Elevated 50,000-Mile Sign-Up Bonus on the AAdvantage Aviator Red Card

Jun 1, 2017

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Good news if you’re looking to earn some bonus American Airlines AAdvantage miles: the Barclaycard AAdvantage Aviator Red World Elite Mastercard is offering an increased sign-up bonus. With this increased offer, you’ll earn 50,000 bonus miles after you make a purchase within the first 90 days of card opening and pay the card’s $95 annual fee.

With the Aviator Red card, you’ll earn 2x miles on American Airlines purchases and 1x miles on all other purchases. As far as benefits go, you’ll get your first checked bag for free for yourself as the primary cardholder and up to four companions when traveling on domestic itineraries operated by AA. In addition, you’ll get preferred boarding on domestic routes operated by AA, 25% in-flight savings on food and beverages, you’ll earn 10% of your redeemed miles back and there are no foreign transaction fees. Plus, you’ll earn $3,000 elite-qualifying dollars (EQDs) when you spend $25,000 in a calendar year.

The card was closed for new applicants in 2015 when American Airlines and US Airways merged. Back in December 2016, however, the card opened its applications back up to new customers both in-flight and online. When the card re-launched last year, the sign-up bonus was 40,000 miles after you made your first purchase in the first 90 days and paid the $95 annual fee. Now, for the first time, that offer has increased to its current level of 50,000 bonus miles.

Based on TPG’s most recent valuations, those 50,000 AAdvantage miles are worth $700. If you’re looking for some bonus AAdvantage miles, this card could be worth signing up for. There’s no indication how long this increased sign-up bonus will be around (or if it’s permanent), so it’ll be better to act sooner rather than later.

The All-New United Quest℠ Card

WELCOME OFFER: Up to 100,000 bonus miles

TPG'S BONUS VALUATION*: $1,040

CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 3X miles on United® purchases

*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 80K bonus miles after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open. Plus, an additional 20K bonus miles after you spend $10,000 in the first 6 months
  • $250 Annual Fee
  • Earn 3X miles on United® purchases, 2X miles at restaurants, on select streaming services & all other travel, 1X on all other purchases
  • Earn 3X miles on United Airlines purchases
  • Earn 2X miles at restaurants and on select streaming services
  • Earn 2X miles on all other travel
  • Earn 1X mile on all other purchases
  • Each year, receive a $125 credit on United® purchases and two 5k-mile anniversary award flight credits. Terms apply.
Regular APR
16.49% to 23.49% Variable
Annual Fee
$250
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit
Excellent, Good

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