25 Jul Don’t Cancel Your Barclaycard AAdvantage Aviator World Mastercard

When American Airlines acquired US Airways, all of us US Airways MasterCard members had our cards converted into the Barclaycard AAdvantage Aviator Cards.

For awhile, a conversion over from US Airways was the only way one could acquire an Aviator card from Barclaycard, though recently Barclaycard has been able to issue new World Elite versions of the Barclaycard Aviator Mastercard!

I must say, I have enjoyed my time as an Aviator. While I don’t carry it in my wallet and rarely ever spend money on it, it is a card that I plan to hold onto well into the future, and here are my reasons why you should too!

Don’t Cancel Your Barclaycard AAdvantage Aviator World Mastercard

Number 1 – No annual fee! 

Wait… you probably thought the annual fee on this card was $89? Well, technically you are correct – there is an $89 annual fee… but Barclaycard is very good about waiving this annual fee – all you have to do is ask!

In the last 3 years I have been able to get this annual fee waived with minimal annual spending put on the card!

Number 2 – The spending bonuses:

3-month spending bonuses – Every year leading up to your card anniversary, Barclaycard is likely to send you incentive offers to put consistent spend on your Aviator card! Spend $500 each month for 3 consecutive months and earn yourself a bonus of 15,000 AAdvantage miles!

1-month spending bonuses – Not only will Barclaycard waive your $89 annual fee, but during that same conversation they are likely to offer you bonus miles for the next month of spending! In fact, I was just offered and additional 5,000 AAdvantage miles for $1,000 spending in the next month! I know 5,000 miles isn’t going to fly me to Europe, but every mile counts!

Number 3 – Card Perks –

The 10% AAdvantage miles redemption rebate & free checked bags! Sure, these are perks of both the Barclaycard and Citi versions of the American Airlines credit cards, but Citi is not as generous with their annual fee waivers, making the Aviator my surefire way to the 10% redemption rebate and free checked baggage!

Note – Many Aviator World Mastercard cardholders have the annual 10,000 miles bonus as a leftover perk from the US Airways conversion of this card, making retention on this card all the more rewarding! Unfortunately, I don’t have this ongoing perk on my card :/

Number 4 – An Aviator World Mastercard doesn’t preclude an Aviator World Elite Mastercard!

That’s right people! Current Aviator cardholders converted over from the US Airways Mastercard have the “World” Mastercard version, while new Aviator applications are available only for the “World Elite” Mastercard. Since these are different cards, current Aviator World Mastercard cardholders still have the ability to earn 50,000 AAdvantage miles by applying for the AAdvantage Aviator World Elite Mastercard!

Final Thought

Me and my Barclaycard AAdvantage Aviator World Mastercard are just getting started! I see so many long and fruitful AAdvantage years ahead of us! In my opinion, there is no reason to ever cancel this bad boy… unless of course Barclaycard becomes less generous on the annual fee waiver… then I’ll be dropping this card like its hot!

Do you still have your Barclaycard AAdvantage Aviator World Mastercard that converted over form the US Airways Mastercard? Why yes, why no!?

Happy Travels!


  • EZ
    Posted at 08:34h, 25 July Reply

    Nice! Good stuff to know!

  • JBTX
    Posted at 10:59h, 25 July Reply

    My version also gets 10,000 Bonus Miles per Year – upon each Renewal. Makes it an absolute no-brainer as a KEEP.

  • MK
    Posted at 13:19h, 25 July Reply

    they wouldn’t budge on waiving or compensating my annual fee and they raised my annual bonus offer from $500 spend for three months to $1000 spend for three months.

    • DW
      Posted at 14:30h, 25 July Reply

      Hang up call again!? How much annual spend on the card??

  • bludevil
    Posted at 16:24h, 25 July Reply

    This card is also chip and PIN capable so that means you can use it at a kiosk or vending machine abroad. It defaults to chip and signature, but will call for a PIN at an unattended point of sale.

    • DW
      Posted at 16:50h, 25 July Reply

      Yes! One of my favorite features of Barclaycard! I bring this or the Arrival on each and every international trip I take. Thanks for the note!


  • Kevin
    Posted at 18:03h, 25 July Reply

    Never will cancel as long as I keep getting the 10k anniversary miles

    • DW
      Posted at 18:06h, 25 July Reply

      Enough said, mic drop!


  • JRG
    Posted at 18:29h, 25 July Reply

    They never waive my fee, nor give me those offers…..

    • DW
      Posted at 18:31h, 25 July Reply

      Really!? Do you have the 10k anniversary bonus??

  • Glenn
    Posted at 19:13h, 25 July Reply

    Waived fee but never saw any bonus spending offers at all, neither on my card nor the wife’s. Already have many Citi AA Cards that I get with no AF the first year, so not clear why I would keep this card longterm.

    • DW
      Posted at 20:14h, 25 July Reply

      Did you mention cancelling? Or ever ask for bonus offers?

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  • Geison Silveira
    Posted at 13:31h, 25 July Reply

    This is not a fake comment. last week I was reading some of those comments in here because I wanted to cancel my aviator credit card because I have other credit card that is enough for me. So, I read that someone said that he asked then to wave the annual fee and they did. THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED WITH ME TODAY. 07/25/2018. I called to cancel and the lady said I would wave your annual fee and if you make a purchase of $1,000 dollars inside 3 months we will give you 5000 miles. I am a Police officer and I dont make enough money to keep up with too many credit cards so I guess it is a great deal!

  • Cla Gal
    Posted at 13:31h, 12 September Reply

    I spent about 13k on this card this year, and when I called the offer was to downgrade to a (free) card where I get half the miles for every dollar spent, no free checked bag on domestic flights, and no 10% refund on redeemed miles. I told them I would think about it, but I don’t think I will accept the downgrade (is it a good idea to have free cards you won’t use?), or the 89$ fee card (I have another card I get better points with).

  • vb
    Posted at 11:54h, 09 October Reply

    How early should I call to get this waved? My anniversary is in Dec. so wanting to get a feel for when I should call. Also, do you have any talk tracks? IE: Flat out ask for the fee to be waived or just inquire about cancelling.

  • SB
    Posted at 16:30h, 04 August Reply

    Sitting on 40k miles, not comfortable flying this year due to COVID-19, so I call to ask about getting my annual fee waived, first time I had ever asked and I have had the card for years, I got a big NOPE! So next year my calendar has marked cancel before the next fee. Bye!

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