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.