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The AAdvantage® Aviator® Red World Elite Mastercard®* from Barclays is currently offering 50,000 bonus miles after making your first purchase in the first 90 days and paying the annual fee. This is a limited time offer!
The $95 annual fee is not waived for the first year, but there is no minimum spending requirement which makes this a really fast way to earn miles.
The bonus is yours after making one purchase of any size in the first 90 days and paying the annual fee. The miles generally post after the first statement that’s generated after you make your first purchase, which can take 4 – 6 weeks.
Is it the best offer?
In terms of the AAdvantage® Aviator® Red World Elite Mastercard®, the current offer is the highest it’s ever had.
Can you get the offer?
If you’ve never had an AAdvantage® Aviator® Red World Elite Mastercard® account before you’re eligible if your application is approved. Existing AAdvantage® Aviator® Red World Elite Mastercard® cardmembers, existing accounts, and previous cardmembers with accounts closed in the past 24 months aren’t eligible. But if you have another AAdvantage card, like one from Citibank, you don’t have to worry about that account falling under the existing account restriction.
How does the card work?
This is a good credit card with some nice benefits. You get a free first bag on domestic American Airlines flights (for yourself and up to 4 companions), 10% refund of your redeemed miles, and, for those chasing status, $3,000 Elite Qualifying Dollars when you spend $25,000 per calendar year. You also get 2x per dollar spent on American Airlines purchases.
However, the main appeal of this offer is the 60,000 mile bonus. While AAdvantage has underwent drastic devaluation in the recent years, American miles are still very useful due to the number of the American’s airline partners and simplicity of the program in whole.
What airlines can you fly with the miles?
American AAdvantage® miles let you book award flights on American Airlines and the following airline partners:
- airberlin (in bankruptcy now, future unknown)
- British Airways
- Cathay Pacific
- Japan Airlines
- Malaysia Airlines
- Qatar Airways
- Royal Jordanian
- S7 Airlines
- SriLankan Airlines
- Air Tahiti Nui
- Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air
- Cape Air
- Etihad Airways
- Fiji Airways
- Gulf Air
- Hawaiian Airlines
- Jet Airways
- Seaborne Airlines
American allows you to redeem miles online for the following partners:
- Alaska Airlines
- American Airlines
- British Airways
- Hawaiian Airlines
- Qantas Airways
- Royal Jordanian Airlines
Beware that the AA.com website doesn’t always show partner options by default, so to be sure you’re seeing everything, use this trick to force complete results.
What can you do with 60,000 American miles?
Fly to Europe in Economy
You can pay 60,000 miles for a roundtrip to Europe on American or its partners like Iberia. While British Airways flights have unreasonable carrier surcharges, American, Finnair, and Iberia flights have no or few surcharges.
And you can pay even less (45,000 miles roundtrip) by using discount Off Peak rates to a number of regions, including Europe.
For example, when you fly to Europe between January 10 – March 14 and November 1 – December 14 you’ll pay 45,000 miles for round trip instead of 60,000, on flights with American Airlines and its oneworld partners.
Fly to India with an (almost) free stopover in Europe
American Airlines doesn’t allow stopovers, but here is the next best thing. You can fly to India for 40,000 miles one way or you can fly there with a stopover in Europe for 42,500 miles.
Just book two awards: an Off Peak flight between U.S. and Europe for 22,500 miles and another flight from Europe and India.
You pay just 2,500 more miles than a trip without a full stopover that lets you see any city in Europe you’d like along the way.
Fly in Business Class between the U.S. and Northern South America
60,000 miles is a great price to pay for a round trip in Business that can take you as far as Lima, Peru or Manaus, Brazil. Try to redeem your miles on American’s partner LATAM rather than American for a lie-flat seat.
If you want to explore Brazil, use Manaus as an entry way to the country. American offers excellent “fully within” awards for Brazil that cost only 7,500 miles one way. You can easily create a fantastic Brazil itinerary with LATAM.
Save a bundle with “Wholly Within” rates
“Wholly within” is one of the best deals you can get with American miles if you’re interested in exploring a country or region rather than a one-way or roundtrip flight. They are prices for flights entirely within a single country or region.
The most attractive “wholly within” rates for one way awards in miles are:
- Peru: 6,000
- Ecuador: 5,000
- Brazil: 7,500
- Argentina: 6,000
- Russia: 10,000 (Economy) / 17,000 (Business)
- South America 1 to South America 1: 10,000 (Economy) / 20,000 (Business)
- South America 2 to South America 2: 10,000 (Economy) / 20,000 (Business)
- South America 1 to South America 2: 12,500 (Economy) / 22,500 (Business)
- Europe to Europe: 12,500 (Economy) / 22,500 (Business)
Flights within some regions can be very expensive when you pay with cash.
So for example you could fly from Rio de Janiero to Santiago, which are both in the ‘South America 2’ region, for 10,000 miles one way on American’s partner LATAM instead of paying over $1,000.
Business Class between the U.S. and Europe, Southern South America, and Korea or Japan
You’ll need 57,500 miles to fly one way in a lie-flat seat to Paris or Buenos Aires and 60,000 to Tokyo or Seoul on American or partners like Iberia, LATAM, and Japan Airlines.
These are not revolutionary but quite reasonable levels, especially for extra-long flights, like the West Coast to Europe and South America or East Coast to Asia.
It’s a great way to try Business Class for the first time.
*The information related to the AAdvantage® Aviator® Red World Elite Mastercard® has been collected by CompareCards and has not been reviewed or provided by the issuer of this card.