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The Barclays AAdvantage® Aviator® World Elite Business Mastercard® has a biggest-ever 80,000 mile initial bonus offer,
- 50,000 miles after $1,000 in purchases within 90 days
- 30,000 additional miles after $6,000 in purchases within 12 months
This is a $95 annual fee card (applies the first year) that comes with a $99+tax domestic companion certificate after $30,000 spend in a year. I’ve found these certificates useful but they have blackout dates and fare class restrictions. Unlike the Aviator Silver card, this companion certificate is valid for just one companion at $99+tax rather than two.
- 5% annual earn bonus after paying the card’s renewal fee you receive a 5% bonus on miles earned.
- Travel benefits free checked bag, group 5 boarding
- 25% statement credit for in-flight purchases but there’s no food or drink currently for sale on board and that’s not expected to return until the mask mandate ends. That also means my Aviator Silver inflight credit is sitting unused, with no other benefit taking its place.
- Earning 2x on American Airlines spend, at office supply stores, on telecom and car rentals plus 1x on other purchases. This isn’t a strong card for ongoing spend, unless you’re spending towards elite status.
- Elite qualifying dollars $3,000 Elite Qualifying Dollars after $25,000 spend each calendar year. And if you’re doing $25,000 consider doing $30,000 for the companion ticket if you value that.
Barclays shouldn’t report small business cards to personal credit so shouldn’t count towards your Chase 5/24 total. That makes it an especially attractive card add.
What’s great about American’s dual issuer relationship is that you can get Barclays cards and comparable cards from Citibank, in this case the CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® Mastercard® which is offering 65,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® miles after spending $4,000 in purchases within the first 4 months of account opening and has a $0 annual fee the first year (then $99).
(HT: Doctor of Credit)
CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® Mastercard® Earn 65,000 AAdvantage miles.