Barclays AAdvantage Aviator Red

A few weeks ago, we let you know about one of the biggest, most flexible and time-sensitive deals in the credit card game. Shhhhh, we’ll write about it again in the future!

Well this time around, we’re pretty excited to highlight another one of the best deals currently on the market: the Barclays AAdvantage Aviator Red card.

Long-term Credit Card

The Barclays AAdvantage Aviator Red card may not be a great long-term rewards credit card for you though, so we adamantly encourage you to set up the best long-term financial system and sign up for the Chase Sapphire Preferred first. We pair the Chase Sapphire Preferred and Chase Freedom cards together for the best long-term benefit rewards out there. We can say with 99% certainty that this pair of cards will be the best value for you as well. We intend to still be swiping this card in 50 years when I’m buying Hannah a walking cane and she’s buying me an electronic wheelchair.

For our credit churning enthusiast readers out there who have already applied for and received the Chase Sapphire Preferred and Chase Freedom cards above, it’s time you learned about the Barclays AAdvantage Aviator Red card. First, who knew Barclays did banking? And second, who knew that their signup bonus offers are some of the best out there?

A Tale of Two Bagels

Two weeks ago, Hannah and I applied for and each received our own Barclays AAdvantage Aviator Red card. I asked Han out on a date and told her I wanted to take her to Pick-a-Bagel. We stood in a long line for the highly-raved-about New York Pick-a-Bagel bagels. I got the Smoked Salmon Bagel and Hannah got a plain bagel with cream cheese. If you know anything about Hannah, you know she loves her food plain: her bagels, her pizza, her hamburgers…

When we got to the front of the line, I told Hannah that I wasn’t going to pay for her and she would have to pay for herself. I’m a jerk husband. Well, I would be.. if I hadn’t promised her that her $5 bagel was going to give her $900 in return. Ok, so I guess I’m actually an amazing husband 😉

Walking out of Pick-a-Bagel on September 30, we were about $1,800 richer and close to 1,000 calories heavier — please save eating those Everything bagels for your “cheat day”. The points we earned from our signup bonuses can get us both roundtrip tickets to Greece, or many other places.

Ok, now that you’re probably salivating for bagels and your next free vacation, let’s jump into how to make this happen.

The Offer

Here’s how the offer reads for the Barclays AAdvantage Aviator Red card:

The 60,000 signup bonus offer isn’t entirely clear in the screenshot above, so let’s blow up the footnote to understand better the requirements.

So you apply for this card, receive it in the mail, spend $1, and then pay the $95 annual fee… and you get 60,000 points? Unbelievable. But yet, here’s the result as proof in my account.

The Deets

Redeeming the points is even easier. You log into your American Airlines membership account (which we recommend you create before applying for the Barclays AAdvantage Aviator red card), click “Redeem Miles”, and book the vacation of your dreams. It literally hurts me how easy this is to do.

So what are you waiting for? If you have above a 720, odds are high that you qualify for this card. Apply using this link here.

Getting Approved

If for some reason you aren’t approved immediately and receive a notification saying the bank needs some additional time to process your application, we recommend calling into the bank to speed up the approval process and increase your approval odds.

6 Comments

  1. Do you have to keep the credit card open to earn the points? Like you do with Southwest?

    • Wall Street Minimalist

      You’ll get the points as soon as your first billing cycle closes. We’ll be booking travel with our cards in the next few weeks, but we’re planning to wait to close our cards until just before our next card anniversary so we don’t have to pay the annual fee. No need to keep this card open once you’ve redeemed your points and taken your vacation. Although, I believe you would have to forfeit your points earned if you close this card before redeeming your points on travel. Hope that answers your question!

  2. My husband and I both applied for these cards but were not immediately approved. I’d love some tips on what to say when we call in to try and get approved faster! Thanks so much!

  3. What in particular about the Chase cards is so great for a long term credit card relative to other rewards cards?

    • Wall Street Minimalist

      It’s just by chance that many Chase cards are a better value than other cards. It’s not every Chase card that is better, though. For example, we would recommend the Amex SPG over the Chase Marriott.

      But the Chase Sapphire Preferred is a phenomenal credit card because (1) the points are transferable to many different airlines and hotels, making them substantially more valuable and (2) earning points at 2x is easier due to Chase’s broad categories of dining and travel. Unlike other cards, their definition of “travel” is pretty inclusive of a lot of the things you would do everyday. Lastly, many of Chase’s credit cards earn points towards the same Ultimate Rewards program, meaning you can pair multiple cards with each other to earn points more quickly.

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