60K Miles After First Purchase With AAdvantage Aviator Red Mastercard

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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.

Current American AAdvantage Offers

Bottom line

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.

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  1. Great card and a great bonus. Got this card myself with the 60k bonus. Almost enough pts for a one way award on Q Suites! Easiest way to rack up some AA miles….that I would never use on AA metal lmao.

  2. Is 10% miles back on first 100,000 redeemed still a perk of the card? I don’t see it listed (and haven’t seen it for a couple months).

  3. Are you debating the value? It’s a good deal, 60k points for $95. I grabbed the biz card a few months ago for the same deal, points posted very quickly.

  4. I received the bonus on this card when it was the Barclay’s US Airways card, and then it was subsequently changed to the Aviator Red Card while my account was still active. I subsequently closed this account. Would I be eligible for this bonus seeing as though I have never received a bonus on this product exact?

  5. @Brit @Lucky I would like this answered also. I thought I read something that said that went away on the Barclays and Citi AA cards. Thanks!

  6. Thanks, Lucky, this is a great deal.

    I had the US Airways card that converted into the Barclay Aviator Red, which I then cancelled back in Nov 2016. Can I get the AA bonus here since I’m outside of two years since last closing this card?

    I also have the Business Aviator (and got the 60k AA pts after first purchase).

  7. Have annual fee due on a card ive held for ~5 years. If i cancel, is it still 24 months before reapplying? Ive heard Barclays is getting tougher on that stuff.

  8. This card used to have a benefit of 10k miles per anniversary year. Is that still available? Plus a response on the question @Michael posted would be greatly appreciated. I know Barclay has a policy that’s similar to Amex (once in a lifetime). Thank you!

  9. @Lucky

    Off this topic, but I just looked at my AMEX offers and not one of them has bonus MR points..just cash back!

    That is on 4 cards..Everyday Preferred, Biz Platinum, Gold, Blue +

    I wonder why not offering bonus MR points now??

  10. So if I get this card, can I still get one of the Citi-branded cards and get a sign up bonus as well?

  11. Are you eligible for the sign-up bonus if you down graded the aviator card to the no annual fee version recently?

  12. @lucky @Tiffany… Sigh… So many posts with recycled URLs not making it to the RSS feeds. So far today, this one and the ANA-PAL one, and three yesterday. Is it a limitation of the CMS? An intentional SEO strategy? Sorry if I’m beating a dead horse. You all provide a great service here, but how am I supposed to give you my referral business if I’m not aware of these offers to begin with?

  13. @ GoAmtrak — I’m not sure if you saw my response when you asked about this on Friday, but we are aware of it as it relates to Feedly specifically. We believe it’s a limitation on Feedly’s end, as other RSS-driven feeds, including the BoardingArea homepage, recognize the refreshed post just fine. Not that many OMAAT readers come to the site through Feedly (fewer than .03%), but we still hate to make it harder for anyone to see content. We’re looking at making some adjustments to how our RSS feeds are handled, which might help, but in the meantime believe that the benefits of tightening the site outweigh the RSS frustrations.

    In the meantime, every single post goes out to the OMAAT and BoardingArea homepages, Twitter, Facebook, the daily email recap, and is included in the weekly review. We really appreciate you reading, so hopefully one of those options will work in the interim.

  14. Any DP on 6/24 rules for this card? Applied for the business version last year (was 8/24) and got denied! Called recon and was told too many applications in last 2 years!

  15. Sorry for being a newbie but Lucky keeps saying it’s not especially enticing…so before I go applying what’s a better card for accruing AAdvantage miles (other than the Citi card)



  17. Is this card only available to American citizens? I got an offer for one on American Airlines once, but with no SSN, I could not apply. Is this still the case? Any tips for Canadians?

  18. @Sonn I got approved at 6/24 with double dip of A+ (A+ approved first, AA Red went pending for 2 days then approved). Barclay also just matched me to the 60k offer (was approved last week at 50k).

  19. The “Important Information” noted at the end of the Barclaycard application states “You may not be eligible for this offer if you currently have or previously had an account with us in this program”. Is there a limit to that, i.e. not eligible if previous account closed within past 24 months or can this bonus only be earned once per lifetime (e.g. Amex cards)?

  20. @Jarrod

    “Are you eligible for the sign-up bonus if you down graded the aviator card to the no annual fee version recently?”

    Got this card 24 months ago and did a PC to no fee card 12 months ago. Hoping to have new card approved in Feb. Thoughts?

  21. You forgot to mention they took the $3,000 EQD bonus away for spending $25,000/year. That got me to PP last year. When I called to cancel my card, they waived my annual fee and offered me 5,000 award miles for spending $1,000 over 3 months. So, I kept the card…

  22. I filled out and submitted an application for AAdvantageAviatorRedWorldEliteMastercard with the flight attendant when I traveled to San Diego March 3 2019. i have not heard from Mastercard. I do not have the promotional code as she kept the application. How can I find out the status of the application? Telephone # please.

  23. Do the bonus miles expire if you don’t renew the Aviator card after the first year?

    The card isn’t that compelling without the bonus, and for renewal they took away some features. So renewing isn’t that useful.

  24. if I sign up for the card, is there a required amount and timeframe for the first purchase using the card to get the 60K miles? For example, if I signed up today and made a purchase as soon as I got the card, would the 60K be available immediately for travel plans?

  25. If I signed up today and made a purchase as soon as I got the card, would the 60K be available immediately for travel plans?


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