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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 May 7, 19, 9:07 pm
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I'm considering the new Aviator Red business with increase in the bonus. Given the 3K EQDs for 25K spend versus the same for my crappy Silver Aviator now at 50K seems a no brainer, at least short term. I'm curious about the 5% bonus miles on the card, however. Is this based on spend or the total in my account?
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Old May 10, 19, 3:49 am
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Originally Posted by mxracer95 View Post
They always post on the 10th of the month.
Posted this morning, just as you predicted. Thanks for the education...seriously!
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Old May 10, 19, 5:25 am
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Originally Posted by apeortdz View Post
Posted this morning, just as you predicted. Thanks for the education...seriously!
Same here.

Tried to take advantage of the $25.00 food credit yesterday as I missed an upgrade on TPA-PHL (#2 on a list of 14). So on a 2.5 hour flight, apparently they dont stock the cabin at all with food (other than Biscoff)? Then I tried to buy a drink (Titos and Tonic) but then realized I'm in MCE and my drink was free anyhow. Guess I should have gotten a double.

Does this qualify for the "least substantive" thread?
apeortdz and chitink like this.
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Old May 18, 19, 5:54 am
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What are the guidelines to get invited to upgrade the Red to Silver? I called and emailed them, and all they will say is that the offer is not in my account, but won't tell me how I could qualify to get the offer to upgrade.
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Old May 19, 19, 4:08 pm
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Originally Posted by IADCAflyer View Post
Same here.

Tried to take advantage of the $25.00 food credit yesterday as I missed an upgrade on TPA-PHL (#2 on a list of 14). So on a 2.5 hour flight, apparently they dont stock the cabin at all with food (other than Biscoff)? Then I tried to buy a drink (Titos and Tonic) but then realized I'm in MCE and my drink was free anyhow. Guess I should have gotten a double.

Does this qualify for the "least substantive" thread?
I had this exact experience. Zero food for purchase and I was in MCE. I thought about ordering some for others, but 2.5 hours didn’t qualify for a 2nd pass. Has anyone confirmed that authorized users do/do not qualify to use the credit?
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Old May 19, 19, 4:09 pm
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Originally Posted by rjtfdx View Post

I had this exact experience. Zero food for purchase and I was in MCE. I thought about ordering some for others, but 2.5 hours didn’t qualify for a 2nd pass. Has anyone confirmed that authorized users do/do not qualify to use the credit?
don’t they have snack boxes for flights over 700 miles on mainline?
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Old May 20, 19, 9:12 am
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Could I theoretically upgrade the Red to a Silver, use the Global Entry credit and then cancel avoiding the Silver AF?
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Old May 20, 19, 9:29 am
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Originally Posted by IADCAflyer View Post
Same here.

Tried to take advantage of the $25.00 food credit yesterday as I missed an upgrade on TPA-PHL (#2 on a list of 14). So on a 2.5 hour flight, apparently they dont stock the cabin at all with food (other than Biscoff)? Then I tried to buy a drink (Titos and Tonic) but then realized I'm in MCE and my drink was free anyhow. Guess I should have gotten a double.
I have some legs in MCE coming up where I pre-ordered meals on AA.com, knowing the drinks are covered during the flight and I wanted to make use of the F&B credit while I can.

My plan was to get my pre-ordered sandwich and then a cookie or something to get close to $25 as I can.

Not going to rely on AA to fully cater the flight, as I have seen too many mid-con and longer flights catered with a whopping 1 cart of food and its done and over with after MCE is serviced.
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Old May 20, 19, 12:44 pm
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My anniversary date is August. The way I'm reading the letter about the changes is that I'll receive one more 10,000 anniversary bonus. Right?

I'll also be charge the new $99 AF. Can I wait for the Anniversary bonus and close my account before paying the AF?
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Old May 21, 19, 12:59 am
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I saw a few reports in March that Barclays was not allowing downgrades from Red or Silver Aviator cards to the Blue Aviator or no-fee Aviator cards. Any new data points on this?

I currently hold the Red card but would like to downgrade to the no-fee card (the new Red benefits aren't valuable to me).
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Old May 21, 19, 9:47 am
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Originally Posted by gardengirl View Post
My anniversary date is August. The way I'm reading the letter about the changes is that I'll receive one more 10,000 anniversary bonus. Right?

I'll also be charge the new $99 AF. Can I wait for the Anniversary bonus and close my account before paying the AF?
Yes, that's what I'm planning to do. In my case, the anniversary bonus and the annual fee show on different statements.
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Old May 21, 19, 11:28 am
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Thank you. I did look at my account and saw the 10K was posted on 8/10 and the annual fee was charged on 8/31.
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Old May 21, 19, 5:31 pm
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Can anyone explain this language from the Barcalys' ToC on Trip Delay Insurance.

B. The kind of coverage You receive: If You are delayed more than six (6) hours while traveling to Your destination or return destination, We will reimburse You for travel expenses as a result of the delay. There is no coverage if the common carrier cancels within six (6) hours of Your scheduled departure time on the common carrier for which You have purchased a ticket for Your trip.
So if the trip is cancelled less than 6 hours before departure there is no coverage?
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Old May 28, 19, 6:14 pm
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Can someone confirm that all flavors of the card carry no foreign transaction fees? I thought, at some point, the free card (Barclaycard AAdvantage® Aviator® Mastercard®) did have those fees, and you needed to have Blue and above to avoid them. But I'm being told the free card doesn't either. So wondering if I was mistaken this whole time, or if something changed.
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Old May 29, 19, 10:01 pm
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Interesting datapoint here:

Flew LAX-HND on DL last week (tried their A350 Suites!).

Paid $28.95 for international WiFi through Gogo but accidentally paid with my Aviator Silver (Card on file).

$28.95 was credited to my account today saying “AA INFLIGHT WIFI CREDIT”.

I had figured that I had to fly on an AA plane for the WiFi credit!
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