(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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[…] Nice: 60K American AAdvantage miles after a single purchase + fee […]

Peter

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

phone-home

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.

JRG

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?

JW

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???

JW

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