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Currently, Barclay is offering 60k bonus points after a single purchase on two of their Barclay Aviator branded cards: Aviator Red and Aviator Business. Incredible offers, and I personally have both of these cards. You also get 10% back with the Aviator Red, so if you were to sign up for both cards, you actually can redeem 130k points because 10k will be refunded after you use your first 100k. Anyways…many of you may sign up because of the quick bonus, although it may not be as quick as you thought.
The bonus on both cards is advertised as being given after a single purchase; however, you also need to pay your annual fee. The annual fee is billed at the end of your first billing cycle, meaning even if you’ve made your required purchase, you points won’t credit until you’ve paid your bill, and then the cycle that shows your bill paid has closed. This translates to you not getting your points until the end of your second billing cycle. Probably longer than you’d hoped when signing up.
Get them a full month faster
One way to expedite getting your points is to pay your annual fee prior to receiving your first statement. When you do this, and make a purchase in your first month, you’ll receive your bonus points when your first cycle ends, which should be a full 30 days sooner than you’d otherwise receive them. This could be very important if you were planning on utilizing the bonus miles on a specific trip only to find out you won’t get them for another 30 days because the annual fee isn’t paid.
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