Best Offer: 60,000 American Miles Awarded With First Purchase

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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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  1. Got it yesterday along with the Citi Executive. $550 in AF + Fuel Charges for an EK AUH-SYD is in the works. (With a speculative SQ “new suites” for SYD-SIN)
    Though after that I’m going to be struggling on what to do next. Pulling the trigger on those cards pushes any new chase signups further down the road (wouldve been eligible for an INK preferred come March).
    Might be able to get the 75k prestige bonus again next year. Last got it early 2016.
    We’ll also be pretty drained of UR points. Trying to figure a good option to get SFO-AUH and SIN-SFO with 260K UR points. (Repositioning flights are an option).

  2. My wife and I still have both of our converted aviator cards from when we got the US airways cards. Whenever we call to cancel, we have always had the AF waived and usually offered a nice spending bonus. That plus baggage fees waived on AA flights have been a good reason to hang on to these cards. My wife applied for the new card the other day and was instantly approved, so I am assuming she is eligible to get the new bonus?

  3. My plan is to cancel my current Aviator applied-for card (I canceled my U.S Airways card before the Product Change), wait 30 days or so, then re-apply. I know the 24 month verbiage exists. However, the FlyerTalk wiki for this card seems to indicate that Barclay’s may not be enforcing it. We’ll see what happens. Likely a rejection. But the promise of another 60K AA miles is too good not to try. I’ve taken many family and friend trips to Hawaii using AA miles. Reasonable availability in Sept and May from RDU–the two times I’m most likely to travel to Hawaii.

  4. I opened my card 7/3/17 for the 50,000 miles. I have paid the fee and it has not been credited yet. I emailed and called and they will not bump me. UGH!

  5. Since I have the old USAir converted Aviator cc, I wasn’t sure how applying for this version of the Aviator cc would play out. Happy to report I got approved after moving a bit of credit around from other Barclay accounts. The timing of this offer is spot on for me as I recently redeemed a lot of miles for some international tickets and now my account needs some replenishing, so I’m very happy about the offer and the approval.

    • You just need to have patience with using AA miles. They can be good for lots of things, but availability isn’t great, so you need to just sit on them until you find a good return.

    • We’re aiming for Etihad Apartments. 115K one way New York to Abu Dhabi and 100K one way from Abu Dhabi to Sydney. There are Citi cards thatll get you 30K-75K more miles depending on if you can meet the minimum spends.

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