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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 Jun 19, 22, 11:07 am
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Originally Posted by kochleffel View Post
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.
​​​​​​No.
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Old Jun 20, 22, 12:11 pm
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Originally Posted by murphy View Post
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.
I got 1,500 on the Silver.
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Old Jun 23, 22, 6:25 pm
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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.
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Old Jun 23, 22, 6:31 pm
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Spend YTD on red transferring to silver once offer arrives

Just read an exciting post re: the YTD spend moving to the silver card so won’t have to start from scratch once the silver upgrade goes through. A few questions:

1. Has anyone had silver before, canceled and then got red again and then waited for and accepted the silver offer (we are around 8 months into the 12 months wait for silver the second time around)
2. Has anyone got up to 50k spend on the red and then transfered to silver and got the 15k loyalty points? How about say 25k spend… do you get the 5k loyalty points upon switching to silver
3. Is it better to spend around $19k and then transfer to silver?
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Old Jun 23, 22, 8:34 pm
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Companion Certificate Earned as Red Canceled on Upgrade to Silver?

I got the invite to upgrade from an Aviator Red cars to Silver. The upgrade details state "When you upgrade your account to the AAdvantage® Aviator® Silver World Elite Mastercard®, you will no longer be eligible to receive benefits associated with your current AAdvantage® Aviator® Mastercard® account."

I earned 1 Anniversary Companion Certificate for keeping my Red account open for a year. Will this Certificate for this year disappear if I accept the Silver upgrade?
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Old Jun 25, 22, 11:58 pm
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Does Barclays make any exception to the companion certificate program?
If we are shy of the annual 20k spend by a few hundred $ for the certificate, would they make an exception and give it? or is the 20k spend enforced strictly?
TIA for your replies.
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Old Jun 26, 22, 8:54 am
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Originally Posted by mrahul View Post
Does Barclays make any exception to the companion certificate program?
If we are shy of the annual 20k spend by a few hundred $ for the certificate, would they make an exception and give it? or is the 20k spend enforced strictly?
TIA for your replies.
No they will not make an exception- if you will be just a few hundred short and need ideas for some spend, I’d suggest prepaying for utilities/cable-Internet/cell phone bill.
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Old Jun 27, 22, 8:52 pm
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Thank you for your reply.
My spending was short by a few hundred and I realized it now after the anniversary year. So, unless they make an exception I can't over pay utilities.
Looks like I am out of luck if they don't make exceptions.
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Old Jun 27, 22, 9:05 pm
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Originally Posted by dw View Post
No they will not make an exception- if you will be just a few hundred short and need ideas for some spend, I’d suggest prepaying for utilities/cable-Internet/cell phone bill.
Overpay your taxes with a 1040ES. You'll get it back - eventually.
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