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Barclaycard AAdvantage Aviator Silver and Red Cards (master thread)

Barclaycard AAdvantage Aviator Silver and Red Cards (master thread)

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AAdvantage Aviator Silver and Red Cards from BarclayCard

NOTE: The BarclayCard US Airways Aviator credit cards were offered to US Airways Dividend Miles members and "grandfathered in" to the AAdvantage program. Now p, you can sign up for several Aviator cards, though the Silver Card is generally available after one has had another Aviator Card at least three months.

There are five AAdvantage-linked Aviator-branded cards by Barclaycard. An April 2015 article on The Points Guy details them.

The Many Flavors of Barclaycard AAdvantage Aviator (Jason Steele, April 13th, 2015).

Where can I see information on all available Barclays Barclaycard AAdvantage cards?

Barclaycard AAdvantage® Aviator® Mastercard®

Barclaycard AAdvantage® Aviator® Blue Mastercard®

Barclaycard AAdvantage® Aviator® Red Mastercard®

Barclaycard AAdvantage® Aviator® Silver World Elite Mastercard®

Barclaycard AAdvantage® Aviator® Business Mastercard®

(These links are to aa.com pages for the respective Aviator cards)

Link to American Airlines® AAdvantage® Aviator™ Red MasterCard® Reward Rules T&C (Feb 2017)

Link to American Airlines® AAdvantage® Aviator™ Silver World Elite MasterCard® Reward Rules T&C (Feb 2017)

Link to FT thread Citi & Barclaycard AAdvantage Credit Card Free Domestic Checked Bag / Baggage

Aviator Red applications are available at the airport or in flight in 2017, or online at https://home.barclaycardus.com

New Red cardholders may apply to upgrade to Aviator Silver after 90 days. Existing Red cardholders (prior to 2017) may apply to upgrade to Silver at any time.

Aviator Silver offers EQM:

"Additional Benefits of your Account

Elite Qualifying Miles


The primary cardmember may earn 5,000 Elite Qualifying Miles ("EQMs") after spending $20,000 in Net Purchases that post to the AAdvantage® Aviator™ Silver account from January 1st through December 31st each calendar year. The primary cardmember may earn an additional 5,000 AAdvantage® EQMs each calendar year when the cardmember reaches $40,000 in spending on Net Purchases with the AAdvantage Aviator Silver account during the same period. An AAdvantage® Aviator™ Silver primary cardmember may earn the maximum 10,000 EQMs once per calendar year, unless the cardmember has already earned the maximum number of EQMs through another AAdvantage® Aviator™ Silver account. EQMs earned are in addition to the AAdvantage miles earned for Net Purchases made on the AAdvantage®Aviator™ Silver account. Net Purchases exclude returned goods and services, cash advances, convenience checks, transferred balances, credits, fees and interest charges. Net Purchases made by authorized users through additional cards on the primary cardmember's AAdvantage® Aviator™ Silver account will count toward the primary cardmember's qualifying spend. EQMs earned as a result of this benefit will typically be posted to the primary cardmember's AAdvantage® account 6-8 weeks after meeting the spend requirement. EQMs will not count toward Million Miler℠ status. EQMs cannot be redeemed for award travel, AAdvantage® miles or any other AAdvantage® program awards. EQMs earned with the AAdvantage® Aviator™ Silver account qualify toward the primary cardmember's AAdvantage® program elite status earning requirements each calendar year, subject to the limits under the Reward Rules and the AAdvantage® Program. Full details on elite status and qualifications are available in the AAdvantage® section of aa.com."

Both cards will offer spend offsets to the required Elite Qualifying Dollar spend in 2017.[/B]

Spend $25,000 or more on a Barclaycard-issued American AAdvantage Aviator Red credit card and earn 3,000 EQD.

Spend $25,000 on a Barclaycard-issued AAdvantage Aviator Silver credit card and earn an additional 3,000 EQD - a second $25,000 spend will earn another 3,000 EQD.

You can not hold both cards and combine earnings. You can notvearn more than $6,000 EQD spend offset in one year. Qualifying purchases are 1 Jan - 31 Dec of one year.

See EQ Dollar / EQD offset via Barclaycard Aviator Card – announcement, details for further information.

and FAQ: Earning EQD / Elite Qualifying Dollars on AA and Partner Airlines (2017 on)

Spend $20,000 on your Silver card in one calendar year, earn 5,000 EQM; spend a total of $40,000 or more on your Silver card, earn 5,000 more EQM.

Above updated 16 Feb 2017 - JDiver


What are the benefits of the Aviator Silver card?
  • Earn 3X miles for every dollar spent on eligible US Airways and American Airlines purchases
  • Earn 2X miles for every dollar spent on hotels and car rentals
  • Earn 1X miles for every dollar spent on all other purchases
  • Earn 5,000 Elite Qualifying Miles for each $20,000 in annual purchases (10,000 maximum EQMs per year)
  • First checked bag free for you and up to 8 companions traveling on the same reservation
  • A Companion Certificate good for up to 2 guests at $99 each will be issued each year after your account anniversary when you spend $30,000 or more in purchases (taxes and fees apply)
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Premium Servicing including US-based Customer Service, World Elite Concierge and Luxury Travel Benefits
  • Receive 10% of your redeemed miles back, up to 10,000 miles each calendar year
  • Apply for Global Entry with TSA PreCheck and, upon approval, experience expedited, more efficient security screenings, moving you smoothly through U.S. Customs when returning from traveling abroad. Pay for the $100 Global Entry application fee with your card and you'll automatically receive a $100 statement credit 2-3 weeks after your transaction.
    • With this benefit, the primary cardmember can receive one application fee statement credit every 5 years when the Global Entry membership needs to be renewed.
What are the terms of the 10% rebate benefit?
According to the Aviator card FAQ,
For this benefit to apply, your account must be open and active at the time of redemption.

The American Airlines AAdvantage bonus miles you will earn through this benefit will be based on 10% of the total AAdvantage miles you redeem each month during the calendar year. The maximum number of AAdvantage® bonus miles that can be earned annually from this benefit is 10,000 AAdvantage bonus miles per calendar year and per AAdvantage® account, regardless of how many AAdvantage miles you redeem in that calendar year.

This benefit only applies to AAdvantage miles redeemed from the primary Cardmember’s AAdvantage® account. Please allow 6-8 weeks after your redemption for American Airlines AAdvantage bonus miles to post to the primary Cardmember’s AAdvantage account.
Thus, this benefit
  • applies to all miles redemptions, regardless of the passenger name on the airline ticket or other award.
  • is limited to 10,000 miles in rebates per calendar year, regardless of how many Barclays and/or Citi AA cards you have.

For additional information about the 10% rebate benefit, see FAQ: AAdvantage Citi / Barclays 10% miles / mileage rebate (consolidated)and the associated wiki.
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Old Feb 10, 19, 11:55 am
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Originally Posted by kevindavis338 View Post
It could mean that AA could be close to ending the partnership with Barclay and just go with Citi bank only. But I could be wrong.
You would think from the devaluations that have been happening and the datapoints about calling in for fee waivers and such.

However, the FA's are still aggressively offering the Aviator CC signup packets on flights. That could be a contractual obligation, however - That AA has to feature the Barclays CC product on their flights until X date.
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Old Feb 10, 19, 12:12 pm
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Originally Posted by IADCAflyer View Post
Old AA and Citi were best buds for a very, very long time. I remember my first mileage points generation fact being my first college girlfriend who (like me) was from a city where the distance to the college really required flying. She mentioned that her parents paid her semester tuition using an AA frequent flier credit card. IIRC, it was a Citi card.

AA seems to be one of the few carriers with two bona fide banks offering competing products. It makes you wonder how long that will last.

My qualm with just cancelling one card because of benefits devaluation is the fact that closing a long-held credit card may affect your credit score. My silver card is linked to my old USAir card and I've had it for over 20 years. Not sure how prudent it is to just close it.
Have you considered opening a Barclaycard Aviator Business Card? You'll earn 3,000 EQD's after $25,000 spend in a calendar year. Plus, you can transfer part of your credit limit on the Silver Aviator over to the Aviator Business if that will help with getting card approval. Then, put your Silver Aviator card in the sock drawer...
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Old Feb 10, 19, 12:22 pm
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Originally Posted by jtav559 View Post
You would think from the devaluations that have been happening and the datapoints about calling in for fee waivers and such.

However, the FA's are still aggressively offering the Aviator CC signup packets on flights. That could be a contractual obligation, however - That AA has to feature the Barclays CC product on their flights until X date.
That could be the case. If you go to the AA.com site and look at the credit card you will see that Citi is being pushed more than Barclay. Again I'm just guessing.
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Old Feb 10, 19, 12:50 pm
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Originally Posted by kevindavis338 View Post
That could be the case. If you go to the AA.com site and look at the credit card you will see that Citi is being pushed more than Barclay. Again I'm just guessing.
That's because of the agreements between Citi and Barclays and AA.

The banks each have their own areas where they can push the cards.
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Old Feb 18, 19, 9:45 am
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AA EQD back on Barclays Reward Page

Logged in this morning, noticed that EQD's are back on the reward center page.

Mine looks correct, up to 6k EDQ in 2019 for 50K spend. I PC'ed up to Silver Mar 2018, so per the AA site on Barlcays Cards - this is the correct card benefit I am due. Glad to see they got it sorted out.

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Old Feb 19, 19, 7:21 am
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Originally Posted by jcatman View Post
Have you considered opening a Barclaycard Aviator Business Card?
Sitting here wondering what my alternatives are to the Citi AA Biz card... I appreciate your idea.

I don't know if Citi is melting down in fraud or what. They called me over a month ago about a suspicious charge. I viewed the account and pointed out five more. After six calls and three certified letters, they have ack'd three of them. But they haven't adjusted the payment due. What a zoo.Again, thanks for the answer to my problem...
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Old Feb 19, 19, 9:17 am
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Yup. EQD tally is now up too.
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Old Feb 19, 19, 12:48 pm
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Took long enough to get the EQD tally on there, didn't it? Anyway, I still wonder why the three measurements do not always agree. The one always seems to be a day's transactions behind the others.
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Old Feb 20, 19, 6:23 am
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Glad to see EDQ back up there, and at the full $6k. Especially since the increase in EXP min EQD.
Completely makes it worth it to keep my Aviator Silver and not ditch for Citi.
Thank you!
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Old Feb 20, 19, 6:55 am
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Originally Posted by jtav559 View Post
Logged in this morning, noticed that EQD's are back on the reward center page.

Mine looks correct, up to 6k EDQ in 2019 for 50K spend. I PC'ed up to Silver Mar 2018, so per the AA site on Barlcays Cards - this is the correct card benefit I am due. Glad to see they got it sorted out.

Mine is also updated to reflect the $6k EQDs for 2019, too.
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Old Feb 20, 19, 12:30 pm
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Mine was showing that in January but now is showing 3K at 50K spend and I already spend $25k this calendar year. I opened my account sometime in March/April and I made the upgrade to Silver in July 2018.
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Old Feb 20, 19, 3:32 pm
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Question if you can get 10K EQM on the Citi and the Barclays Cards for AA

Originally Posted by FlightNurse View Post
I never heard anyone getting EQMs while having the same two cards, I have the silver and Citi Exec card and get my 10K EQMs this way.
I have had the Silver Aviator card for a while and used it to get 10K EQM each year. Now I think I need to get Admiral Club membership through the Citi World card, which also offers 10K EQM if you spend 40K.

My question is: Can you get 10K each from each of the silver aviator and the Citi card? (I recall reading on this website a few years back that you cannot). Thanks.
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Old Feb 20, 19, 3:38 pm
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Originally Posted by matthans View Post
I have had the Silver Aviator card for a while and used it to get 10K EQM each year. Now I think I need to get Admiral Club membership through the Citi World card, which also offers 10K EQM if you spend 40K.

My question is: Can you get 10K each from each of the silver aviator and the Citi card? (I recall reading on this website a few years back that you cannot). Thanks.
You can get 10K EQM from each of the cards - for a total of 20k EQM in a given year.
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Old Feb 20, 19, 4:21 pm
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Originally Posted by jtav559 View Post
Logged in this morning, noticed that EQD's are back on the reward center page.

Mine looks correct, up to 6k EDQ in 2019 for 50K spend. I PC'ed up to Silver Mar 2018, so per the AA site on Barlcays Cards - this is the correct card benefit I am due. Glad to see they got it sorted out.
Same. I had the Red card and changed to the silver in 2018 and now have an EQD tracker with both $25K and $50K milestones.
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Old Feb 20, 19, 5:22 pm
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Has anyone had any experience attempting to get the miles deducted due to a credit from a merchant made to relate back to the initial purchase?

I had a $x000 charge posted in October and had about $1200 of it credited back last month. I would like for the 1200 not to count against my 2019 spending targets and since I surpassed all of last year's targets my more than $1200, I'd really like to have the credit relate back to the date of the charge.
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