As far as US airlines go, American is in the unique position 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 Barclays. 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 Barclays products can be advertised in airports and on flights.
A new 60K bonus on the AAdvantage Aviator Red Mastercard
Barclays has brought back an excellent bonus on one of their co-branded American cards. The AAdvantage Aviator Red World Elite Mastercard is offering a bonus of 60,000 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 and beverages
This is a great welcome bonus, though not otherwise an especially compelling card in terms of the return it offers on everyday spend.
Of course this isn’t the only American credit card with a good offer, as there are several others as well.
The Aviator Red Card has a fantastic welcome bonus at the moment. While 60K is a big welcome bonus, the annual fee unfortunately isn’t waived for the first year.
If you prefer a card with an annual fee waived the first year but a higher spend requirement, consider one of the co-branded Citi AAdvantage Cards.