Aviator Red Card

Card Review & AAdvantage Miles Calculator
2X American Airlines
1st Checked Bag Free
25% In-Flight Savings
Annual Companion Pass
$25 Annual In-Flight Wi-Fi Credits

Calculate total AAdvantage Miles based on your monthly/yearly spend across the Aviator Red Card and get a rundown of the benefits offered.


The Aviator Red Card is an American Airlines AAdvantage Miles earning card offered by Barclays. Running spend through this card will earn you additional AAdvantage Miles on American Airlines purchases as well as provide several perks when flying their airline such as a free checked bag and in-flight savings.

Bonus Categories

The Aviator Red Card features American Airlines as it's only bonus category. You'll earn at the following rates with the Aviator Red:

  • 2x American Airlines
    • aa.com, AA reservations, AA vacation reservations, airport/city ticket counters
  • 1x Non-Category

If you're looking for a card strickly to use on American Airlines purchases, this is the one. Since all AAdvantage credit cards earn 1x on non-category purchases and AA doesn't really have any strong transfer partners, running non-category spend though this card could be worth it if you're going "all-in" for AAdvantage Miles.

You can earn across more categories with the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select which earns 2x on AA, restaurants, and gas station purchases. Both cards have different perks and benefits, so you'll want to be sure to note that.

Perks & Benefits

The Aviator Red Card offers a great amount of perks including a free checked bag for you and companions, an annual companion certificate, preferred boarding, and more.

  • First Checked Bag Free
    • Cardholder plus up to 4 companions on the same reservation.
  • Annual Companion Certificate
    • $99 Companion Certificate earned only after spending $20,000+ during the year.
    • Good for 1 round-trip qualifying domestic economy fare ticket.
  • Preferred Boarding
    • Cardholder plus up to 4 companions on the same reservation.
  • Annual In-Flight Wi-Fi Credits
    • $25 back as statement credit for Wi-Fi purchases on AA operated flights.
  • 25% Off In-Flight Purchases

Sign Up Bonus (SUB)

The standard AAdvantage Aviator Red Mastercard sign up bonus usually sits at or slightly below 60,000 AAdvantage Miles. The value of these miles will range depending on the destination, time of day, and time of year amongst other things. You should be able to get at least $600 in value out of that bonus. You can check out the American Airlines Award Chart on there website to see how far those miles can get you as far as flights.

Fees

Annual Fee

The Barclay AAdvantage Aviator Red Card annual fee is . The annual fee on the Citi Platinum Select Card, which has similar benefits, has the annual fee waived the first year.

Authorized User Fee

The AAdvantage Aviator Red card does not have an authorized user fee so allowing family and friends to help you build points will never set you behind.

Foreign Transaction Fee

The Aviator Red's foreign transaction fee is 0%, so overseas spending will not take away from your rewards. Only the Citi AAdvantage MileUp Card and Citi AAdvantage Gold Card have a foreign transaction fee. The other AAdvantage credit cards do not have this fee.

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You can use this rewards calculator to calculate how many points, miles, or cash back you can earn based on your spend per category. This calculator will also give you the dollar value of the card based on rewards earned and how much each benefit is worth to you minus the fees. You can click the Compare A Card button to compare this card against another card in the same calculator.

All category spend entered in the primary card's column will carry over to all credit card pages on the site so you don't have to re-enter the same information over again.

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