Correction: 60K after $1K in purchases w/ Biz Aviator card

If you’re looking for American Airlines AAdvantage miles, the offer on the AAdvantage Aviator Business Mastercard has increased to 60,000 miles after first purchase update: after $1,000 in purchases within the first 90 days and payment of the $95 annual fee (note: the old offer required 1 purchase, the new offer requires $1K in purchases). While some people find AA miles very useful and others not at all, this is certainly a way to pad your balance without much effort if interested.

The Offer & Key Card Details

AAdvantage® AviatorTM Business MasterCard®
60K miles
60k miles after $1K in purchases within 90 days and payment of the $95 AF

$95 Annual Fee


Card Type: Mastercard

Base
Travel
Phone
Office

Earning rate: ⚬ 2X AA, office supply, telecommunications services, and at car rental agencies ⚬ 1X everywhere else

Big spend bonus: $99 companion certificate with $30K account year spend; $3K elite qualifying dollars (EQDs) with $25K calendar year spend

Noteworthy perks: ⚬ First checked bag free ⚬ Preferred boarding ⚬ 5% bonus on miles earned the previous year after AF is paid ⚬ Reduced mileage awards ⚬ 25% statement credit on in-flight purchases

Quick Thoughts

Some people love AA miles and others hate them. Anecdotally, I’ve seen a lot more saver space open up over the past year than in the previous year or two, so it has looked to be improving based on my searches. Of course, that is likely route-dependent.

Still, the most valuable use of AAdvantage miles for most travelers remains for travel in international premium cabins on American’s partners. However, rumors abound that Etihad, arguably the most “glamorous” of American’s partners, may sever ties with American and join the Star Alliance any day now. If you’re looking to score this bonus with the hopes of flying on Etihad, it’s worth noting that it’s a gamble as to whether or not you’ll receive the miles in time (though note the end of ties is still a rumor and could easily fail to materialize).

Etihad first class is currently a great use of AA miles, but it is rumored that the partnership may end any day now.

Note also that some readers have reported that approvals on this card are harder than most business cards. That situation will of course vary from one person to the next, but it’s worth noting that Barclay’s may request additional documentation about your business.

H/T: Reader jeph36

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JB San Diego

Requires $1,000 in spend, not after first purchase.

Troy
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Troy

How’s the churn on this? If I opened this 12mo ago and closed a couple weeks ago do I have a shot at the bonus despite the language?

Drew
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Drew

Ugh, it’s impossible to get approved for Barclays when you’re infinity/24…

Jason Morgan
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Jason Morgan

Title on Boarding Area still says 1st purchase.

CaveDweller
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I had this last year JUST to prove a point I brought a $1 Large McD coffee+9% tax .Got the points Dumped the card 11 months later .The Fools just gave me a Hawaiian airlines card their Insane I wonder if they can read .
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Chip

I signed up last night and got instantly approved despite having opened 31 cards (and closing 17 of them) over the past four years. I did however take a hard hit on my TransUnion credit report. Which is a disappointment since that will probably set me back from my goal of getting under 5/24 with Chase.

Jeff
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The hard pull won’t count against 5/24, since it’s the new accounts that Chase is counting, not the pulls. The business card won’t show up under the accounts in your personal credit report, so you’re still on your path to getting under 5/24.

Jake
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A new credit inquiry from this card will NOT add to your 5/24 number.

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Chip
Ur a CC Stud Thank You..

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