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Barclaycard AAdvantage® AviatorTM Silver World Elite MasterCard® Companion Certificate
Earn a companion certificate good for up to 2 guests at $99 each, issued annually after your account anniversary when you spend $30,000 or more in purchases (taxes and fees apply).

FAQ: AAdvantage® AviatorTM Silver Companion Certificate


Link to Barclaycard Aviator Silver Terms and Conditions.

American Airlines Companion Certificate

You will earn a domestic economy fare American Airlines Companion Certificate (the "Companion Certificate") redeemable for up to two companion tickets at $99 each (plus taxes and fees) provided that: (1) $30,000 or more in eligible Net Purchases are made with your Account during the card membership year (each 12 month period through and including the account anniversary month) and (2) your Account remains open for at least 45 days after the anniversary date. Please allow 8-10 weeks for delivery of the Companion Certificate. When used according to its terms, you will pay a $99 companion ticket fee plus $21.60 to $43.20 in government taxes and fees, depending on itinerary, for each (up to two) round trip qualifying domestic economy fare ticket for a companion when an individual round trip qualifying domestic economy fare ticket is purchased and redeemed through American Airlines Meeting Services. Travel must be booked and purchased in select economy inventory. The Companion Certificate will be valid one year from issue and is valid for travel on flights within the 48 contiguous United States on flights marketed and operated by American Airlines, or on flights marketed by American Airlines and operated by Envoy Air Inc., SkyWest Airlines, Inc., or ExpressJet Airlines, Inc. For residents of Alaska and Hawaii, the Companion Certificate is valid for round-trip travel originating in either of those two states and continuing to the 48 contiguous United States. Applicable terms and conditions are subject to change without notice. Details, terms and conditions, certain restrictions, and restricted dates apply and will be disclosed on the Companion Certificate.
Link to aa.com Barclays Aviator Silver information.

How do I earn a companion certificate?
You will earn a domestic economy fare American Airlines Companion Certificate redeemable for up to two companion tickets at $99 each, plus taxes and fees, when you spend $30,000 or more on eligible purchases on your AAdvantage® AviatorTM Silver MasterCard® during your cardmembership year (each 12-month period prior to your anniversary date) and your account remains open for at least 45 days after your anniversary.

Are there restrictions on the use of the companion certificate?
When used according to its terms, you will pay a $99 companion ticket fee plus $21.60 to $43.20 in government taxes and fees, depending on itinerary, for each (up to two) round trip qualifying domestic economy fare ticket for a companion when an individual round trip qualifying domestic economy fare ticket is purchased and redeemed through American Airlines Meeting Services. Travel must be booked and purchased in select economy inventory.

How long is my companion certificate valid?
The companion certificate will be valid one year from issue.

On which airlines can I use the companion certificate?
The companion certificate is valid for travel on flights within the 48 contiguous United States on flights marketed and operated by American Airlines, or on flights marketed by American Airlines and operated by Envoy Air Inc., SkyWest Airlines, Inc., or ExpressJet Airlines, Inc. For residents of Alaska and Hawaii, the Companion Certificate is valid for round-trip travel originating in either of those two states and continuing to the 48 contiguous United States.

When will I receive my companion certificate?
Once you have met the purchase requirement and your account has been open at least 45 days after your anniversary, you can expect to receive your companion certificate in 8-12 weeks.

FULL T&Cs:
This certificate entitles the AAdvantage® Aviator™ Silver World Elite MasterCard® cardmember named above to pay $99 for the ticketing fee, plus $21.60 to $43.20 in government taxes and fees based on itinerary, for each round trip qualifying economy fare ticket for up to two companions when an individual round trip qualifying economy fare ticket is purchased by and for the primary cardmember using the Addvantage® Aviator™ Silver World Elite MasterCard®. Passenger is responsible for all applicable taxes, fees and charges in association with companion travel.

This certificate must be surrendered when the ticket is purchased. Redemption is limited to one certificate per passenger. This certificate is nontransferable and may be used only by the cardmember named on the certificate. If the certificate is tendered in connection with a wholly unused ticket, any applicable penalties shall apply. The current fare and all applicable rules shall apply to the new ticket. The certificate must be redeemed and all travel completed by midnight of the Travel Expiration Date printed on the front of this certificate.

This certificate may not be combined with any other specials or promotional fare offer, discount, certificate, coupon, Senior Citizen discount or AAdvantage® award for the purchase of a ticket. When available, short-term promotional fares may provide a lower cost for your trip than the use of this certificate.

No upgrades will be allowed on tickets issued using this certificate.

Reservations are subject to availability at the time reservations are made. Reservations may be made and this certificate redeemed at any American Airlines or American Eagle® ticketing location or by calling American Airlines Meeting Services.

A ticket purchased with this certificate must conform to the advance purchase rules of the applicable fare used or be purchased at least 14 days prior to departure, whichever is the most restrictive. All terms and conditions applicable to the excursion fare ticket purchased apply to both the fare paid ticket and the companion ticket. Both tickets must be issued for the same flights and dates by the same location at the same time. If purchased tickets are wholly or partially refunded, the certificate will not be replaced and no refund will apply to the companion ticket.

This certificate is valid for travel as referenced on the front of this certificate to destinations served by American Airlines, American Eagle® and the AmericanConnection® carrier, both at the time of certificate redemption and ticket usage. The individual using the companion ticket will not earn AAdvantage® miles on these flight segments. Certificate not valid on flights marketed as American Airlines online service but operated by other airlines under a codeshare agreement.

Unless otherwise indicated, all amounts shown are in USD. Fares do not include (a) a federal excise tax of up to $3.50 per U.S. domestic flight segment of a passenger's itinerary, a flight segment is defined as one takeoff and landing, (b) up to $18 per round trip in local airport Passenger Facility Charges, and (c) September 11th Security Fee of $2.50 per enplanement originating at a U.S. airport, up to $5 per one way or $10 per round trip. Taxes are subject to change. Redemption of the certificate applies only to bookings made by phone through American Airlines Meeting Services or through airport or city ticket offices.

This certificate is not redeemable for cash and has no value except when redeemed in accordance with these terms and conditions. Lost, stolen, destroyed or expired certificates will not be replaced. This certificate is void if sold for cash or other considerations. It is also void if altered, counterfeited, obtained or used improperly, or where prohibited by law.

These terms and conditions cannot be changed by any statement or representation of any unauthorized person, including employees of American Airlines, Inc., Barclaycard, and Barclays Bank Delaware.

For residents of Hawaii only, valid for round trip travel originating in Hawaii and continuing to the 48 contiguous United States.

For residents of Alaska only, valid for round trip travel originating in Alaska and continuing to the 48 contiguous United States.

RESERVATIONS/TICKETING/REPORTING INFORMATION

Reservations must be booked in L, M, N, Q, S, V, G or O inventory.

2019 Travel Embargo dates: Jan 1-3; Feb 15-19; Mar 8-11, 15-18, 22-25; May 24-28; Jun 28-30; Jul 1-7; Nov 27-30; Dec 1-2, 14-23, 27-31

2020 Travel Embargo dates: Jan 1-3; Feb 14-18; Mar 6-9, 13-16, 20-23; May 22-26; Jun 30; Jul 1-6; Nov 25-30; Dec 12-23, 27-31

Both the fare-paying passenger and the companion(s) must be booked in the same booking code on the same itinerary.

Certificate must be attached to auditors coupon and is valid only for using American Airlines ticket validation (001).
Updated 27 Jan 2016 - taxicabnumber
Updated 04 Jan 2017 - aschuett (Added 2017 embargo dates per moonwoo)
Updated 06 Jun 2019 - thorofare (deleted prior year embargo dates; added 2019-20 embargo dates)
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Old Jan 26, 16, 5:15 pm
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Barclays AAdvantage Aviator Silver Card - Companion Certificate

Has anyone received the companion certificate from Barclay's yet for people with a Silver card? If so, could you please post the associated rules with the certificate and how long they give you before expiration?

Much appreciated!
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Old Jan 26, 16, 5:40 pm
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Originally Posted by GNRMatt View Post
Has anyone received the companion certificate from Barclay's yet for people with a Silver card? If so, could you please post the associated rules with the certificate and how long they give you before expiration?

Much appreciated!
I earned one a couple of months ago - but still waiting for it. You can check status on the Barclay site. Mine showed to be processed Feb 18th, and that was 3 months ago.

It is supposed to be good for one year (from issue date I believe).
Good for US domestic travel but with some black out dates. Works at any fare for first ticket, is $99 + about $50 in taxes (varies by ticket). You can get 2 $99 tickets on the same PNR as base ticket.
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Old Jan 26, 16, 6:41 pm
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Originally Posted by cova View Post
I earned one a couple of months ago - but still waiting for it. You can check status on the Barclay site. Mine showed to be processed Feb 18th, and that was 3 months ago.

It is supposed to be good for one year (from issue date I believe).
Good for US domestic travel but with some black out dates. Works at any fare for first ticket, is $99 + about $50 in taxes (varies by ticket). You can get 2 $99 tickets on the same PNR as base ticket.
Mine won't be available until April, so I was hoping someone who gets it earlier could post the restrictions, including the black out dates. That way I can plan accordingly.
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Old Jan 26, 16, 7:30 pm
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Companion certificates were discontinued. There are several threads about this. They all had to be used by sometime in December 2015, and they won't be sending out any more.

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Old Jan 26, 16, 8:33 pm
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Originally Posted by Mykle View Post
Companion certificates were discontinued. There are several threads about this. They all had to be used by sometime in December 2015, and they won't be sending out any more.
This is 100% untrue. If you upgraded to a Silver card, you still get a Companion Certificate if you spend $30K/year.
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Old Jan 26, 16, 8:47 pm
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Originally Posted by Mykle View Post
Companion certificates were discontinued. There are several threads about this. They all had to be used by sometime in December 2015, and they won't be sending out any more.
Please read the current information (or use the link) in the wikipost.
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Old Jan 26, 16, 8:58 pm
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What I'm most worried about is "Travel must be booked and purchased in select economy inventory." Does this end up meaning that discount economy tickets end up not being eligible? With US Airways, any economy fare that was publicly available was good for the companion certificate. I'm hoping that doesn't change.
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Old Jan 26, 16, 11:35 pm
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I've received the certificate on my fiancee's account. Her account anniversary is in October; she received the certificate two weeks ago; and travel must be booked and flown by 12/31/2016.

T&Cs:
This certificate entitles the AAdvantage® Aviator™ Silver World Elite MasterCard® cardmember named above to pay $99 for the ticketing fee, plus $21.60 to $43.20 in government taxes and fees based on itinerary, for each round trip qualifying economy fare ticket for up to two companions when an individual round trip qualifying economy fare ticket is purchased by and for the primary cardmember using the Addvantage® Aviator™ Silver World Elite MasterCard®. Passenger is responsible for all applicable taxes, fees and charges in association with companion travel.

This certificate must be surrendered when the ticket is purchased. Redemption is limited to one certificate per passenger. This certificate is nontransferable and may be used only by the cardmember named on the certificate. If the certificate is tendered in connection with a wholly unused ticket, any applicable penalties shall apply. The current fare and all applicable rules shall apply to the new ticket. The certificate must be redeemed and all travel completed by midnight of the Travel Expiration Date printed on the front of this certificate.

This certificate may not be combined with any other specials or promotional fare offer, discount, certificate, coupon, Senior Citizen discount or AAdvantage® award for the purchase of a ticket. When available, short-term promotional fares may provide a lower cost for your trip than the use of this certificate.

No upgrades will be allowed on tickets issued using this certificate.

Reservations are subject to availability at the time reservations are made. Reservations may be made and this certificate redeemed at any American Airlines or American Eagle® ticketing location or by calling American Airlines Meeting Services.

A ticket purchased with this certificate must conform to the advance purchase rules of the applicable fare used or be purchased at least 14 days prior to departure, whichever is the most restrictive. All terms and conditions applicable to the excursion fare ticket purchased apply to both the fare paid ticket and the companion ticket. Both tickets must be issued for the same flights and dates by the same location at the same time. If purchased tickets are wholly or partially refunded, the certificate will not be replaced and no refund will apply to the companion ticket.

This certificate is valid for travel as referenced on the front of this certificate to destinations served by American Airlines, American Eagle® and the AmericanConnection® carrier, both at the time of certificate redemption and ticket usage. The individual using the companion ticket will not earn AAdvantage® miles on these flight segments. Certificate not valid on flights marketed as American Airlines online service but operated by other airlines under a codeshare agreement.

Unless otherwise indicated, all amounts shown are in USD. Fares do not include (a) a federal excise tax of up to $3.50 per U.S. domestic flight segment of a passenger's itinerary, a flight segment is defined as one takeoff and landing, (b) up to $18 per round trip in local airport Passenger Facility Charges, and (c) September 11th Security Fee of $2.50 per enplanement originating at a U.S. airport, up to $5 per one way or $10 per round trip. Taxes are subject to change. Redemption of the certificate applies only to bookings made by phone through American Airlines Meeting Services or through airport or city ticket offices.

This certificate is not redeemable for cash and has no value except when redeemed in accordance with these terms and conditions. Lost, stolen, destroyed or expired certificates will not be replaced. This certificate is void if sold for cash or other considerations. It is also void if altered, counterfeited, obtained or used improperly, or where prohibited by law.

These terms and conditions cannot be changed by any statement or representation of any unauthorized person, including employees of American Airlines, Inc., Barclaycard, and Barclays Bank Delaware.

For residents of Hawaii only, valid for round trip travel originating in Hawaii and continuing to the 48 contiguous United States.

For residents of Alaska only, valid for round trip travel originating in Alaska and continuing to the 48 contiguous United States.

RESERVATIONS/TICKETING/REPORTING INFORMATION

Reservations must be booked in L, M, N, Q, S, H, W, V, G or O inventory.

2015 Travel Embargo dates: July 2-6; Sept 3-7; Oct 8-12; Nov 19-Dec 1; Dec 17-31

2016 Travel Embargo dates: Jan 1-4; Feb 12-15; Mar 11-14, 18-20, 25-28; May 27-31; Jul 1-3; Sept 1-5; Nov 22-27; Dec 17-31

Both the fare-paying passenger and the companion(s) must be booked in the same booking code on the same itinerary.

Certificate must be attached to auditors coupon and is valid only for using American Airlines ticket validation (001).
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Old Jan 27, 16, 5:19 am
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I wish Barclays would have made clear from the start that no upgrades were going to be available and that the companion tickets will not earn miles. Prior to the merger, you could get upgraded on US. Airways (without using the AA 500 mile upgrades) and companions earned miles. I am not sure this perk is really worth spending $30,000 and paying the annual fee.
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Old Jan 27, 16, 5:59 am
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Barclay's AAdvantage Aviator Silver Card - Companion Certificate

Agreed. You could also use miles to upgrade. In addition, there are more blackout dates. For Thanksgiving and Christmas, you could travel on offpeak dates. Now it's all blocked. Still of use, but "enhanced."

At least the terms are clear up front. Last year they took away the ability to upgrade without any notice or disclosure.
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Old Jan 27, 16, 6:13 am
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The inability to upgrade or earn miles for the companion is definitely very disappointing.
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Old Jan 27, 16, 6:25 am
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Actually, I was able to upgrade on two different companion tickets last year. For one of them, I was told AA could not do it so I hung up and called again this time with success. It was obvious that this merger would result in less perks and higher costs. The mergers of the legacy airlines has taken away a lot of competition for customers. The old Barclays credit cards were terrific. I do not begrudge the airlines for finally making money but I miss my perks.
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Old Jan 27, 16, 12:02 pm
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Actually, I was able to upgrade on two different companion tickets last year. For one of them, I was told AA could not do it so I hung up and called again this time with success. It was obvious that this merger would result in less perks and higher costs. The mergers of the legacy airlines has taken away a lot of competition for customers. The old Barclays credit cards were terrific. I do not begrudge the airlines for finally making money but I miss my perks.
Was this one of the old US companion certs? On those, everyone could earn miles, upgrade, etc. I miss those certs.

Has anyone flown on the new certs yet? I'm guessing they'll work similar to the ones that come with (e.g.) the CitiBusiness AAdv card, although I don't have one of those so I'm not sure how those work in practice either. We're not planning on using my fiancee's for a while -- she'll be my wife before we actually use them! -- so I'd be interested to hear how these work in practice.
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Old Jan 27, 16, 12:10 pm
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Originally Posted by GNRMatt View Post
The inability to upgrade or earn miles for the companion is definitely very disappointing.
These conditions make the certificate useless. I'm not going to push my spending to $30k by the deadline. It's infinitely worse than the AS companion certificate and much worse than the US certificate, which came without any spending requirement and yet I didn't use it last year.
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Old Jan 27, 16, 12:10 pm
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"Was this one of the old US companion certs?"

Yes. I am not crazy about the new American.
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