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Barclaycard AAdvantage Aviator Silver and Red Cards (master thread)

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AAdvantage Aviator Silver and Red Cards from BarclayCard
There are five AAdvantage-linked Aviator-branded cards by Barclaycard. Two of them can be applied for directly, the other three are upgrades or downgrades after receiving a Red card.

The Many Flavors of Barclaycard AAdvantage Aviator

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


Aviator Red (On AA.com)
Aviator Silver (On AA.com)
Aviator Business (On AA.com)
Aviator Red applications are available at the airport, in flight, or online at https://www.barclaycardus.com/.

Red cardholders may receive an offer to upgrade to Aviator Silver after a period of time that varies, usually 3-11 months. The offer appears in the online "Offers" section, if it is declined there may be no simple way to receive the upgrade. Be careful with your clicking! Silver benefits begin at the start of the next statement, but the increased annual fee won't hit until the next card-member year starts.



Aviator Silver Vs Red
Annual Fee: Silver $199 Red $99
Miles on AA Purchases: Silver 3x Red 2x
Bonus Loyalty Points: Silver 5k LP after $20k/$40k/$50k Per Status Year Red None
In-Flight Food & Beverage: Silver $25 back/day Red 25% back
Wifi Credits: Silver $50/anniversary year Red $25/anniversary year
Companion Ticket: Silver 2 Companions Red 1 Companion (Minimum Anniversary-Year Spend Required for both)
PreCheck/Global Entry: Silver $100 credit Red No Credit


Card Benefit Details

FlyerTalk thread Citi & Barclaycard AAdvantage Credit Card Free Domestic Checked Bag / Baggage

Aviator Silver Bonus Loyalty Points: Bonuses are based on spend during status year, not anniversary year. When upgrading to Silver your Red spending will carry over. Five thousand Loyalty Points after spending $20k/$40k/$50k. You cannot stack multiple Silver accounts to earn this multiple times.

Companion Certificate: $20k in anniversary year spend required, issued about 45 days after you annual fee hits. Red gets one companion, Silver can have two. $99+tax for companions, round-trip 48 contiguous US States only unless you live in Alaska or Hawaii, in which case you may fly from your home state to the 48.










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Old May 10, 18, 1:02 pm
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Originally Posted by fridge5 View Post
I qualified for $3K EQD on 4/20/18 according to my Aviator online statement. The EQD posted this morning on AA.com.
EXACT SAME for me today, too!!!

EQMs posted this morning as well.
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Old May 10, 18, 1:34 pm
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Originally Posted by 355F1 View Post


EXACT SAME for me today, too!!!

EQMs posted this morning as well.
I wonder if they do it in batches.
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Old May 10, 18, 4:25 pm
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Originally Posted by fridge5 View Post
I qualified for $3K EQD on 4/20/18 according to my Aviator online statement. The EQD posted this morning on AA.com.
Exactly same! My EQM posted just a few minutes ago. I too qualified for $5,000 EQM on April 20. Thank you all very much.

Originally Posted by FlightNurse View Post
This is not correct, you can earn 10K EQM from EACH CC for a total of 20K EOM without stepping onto a plane. I've been doing this for a few years. It's an easy way (if you have the spend) to make elite with AA.
I didn't know this. I had this wrong impression that the credit card based EQM, in total from all cards, cannot exceed 10,000 miles. Thank you for correcting me. I have both cards and this is definitely something to keep in mind.

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Old May 11, 18, 10:14 am
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Originally Posted by Tintin View Post
I didn't know this. I had this wrong impression that the credit card based EQM, in total from all cards, cannot exceed 10,000 miles. Thank you for correcting me. I have both cards and this is definitely something to keep in mind.
Just wrapped up hitting my EQM threshold on the AA Exec, now on to the Aviator. should have it done by late summer and it will pad the stats for elite qualifying the rest of the year. ^
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Old May 12, 18, 12:21 am
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Got the Aviator Red in January and received an Silver upgrade offer today. How does timing / price of the annual fee work with the upgrade? Do I need to pay the full $195 now or not until my anniversary date?
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Old May 12, 18, 10:50 am
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Originally Posted by matthew_brown View Post
Got the Aviator Red in January and received an Silver upgrade offer today. How does timing / price of the annual fee work with the upgrade? Do I need to pay the full $195 now or not until my anniversary date?
They told me I wouldnt have to pay the fee until my anniversary date when I upgraded mine earlier this year.
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Old May 12, 18, 11:10 am
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Originally Posted by 355F1 View Post
They told me I wouldnt have to pay the fee until my anniversary date when I upgraded mine earlier this year.
Originally Posted by matthew_brown View Post
Got the Aviator Red in January and received an Silver upgrade offer today. How does timing / price of the annual fee work with the upgrade? Do I need to pay the full $195 now or not until my anniversary date?
Red Ann'y date was in Novemeber. Got fee waived. Wanted upgrade to Silver at the time, but they couldn't make that happen due to my accepting a bonus spend offer in Mid 2017. I was told to call back in 90 days and it would likely be available.

Called in early April and asked for the upgrade, it was available and they explained the terms and conditions and all that. I agreed and was informed that the new AF would post on the statement that closed yesterday. It did not. I am guessing it will show up next month.
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Old May 12, 18, 7:26 pm
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Originally Posted by jtav559 View Post
Red Ann'y date was in Novemeber. Got fee waived. Wanted upgrade to Silver at the time, but they couldn't make that happen due to my accepting a bonus spend offer in Mid 2017. I was told to call back in 90 days and it would likely be available.

Called in early April and asked for the upgrade, it was available and they explained the terms and conditions and all that. I agreed and was informed that the new AF would post on the statement that closed yesterday. It did not. I am guessing it will show up next month.
My "new" AF isn't going to post until my cardmember anniversary. So right now, I'm enjoying a few "free" months of the Silver. All in all, very glad I made the switch!
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Old May 13, 18, 6:18 pm
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Originally Posted by fridge5 View Post
I qualified for $3K EQD on 4/20/18 according to my Aviator online statement. The EQD posted this morning on AA.com.
I qualified for $3K EQD credit on April 12, which just posted the same day as yours. My 5K EQMs, for which I qualified on April 2, posted much more quickly.
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Old May 16, 18, 1:31 pm
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Originally Posted by jtav559 View Post
Just wrapped up hitting my EQM threshold on the AA Exec, now on to the Aviator. should have it done by late summer and it will pad the stats for elite qualifying the rest of the year. ^
I hit both 10K MEQ on both cards last week. I requalified for PLT with the added MEQ, just might make it to PP.
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Old May 17, 18, 1:10 am
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Do card EQM's earn progress toward upgrade stickers? I got 5K EQM's posted recently (with an "as of" date of April 10) but it didn't seem to move the needed on the "miles needed for 500-mile upgrades." The AA website says you get 4 stickers for every 12,500 EQMs earned but doesn't give an exception for card miles.
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Old May 28, 18, 6:12 pm
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I am considering upgrading to Silver as I am already at $25k spend for the year with the Red. Does anyone know if the spending resets or if I keep on chugging away to get the higher level deals the Silver has?
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Old May 28, 18, 7:13 pm
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Originally Posted by adambadam View Post
I am considering upgrading to Silver as I am already at $25k spend for the year with the Red. Does anyone know if the spending resets or if I keep on chugging away to get the higher level deals the Silver has?
Except for the improved benefits and the color of the card, everything else stays the same, including the account number.
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Old May 28, 18, 7:42 pm
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Originally Posted by TWA884 View Post
Except for the improved benefits and the color of the card, everything else stays the same, including the account number.
i upgraded earlier this year and they gave me a new account number, I've continued to use my old card just fine though---never actually activated the replacement silver card. FYI
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Old May 28, 18, 8:36 pm
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Originally Posted by adambadam View Post
I am considering upgrading to Silver as I am already at $25k spend for the year with the Red. Does anyone know if the spending resets or if I keep on chugging away to get the higher level deals the Silver has?
Granted I upgraded a year or two ago, but my spending pre-conversion carried over towards the EQM.
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