Back in March I was surprised when I had paid my AAdvantage Aviator Red card’s bill even though the card hadn’t arrived.
For those of you confused by what I am talking about, I’ll quickly explain. Due to American Airlines and US Airways merging, the Barclays US Airways credit card was being switched over to the AA Aviator credit card.
When my bill arrived in the mail a few weeks back with the $89 annual fee included, I knew there was an important call that I had to make. I needed to call Barclays to see if there were any retention offers.
Besides cards that offer a benefit like a free night for paying an annual fee (IHG), I am usually not willing to pay a fee. With so many credit cards to choose from, I can’t say that I see the need to pay unnecessary fees.
I was hoping that Barclays would waive the fee or offer me a really nice bonus to think twice about closing my account. I’d like to hold onto the Aviator Red for a few reasons.
- I am down to only one other AA credit card which will probably get closed soon.
- Barclays offers generous bonuses from time to time.
- You can not apply for an AAdvantage Aviator Red card. Once it closes, you can not get it again.
I called the customer service phone number on the back of my card (866-928-3075) to see if Barclays could help me out.
After briefly speaking to the first rep and explaining that I wanted to close my card I was transferred to a specialist. I again mentioned that I didn’t want to pay the fee on my card and was thinking of closing it.
Within a matter of seconds, the specialist offered to waive the fee. She mentioned how I could try out the card for another year for free to see if I like it or not.
This seemed way too easy so I asked if there were any other offers.
A quick check was done and I was offered (for 90 days) one extra mile per $1 spent in three categories- gas, groceries and utilities. With the offer I could earn a max of 8,000 bonus miles.
Although I don’t see using the AAdvantage Aviator Red card for spend in these categories, I still accepted it along with the fee being waived.
Overall, I’m happy that I was offered the card fee-free for another year. Now, I’m just hoping a sweet bonus offer comes my way in the future!
Do you have an AAdvantage Aviator card? If so do you plan to keep it or close it when the fee posts?
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