Barclay Returns with Flight Cents Today (Amazing Mileage Earning)
(we don’t have any referral links for the Barclay Aviator Card)
The Barclay Aviator Card has been one of my favorite cards for a while, mostly because they have amazing promotions that make it super easy to rack up a ton of miles. It’s not widely mentioned on the blogs, probably because finding referral links to make a commission are hard to come by 🙂
Their extremely lucrative and popular Flight Cents promotion that they tested last year is back starting today, and I want to give it proper due on the blog. We will be using it to the max, and you should not miss this one.
American Airlines and US Airways merged quite some time ago, and the credit cards were a bit of a SNAFU. Barclay held the US Airways portfolio and Citi was American. They were both allowed to issue cards and Barclay went with “Aviator” as their moniker.
Flight Cents is a promo that they rolled out last year that on paper sounded amazing. Would it work out to be the same in reality? The answer – a resounding yes. Here’s how it works.
Also, I made some updates from the comments section below – apparently I’m not a math major. BUT – in the initial run before the rollout here, the earning was 1 mile per penny, now it’s 1 per 2 pennies. Sorry y’all!
- Make any purchase, let’s say a Latte for $3.20
- You get 3 miles (for the $3) and they will round up the purchase to $4.
- The extra 80 cents you get 1 mile per 2 cents, so an extra 40 miles.
- Total miles earned off of your $3.20 latte ($4 purchase) = 43
As you can see, depending on what you buy and how often you buy it, this adds up to a MASSIVE amount of miles.
Last year during the promotion we received an extra 13,000 miles just off the flight cents promo alone. Think of all the things out there that you buy that you don’t round-up and how many miles you can earn.
Setting the Threshold
In order to “opt-in” to the promotion you have to set your Flight Cents threshold. Barclay isn’t just going to go hog wild on your purchases, rounding up like crazy. They want to make sure to put a limit on your spend (half because they don’t want to go overboard with your bill and the other half to make sure you don’t abuse the system).
Your Flight Cents threshold will be set to $0 by default, but when you log into your Barclay’s account you can set a different level. My suggestion? Max it out at $500.
Now, each month you can not spend past $500 in rounding up. That shouldn’t be too hard. Even if you made 15 purchases a day and rounded up 99 cents on each one, that wouldn’t get you to $460.35, so I don’t expect anyone will reach the $500 limit. It should be noted that if you did make 15 purchases a day that rounded up that much, you would earn an extra 23,017 miles each month. You would be buying miles at 2 cents each. Not the best, but not the worst either for an extra promotion.
Danger Will Robinson
My thought? Skirt under the radar with this one. Barclay’s is notorious for shutting down accounts that game the system. You should make normal purchases in your day to day, and if you find that you’re going to be able to use your Barclay card for some of then, that’s a win! Just use this as an extra way to bulk your AAdvantage account with extra miles.
Plus, you don’t want to be “that guy…” You know “that guy,” right? The ass that kills the deal for everyone? Yea – don’t be that guy.
You should be enrolled automatically right now, but in order for it to work, you must set the threshold. Log in to your BarclayCard account and the signup will be on the right hand side.