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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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Old May 23, 22, 11:54 pm   -   Wikipost
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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 AAdvantageAviator 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 Cardmembers AAdvantage account. Please allow 6-8 weeks after your redemption for American Airlines AAdvantage bonus miles to post to the primary Cardmembers 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 13, 22, 3:32 pm
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Originally Posted by zzrayzz View Post
so did they find your unused cert?
No.. its gone.
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Old May 14, 22, 9:44 am
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Probably just my OCD, but has anyone else noticed the progress tracker for the third 5k LP spend milestone seems to be calibrated for $60k of spend and not $50k (as published)? For example, I'm slightly over the halfway mark at $26k spend yet the tracker still shows me less than half way there:


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Old May 14, 22, 9:50 am
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Originally Posted by FlyerBeek View Post
Probably just my OCD, but has anyone else noticed the progress tracker for the third 5k LP spend milestone seems to be calibrated for $60k of spend and not $50k (as published)? For example, I'm slightly over the halfway mark at $26k spend yet the tracker still shows me less than half way there:


-FlyerBeek
Nothing of real value to add unfortunately, but I couldn't help but notice that I also hit the first milestone on May 3! Congrats to us
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Old May 14, 22, 12:34 pm
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If anybody cares, it took exactly 27 days for my 5000 LPs to actually post to my account.
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Old May 14, 22, 1:53 pm
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Originally Posted by apeortdz View Post
If anybody cares, it took exactly 27 days for my 5000 LPs to actually post to my account.
Did you hit the $20k spend on April 13th?
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Old May 14, 22, 4:53 pm
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Originally Posted by upinsmoke View Post
Did you hit the $20k spend on April 13th?
Yes. Exactly!
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Old May 14, 22, 10:54 pm
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Originally Posted by apeortdz View Post
If anybody cares, it took exactly 27 days for my 5000 LPs to actually post to my account.
I care! Thanks for the data point!

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Old May 16, 22, 8:33 am
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Originally Posted by apeortdz View Post
Yes. Exactly!
Ok, so Barclay's is continuing their practice of posting these bonuses on the 10th day of the month, after the statement when you cross the threshold closes.
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Old May 20, 22, 4:16 am
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Aviator Red benefits when flying AA on a B6 ticket

Just sharing a data point from a recent trip. I was flying on a B6 ticket on an AA operated flight. I have the Aviator Red card and had my AA FF # on the reservation. At check in, I had to pay for a checked bag. The agent checked with their supervisor and said the Aviator checked bag benefit doesnt apply on a B6 ticket. I still got Group 5 boarding though. That showed up automatically on my boarding pass.
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Old May 20, 22, 6:30 am
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Originally Posted by kilbornr View Post
Just sharing a data point from a recent trip. I was flying on a B6 ticket on an AA operated flight. I have the Aviator Red card and had my AA FF # on the reservation. At check in, I had to pay for a checked bag. The agent checked with their supervisor and said the Aviator checked bag benefit doesnt apply on a B6 ticket. I still got Group 5 boarding though. That showed up automatically on my boarding pass.
What is a "B6" ticket?
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Old May 20, 22, 7:20 am
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B6 is Jet Blue.

Here is an underused resource: https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/glos...rSelected=****
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Old May 21, 22, 8:39 am
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I've gone back a number of pages on this thread and am still a bit unclear as I seem to see conflicting information from different people.

I have the red card. According to the spend counter, I am at $14k spend until October 31 (??) for my companion cert. I now have the offer to upgrade to the silver card. The main question I have is whether my $14k spend so far will still be there towards the companion cert and towards the bonus LPs? And is the bonus LP counter separate from the companion counter?
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Old May 23, 22, 5:29 pm
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Two AAdvantage Aviator Silver Mastercard Questions

I have a couple questions about the AAdvantage Aviator Silver Mastercard; I've tried searching the forum and wiki and I can't seem to find the answers, so thought I'd ask them here:

1) I see it gets 3 AAdvantage miles per $1 of spend on American Airlines. Does it still get only 1 loyalty point per $1 of spend whether or not that's on American Airlines purchases?

2) If I designate an authorized user, do they get a card tied to their own AAdvantage number, or to mine? Does an authorized user with their own card get the one free checked bag benefit, or does that only apply if they are flying on the same reservation with the primary card holder?

Thank you!
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Old May 23, 22, 6:18 pm
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1) For all credit card spend you earn 1 LP per dollar only, the 2x or 3x category bonuses are for RDM only and not LP's.

2) Any authorized user spend will credit to your AA account. But the checked bag benefit is for the primary cardholder only and not AU's.
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Old May 24, 22, 7:34 am
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I just wish I knew where I could get an application for this exclusive opportunity!
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