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AAdvantage Aviator Silver and Red Cards from BarclayCard

NOTE: The BarclayCard US Airways (now renamed Aviator) credit cards were offered to US Airways Dividend Miles members and "grandfathered in" to the AAdvantage program.

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)

[U]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."

Both cards will offer spend offsets to the required Elite Qualifying Dollar spend in 2017.[/B]

Spend $25,000 or more on a Barclaycard-issued American AAdvantage Aviator Red credit card and earn 3,000 EQD.

Spend $25,000 on a Barclaycard-issued AAdvantage Aviator Silver credit card and earn an additional 3,000 EQD - a second $25,000 spend will earn another 3,000 EQD.

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.
Where can I see information on all four Barclays AA cards?
https://www.barclaycardus.com/servicing/aviator
https://www.barclaycardus.com/servicing/blue
https://www.barclaycardus.com/servicing/red
https://www.barclaycardus.com/servicing/silver


(These links no longer work, and it is not clear that anything other than Red and Silver exist anymore.)
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Old Oct 20, 17, 12:02 pm
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Originally Posted by pkr529 View Post
It is for the second companion certificate. The $195 annual fee works for me since I bring two companions.
I get it. I have the DL AMEX PLT card the same fee, but no spend to the companion pass.
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Old Oct 20, 17, 1:42 pm
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Originally Posted by jimmyz1 View Post
I recently did this- for me the total spend across both red and silver counted toward eqd and eqm. good luck!
For me as well. My total spend across both (got red in February, silver a few months ago) was counted. I verified this with an agent on the phone before accepting the upgrade offer. Most sample data on here indicates the same experience.
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Old Oct 21, 17, 9:45 am
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Has anyone ever tried to time the EQD to carry into the next year?

I spent $40k on silver for the 10k EQM. I don't need any additional EQD this year.

Let's say I wait until 12/29 to spend the dollar that puts me over $50k. Is there any hope it will take a couple of days and the EQD will post toward the 2018 qualification year?
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Old Oct 21, 17, 10:47 am
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This is precisely my strategy, as I've already qualified for this year and am interested in starting the new year out right.
Originally Posted by lkar View Post
Has anyone ever tried to time the EQD to carry into the next year?

I spent $40k on silver for the 10k EQM. I don't need any additional EQD this year.

Let's say I wait until 12/29 to spend the dollar that puts me over $50k. Is there any hope it will take a couple of days and the EQD will post toward the 2018 qualification year?
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Old Oct 27, 17, 2:38 pm
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Originally Posted by lkar View Post
Has anyone ever tried to time the EQD to carry into the next year?

I spent $40k on silver for the 10k EQM. I don't need any additional EQD this year.

Let's say I wait until 12/29 to spend the dollar that puts me over $50k. Is there any hope it will take a couple of days and the EQD will post toward the 2018 qualification year?
Did you already spend the dollar that put you over $25k? When and how did it post? That would be the first data point.

There's also bound to be a little bit of strategy here, since EQD contribute to your upgrade priority, and they are rolling 365-day totals.
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Old Oct 27, 17, 2:47 pm
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Originally Posted by janetdoe View Post
Did you already spend the dollar that put you over $25k? When and how did it post? That would be the first data point.

There's also bound to be a little bit of strategy here, since EQD contribute to your upgrade priority, and they are rolling 365-day totals.
Looking at the AA website for the Aviator Red...

Earn $3,000 Elite Qualifying Dollars when you spend $25,000 on purchases each calendar year

Earn a $100 American Airlines Flight Discount when you spend $30,000 or more in Purchases on your Account during your cardmembership year and your account remains open for at least 45 days after your anniversary date

I think that pretty clearly says calendar year so I do not think your strategy would work if your last dollar posts in January.
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Old Oct 27, 17, 3:20 pm
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Originally Posted by janetdoe View Post
Did you already spend the dollar that put you over $25k? When and how did it post? That would be the first data point.

There's also bound to be a little bit of strategy here, since EQD contribute to your upgrade priority, and they are rolling 365-day totals.
Fantastic question! Ok, I looked everything up to get the datapoints. Here they are for what they are worth for anyone else trying to time things out and of course YMMV.

1/14 Spent 20,000th dollar
1/16 Transaction posted for 20k dollar
2/3 5K EQM post on AA
2/15 Statement closes and award miles post to AA

5/17 Spent 25,000th dollar
5/18 Transaction posted for 25k dollar
6/8 3k EQD post to AA
6/15 statement closes and award miles post to AA

8/29 Spent 40,000th dollar
8/30 Transaction posted for 40k dollar
9/8 5k EQM post to AA
9/15 statement closes and award miles post to AA

Last edited by lkar; Nov 20, 17 at 1:07 pm
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Old Oct 27, 17, 5:41 pm
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Does cash in advance count as spend for the 25K to get 3EQD?
I have over 25K counting some cash in advance and a little less than 25K if they don't count
I check on the website "spending analyzer" is over 25K and "rewards activity" less than 25K
I will probably spend more next week, so it is not a big deal, but i am curious
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Old Oct 27, 17, 8:03 pm
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Originally Posted by GIGMIACDG View Post
Does cash in advance count as spend for the 25K to get 3EQD?
I have over 25K counting some cash in advance and a little less than 25K if they don't count
I check on the website "spending analyzer" is over 25K and "rewards activity" less than 25K
I will probably spend more next week, so it is not a big deal, but i am curious
Best Regards
Cash advances never earn miles/points at any credit card, don't count toward signup bonuses on any credit card, so I don't see why cash advances would count toward any other so-called "spend" bonus.

Stop using the word spend (as a noun)! Read the T&Cs. They probably say "purchases", not "spend", and "purchases" is defined as being the opposite of "cash advances".

So I bet you're only confused because you changed the word from "purchases" to "spend".
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Old Oct 27, 17, 8:17 pm
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Originally Posted by sdsearch View Post
Cash advances never earn miles/points at any credit card, don't count toward signup bonuses on any credit card, so I don't see why cash advances would count toward any other so-called "spend" bonus.

Stop using the word spend (as a noun)! Read the T&Cs. They probably say "purchases", not "spend", and "purchases" is defined as being the opposite of "cash advances".

So I bet you're only confused because you changed the word from "purchases" to "spend".
or maybe because as most part of the world i am not american and sometimes i can get confused by simple english grammar.. But thanks! you have made it clear to me now
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Old Oct 28, 17, 11:50 pm
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Originally Posted by GIGMIACDG View Post
or maybe because as most part of the world i am not american and sometimes i can get confused by simple english grammar.. But thanks! you have made it clear to me now
There's nothing "simple" about english grammar.
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Old Oct 29, 17, 1:43 am
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I kind of have been thinking the same thing. I soooe to some Barclays folks. And someone at AAdvantage who got me the following.

“...we are planning on doing a sweep at the beginning of January for both EQD and EQM milestones attainment in 2017. Our understanding is that while it is posted to your account in early 2018 it will be dated on the counters for 2017 and should update on the American Program as a milestone hit in 2017...”


Originally Posted by lkar View Post
Has anyone ever tried to time the EQD to carry into the next year?

I spent $40k on silver for the 10k EQM. I don't need any additional EQD this year.

Let's say I wait until 12/29 to spend the dollar that puts me over $50k. Is there any hope it will take a couple of days and the EQD will post toward the 2018 qualification year?
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Old Oct 29, 17, 1:49 am
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No. read the terms.

Originally Posted by GIGMIACDG View Post
Does cash in advance count as spend for the 25K to get 3EQD?
I have over 25K counting some cash in advance and a little less than 25K if they don't count
I check on the website "spending analyzer" is over 25K and "rewards activity" less than 25K
I will probably spend more next week, so it is not a big deal, but i am curious
Best Regards
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Old Oct 31, 17, 11:24 am
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Just upgraded from Red to Silver; the letter from Barclay declared that this happened on October 24. When I log onto web site picture of card is now Silver instead of Red. The letter stating terms of my upgrade also stated that I would receive a new card to replace my Aviator Red card. It's been a week, no news, so two questions:

1. Does my current card earn at the Red rate or Silver rate? The letter said my credit card number and expiration date would not change, but didn't say anything about the 3 digit code on back of card. If I buy an AA plane ticket today would I get 2x or 3x?

2. For those of you that upgraded to Silver how long did it take to receive your card?

Thanks.
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Old Oct 31, 17, 11:37 am
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Originally Posted by pubsmeister View Post
Just upgraded from Red to Silver; the letter from Barclay declared that this happened on October 24. When I log onto web site picture of card is now Silver instead of Red. The letter stating terms of my upgrade also stated that I would receive a new card to replace my Aviator Red card. It's been a week, no news, so two questions:

1. Does my current card earn at the Red rate or Silver rate? The letter said my credit card number and expiration date would not change, but didn't say anything about the 3 digit code on back of card. If I buy an AA plane ticket today would I get 2x or 3x?

2. For those of you that upgraded to Silver how long did it take to receive your card?

Thanks.
They aren't among the fastest with shipping the new cards, but your Red now works as Silver.
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