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Targeted: Earn bonus American miles for spending on Aviator cards

Oct. 25, 2022
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Editor’s note: This post has been updated with new information.

If you’re a Barclays AAdvantage Aviator cardholder, check your email (or online account) for a new bonus opportunity. Multiple TPG staff members report receiving emails with limited-time spending offers on their AAdvantage® Aviator® Silver World Elite Mastercard® or AAdvantage® Aviator® Red World Elite Mastercard® credit cards.

The promotion is inside an email with the subject line, “Enroll today to earn big bonus rewards,” and it offers the opportunity to earn an additional 5 miles per dollar on grocery, drugstore and restaurant purchases (up to a maximum of 3,500 miles) from October 21 through January 19.

If you receive this offer, you must enroll by December 5.

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The information for the AAdvantage Aviator Silver and Red cards has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

About the offer

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As noted above, eligible cardholders can earn 5 additional miles for grocery, drugstore and restaurant purchases from October 21 through January 19 (up to 3,500 bonus miles). This limit means that the bonus is available on up to $700 in spending during the promotional period.

The bonus miles from this offer are in addition to the miles you already earn on your Aviator card. Aviator Red cardholders earn 2 miles per dollar on eligible American Airlines purchases and 1 mile on all other purchases. Meanwhile, Aviator Silver cardholders earn 3 miles per dollar on eligible American Airlines purchases, 2 miles per dollar on hotels and car rentals and 1 mile on all other purchases. (Note that the Aviator Silver card is only available by upgrading from an Aviator Red.)

This offer provides a good opportunity to shift some of your spending to your Aviator card and receive bonus AAdvantage miles, especially for those everyday purchases that typically only receive one mile per dollar. The 3,500 bonus miles you can earn from this promotion are worth around $62, according to TPG’s latest valuation.

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Credit card spending also counts toward American’s Loyalty Points for elite status. However, this only applies to base miles earned on AA cards. As a result, you’ll still earn just one Loyalty Point per dollar spent with this bonus offer.

The terms suggest this is a targeted promotion, as it says the offer is for “select cardmembers and is not transferable.” And some TPG staffers with Aviator cards do not appear to be eligible.

How to enroll

Click the “Enroll today” button from your email. This will take you to log in to your Barclays account.

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Once you’re logged in, you’ll check the box to enroll and click “Submit.”

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The next screen is a thank-you message with confirmation that you’ve successfully enrolled.

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If you did not receive the email, you can try logging in to your Aviator account and navigating to the Offers tab at the top. However, if you’re not targeted, your account will look like that of TPG director of content Nick Ewen:

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It’s also worth checking other Barclays cards to see if the bonus offer extends to those. One TPG staffer received an offer on his JetBlue Plus Card to earn an additional 3 points per dollar on grocery, drugstore and restaurant purchases, up to $1,200.

The information for the JetBlue Plus Card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Bottom line

If you’ve been targeted to receive bonus points or miles on any of your Barclays cards, you may want to go ahead and enroll — even if you don’t immediately plan to make qualifying purchases. Although the promotion goes until January 19, enrollment ends December 5, so you don’t want to forget and fail to have your purchases earn the 5 bonus points or miles.

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Best for the well-traveled foodie
TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
4 / 5
Go to review

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4XEarn 4X Membership Rewards® Points at Restaurants, plus takeout and delivery in the U.S.
4XEarn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per calendar year in purchases, then 1X).
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    Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $4,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 6 months of Card Membership.

    60,000 bonus points
  • Annual Fee

    $250
  • Recommended Credit
    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    670-850
    Excellent/Good

Why We Chose It

There's a lot to love about the Amex Gold card. It's been a fan favorite during the pandemic because of its fantastic rewards rate on restaurants (that includes takeout and delivery in the U.S.!) and U.S. supermarkets. If you're hitting the skies soon, you'll also earn bonus points on travel. Paired with up to $120 in Uber Cash (for U.S. Uber rides or Uber Eats orders) and up to $120 in annual dining statement credits at eligible partners, there's no reason that the foodie shouldn't add this card to their wallet. Enrollment required.

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  • 4x on dining at restaurants and U.S. supermarkets (on the first $25,000 in purchases per calendar year; then 1x)
  • 3x on flights booked directly with the airline or with Amex Travel
  • Welcome bonus of 60,000 points after spending $4,000 in the first six months

Cons

  • Weak on travel outside of flights and everyday spending bonus categories
  • Not as useful for those living outside the U.S.
  • Some may have trouble using Uber/food credits
  • Few travel perks and protections
  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $4,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 6 months of Card Membership.
  • Earn 4X Membership Rewards® Points at Restaurants, plus takeout and delivery in the U.S., and earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per calendar year in purchases, then 1X).
  • Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com.
  • $120 Uber Cash on Gold: Add your Gold Card to your Uber account and each month automatically get $10 in Uber Cash for Uber Eats orders or Uber rides in the U.S., totaling up to $120 per year.
  • $120 Dining Credit: Satisfy your cravings and earn up to $10 in statement credits monthly when you pay with the American Express® Gold Card at Grubhub, The Cheesecake Factory, Goldbelly, Wine.com, Milk Bar and select Shake Shack locations. Enrollment required.
  • Choose the color that suits your style. Gold or Rose Gold.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • Annual Fee is $250.
  • Terms Apply.
  • See Rates & Fees