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You can now request the AAdvantage Aviator Silver card

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The information related to the AAdvantage® Aviator® Red World Elite Mastercard® and AAdvantage® Aviator® Silver World Elite Mastercard® has been collected by CompareCards and has not been reviewed or provided by the issuer of this card.

Update: If you want an AAdvantage® Aviator® Silver World Elite Mastercard®* , you need to first hold an AAdvantage® Aviator® Red World Elite Mastercard® card for at least 60 days, and then request an upgrade to the Silver by calling the number on the back of your card.

Now that the US Airways MasterCard is phasing out, Barclays is transitioning users into the new AAdvantage® Aviator® Red World Elite Mastercard® and AAdvantage® Aviator® Silver World Elite Mastercard®*.

The AAdvantage® Aviator® Silver World Elite Mastercard®* is not available for new applicants, though the AAdvantage® Aviator® Red World Elite Mastercard® is still accepting applications and offers:

  • Limited Time Offer: Earn 50,000 bonus miles after making your first purchase in the first 90 days and paying the annual fee
  • Earn 2X AAdvantage® miles on eligible American Airlines purchases
  • Earn 1X AAdvantage® mileson all other purchases
  • Earn $3,000 Elite Qualifying Dollars after spending $25,000 on purchases each calendar year
  • 10% of your redeemed miles back 10,000 miles maximum per calendar year

The most interesting feature is the ability to earn American AAdvantage® elite qualifying miles from your card spending, up to 10,000 per year (5,000 after $20,000 in annual purchases, 5,000 more after $40,000 in purchases).

And a lot of people who weren’t invited have been frustrated that calling into request an upgrade since then has been met with no luck.

Barclays confirms that if you have an AAdvantage® Aviator® Red World Elite Mastercard®, and have had the account for at least 60 days, you can call in and request an upgrade to the Advantage® Aviator® Silver World Elite Mastercard®*.

There’s no guarantee you’ll be approved or even eligible for it – and they’re not revealing the criteria they and American might use to decide who can get the upgraded card.

But at least you can now check, upgrading on the spot if you’re eligible. We’ve had readers report successful upgrades coming through.

You can also request a product change to the other Aviator cards if you’re interested in a lower annual fee, though with fewer benefits than the AAdvantage® Aviator® Red World Elite Mastercard®.

You can compare the benefits of each card here.

So if you’re in the hunt for American AAdvantage® elite status, and have an Aviator Red card in your possession, now might be a good time to think about the upgrade to a Advantage® Aviator® Silver World Elite Mastercard®*.

*This offer and/or promotion has since changed, expired, or is no longer available.


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