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Targeted: Earn bonus American miles for spending on Aviator cards this spring

April 6 2022
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Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available.

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, “Your purchases could earn extra miles,” and it offers the opportunity to earn an additional 3 miles per dollar on all purchases (up to a maximum of 3,600 miles) from April 1 through June 30.

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If you receive this offer, you must enroll by May 15.

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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 3 additional miles for every dollar they spend on the card from April 1 through June 30 (up to a total of 3,600 bonus miles). This limit means that the bonus is available on up to $1,200 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 earns 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 some bonus AAdvantage miles, especially for those everyday purchases that typically only receive one mile per dollar. The 3,600 miles you can earn from this promotion are worth around $64, according to TPG’s latest valuation.

Credit card spending also counts toward American’s new 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.

(Screenshot courtesy of Barclays)

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

(Screenshot courtesy of Barclays)

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

(Screenshot courtesy of Barclays)

If you did not receive the email, you can try logging into 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:

(Screenshot courtesy of Barclays)

It's also worth checking any other Barclays cards on your account to see if the bonus offer extends to those — though as of now, we haven't seen reports of eligibility beyond the Aviator lineup.

Bottom line

If you’ve been targeted to receive bonus AAdvantage miles on your Barclays card, you may want to go ahead and enroll — even if you don’t immediately plan to spend on your Aviator card. Although the promotion goes until June 30, enrollment ends May 15, so you don’t want to forget and fail to have your purchases earn the 3 bonus miles.

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  • Limited Time Offer: Earn 100,000 Bonus Marriott Bonvoy Points after spending $4,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months of Card Membership. Offer expires 11/2/22.
  • 6x points at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy® program.
  • 4x points for purchases made at restaurants worldwide, at U.S. gas stations, on wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers and on U.S. purchases for shipping.
  • 2x points on all other eligible purchases.
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