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The sign-up bonus on the American Airlines Barclaycard AAdvantage Aviator Red World Elite Mastercard just increased to 50,000 AA miles. The unique thing about this card is that you get the bonus after your first purchase and paying the card’s $95 annual fee (instead of having to meet a high minimum spending threshold). Your purchase on the card can be as big or small as you want—you could even buy a pack of gum!
If you have a spouse or partner who can also apply for this card separately, you would have a total of 100,000 American Airline miles for making two purchases and paying $190 total in annual fees. If you get four award tickets out of the miles, that’s only $48 per ticket!
This card does not pay us commission, but we still want to highlight it because it can be a great deal for some people.
How Far Will 100,000 AA Miles Take You?
Domestic round-trip tickets start at 25,000 miles for the MileSAAver level. If you have a family of four, you could get four round-trip tickets. You could also get four tickets at the MileSAAver off-peak rate to Mexico, Central America or the Caribbean.
100,000 miles would be enough for two round-trip tickets to Hawaii or two round-trip tickets to Europe during the off-peak season. Even if you have a larger family, you could pay cash for the rest of the tickets, or also sign up for the CitiBusiness/AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite MasterCard that I mentioned in It’s Raining AA Miles! Should You Scoop Them Up?
(Note: The CitiBusiness/AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite MasterCard does pay us commission. It currently has 60,000 bonus miles after spending $3000 in the first 3 months. You can read more about it in our Hot Deals page).
See American Airline’s award chart for more ideas on how to spend the miles.
Who Should Get This Card?
If you have been hesitant to apply for a new credit card because of high spending thresholds to get the bonus points, this is the card for you. You do have to pay the $95 annual fee, but you do not have to keep track of future spending amounts on the card.
If you live near an AA hub, you could benefit from these miles easier than those who don’t. I live near Dallas, and I have had great luck redeeming my AA miles at the MileSAAver level to Hawaii, Canada and Denver.
You will have an easier time using these miles if you are flexible in your travel plans and can plan your travel around mileage award availability. Some of the lower redemptions are during the school year and other off-peak months.
Lastly, if you need some free hotel stays, you can even use your AA miles for that. See Leana’s post for more information.
Readers, are you going to apply for the Barclaycard AAdvantage Aviator Red World Elite Mastercard now that the bonus is 50,000 miles?
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Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids. Her favorite vacations include the beach, cruising and everything Disney.