Quick Hit: New Barclays Credit Card Is Here!

Quick Hit: New Barclays Credit Card Is Here!

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Several months ago I reported that Barclays would once again earn the right to issue their Aviator cards to new cardmembers.

Under the previous agreement, all US Airways cardholders had their products converted to one of the four flavors of the Aviator card. The caveat was that Barclays could not issue new products.

Now that’s changed – which means more competition and more cards which earn AAdvantage miles.

It was assumed this card would be released in early 2017, but it’s here now and ready for sign-ups!

The Sign-Up

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“Earn 40,000 AAdvantage miles after making one qualifying purchase and paying the annual fee of $95”.

Though there is an annual fee, it’s like you’re “buying” 40,000 AAdvantage miles for $95. That’s a very solid deal.

The rest of the card benefits are very similar to the AAdvantage Platinum Mastercard from Citi, but here’s a recap:

  • First checked bag free
  • Earn 10% of your redeem miles back, up to 10,000 miles, per calendar year
  • Priority 1 boarding where applicable
  • 25% inflight savings (on onboard food and beverages)
  • No foreign transaction fees

My Experience Getting This Card

I was last approved for my first (and only) US Airways card in December 2014, prior to the merger. My Aviator card has been open since then as Barclays tends to be pretty generous with retention offers and annual fee waivers – particularly with this product.

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This one-time AAdvantage bonus mileage offer is valid for first time cardmembers with new accounts only. Existing cardmembers, existing accounts and previous cardmembers with accounts closed in the past 24 months may not be eligible for this offer.

As mentioned above, my account was opened – and never closed – since December 2014. It’s now two years later and I was instantly approved for the card with a sizable credit limit.

Barclays can tend to be a bit more strict with approvals (though if you’re approved you will get the bonus, in my experience) than other banks. Here are some tips that I’ve found help with approvals from Barclays:

  • If your application goes pending, give them a call as soon as you can
  • Barclays likes to see some activity on your current cardmember accounts
  • They will shift over credit lines to open new products
  • Getting multiple products from Barclays in one day is difficult, but not impossible.
  • If possible, space out your applications by 3 – 4 (or more) months)

Bottom Line

As always, if this card doesn’t make sense for you – hold off! There are plenty of other great products out there. However, if you’re in need of AAdvantage miles and are limited by Citi, here’s a new option.

-The Miner

All images are courtesy of the author.


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