It is clear that Citi will be THE issuer of American AAdvantage credit card products in the USA when the AAdvantage and Dividend Miles programs merge. However, it’s just as clear that Barclaycard intends to offer its existing Dividend Miles card members compelling reasons to stay when the combined program emerges sometime next year because they will be able to maintain their existing card accounts. There will be a Barclaycard AAdvantage card going forward.

HT: The Points Guy

Barclaycard is now offering two card products for existing US Airways card members. First up is the AAdvantage Aviator Silver World Elite MasterCard. It offers compelling benefits for its $195 annual fee which include:

  • 3 X miles on US and AA flights.
  • 2 X miles on hotels and rental cars.
  • 1 X miles on other purchases.
  • 5,000 elite qualifying miles on $20K in purchases, and 5,000 more when you reach $40K in purchases. (10K max per year)
  • Free checked bag for yourself and up to 8 other travelers.
  • 10 percent redemption rebate up to 10K miles per year.

There’s also the AAdvantage Aviator Red card, which at an annual fee of $89, will be the most recognizable/familiar to existing Dividend Card members. It will offer:

  • 2 X miles on US and AA flights.
  • 1 X miles on all other purchases.
  • Free checked bag for yourself and up to 4 other travelers.
  • 10 percent redemption rebate up to 10K miles per year.

The list of benefits for both cards is not meant to be all inclusive, and there are other benefits including companion travel, EMV chip, and companion travel benefits that vary by card.

MJ’s Take

I’m impressed that Barclay card is offering some compelling benefits to its existing Dividend Miles cardmembers. The Aviator Silver card is difficult to ignore. with its 3 X miles on AA and US purchases, elite qualifying miles, etc. It depends on your needs and habits, but I think the more expensive of these two cards would be my pick. The 3 X miles and 2 X on hotels and rental cars is attractive to me. I don’t currently have a Barclaycard US Airways product, but this may be enough to move me towards applying while I still can.

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-MJ, October 27, 2014