The AAdvantage Aviator MasterCard is offering a targeted bonus for the second quarter of 2017. Normally this card only offer bonus miles on purchases from American Airlines but during this promotion cardholders may earn 2x bonus miles for every $1 spent at grocery stores, home improvement stores and restaurants between April 1 and June 30, 2017, up to 2500 bonus miles. If you were targeted you should have received an email from Barclays providing a link to activate the offer. Note that you must activate the offer by May 31 to be able to take advantage of it.
The phrase “2x bonus miles” had me stumped. To me, that sounds like I should get 2 miles (the bonus) in addition to the 1 mile per dollar I’d normally get at these types of businesses, which would mean I’d only have to spend $834 to max out the offer. I reached out to both the Twitter team (@AskBCUS) and using the secure message center on the Barclays US credit card website. The folks at the secure message center didn’t even take the time to understand my question. They seemed to think I was having trouble registering. Fortunately the Twitter team was on the ball. They clarified the offer is for a total of 2 miles per dollar spent in these categories, meaning I’d need to spend $1250 to accumulate all 2500 miles. That was what I had suspected but it was good to get clarification.
For me this is one of the easiest offers to use. Grocery stores and home improvement stores each sell gift cards – both Visa and merchant – which makes it a piece of cake to meet the requirement.
Note that bonus miles will not be awarded until 6-8 weeks after the promotion ends. While I hate that it takes that long to get the extra miles, that’s pretty standard for Barclays.
Now that the US Airways Dividend Miles program has been rolled into the American AAdvantage program, we’ll start to see Barclay’s US Airways Dividend Miles® MasterCards® being rolled into AAdvantage® Aviator™ MasterCards®. There are several types of the Aviator cards and just which kind you will receive will depend on the Dividend Miles card you had.
In my case, I had previously received an email stating I’d get the AAdvantage® Aviator™ Red MasterCard® sometime this spring. Yesterday I received an email letting me know my new card would arrive in May.
The email also reminded me of new and existing benefits for this card:
- First checked bag free for me and up to four companions on the same reservation. This is a carry-over benefit.
- No foreign transaction fees. I don’t recall my USDM card having this benefit so if it’s new, it’s a great addition.
- 25% off in-flight purchases. Again, I don’t recall this being a benefit but it’s nice to have.
- 10% of redeemed miles back. This is definitely new and a terrific addition. I already had this benefit via the American Airlines Platinum AAdvantage card but for those who don’t have that card, this can save you up to 10,000 miles per year, depending on how many you redeem. I actually maxed it out in 2014 for the first time.
The email also reminded me to be sure I’d registered my card for the 50% bonus on eligible purchases from now through the end of June. If you haven’t registered your card yet, do so now by logging into your account and clicking on the promotional banner on the right side of the page.