Will the AAdvantage Aviator Card Have a Sign-Up Bonus?

Apr 12, 2015

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TPG reader Treavor had this question:

“I got the US Airways MasterCard for the sign-up bonus, but I never fly US Airways/American – only United and Delta. Should I get rid of the card before it switches over to the Aviator Silver so that I can get a sign-up bonus for the Aviator cards when they finally have one?”

Unfortunately there will most likely never be a sign-up bonus for any of the AAdvantage Aviator cards, because Barclaycard is no longer accepting applications for new cardholders. Your only option for getting one is to convert from the Barclaycard US Airways Premier World MasterCard, which is no longer available. Since the US Airways Dividend Miles program no longer exists, and Citi has a monopoly on co-branded AAdvantage cards, Barclaycard can’t actively recruit new customers.

The Aviator Silver card most likely won’t offer a bonus.

The only way I see things changing is if Barclaycard is able to take the AAdvantage credit card portfolio off Citi’s hands. I find that highly unlikely, but stranger things have happened. Barclaycard is a powerful, growing force and perhaps someday will oust Citi, but I don’t see it happening anytime soon.

Basically, Barclaycard is not allowed to solicit new cardholders right now, and if you cancel your US Airways card, you won’t be able to apply for a new Aviator Silver card. I would recommend canceling the card if you don’t plan on using the benefits (like the mileage rebate and companion certificates), but don’t cancel it in hopes of getting a sign-up bonus in the future, because I doubt that will happen.

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