In fall 2019 I was approved for the Barclays American AAdvantage small business card and its 75,000 mile offer. That was a great offer at the time. This one is better: 80,000 AAdvantage miles and a $95 statement credit after $2000 spend in 90 days. The statement credit effectively covers the card’s annual fee.
I have nearly 10 million AAdvantage miles and I’m still tempted to re-consider having this card again in my wallet. As many readers know, base points from spend (so not the initial bonus, and not the additional points from spending in a bonus category) count towards AAdvantage elite status now.
The card earns two points per dollar on American; office supply; telecom; and car rental purchases – not top-of-market earn for your spend but when you factor that you’re also earning 1 point per dollar towards status spend in these categories isn’t bad.
You also earn a $99+tax companion ticket valid for 1 passenger issued after your account anniversary if you spend $30,000 on the card. That’s not as lucrative as the Aviator Silver companion ticket, there are blackout dates and minimum fare class requirements, and they’re coach-only. But I manage to make good use of these.
If you’re a semi-regular American Airlines flyer but don’t earn status, consider that the card comes with first checked bag free and priority boarding – which you might as well benefit from for a year.
Worth flagging that Barclays often declines applicants who have have opened 6 new accounts in the past 24 months, although this isn’t as firm as Chase’s 5/24 rule, big spend on existing Barclays accounts can reportedly override it).
(HT: Miles Earn and Burn)