Barclaycard has upped the signup bonus on their AAdvantage Aviator Red MasterCard to 60,000 miles after first purchase (annual fee is not waived first year).
They’re also experimenting with a new program that lets you earn miles faster. I logged into my account today — I have an Aviator Silver card that lets you earn elite qualifying miles for spend, you can’t apply directly for it but have to upgrade an Aviator Red — and found an offer for a new program they’re testing.
It’s called Flight Cents and it will sell you miles for a penny apiece when you make purchases.
The way it works is if you make a charge for $3.25 they’ll charge you $4. The extra 75 cents buys 75 miles, a cost of 1 cent per mile. You choose the maximum amount they’ll apply this methodology to, up to $500 per month (which means buying up to 50,000 miles a month at a cost of $500).
American AAdvantage miles aren’t worth what they used to be, but I still consider them worth more than a penny indeed I’m a buyer at one cent apiece in spite of the seven figure balance I already have.
This pilot runs October 1 through March 31. No doubt they’ll see if this gooses frequency of use by AAdvantage Aviator cardmembers in determining whether to roll it out more broadly.
Currently I use the card for a few large purchases so that I earn both 10,000 elite qualifying miles and 6000 elite qualifying dollars. I don’t spend more than that or make small purchases with the card because my primary goal isn’t earning AAdvantage miles. This offer does make using the card more compelling.
In any case the card is better with the program than without it so I did take the opportunity to enroll. If you currently have the card it’s worth logging into your account to see whether you’re targeted as well.
Terms and conditions:
Offer is valid for select cardmembers and is not transferable. Eligible cardmembers who register for the Flight Cents pilot by September 30, 2017, will have each transaction rounded up to the nearest dollar and the rounded up charge will be used to acquire American Airlines AAdvantage® miles. The pilot will run from October 1, 2017 through March 31, 2018. To be eligible for this pilot, the cardmember’s account must be open, active and in good standing throughout the entire pilot period. Purchases made during periods when the account is delinquent, or the account is otherwise not in good standing as defined in your Cardmember Agreement do not qualify for this offer.