10% Redemption Bonus from the Barclay AAdvantage Aviator Red Card Already Posting

I received an email from Barclay recently, notifying me that my new Barclay AAdvantage Aviator Red credit card would arrive in April. The rebranded card already appears in place of my old US Airways Mastercard when I login to my Barclay account, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that the card’s 10% award redemption rebate has already kicked in:

AAdvantage 10 Award Rebate

I recently redeemed two round-trips and a one-way domestic economy award for a total of 62,500 AAdvantage miles. After picking up yet another Citi Platinum AAdvantage credit card, I knew I would receive 10% of those redeemed AAdvantage miles back as a credit card benefit. However, I did not expect that benefit to (partially) come from the Barclay AAdvantage Aviator Red card. Yet, there they were shortly after I redeemed the miles: A total of 6,250 miles credited back to my AAdvantage account. It’s a bit strange that the 10% rebate showed up in increments of 625 and that they were split between Citi and Barclays, but it all adds up to the correct amount so no complaints on my end.

If you don’t currently have a Citi Platinum AAdvantage credit card, it’s good to know that you don’t have to wait for your AAdvantage Aviator Red or Silver card to arrive before taking advantage of the 10% award redemption rebate. 

I did a quick online search to find other reports of folks receiving the 10% redemption rebate from the Aviator Red card and came across a post from Doctor of Credit. It was published two days before my rebate posted and explained that the 10% award rebate benefit had kicked in just as Barclays had promised – right when the two rewards programs merged. The post also brings us bad news: The 10% rebate from the Citi and Barclays credit cards cannot be stacked. So if you redeem more than 100,000 miles in a year, you will still only get the maximum 10,000 miles back – no matter how many credit cards you have with this benefit. 

As a reminder, Barclays will be sending out the new AAdvantage Aviator Red and Silver cards between April 1 – July 15, 2015. I received an email saying I should receive mine in April, so yours may also arrive sooner than expected. Until the rebranded card arrives, you can still earn 50% bonus miles (on up to $20,000 worth of spend) with the US Airways Dividend Miles Mastercard. The miles will be deposited into your American Airlines AAdvantage account.

Barclay AAdvantage Aviator Red Card

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Ariana Arghandewal


  1. Hi Ariana!
    Will the new Red card not have the 50% bonus on spend that we have with the US airways MC?

    Really enjoy your posts!

  2. Do you have to use that branded card for the taxes/fees copay in order to receive the rebate? Or can I pay with my CSP card, and get the rebate back from Barclays (since I’d be recognized as a cardholder with that benefit, etc.) Thank you!

    • You don’t have to use the AAdvantage credit cards to get the rebate. I used my Barclay Arrival card to pay taxes on those award bookings and the rebate still posted.

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