend Miles credit card but it was converted to AAviator card. I cancelled it at least 2 years ago.

    Am I eligible to receive the sign up bonus again?

  3. AA points are still very valuable for One World carrier redemptions that have great availability in premium cabins, most notably: Qatar, Etihad, LAN, JAL, and Cathay Pacific.

  4. Can confirm Peter B’s comment: I was on two different AA flights this past week where the mileage was stated as 40,000 rather than 50,000. Sounds like some kind of mixup.

  5. If you were approved for this card and already have the Citi Executive World Elite (for the Admiral’s Club) I assume the better benefit would prevail based on what you were using/booking? Example might be priority boarding over “preferred boarding” etc.

  6. @ Robert — You do get the best, though in this case I believe all Citi AAdvantage cards have the same boarding benefit. Someone correct me if I’m wrong, please.

  7. I know Citi will often match a higher offer. I too just got the Aviator card with the 40000 bonus. Any data points on whether Barclay will match to the higher offer? Thanks!

  8. DP on matching with Barclay (TL;DR = yes, they’ll match): I got the Barclay US Airways Dividend Miles card maybe 6 months before the merger. I think the offer was 40,000 miles after a purchase. No more than a week or two after I was approved, they increased the offer by 10,000 miles. I sent them an online message asking them to match the better offer, and they did it.

  9. Follow up to my original DP: Doc of Credit disagrees with my DP on matching (“They will usually not match a higher sign up bonus. It’s always worth a call though and it looks like supervisors have this power and front line represenatives don’t. So if you’re unsuccessful try to escalate the issue to somebody in charge.”). So maybe I got lucky. YMMV.

  10. I currently have the Citi Platinum Select World Elite MasterCard. If I sign up for the Aviator card would I get the 50K miles? Also is there anything if I cancel the card before annual fee will I still get to keep the 50K miles?

  11. @ Stav9678 — You would be eligible for the bonus. You have to pay the annual fee to get the miles.

  12. Assume there is zero limitations re: having earned AA points with another credit card? I have the Citi AA, opened about 6 months ago, I could apply for Aviator and still qualify for bonus?

  13. I get 10k miles after each anniversary on the Aviator Red. It was a benefit from the US Airways card. Well worth the annual fee.

  14. I just closed the Red Aviator World Master Card which had a $85 annual fee. Before closing, I sent a message to Barclay to ask them were Aviator Red Card World Elite Mastercard different from World Mastercard. They just said they offered similar benefits without mentioning about the eligibility of sign up bonus. Do you think Is that card different from the World Mastercard?

  15. Thank you lucky. So you’re saying I have to keep it at least for a year. I’ll sign up and take that offer for zero minimum spend other then the annual fee.

  16. NO way Jose. AA has gutted their frequent flyer program, there’s no saver award availability EVER on routes I’d take, plus the miles needed for just a one way are ridiculous.

  17. Will the miles be transferred to my AA account right away? I already have about 130,000 AA miles that I’ve been sitting on for too long. I know – terrible investment. But another 50,000 miles after the first spend sounds amazing… I wonder if I could cancel the card after or before the annual fee. I already have the Aadvantage Citi Mastercard

  18. You need a referral code to apply for the Aviator card. From this application I got, the code 623979 should work!

  19. Data point – I applied for Aviator Red card at the beginning of May (40k bonus). After the 50k bonus announcement, I sent secure message to Barclay, and few days later extra 10k miles showed up in my account.

  20. I received the card with the 50,000 AAdvantage bonus miles offer. Put a $50 charge on the card and have received the statement. No annual fee applied and only 50 AAdvantage miles. When does the annual fee get applied so I can get the bonus?

  21. You mentioned that the 10% redemption is not stackable with the Citi card and Barclays card. I will be redeeming over 200,000 miles, will I be able to use both benefits?

  22. I signed up for this card earlier this year. If my wife signs up for it, would she be able to use my AA member #, or does she need to use her own?

  23. @ Nory Rivera — She’d have to use her own number. The AAdvantage number has to match the name of the account holder.

  24. If I already have the CitiBusiness Platinum Select card, am I still eligible for the bonus with the Aviator Red card?

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