The Barclays Aadvantage Aviator Red World Elite Mastercard is once again offering a $99 Companion Certificate as part of its welcome bonus. Getting both 60,000 American Airlines miles and a $99 Companion Certificate for making a single purchase paying the $99 annual fee continues to be a terrific value for those who can be approved.
The Offer & Key Card Details
As noted at the top, this card offers an excellent bonus when you consider the fact that there is no minimum spending requirement beyond a single purchase and paying the $99 annual fee within the first 3 months. The miles alone make this card a great deal; the companion certificate is icing on the cake.
That companion certificate is limited to round trip domestic flights in economy class and your companion will pay $99 plus taxes (from a total of $121), so it’s more useful to think of it as a companion discount. Still, there are times when that could come in handy and having it available beats not having it.
For those without an American Airlines credit card, keep in mind that one of the often unsung benefits of an AA credit card is the ability to book reduced mileage awards. While variable pricing means that those awards may not be the value they once were, there are times when you’ll save big with those awards (and in fact once in the last year I forgot about reduced mileage awards and overpaid for an award flight!). Another key benefit here is a free checked bag — and as you’ll see in our Free Checked Bags via Credit Card Complete Guide, you do not need to pay for your flight with your Aviator card to access this benefit (though you do need your AAdvantage number on the reservation — officially 7 days in advance, though I’ve had luck with travel booked within 7 days of departure as well).
Those who have or have previously had an Aviator card are unlikely to be approved. I am not sure how long an Aviator card needs to be closed in order to be approved again, but I’ve heard plenty of negative data points. I’d not expect to be approved if you’ve had the card in the past couple of years.
However, those who are eligible can score an easy win with this offer.
H/T: Doctor of Credit