AAdvantage Aviator Red Review: Rich and Easy-to-Snag Sign-Up Bonus

Earn the bonus after making one purchase and paying the annual fee. Other perks include free checked bags and a companion pass.
Apr 18, 2022

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Frequently asked questions
Is the AAdvantage Aviator® Red card worth it?

The AAdvantage® Aviator® Red World Elite Mastercard® offers benefits that have more value when you fly American Airlines frequently. If you typically fly on other airlines, you may prefer other airline cards or a general travel rewards credit card.

What is the annual fee for an Aviator Mastercard?

The annual fee for the AAdvantage® Aviator® Red World Elite Mastercard® is $99. The annual fee for the AAdvantage® Aviator® Silver Mastercard® is $199.

How many miles do you need to get a free flight?

The value of airline miles can change depending on where and when you travel. On American Airlines, you can book a one-way, domestic economy flight for as little as 7,500 miles.

What credit score is needed for the Aviator Red card?

To qualify for the AAdvantage® Aviator® Red World Elite Mastercard®, you need a good to excellent credit score, corresponding to a FICO score of 690 to 850.

How much is 1,000 American Airlines miles worth?

Nerdwallet values American Airlines miles at 1.2 cents apiece, making 1,000 miles worth $12. However, you need at least 7,500 AAdvantage miles to book award travel.