Barclays American Airlines Cards: Earn 3x On All Spend

Barclays is offering their American AAdvantage cardmembers – both Aviator Red and Silver products – triple miles on all spending between today and June 30, 2020. The only unfortunate thing here is that you’re capped at 2500 bonus miles. So if you spend $1250 where you’d normally earn just 1250 miles, you’ll earn 3750 miles under this promotion.

Registration is required. It may be a targeted offer, the terms say “This offer is for select cardmembers and is not transferable” however if it is then it’s targeted very broadly.

If you receive this offer and enroll by June 30, 2020 you will earn 3 AAdvantage® bonus miles for every $1 spent on purchases, less credits, returns and adjustments (“Net Purchases”) with transaction dates between May 22, 2020 and June 30, 2020, up to a maximum of 2,500 AAdvantage® bonus miles.

The promotion is a reason to pull out my card for $1250 in spend. And of course current spending on the cards count towards lifetime AAdvantage elite status.

It’s not big enough to get excited about. I understand the desire to incentivize customers to move a travel card top of wallet at a time that people haven’t been traveling much, and at the same time limit costs.

However what I’d love to see is a continued stream of offers, the way that Barclays used to do with the predecessor US Airways card – new cardmembers would receive targeted offers, one after another, to get them used to using the card. That means entering the card for online purchases so it’s saved in your browser, it may even mean using it enough so you remember the numbers. And then you get used to using the card, and instead of being high transaction cost (have to go grab your wallet) pulling it out becomes the path of least resistance. Then it’s win-win for customer and for issuer.

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  1. Just a small correction necessary, as you will only have to spend $833.33 instead of $1250 for maxing out the 2,500 bonus miles as you earn 3x additional so 4x total.

  2. I have an Aviator Red and an Aviator Silver, but only received this on the Silver. Unsure if that’s expected.

  3. Data point for you Gary. My Silver Aviator was not targeted for this offer. Wonder what Barclay’s criteria are?

  4. I have the silver and have a fair amount of spend on the card–I’d been trying to get the paltry $3K EQD/$15K need for status. I was not offered this deal. I guess they figure I’m a sure thing. However, no point in using this card now since status is being extended.

  5. what is with these small caps? T’hat is like only $25, not even worth finding the card…

  6. @JL100 Ha! I have a lot of free time to look for mine, but is it really worth adding it to my Amazon account just for June.

  7. I received the letter to as I have the aviator red card. I don’t do much spend on it and only had the card since January. So they definitely must of targeted people who maybe don’t spend as much IMO.

  8. Spending Caps work for credit cards. However, for consumers not so much unless you are having miles expiring or need the extra incremental miles for a purpose.

    I generally use cash back cards comparing to offers like these.

  9. It’s actually 3x bonus for 4x total (or more if a bonus category like AA), not 3x total.

  10. Folks, when your statement closes you get 1x. After 90 days you get the 3x bonus…so that’s a total of 4x.

  11. 4x is impressive!
    I have an AAdvantage card but did not get the offer. I wonder if they’d honor it if you asked them?

    My card has been dormant since fulfilling the sign-up bonus in the first few months. After the bonus it’s typically not that competitive of a spend rate, but this would certainly get my attention. I’m about to write about the best options at https://Visit50.com

  12. I have a red card. I don’t have the offer. When I click on the link, it just takes me to my online account.

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