Earn 15k Bonus Miles with Existing AAdvantage Aviator MasterCard

Keep an eye out… Barclays American Airlines AAdvantage Aviator Red MasterCard regularly sends out targeted offers via email to existing cardholders offering 15k bonus points for $500 spending over three consecutive designated months.  Typically this offer is sent via email around the card anniversary.

Despite the American Airlines devaluation (Read More Here), this is a pretty solid offer.  Post devaluation we value AAdvantage miles at 1.6c, which makes this promotion worth $240.  Well worth keeping the card for an additional year (especially since I was able to have the annual fee waived for one year).  If you are making a determination to keep this card vs a new card, it is probably best that you weigh the perks and bonuses available.

Perks of the Barclays American Airlines AAdvantage Aviator card:


  • 2 miles for every $1 you spend when you use your card on eligible American Airlines purchases
  • Earn 1 mile for every $1 you spend on every other purchase
  • Get 10% of your redeemed miles back, up to 10,000 miles, each calendar year.
  • Get a 7,500 mile discount when you use your miles to book a MileSAAver award.
  • Earn a $100 American Airlines Flight Discount when you spend $30,000 or more in Purchases on your Account during your card membership year and your account remains open for at least 45 days after your anniversary date.


  • Free checked bag
    • First eligible checked bag is free of charge for you and up to 4 traveling companions on your reservation, when traveling on domestic itineraries operated by American Airlines.
  • Boarding privileges
    • You and up to four people traveling with you can board with Group 1 on domestic American Airlines flights.
  • 25% off in-flight purchases
    • Save 25% on in-flight food, beverages and headset purchases on American Airlines operated flights.
  • No foreign transaction fees


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