The Barclaycard AAdvantage Aviator Red Card
Military Churning Views on the AAdvantage Aviator Red Card
This little ditty is a unique animal in the military churners wallet. Unique because Barclaycard, who used to be one of, if not the best SCRA applying companies in America, up and did a 180 on their policy in 2017 and became the worst SCRA applying company. So much so, that not even the MLA could break their armor for annual fee waivers and thus you will have to pay all Barclaycard cards’ annual fees. It’s a lot less fun when you don’t get to churn on easy mode.
Anywho, that doesn’t matter for this, the Aviator Red card. It doesn’t matter because the annual fee is $99 and for that, you get anywhere from 40k-60k American Airlines miles depending on the current sign-up promotion. No minimum spend, no tiered gimmicks, just make any old purchase on the card, pay off the annual fee, and you’ve essentially bought 50k AA miles for $99. That’s an easy round trip ticket (likely more) in CONUS, for $99. It’s probably the only time this blog will recommend you pay actual money for travel benefits.
In addition to the bonus you get a $99 companion certificate, $25/yr in AA inflight wifi, preferred boarding, first checked bag free, and a “flight cents” thing where you can round up all your purchases to the nearest whole dollar, and those extra cents buy you sort of discounted AA miles at 2 cents per mile. It’s sort of discounted because you can currently buy AA miles from AA right now anywhere between 4.7 and 1.6 cents per mile, depending on volume bought. To achieve a better than 2 cents per mile rate, you would be looking at spending $2,686.50 for 100,000 miles with a bonus 27,500 miles for their current promotion.