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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?



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."

As of 2019, only the Silver card gets EQD and the levels are higher: spend $50,000 on a Barclaycard-issued AAdvantage Aviator Silver credit card and earn 3,000 EQD. If you earn at end of year this will hit in January but be back dated to your prior year qualification.

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 10, 18, 12:02 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, 12:34 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, 3:25 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, 9:14 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 11, 18, 11:21 pm
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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, 9:50 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 wouldn’t have to pay the fee until my anniversary date when I upgraded mine earlier this year.
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Old May 12, 18, 10:10 am
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Originally Posted by 355F1 View Post
They told me I wouldn’t 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, 6:26 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, 5:18 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, 12:31 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, 12:10 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, 5:12 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, 6:13 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, 6:42 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, 7:36 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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