AAdvantage Aviator Red Mastercard Bonus: 60K Miles & Waived Annual Fee

AAdvantage Aviator Red Mastercard Bonus: 60K Miles & Waived Annual Fee

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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 were issued by Citi, while US Airways’ credit cards were issued by Barclays. American made the decision to have a non-exclusive co-brand agreement, thinking that would maximize profits.

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. For those interesting in picking up one of these cards, there’s a good new bonus on the most popular Barclays American Airlines credit card.

Aviator Red Mastercard welcome bonus

The AAdvantage Aviator Red World Elite Mastercard has a welcome bonus of 60,000 AAdvantage miles after making your first purchase within 90 days of account opening. On top of that, the card’s $99 annual fee is waived for the first year.

That’s a solid bonus, especially given the waived annual fee the first year, and the (very) reasonable spending requirement.

Best for casual AA flyers Earn 2x AA miles at restaurants and gas stations and on all American Airlines purchases
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Best for AA road warriors Get an Admirals Club membership and access the clubs every time you fly American
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Best no annual fee AA card Earn 2x AA miles on American Airlines purchases and at grocery stores
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AAdvantage Aviator Red Mastercard benefits

The Aviator Red Mastercard offers a bunch of 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
  • 2x miles for American Airlines purchases
  • 25% inflight savings on food and beverages
  • $25 back as statement credits on American inflight Wi-Fi purchases every cardmember year
  • Earn an anniversary companion certificate each anniversary year good for one guest at $99 (plus taxes and fees) after spending $20,000 on purchases; your account must remain open for 45 days after your anniversary date
Get preferred boarding with the Aviator Red Mastercard

How valuable is the American companion certificate?

As you can see, the major incentive to spend money on the Aviator Red Mastercard is a companion certificate. Personally I wouldn’t go through the effort of spending money on the card for that, given all the restrictions:

  • It’s only valid for travel within the lower 48 (the Alaska Airlines companion certificate is valid for travel anywhere Alaska flies)
  • It’s only valid for a roundtrip ticket in economy
  • You have to book your ticket through American Airlines Meeting Services, so it can’t be booked online
  • The certificate is valid for one year from the date of issue
  • You have to pay $99 plus taxes and fees when redeeming it
  • The companion booked with this certificate isn’t eligible for mileage accrual or upgrades
The companion certificate is only valid for economy travel

Bottom line

The Aviator Red Mastercard is offering an excellent welcome bonus of 60,000 AAdvantage bonus miles after making a purchase, plus the $99 annual fee is waived for the first year. This is a nice initial bonus, though there’s not much reason to keep this card in the long-run, in my opinion.

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. Rod Guest

    How long do you have to keep it in order to get and keep the bonus miles?

  2. Jito Guest

    I applied and spent 2000 less than 3 months and had to call like
    7 times for my bonus miles and still not waiting , they don’t even have a spend tracker in their app like chase or capital
    I hope this week they can deposit my 80.000 miles to my account

  3. Shanjaya Guest

    Link isn’t working. Tried going directly to Barclays site, but it’s not offering the first year AF waived. Any ideas?

  4. KevinLed Guest

    I applied for the Barclay AAdvantage Aviator card. They sent me a letter to call them because they needed to verify information. They had me FAX them information, not mail or email, FAX. About two weeks later they sent me another letter, this time I needed to mail them additional information. About to weeks after that, they sent a third letter and said to call them. I was on the phone for about 45 minutes...

    I applied for the Barclay AAdvantage Aviator card. They sent me a letter to call them because they needed to verify information. They had me FAX them information, not mail or email, FAX. About two weeks later they sent me another letter, this time I needed to mail them additional information. About to weeks after that, they sent a third letter and said to call them. I was on the phone for about 45 minutes while they verified even more information. This had nothing to do with credit score etc, it was just about my SS number, my address etc. I was approved, but this process took so much time.

    1. Jules Guest

      Same annoying thing happened to me when I applied for the Barclay's Miles & More credit card. They wanted copies of my DL and SSN card sent by fax. Then a follow up for additional information. I gave up and won't ever apply for a Barclay's card again. Not worth the time and effort. I'll be just fine with AMEX, Chase, Cap1, and Citi.

    2. SGT PERI Guest

      BY FAR THE WORST CUSTOMER SERVICE AND SUPPORT!!! Got card was blocked at very 1st purchase took 3 x 30 mins calls to UNBLOCK IT!

      Plus you need to CALL ( no app or site) to let them know you will be leaving the US to be able to use card!

  5. Tom Guest

    I had this card in the past but closed in 2018. Per T&C, looks like I won't be eligible anymore.

    "You may not be eligible for this offer if you currently have or previously had an account with us in this Program.

    These bonuses and/or incentives are intended for applicants who are not and have not previously been American Airlines AAdvantage® Aviator® Red Mastercard cardmembers. You understand and agree that you may no longer be eligible...

    I had this card in the past but closed in 2018. Per T&C, looks like I won't be eligible anymore.

    "You may not be eligible for this offer if you currently have or previously had an account with us in this Program.

    These bonuses and/or incentives are intended for applicants who are not and have not previously been American Airlines AAdvantage® Aviator® Red Mastercard cardmembers. You understand and agree that you may no longer be eligible for any bonuses and/or incentives in connection with a new American Airlines AAdvantage® Aviator® Red Mastercard account after this Card Account is opened. If you receive a bonus or incentive for which you are not eligible due to your status as a current or former American Airlines AAdvantage® Aviator® Red Mastercard cardmember, we may revoke the bonus or incentive, or reduce your AAdvantage® miles by the amount of the bonus or incentive, or charge your Card Account for the fair value of the bonus or incentive, in our sole discretion."

    1. Jance Guest

      I *believe* that language (or something to the effect) has always been in their T&C, but in previous days this card *was* churnable (slowly). I guess time will tell if it still is (assuming someone is bravely gonna take the hit...)

  6. BenjaminGuttery Diamond

    Lucky, Barclay's used to have 5 AA Aviator cards at one time (Aviator Red, Aviator Blue, Aviator Silver, Aviator (White), & the Aviator Business. But now, ONLY one (the Red) is open to new applicants, and only 1 other can be upgraded into (the Silver). Is Barclay's not going to renew with AA or visa versa? I also watched a video on AA's YouTube channel recently and the gentleman with the AAdvantage Program really raved...

    Lucky, Barclay's used to have 5 AA Aviator cards at one time (Aviator Red, Aviator Blue, Aviator Silver, Aviator (White), & the Aviator Business. But now, ONLY one (the Red) is open to new applicants, and only 1 other can be upgraded into (the Silver). Is Barclay's not going to renew with AA or visa versa? I also watched a video on AA's YouTube channel recently and the gentleman with the AAdvantage Program really raved about CitiBank and how "they were the main partner" that was behind them with the Loyalty Points change and how they (Citi) worked with them on it. NO mention on Barclay's at all for like 15 min of thanking AA partners. Anyways, just seems like either a major refresh is coming (with both banks?) OR that Barclay's is just done with being a co-brand partner to AA.

  7. Jerry Guest

    The very card that you always comment on the flight attendants promoting, now you are promoting? Are you receiving compensation from the click through? It’s interesting how you will promote this and allow a few ads in the page when the money goes in your pocket, but when the flight attendants make money it’s annoying.

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Jerry -- I'm sorry to inform you that unlike flight attendants, I don't get a commission if you apply for this card through my link. I'm just trying to share the best deal. Is that okay?

    2. Jerry Guest

      It is certainly ok. That is what people are here for and we appreciate. I was simply observing and thought that as you are someone who promotes cards and receives revenues that way, you would support others doing the same. Obviously when they so it in an honest, correct, and tasteful manner as you do.

    3. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Jerry -- Sorry for any miscommunication. I of course have no issues with flight attendants promoting credit cards, as you say, assuming they're being honest about it.

    4. BenjaminGuttery Diamond

      Ben, any comment/insight into my comment above?

  8. dn10 Guest

    To confirm, if we've had this card ~3-4 years ago, can we get it again and get the bonus?

  9. Daniel Flores Guest

    I would like to open an account for the 60k miles but I used to have this card before and closed it back in Feb 2019. Will I be eligible again or is there a rule of how many years I need to wait before opening another account and taking advantage of this offer?

  10. DavidW Guest

    Does anyone know whether or not one qualifies for the bonus if one recieved the bonus for the Citi card?

    1. BenjaminGuttery Diamond

      You should be good.

    2. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ DavidW -- Yeah, eligibility for these cards is unrelated to whether you have any Citi cards, which is great.

    3. SGT PERI Guest

      I HAVE IT FOR 1 WEEK ANF ALREADY HATE IT!!!! AWFULL SUPPORT AND CUSTOMER SERVICE!! CITI AADVANTAGE #1 BY A MILE!!!!!

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@ Jerry -- I'm sorry to inform you that unlike flight attendants, I don't get a commission if you apply for this card through my link. I'm just trying to share the best deal. Is that okay?

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Rod Guest

How long do you have to keep it in order to get and keep the bonus miles?

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Jito Guest

I applied and spent 2000 less than 3 months and had to call like 7 times for my bonus miles and still not waiting , they don’t even have a spend tracker in their app like chase or capital I hope this week they can deposit my 80.000 miles to my account

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