Aviator Business Card

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2X American Airlines
2X Office Supply Stores
2X Telecommunications
2X Rental Cars
1st Checked Bag Free
Preferred Boarding
25% Off In-Flight
5% AAdvantage Mileage Bonus
Companion Certificate

Get the rundown of the benefits offered on the Aviator Business Card, calculate how many miles you can earn based on spend, and compare against top cards.


The Barclays Aviator Business Card is a great selection for any business that wishes to accumulate additional miles in the American Airlines AAdvantage Program. It provides several bonus categories great for businesses along with perks and benefits specific to AA.

Bonus Categories

The Barclays AAdvantage Aviator Business Card has four bonus categories.

  • 2x American Airlines
    • aa.com, AA reservations, AA vacation reservations, airport/city ticket counters
  • 2x Office Supply Stores
  • 2x Telecommunications
  • 2x Car Rentals
  • 1x Non-Category

Earning 2x is the best you'll get across all four categories when it comes to earning AAdvantage Miles. You can earn the same 2x rate on telecommunications and car rentals with the CitiBusiness AAdvantage Platinum Select Card.

There's not a good card for non-category spend if you're looking to earn AAdvantage Miles. You can either run spend through any of AA credit card and earn 1 AAdvantage Mile per $1 spent or find a card that earns a higher return such as a 2% cash back credit card or a credit card that's great for everyday spend.

Perks & Benefits

The AAdvantage Aviator Business Card is packed with a good amount of perks that can save you time, money, and miles with American Airlines. These benfits include:

  • 5% Mileage Bonus
    • Offered on account anniversary based on total amount of miles earned during the card member year.
  • First Checked Bag Free
    • Cardholder plus up to 4 companions on the same reservation.
  • Annual Companion Certificate
    • $99 Companion Certificate earned only after spending $30,000+ 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.
  • Earn Elite Qualifying Dollars
    • Earn 3,000 EQDs when you spend $25,000+ on the card during the calendar year.
    • Does not count towards Million Miler Status.
  • 25% Off In-Flight Purchases

The benefits that stand out most is the ability to earn EQDs with heavy spend and the 5% mileage bonus. Both of these benefits are not offered on the CitiBusiness AAdvantage Platinum Select Card.

If you don't have AAdvantage Elite Status, the first checked bag free can save you some money. You should also be able to squeeze some value out of the Companion Certificate as well.

Sign Up Bonus (SUB)

The signup bonus for the Barclay Aviator Business Card usually hovers around 40,000 bonus miles. At my rate of 1.4 cents per mile, 40,000 AAdvantage Miles is worth $560. It could be worth more or less depending on the redemption. The best way to know their value to you, is to head over to AA's website and look for flights that cost around that amount. Once you find a flight, note how much it costs in points and how much that same flight costs in cash. You can use the Points and Miles Cash Value Calculator to plug in amounts and see how much value you're getting out of your AA miles.

Fees

Annual Fee

The annual fee for the AAdvantage Aviator Business Card is $95. This is average for this type of reward card. It could easily be worth the fee if you plan on using the card consistently to rake up AAdvantage Miles. The very similar CitiBusiness Platinum Select Card has the annual fee waived the first year before paying the $95 on the renewal.

Authorized User Fee

The AAdvantage Aviator Business Card does not have an authorized user fee. This allows you to add family and friends so that you can work together to build AAdvantage Miles faster.

Foreign Transaction Fee

The Barclay AAdvantage Aviator foreign transaction fee is 0%. Besides the Citi AAdvantage MileUp Card and the Citi AAdvantage Gold Card, the other AAdvantage credit cards have no foreign transaction fee.

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