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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 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 24, 22, 7:53 am
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Originally Posted by lipoff View Post
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:
As we have a master thread for this card, I'll go ahead and merge your question in.

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Old May 24, 22, 8:01 am
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Originally Posted by sxpsxpsxp View Post
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?
Companion Cert qualification earning period is based on your anniversary year timing. Silver card spend bonuses will be based on Status qualification year (Mar-Feb). In this transition year to the LP program, we are getting the most recent Jan and Feb included as well, so 14 months. So your 2022 YTD spend should carry over if you upgrade to Silver for LP bonus purposes. It will likely be less than $14K as I am assuming that some of that spend took place Oct-Dec 2021.
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Old May 24, 22, 9:21 am
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Originally Posted by ramcm7 View Post
Companion Cert qualification earning period is based on your anniversary year timing. Silver card spend bonuses will be based on Status qualification year (Mar-Feb). In this transition year to the LP program, we are getting the most recent Jan and Feb included as well, so 14 months. So your 2022 YTD spend should carry over if you upgrade to Silver for LP bonus purposes. It will likely be less than $14K as I am assuming that some of that spend took place Oct-Dec 2021.
Thanks. I called also and they confirmed the spend will carry forward for both purposes.
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Old May 30, 22, 7:47 pm
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I'm coming up on my 1 year anniversary with the Red card. I hardly ever use the card and would like to product change to the no annual fee card, has anyone had any luck doing this recently. Also when will the annual fee on my Red card start? I was on the offer with the first year annual fee waived.
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Old Jun 4, 22, 9:15 pm
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Reward Miles and LPs are 2 different things

I had a trip cancelled and after a $740 refund my miles earned took a -2178 hit. I only spent $1,352 dollars this month so my statement closed .
Miles earned for this period zero so Barclays didn’t report any miles to American Airlines.

my statement reads miles earned with American -2178.
other non American purchases 1337

while I didn’t earn miles due to the refunded ticket my argument is that I should still earn 1,352 LPs for the $1,352 I spent this month. And Barclays should report 0 miles earned and 1,352 LPs earned instead of nothing at all . Am I right ? Should I still earn the LPs as Miles are not LPs ?
or even the -740 LPs from the ticket refund would still be 612. Is it right ? Any advice ? Not even worth arguing ?
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Old Jun 6, 22, 12:27 am
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Originally Posted by D3KingAmerican View Post
I had a trip cancelled and after a $740 refund my miles earned took a -2178 hit. I only spent $1,352 dollars this month so my statement closed .
Miles earned for this period zero so Barclays didn’t report any miles to American Airlines.

my statement reads miles earned with American -2178.
other non American purchases 1337

while I didn’t earn miles due to the refunded ticket my argument is that I should still earn 1,352 LPs for the $1,352 I spent this month. And Barclays should report 0 miles earned and 1,352 LPs earned instead of nothing at all . Am I right ? Should I still earn the LPs as Miles are not LPs ?
or even the -740 LPs from the ticket refund would still be 612. Is it right ? Any advice ? Not even worth arguing ?
My Barclay's miles always post Separately... Purchases, AA Purchases, aa bonus and hotel/car bonus. The breakdown is also listed on the statement, so the negative should only be in AA Purchases and bonus. I would reach out to Barclay's on that or if the breakout on your statement is correct reach out to AA and show them your statement.
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Old Jun 6, 22, 7:59 am
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Originally Posted by D3KingAmerican View Post
I had a trip cancelled and after a $740 refund my miles earned took a -2178 hit. I only spent $1,352 dollars this month so my statement closed .
Miles earned for this period zero so Barclays didn’t report any miles to American Airlines.

my statement reads miles earned with American -2178.
other non American purchases 1337

while I didn’t earn miles due to the refunded ticket my argument is that I should still earn 1,352 LPs for the $1,352 I spent this month. And Barclays should report 0 miles earned and 1,352 LPs earned instead of nothing at all . Am I right ? Should I still earn the LPs as Miles are not LPs ?
or even the -740 LPs from the ticket refund would still be 612. Is it right ? Any advice ? Not even worth arguing ?
I have a similar situation. Agents can see there's a discrepancy when I walk through it with them, however it still isn't reconciled properly, after two months of an open case file. Have spent easily 20-30 hours on it, including multiple calls.

I'll probably give up at this point because it's only ~ 300 LP hit for me. But it's still annoying. And always in the back of mind it's going to be a continuous problem when I have a negative AA balance for the month.
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Old Jun 6, 22, 8:50 am
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Originally Posted by cmtlatitudes View Post
I have a similar situation. Agents can see there's a discrepancy when I walk through it with them, however it still isn't reconciled properly, after two months of an open case file. Have spent easily 20-30 hours on it, including multiple calls.

I'll probably give up at this point because it's only ~ 300 LP hit for me. But it's still annoying. And always in the back of mind it's going to be a continuous problem when I have a negative AA balance for the month.
Thanks for the reply. Not worth the time. In the meantime I’m using citi Aadvantage this month as well to keep some LPs coming in.
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Old Jun 8, 22, 9:42 am
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Time to get AA miles from paying annual fee - Aviator Red

Hi All!

Approximately how long does it take for the 60k bonus to post to my AA account after I pay off the first purchase + annual fee? Thanks!
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Old Jun 8, 22, 11:01 am
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Originally Posted by Fertmd View Post
Hi All!

Approximately how long does it take for the 60k bonus to post to my AA account after I pay off the first purchase + annual fee? Thanks!
First, you have up to 90 days (but sometimes it's 120 days with some offers) on the fee, AND THEN "Please allow 4-6 weeks for bonus AAdvantage® miles to be deposited into your AAdvantage® Account after the qualifying purchase(s) have posted to your Card Account and your annual fee has been paid in full. This offer may be canceled at any time without notice."

Mine was much faster - it really depends on timing.
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Old Jun 8, 22, 11:24 am
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Ok! I plan on purchasing something on the day I get the card and paying it all same day. So hopefully I don't have to wait too long!
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Old Jun 9, 22, 4:17 pm
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I called Barclays and they got me in touch with American. It was good customer service. I refunded a $750 ticket last month and Barclays didn’t report anything because I earned 0 rewards miles but I told them since I still spent $1,300 dollars last month i should have still received 1,300 LPs as miles and LPs are 2 different things. A small amount of LPs but you never know down the road at the end of Feb next year if you’re going to be just shy of the next status. They are looking into it. Whatever.
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Old Jun 10, 22, 8:28 am
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As a datapoint: my $20k spend threshold was achieved on 05/03 and the 5k LPs posted to my account today (6/10). So just over 5 weeks (and under the 6-8 weeks published timeline).

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Old Jun 17, 22, 8:09 am
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I got an offer of 1000 LP after any purchase on my (basically unused) aviator red. The fine print says the account has to remain open to get the points. I guess this is a preemptive retention offer?

I also have the offer to upgrade to silver. I’m planning to cancel it anyway I think. I have the citi exec, and can’t think of any reason to keep an aviator open.
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Old Jun 19, 22, 10:39 am
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Bonus for upgrading to red?

Is there ever a bonus from Barclays for upgrading an Aviator Blue card to Red? I plan to do this for the checked bag, but the first flight where I need that isn't imminent.
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