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!
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!?