We are just a few weeks into the new year, but my family is already starting the process to earn more miles and points through credit card sign-up bonuses!
First credit card approval of 2023
My husband applied and was approved for the Barclays AAdvantage Aviator Red World Elite Mastercard (non-affiliate link). The bonus is 60,000 AA miles after making just one purchase in the first three months. Thee $99 annual fee is currently waived the first year.
Benefits of the card:
- Free checked baggage for you and up to 4 companions on domestic AA flights
- Priority boarding for you and up to 4 companions
- $25 back in statement credits for on-board WiFI charges
- 25% off inflight food and beverage purchases
- Anniversary companion certificate after spending $20k in one year
- No foreign transaction fees
- 2X miles on AA purchases, 1X miles on all other purchases
My husband and I have both owned this card before, but it’s been four years since we canceled it. The terms and conditions of the card state: “You may not be eligible for this offer if you currently have or previously had an account with us in this program.” However, data points on Doctor of Credit indicate that users are successful getting approved and getting the bonus on this card after a few years.
Why didn’t I apply for this card as player 2?
As I mentioned in my Travel Hacking 101 post, you earn the most miles and points when two players in a household apply for cards separately for twice the bonus.
However, I did not apply for this card, despite the very low requirements to get the sign-up bonus. It’s because Barclays has an unofficial rule of not approving people with more than 6 new cards in the past 24 months. I am currently sitting at 6/24, so I decided to save myself a hard credit inquiry. See Bank Application Rules You Need to Know.
What will we do with the miles?
Living in DFW, which is an AA hub, we can never have too many AA miles. Plus, we’re looking at planning another trip to Europe next year (3rd year in a row!). We will have no issues finding a good use for these AA miles.
How does my family travel so much? We use miles and points from credit card bonuses. See my Travel Hacking 101 post as well as current credit card offers here.