AAdvantage Aviator Red Mastercard: 70,000 Miles Welcome Offer


The Barclays AAdvantage Aviator Red MasterCard has launched a very solid welcome offer of 70,000 miles after making only one purchase, 20K better than what was previously available. While this new offer does charge a $99 annual fee, the additional miles should more than make up for it.

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The Offer & Key Card Details

Card Offer and Details
60k miles after 1st purchase and paying the annual fee within 90 days + 15K miles after adding an authorized user and making one purchase on card
$99 Annual Fee
Earning rate: 2X AA ✦ 1X everywhere else
Base: 1X (1.3%)
Brand: 2X (2.6%)
Card Info: Mastercard World Elite issued by Barclays. This card has no foreign currency conversion fees.
Big spend bonus: Earn $99 + tax domestic companion certificate with $20K membership year spend.
Noteworthy perks: First checked bag free ✦ Preferred boarding for the primary cardmember and up to 4 companions traveling on the same reservation ✦ 25% off in-flight purchases ✦ $25 wifi credit per membership year ✦ Flight cents: round up purchases to earn more miles

Quick Thoughts

This new offer matches the best that we’ve seen for time on the Aviator Red, as it awards 20,000 more bonus miles than the previous offer. One purchase is as low as it gets for a welcome offer of this caliber. Our current reasonable redemption values have AAdvantage Miles at 1.3cpp, giving this offer a total value of ~$800-900…a great return for effectively no spend.

For those playing the AA Loyalty Games for elite status, it’s worth noting that the bonus miles you earn here will not earn a corresponding number of Loyalty Points. However, your base spend on the card does earn you 1 Loyalty Point per dollar and so cards like these can still help you towards AAdvantage status (although at sub-optimal return).

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