[Expired] Interesting: 20x at eBags, 6x at Staples with Aviator card [Targeted?]

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Barclaycard has sent out an interesting email advertising up to 20 miles per dollar when I use my Aviator card through AAdvantage eShopping. Initially, I assumed it was just some marketing encouraging me to shop through AAdvantage, but upon further inspection it looks as if they are actually offering large increased bonuses for Aviator card holders at Staples, eBags, and Sak’s Fifth Avenue when shopping through AAdvantage eShopping — up to 20 miles per dollar at eBags.com, starting today, which could pair well with Cyber Monday sales.

The Deal

  • Extra American AAdvantage miles for Aviator card holders from November 27th through December 3rd
  • Earn up to 20 miles per dollar
  • Direct link to promo

Key Terms

  • Valid for purchases from 12:01am November 27th to 11:59pm ET December 3, 2017

Quick Thoughts

This looks like a nice deal. It may be targeted, but I’m not sure. The link above takes you to the splash page, where you’ll need to click “shop now”. There are only three retailers participating, but the payouts are pretty good:

While 20x at eBags isn’t utterly showstopping, it’s a very good payout — especially if you’re pairing it with items that are already-discounted for Cyber Monday or Tumi luggage that’s already on a semi-annual sale. When I click through the link there to eBags, however, it only shows 10x – the public rate today:

That leads me to believe that the extra bonus will come for Aviator card holders. It’s unclear as to whether or not you have to use your Aviator card to get the bonus — the email suggests that you have to shop through AAdvantage eShopping and use your Aviator card:

Of course, maybe you also earn 20x when you use another card for purchases at select merchants. We’d suggest using your Aviator card just in case.

In addition to the payout at eBags, 6x at Staples is pretty rare. Looking at the best rate history on CashBackMonitor.com, it looks like 6x or better has come around a few times but certainly isn’t common:

Bottom line

This is an interesting promo. With the ability stack either the Amex Offer for $25 back on $125 or the Chase Offer for $20 back on $100 with 20x American Airlines AAdvantage miles, you could do pretty well on an eBags purchase today. It’s unclear as to whether this is targeted — if you received the email, I suggest clicking through the link in that email just in case.

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