Barclays Aviator AAdvantage Excellent for Overseas; Better for Now than Citi

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  1. Travel Warrior

    Travel Warrior Silver Member

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    Although I'm a longtime Citigold customer and was among the first to ever receive their credit card cobranded with American (for the first year, merchants couldn't figure out how I could have a MasterCard with American's logo on it!), I also opened and kept a Barclays US Air card. That card is now grandfathered with American, meaning as I understand it Barclays can't sign up new customers but can grandfather their existing customers to receive American miles and benefits. I'm heading to Europe later this week and the Barclays co-branded card is far better than Citi's, at least for now. Citi is finally issuing a card with a chip, which is widely used outside the U.S., but Citi's card still requires a signature. That increasingly is a problem at train stations, toll booths and other places outside the U.S. that require both a chip and a PIN. Also, Citi is still charging a foreign transaction fee. In comparison, my Barlcays card co-branded with American is both chip and PIN and has no foreign transaction fee.
     
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    I use my Chase Cards overseas, but I thought my AA Ex card did not charge Foreign transaction fees.


    i use my SPG to gain AA miles, 1.25 on transfer. whenever possible.

    The US Air Card, and AA cards collect dust unless they have a purchase bonus, sure going to miss Costco/AA

    Good luck with that chip card when the machines are down, and want exact change before getting on the tram/train.

    Have a good trip.
     
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    I am also transitioning from the Citi AA cards to the Barclay US Air (now "Aviator") cards, and for much the same reason -- no foreign transaction fees. With the benefits of the Barclay Aviator card pretty much the same as the Citi AA card insofar as mileage earning, priority boarding (I'm already Lifetime Platinum with AA anyway), free luggage, redeemed points rebates, etc., the lack of an extra 3% charge is the decider.

    Up until the end of last month, Barclay was also giving 1.5 AA miles per dollar, which sweetened the pot even more.

    And I've had no problem with Barclay acceptance even without a Chip and Pin. I realize some machines overseas do require the Chip + PIN technology card, but for those few I have a European-issued card from my German bank.
     
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    For people reading this that have the Barclay chip and pin, make sure you use it at a regular chip and signature vendor at least once before you try the chip and pin. You'll set up the pin on the website or by phone when you activate the card.
     
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    SPG just sent me a chip card, and gets 1.25 on the points with AA.

    AA Ex 3X on many items till 8/30,

    Have the Aviator Card also..

    I just love Credit Cards...will tell the Aviator good by one day soon, unless they make a good offer..
     
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    As mentioned above, I'd tell Citi good-by before I canceled Aviator.

    As to SPG, I think Starpoints are worth much more than 1.25 AA miles. I redeem them for Starwood hotel stays (either points or points+cash).
     
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    Citi will stop charging a FTF on my AA Platinum card on Nov. 15.
     
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    I just got an e-mail saying something similar about my Citi AA VISA card. Maybe they're getting with the program now that they're competing with Barclay's.
     
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    On my current trip to Europe I have used the card three times, and each time I was asked to sign, never to enter my pin.
     
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    Watch for Amex to push the chip, NF

    Watch for Citi AA to put Aviator on the ground,

    Amex will be very aggressive next year,,,
     
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    Citi must be feeling confident, just called in to get my annual statement credit to offset the annual fee but was told there are NO retention offers currently. Even a US based 'supervisor' wouldn't do anything for me. Buh-bye Citi. Who knows what Barclays will do but I'll watch until that annual fee comes due.
     
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    You'll likely see that most of the time but it should now work at kiosk (train stations, etc. ) with a PIN (in theory according to Barclays).
     
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    Sounds like it's time to cancel the Citi cards, stick with the grandfathered Barclays for 24 months and reapply for the Citi cards again :)
     
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    I would have expected it to be a full time chip and pin card.
     
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    Speaking of Barclays AA Card, how long will Barclay AA card be around?
     
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    I know Barclays Bank is getting criticism for being too unwieldy, but haven't heard anything about them planning to spin off their credit card business. I'd guess they'll be around for the indefinite future.

    They seem to have better promotions, and seem more customer-friendly than Citi. Barclay's was the first AA-branded credit card to forego the foreign transaction fee, and essentially caused Citi to follow their lead (as noted up-thread). I suspect they'll compete well with Citi for AAdvantage members.
     

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