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Best Ever: Barclay Business Aviator 80k welcome offer

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Barclay Aviator Business 80k Offer

Barclay had been running a great Business Aviator deal for the last year that required some employee spend to hit the bonus. That just changed. You can now earn up to 80k American Aadvantage miles with their new sign up. I think this is a stellar offer, one that I will most likely sign up for myself, but alas, I have no affiliate links this is just a bad mamajama of a deal. Let’s break it down

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Breaking down the Barclay Aadvantage Aviator Business 80k offfer

This is a pretty straight forward, two tiered offer that works like this:

  • Spend $1k in 90 days, receive 50k Aadvantage Miles
  • Earn another 30k after you spend $6k total in 12 month

The Earn Structure of the card

  • 2x on AA flights
  • 2x on office supplies, telecom and car rental merchants

Benefits

  • Annual 5% bonus on miles accrued on the card per year
  • 1st checked bag free for up to you and 4 companions
  • Companion Certificate after $30k spend
  • Preferred Boarding
  • Spend $25k, get $3k EQD
  • 25% inflight savings
  • No foreign transactions fees
  • Reduced Mileage Award access

Is this the best ever offer on the card?

Whenever you’re looking to pick up a co-branded credit card, and really any card ever, you want to make sure you’re nabbing it when the offer is the highest, or close to the highest, ever. I believe, and correct me if I’m wrong, that this is the best ever welcome offer for the card we’ve seen. Prior to this the 75k offer that required employee spend took top marks.

Does this affect my 5/24

Barclay business cards don’t reflect as a new card added to your personal credit profile and as a result, won’t add to your 5/24 number. If you’re unfamiliar, this is a ratio that Chase uses to discern whether they will approve you for one of their cards. Any more than 4 new account openings in the past 24 months and you won’t be approved.

Do you have a business?

Barclay has gotten progressively “sticky” when it comes to businesses, even those with EINs, requiring financials to be submitted or detailed over the phone. This doesn’t mean you won’t be approved if you are a sole proprietor which can range from being a blogger to a drop shipper, but you may face increased scrutiny.

Do you qualify?

Barclay discloses that this offer may not be available to you if you have another Barclay account. Anecdotally, some people claim to have had the card before, cancelled it, and then 6 months to a year later either got targeted or decided they made a mistake and wanted it back, and qualified for an offer again. Others were not afforded the same luxury.

Great Uses of 80k AA miles

The best uses of AA miles are international business class flights

Business Class to Europe

You can fly to Europe for around 57.5k or 60k AA miles ( the 57.5k is the saver level, and 60k is a common web special fare ) on AA or any of its partners that have space. I’ve luckily been able to find and use this space twice this year for my wife and I.

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Japan in Business Class for 60k or first class for 85k

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QSuites to Middle East/Maldives for 70k and Africa for 75k

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Overall:

Certainly, if you have not had this card, maintain a business, and want to take advantage of American miles, this is a fantastic, best ever offer. The minimum spend requirement is a low for the first 50k miles at just $1k in 3 months, and the next tier requires just $6k spend in a year.

The biggest deterrent is Barclay’s often arduous application process, but if you’re willing to put in the effort, your account will have 80k more miles in it with quite little effort.

 

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The Chase Sapphire Preferred® is a great starter card that earns Premium Ultimate Rewards that can be transferred into over a dozen partners many of which are US based including Hyatt, Southwest, United, IHG, and Marriott.

Welcome Offer

Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. 

Annual Fee

$95

Points Earned

Transferrable Chase Ultimate Rewards

  • Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
    • That’s $750 when you redeem through Chase Travel℠
  • 5x on all travel purchased through Chase Travel℠
  • 3x on dining, including eligible delivery services for takeout & dining out
  • 3x on select streaming services
  • 3x on online grocery purchases
    • (excluding Target, Walmart and wholesale clubs)
  • $50 Annual Chase Travel Hotel Credit via Chase Travel℠
    • The begins immediately for new cardmembers and after your account anniversary for existing cardmembers
  • 2x on all other travel
  • 10% Anniversary Bonus
    • Every year you keep the card, your total spend will yield a 10% points bonus. If you spend $10k in a year, you’ll get 1k bonus points
  • Chase Sapphire Preferred continues to redeem at 1.25c in the Chase Travel℠ and the slew of other benefits remain in tact including Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver ( primary ), purchase protections, etc.
  • Points are transferrable to 14 Ultimate Rewards partners
  • Redeem in Chase Travel℠ for 1.25 cents per point
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Suite of Travel and Purchase Coverage
    • Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver is my favorite
  • Get complimentary access to DashPass which unlocks $0 delivery fees and lower service fees for a minimum of one year when you activate by December 31, 2024
  • $95 Annual Fee

We keep an up to date spreadsheet that lists the best ever offers: You can find that spreadsheet here.

Historically 80k is a very, very good offer and hit in both 2022 and 2023. In 2021, we saw the offer hit an all time high of 100k. Who knows if that will ever come back.

Main Cast: 

Cards that earn flexible points and should be used on the bulk of your purchases.

Supporting Cast:

Cards that earn fixed points in the currency of the airline/hotel and can not be transferred at attractive rates. These cards yield benefits that make it worth keeping, but not necessarily worth putting a lot of your everyday spend on. 

The Chase Sapphire Preferred® is exceptional starter card and offers transferrable Ultimate Rewards, and pairs well with other Chase cards.

If you carry this card alongside Chase’s cashback cards like the Chase Freedom Flex®  and Chase Freedom Unlimited® or the business versions: Ink Business Cash® , Ink Business Unlimited® you can combine the points into Preferred account and transfer into hotel and airline partners

Annual fee is quite low at $95 a year + you get a 10% anniversary bonus on points + $50 hotel credit in Chase travel.

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