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Way back in the rewards credit card dark times (you know, like four or five years ago), it was relatively common for most sign-up bonuses to be awarded upon the first use of your new credit card. This has slowly but surely changed as the minimum spending requirements to trigger sign-up bonuses have inched up from $1,000 to $2,000 and beyond.
However, there are exceptions, and right now there is a card with not only an increased sign-up bonus, but one that is available on the first use of the credit card! The Advantage Aviator Red World Elite Mastercard has increased its sign-up bonus up to the highest level I have ever seen at 60,000 bonus miles that are awarded after the first purchase in 90 days with the payment of the $95 annual fee.
I know that American Airlines miles can be a challenge to use at maximum value, but getting 60,000 miles with just one purchase and the payment of a $95 annual fee is a very, very good deal, even if you need to be patient to find the best redemption opportunity.
Not only does this card have a very good sign-up bonus, but with this card you get 10% of your redeemed miles back (up to 10,000 miles returned per year), a first free checked bag for the cardmember and up to four companions on the itinerary when traveling on American Airlines, and priority boarding.
The terms state that: “the one-time AAdvantage bonus mileage offer is valid for first-time cardmembers with new accounts only. Existing cardmembers, existing accounts, and previous cardmembers with accounts closed in the past 24 months may not be eligible for this offer. This is a limited-time offer and will no longer be available after November 30, 2017.”
That said, I have read many reports of those with converted Aviator cards from the old US Airways cards still getting approved for this card, so “your mileage may vary” and the terms may not be quite as strict in practice as they are written.
If you got this card in the last 30 days or so it is also probably worth asking Barclays if they would be willing to match you to this newly increased offer. You can find the increased offer here (not an affiliate offer, information not provided by Barclays).
Do you plan to go for these 60,000 American Airlines miles?
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