Barclaycard has been known to send out bonus offers for their credit cards where you can earn a nice chunk of miles or points for hitting a minimum amount of spend (usually for a few months in a row).
Around a month or so back I received a bonus offer from my AAdvantage Aviator Red credit card which I didn’t consider going for. I didn’t even think about it again until Kim got an offer for her Aviator Red.
While Kim’s offer is less lucrative than mine, I feel that it is much better than what I received.
Is more not always better when it comes to credit card bonus offers?
Let’s take a look at the offers Kim and I received.
Let’s start with the not so good.
I received an offer to earn a bonus of 30,000 bonus miles. While this sounds like something to get excited about, a significant amount of spend is needed to earn it. To earn the bonus, I’d need to spend $2,500 or more per month for six months, from December through May. Ouch!
So to earn the bonus, I need to put $15,000 in spend on my card. That’s a lot of money per month. If I was going to do that kind of spend, I’d prefer to use it towards minimum spends on new credit cards or on other cards that I have.
And now for a really solid offer.
With Kim’s offer, she can earn 15,000 bonus miles. Her offer is much more attainable as she only needs to spend $500 per month for 3 months, December through February.
To earn the bonus, Kim needs to put a total of $1,500 on her card. This definitely isn’t hard to do and makes her offer come to a 10 miles bonus per $1 spent.
- Offer is not transferable
- Given spend must be spent each calendar month
- If you do not spend the given amount in any of the months required, no bonus miles will be awarded.
Did you receive a bonus offer for the AAdvantage Aviator Red card? If so what were you offered and are you planning to earn it?
If you didn’t receive an offer (or don’t even have the card) from Barclays, which one do you feel is a better offer?