New 50K Offer for the AAdvantage® Aviator™ Red World Elite Mastercard®

Barclaycard is now offering a new 50,000 miles sign-up bonus for the AAdvantage® Aviator™ Red World Elite Mastercard® (up from the previous 40,000 offer). This is one of the best sign-up bonuses available due to how easy it is to obtain because all you have to do is make a single purchase on your credit card. Here’s a review of the Aviator Red Card and closer look a the offer.

The offer

  • Earn 50,000 AAdvantage miles after your first purchase.
  • Annual fee $95 (not waived)
  • First checked bag free for the primary cardmember and up to 4 companions on eligible bags when traveling on domestic itineraries operated by American Airlines.
  • Group 1 boarding for the primary cardmember on domestic flights operated by American
  • 25% inflight savings on food, beverages, and headsets on American Airlines-operated flights
  • 10% of your redeemed miles back on redemptions (up to 10,000 miles per calendar year)
  • No foreign transaction fees

Sign-up bonus

Not many cards offer a sign-up bonus for simply making a purchase and for those that do, it’s rarer to find such a lucrative sign-up bonus at 50,000 miles. For that reason alone, I think this card is a no-brainer for many.

Things can get really lucrative when you combine the earnings from this sign-up bonus with other cards.

With the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite MasterCard® offering 60,000 miles for its sign up bonus, you have the potential to rack up 110,000 AAdvantage miles for only about $3,000 worth of spend. That’s only 5,000 miles short of having enough miles for a roundtrip business class trip to Europe or a one way on the Etihad First Class Apartment to or from the Middle East.

The Etihad First Class Apartment.

You can take things even further and also pick up the CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World MasterCard® to take home an additional 60,000 miles, for a total of 170,000 AAdvantage miles. With that many miles you could fly roundtrip on some of the top premium cabins like Etihad or Qatar business class to or from the Middle East at 140,000. You could also book a roundtrip in business class to hard to reach destinations like Africa. 

Bonus category earning potential

  • 2X for every one dollar you spend on eligible American Airlines purchases
  • 1X on all other purchases

Bonus earning is pretty standard for a co-branded card — nothing special here. 

Additional perks

  • First checked bag free for the primary cardmember and up to 4 companions on eligible bags when traveling on domestic itineraries operated by American Airlines.
  • Group 1 boarding for the primary cardmember on domestic flights operated by American
  • 25% inflight savings on food, beverages, and headsets on American Airlines-operated flights
  • 10% of your redeemed miles back on redemptions (up to 10,000 miles per calendar year)
  • No foreign transaction fees

These perks are very similar to the Citi Platinum Select and are nice additions if you fly American domestically. For the casual traveler who only takes a couple of international trips a year, these perks don’t do you too much good since they are limited to domestic flights. 

Tip: Many Barclaycards come equipped with true “chip and pin” technology making them very useful to have when traveling to places like Europe. 

Annual fee

  • $95

This annual fee is not waived unlike the Citi Platinum Select which waives its $95 annual fee the first year. So you’re essentially paying $95 for 50,000 AAdvantage miles, which is a deal that I would take any day. 

Hard pull

  • Barclaycard sometimes only pulls from Transunion (although not always) so this is a great way to give your Experian and/or Equifax credit report (just remember YMMV). 

Barclaycard can combine inquiries but your second application may go to pending and you will probably have to recon on that app, so if you don’t want to deal with a reconsideration call then maybe consider waiting a few days to a week to apply for a second card and missing out on the combined hard pull. Otherwise, give it a shot. 

Final word

This is a solid credit card offer. I would personally wait until I’m above 5/24 to apply since this offer will be around for a while and even if you miss it, it will likely be back.

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