August 30, 2017 in Credit Cards

It’s a cinch to grab AAdvantage Aviator Red card’s big sign-up bonus

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Yearning to earn a free trip? The Barclaycard AAdvantage Aviator Red World Elite Mastercard just announced an introductory sign-up bonus offer that could satisfy your wanderlust.

Pay the card’s $95 annual fee and make a purchase of any amount within the first 90 days of opening the account and earn 60,000 bonus AAdvantage miles. This makes it one of the best travel rewards card sign-up bonuses currently available without a minimum spending requirement.

What can you do with 60,000 AAdvantage miles?

We estimate the bonus to be worth between $600 and $750, depending on the flight you choose to redeem the points for. Note that these examples and other award travel options are subject to taxes and carrier imposed fees that start at $5.60 per person per award.

Compare that to the Citi Prestige, which boosted its sign-up offer in July to 75,000 points, which cardholders will earn after spending a hefty $7,500 within the first three months of account opening.

Aside from the bonus, is this a good card?

If you live near, or fly to an American Airlines hub a few times a year, you could benefit from owning this credit card. All eligible American Airlines purchases will earn 2X miles for every $1 spent and earn 1X miles for all other spending.

You’ll also get to check one bag for free for you and up to four others traveling with you on your domestic reservation. Without this perk, the first checked bag for each person costs $25 so for families, so this alone might make it worth the $95 annual fee.

Other niceties include preferred boarding for you and up to four traveling companions, a 25% savings on in-flight purchases, and you get an automatic rebate of 10% of your redeemed miles, up to 10,000 miles per calendar year. If you use the miles to travel abroad, this card has no foreign transaction fees — a must for any decent travel rewards card.

Other considerations

The card also comes with an introductory 0% balance transfer offer for the first 15 billing cycles for balances transferred within the first 45 days of opening the account, but there’s a fee of 3% of the amount being transferred. Depending on how much debt you’re looking to move, you might save more with a different balance transfer credit card.

And, in the card issuer’s fine print it states that it could take up to 4 to 6 weeks for bonus miles to be posted in your account so you can’t book a trip using those miles until they’ve been deposited.

Bottom line

Although the introductory offer on this card should be attainable to most, consider your overall financial standing. If you already have a lot of high-interest debt on other cards, you’re better off paying down those balances before taking advantage of a rewards programs on a new card.

If you’re in good financial standing and want to earn rewards towards free travel, just by spending how you normally would, the Barclaycard AAdvantage Aviator Red World Elite Mastercard could be a great way to get you there.

This offer will be available until Nov. 30, so you have some time think it over and decide if it’s worth it to you to add this card to your wallet.

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