(EXPIRED) Nice: 60K American AAdvantage miles after a single purchase + fee


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Barclaycard has yet again increased generous sign up bonus on the American Airlines Aviator Red World Elite Mastercard: you can now earn 60,000 American Airlines miles on first purchase and payment of the annual fee.


The Offer

  • 60,000 American Airlines miles on first purchase and payment of the annual fee
  • US Credit Card Guide reports that you may be able to receive an additional 500 Miles by using promo code 752657 application.
  • Direct link added to our Best Credit Card Offers page

Card Details

  • $95 Annual fee charged on 1st statement
  • Earn 2X on American Airlines
  • Earn 1X everywhere else
  • First checked bag free
  • Preferred boarding for the primary cardmember and up to 4 companions traveling on the same reservation
  • 10% rebate on AA awards (up to 10K per year)
  • Reduced mileage awards
  • 25% off in-flight purchases
  • From the terms: This one-time AAdvantage® bonus mileage offer is valid for first-time cardmembers with new accounts only. Existing cardmembers, existing accounts, and previous cardmember with accounts closed in the past 24 months may not be eligible for this offer. This is a limited-time offer and may be canceled at any time without notice. Please allow 4-6 weeks for  AAdvantage® bonus miles to be deposited into your AAdvantage® account after the qualifying transaction has posted and your annual fee has been paid.

Quick Thoughts

Sixty thousand miles for a single purchase is an outstanding offer. With increased American Airlines award availability popping up now and then in business class as of late, this offer would give you enough for a one-way business class ticket to either Europe or South America (even round trip to South America 1) or to Asia 1 (Japan / Korea). Alternatively, you could fly a route like Cairo to Tokyo on Etihad in first class for 50K American Airlines miles or fly one-way in business class to Japan on Japan Airlines (availability varies on this). That kind of bonus with no minimum spend is terrific. American certainly hasn’t been known for generous award availability over the past few years, but over the past month we’ve seen some spurts of availability. Considering the bonus doesn’t even require meeting a minimum spend but rather just a single purchase, this is the definition of low-hanging fruit. You probably won’t find domestic saver availability, but if you’re interested in international travel this is worth a look.

Cairo to Abu Dhabi to Tokyo was a lot of flying in Etihad first class – and it’s just 50K AA miles.

H/T: US Credit Card Guide

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Can I apply the 2nd Barclay AA card? My 1st Barclay card is 3 years old now


I just got flat-out rejected, because I have an open Aviator Red, which was covnerted from an old Barclays USAir card.

I opened the Barclays USAir card in Nov 2013, then at the time of the merger it was converted to an Aviator Red which I currently have open. Based on the statements here, I just applied for the new 60k Aviator offer, and was instantly rejected. I called the reconsideration line, and an agent quickly explained to me that it was because I currently have an open Aviator card. Reconsideration was not possible, according to her, and she clearly stated that it didn’t matter whether my existing Aviator card had been converted from another card or not.

So based on all that, it’s quite clear that you shouldn’t keep your Aviator open if you want to apply for a new one. I’m wondering if I can close mine, and then open a new one in a couple of months. I’m not sure, due to the 24 month period mentioned in the T&C. I suspect Barclays is getting better at enforcing these rules.


Strange. I have the Aviator Red, was the USAir card, just like you. But they did not hesitate to give me the new one AND the 60K bonus. Maybe it was random; maybe they’ve had enough applications; who knows?


USAir cards were churnable back then. Would it be possible that you were rejected due to having a few too many? I had 4 cards before and am keeping one of them open at this time. Just applied and got rejected. Online status said ‘Currently we are unable to offer you a credit card…’ I wonder if I have any chance when calling the recon line???


Update. Contacted Barclay. No deal. I was given the same reason just like what phone-home received (see above.)

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Looking for some feedback, T&Cs page says “previous cardmember with accounts closed in the past 24 months may not be eligible for this offer” – I downgraded the Aviator Red to the no-fee Aviator a couple months ago. I’m curious if there are any data points out there that would allow me to skate by and get this 60k bonus since I didn’t technically close my account, rather, I downgraded it.


Thanks much! I asked and received the extra 10K since I JUST got my card and wasn’t even billed yet for the annual fee. Just have to pay the fee and then use the card once. Hoo-ah!


JRG, Did you call or message? I just applied last week and like to get them to match as well. Thanks!



I sent a secure message; they answered in about 5 hours. Great service.

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Meh. If only DisAAdvantage Rupiah could be used for anything akin to a decent redemption, then maybe I’d add some more to my existing stockpile of 1.5 million unusable DisAAdvantage Rupiah. But since AA works harder than any other airline to intentionally screw their members, it’s just not worth the hard pull to me if the points were completely free or even if it was a money maker – the points are worthless. More of worthless is still worthless.

dana @ MyPointsBlog.com

YMMV indeed. I’ve found AA miles to provide good redemption values for shoulder season travel from my home airport, RDU, to Hawaii and Japan. Looking forward to acquiring more. Unfortunately, I have a “new” Aviator Red card–an applied for one rather than an upgrade from U.S. Airways. So I’m unlikely to qualify for the 60K offer until:

1. I cancel
2. Waiting to apply for… not sure how many months these days.

… and hoping the 60K offer is still out there.

, any thoughts on canceling now and how months I ought to wait until reapplying? Barclays sure isn’t BofA (e.g. easy cancel, wait a month, and re-apply for AS cards).


Barclay closed my account a few years ago because of ms. Am I banned for life?

Mark O

Have they said how long this offer will be out? I am waiting on the new BOA card to come out in September(?) and I don’t want to apply for anything until I apply for that card since BOA is being very stingy lately

Mark O

I guess risking 10k in AA miles is worth waiting for a $500 sign up 😉


Can those who got the card when it was US Air and still hold it get this offer, or are we excluded as “existing cardmembers?”


Where can you put the promo code? I can’t find a place to put it in the application. Thx!

Renae Kvendru

Hi! I just cancelled my Citi AA card after I couldn’t get them to wave the annual fee. :(. I assume since this is not a Barclay card, I can get this offer. Can you confirm? Also, I have 3 Barclay cards, 2 opened in the last year (4/16, 9/16, and 4/17). I’ll be canceling the Hawaiian card in 9/17 when the AF hits. Any thoughts on my chance of approval? Should I cancel Hawaiian card first to increase odds? Thanks!


My wife has AAdvantage silver Aviator no fee card that was downgraded from the red card. Anyone know if she can apply for and get this bonus on the red card or should she cancel the silver first and apply for red card? Any input?

Jeff S

I got the US Airways version and bonus points(I think) a few years ago maybe three months before the change to this red Aviator( I guess when AAs takeover was official). I then upgraded to Silver Aviator, I don’t think there was a bonus to do that but not sure, did that months after change from US dividend to Aviator red. Would I be eligible to apply and get the bonus mikes for the red now? I have to think it’s been 3 years since upgrading to Silver but maybe less….

Mike L

I’m pretty unfamiliar with Barclay. Looking at the wording “Existing cardmembers, existing accounts” is a little troubling. I have an Arrival+, will that affect my ability to get the 60k bonus? Also, do they have any sort of 5/24?


no and no


I hope Barclays will match from my 50,000 offer


I called today requesting for a match. They said that I signed up when the 50k offer was in the first week and I already got my 50k points so they will not honor the request.


I sent Barclays a SM yesterday requesting a match, and because it’s been longer than 30 days from my account application approval under the 50K bonus (it’s been 46 days), they will not match me to the current 60K offer.


As folks have said, it depends on the timing. I signed up when the offer was 40K. then they raised to 50K after my annual fee posted, but before I had paid it. I requested the higher signup and they gave it to me.

My wife signed up when the signup was 50K. Within the last 2 weeks, she paid her first statement, including the annual fee. She requested the 60K signup bonus yesterday and was denied.