The AAdvantage Aviator Business Card from Barclays is available once more. The card was initially pulled late last year as American Airlines changed its AAdvantage loyalty program.
Barclays Re-Introduces AAdvantage Aviator Business Card
American Airlines made significant changes to its popular AAdvantage frequent flyer program in late 2021. These changes included introducing Loyalty Points and the phasing out of Elite Qualifying Miles, Elite Qualifying Dollars, and Elite Qualifying Segments. That process also saw alterations to the airline’s elite statuses, necessitating some of the carrier’s co-branded credit cards to be pulled from the market.
The AAdvantage® Aviator® World Elite Business Mastercard® was one such credit card. The card was quietly removed in November but returned for March 2022 with a new welcome bonus.
New Aviator Business Card Features
Now live, the AAdvantage® Aviator® World Elite Business Mastercard® from Barclays features a sign-up bonus of up to 70,000 miles after meeting very modest minimum spending requirements. New accounts earn 70,000 bonus AAdvantage miles as follows:
- Earn 60,000 miles after making $1,000 in purchases within the first 90 days of account opening
- Earn an additional 10,000 miles after the first purchase is made on an employee card
The Aviator Business also provides plenty of everyday value for businesses that frequently fly with American or another Oneworld carrier. The card earns 2X miles on American Airlines purchases and on office supply, telecom, or car rental purchases, plus 1X miles on everything else.
Cardholders also enjoy the following perks for the card $95 annual fee:
- 25% savings on in-flight food and beverages
- First checked bag free
- Preferred boarding for up to 4 companions
- Annual companion certificate for $99 after spending $30,000 per year
- 5% AAdvantage® mileage bonus on account anniversary on all miles earned
- Complimentary employee cards
Other AAdvantage Business Credit Cards
Citi also issues AAdvantage credit cards for personal and small business use. The CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® Mastercard® is a similarly priced card ($99 annual fee, waived for the first year), and providing similar – if slightly more travel-focused – features to Barclays’ small business card.
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