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American Airlines AAdvantage is one of the few major loyalty programs (along with Marriott Bonvoy) to have cobranded credit cards from two separate issuers — in this case, Barclaycard and Citi. Citi recently raised the welcome bonus on two of its AAdvantage credit cards, and now, perhaps in honor of Small Business Week, Barclaycard is offering a great increased bonus on the Barclaycard AAdvantage Aviator Business Mastercard.
For a limited time only, new applicants can earn up to 75,000 bonus AAdvantage miles, worth $1,050 based on TPG’s latest valuations.
The bonus is broken into two tiers, with the first 65,000 miles being awarded after you spend $1,000 in the first 90 days and the last 10,000 miles being awarded after you add an employee card within the first 30 days and make a single purchase on an employee card within the first 90 days. The previous bonus offer was for 60,000 miles after making a single purchase (of any amount) and paying the card’s $95 annual fee, so this offer is clearly an improvement even though it now requires $1,000 in spending.
With the Aviator Business Mastercard, you’ll earn 2 AAdvantage miles per dollar spent with American Airlines and at eligible office supply, telecom and car rental merchants. The card earns 1 mile per dollar everywhere else. Depending on how much you spend each year on the card, you might be able to fully offset the annual fee thanks to the 5% annual mileage bonus.
High-spending businesses will enjoy receiving a companion certificate each year after spending $30,000, and $3,000 Elite Qualifying Dollars toward AAdvantage elite status after spending $25,000 a year. You’ll also enjoy a free checked bag for you and up to four companions when traveling on domestic AA itineraries, preferred boarding and 25% inflight savings.
While Barclaycard hasn’t put a formal end date on this offer, it’s clear that this elevated bonus won’t be around forever. If you’re looking to stock up on AAdvantage miles for a great partner redemption on Etihad, Cathay Pacific or Japan Airlines (and get free cards for your employees in the process), this might be the perfect card for you.
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NEW INCREASED OFFER: 60,000 Points
TPG'S BONUS VALUATION*: $1,200
CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 2X points on all travel and dining, points transferrable to over a dozen travel partners
*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.
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