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:
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.
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