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Barclaycard Aviator Silver - EQM Earning/Posting Question

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I hope they didn't subtract last year's $4k returned charges from this year's spending.

 

And certainly you don't want to call and ask that directly. But maybe they're just slow in mileage fulfillment? Busy with finally getting new apps and sending miles for those in-flight Aviator Reds?

 

My unsolicited thought is to wait 1 more month (it is early in the year), and then call and ask why they haven't sent your EQM and EQD yet? Or here's another thought, maybe the new EQD process is still being worked out by IT, and they haven't Transferred any body's yet? I wish we had more data points for you, but this is not a very common card at CB, I don't think.

 

I have been relying on Barclaycard's accounting of my spending and not my own.

 

Interesting comment about the new EQD benefit, because while they show progress toward the EQMs and toward the companion certificate (which is tied to your card anniversary and not calendar year), there is no similar tracker for progress toward the EQD milestones.

 

I'm in no hurry for the EQMs to post for any practical reason since I have Executive Platinum status now, but it I track this stuff obsessively and would love to cross this off my list. :)

 

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Sometime in the past 24 hours the EQMs and EQDs showed up, with a posting date of 4/9.

 

Note the 1 free redeemable mile with each transaction. :lol:

 

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Just passed the threshold for the second 5,000 EQMs for 2017. I will come back and post an update when the EQMs hit my AAdavntage account.

 

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Just passed the threshold for the second 5,000 EQMs for 2017. I will come back and post an update when the EQMs hit my AAdavntage account.

 

 

The 5,000 EQMs posted sometime in the past 24 hours, D* to July 8.

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Did you get another 1 redeemable mile when they posted?

 

I'm glad Barclay's is distributing the EQMs the way they're supposed to!

 

Yes! :clapping:

 

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As of today we've finished the $50,000 in 2017 spending required to get the second 3,000 EQDs.

 

I'll monitor my AAdvantage account and report when the EQDs show up.

 

I'm really glad to be done with this card for the rest of 2017. Today -- again -- they declined a purchase that was well within our spending patterns. This one was under $1,500.

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As of today we've finished the $50,000 in 2017 spending required to get the second 3,000 EQDs.

 

I'll monitor my AAdvantage account and report when the EQDs show up.

 

I'm really glad to be done with this card for the rest of 2017. Today -- again -- they declined a purchase that was well within our spending patterns. This one was under $1,500.

 

EQDs posted last night, D* to 8/8.

 

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Going into 2017 I didn't have much insight into how much I spend on airfare, since my spending is scattered across several cards throughout the year. I also redeemed a lot of AA gift cards I bought on Ebay for 8% off in 2016.

 

I now have a pretty good handle on how to plan for 2018 travel to hit various status levels.

 

 

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I have 6 of 8 planned itineraries (some of these are one-way) already booked for the remainder of the year.

 

I should finish out 2017 with ~103,000 EQMs, ~68 EQSs, and obviously well over $12,000 EQMs, which will re-qualify me for Executive Platinum for next year.

 

I haven't estimated the EQDs spent on the remaining 2017 travel, however I have a strong feeling that this last batch of 3,000 EQMs from Aviator Silver spending was unnecessary.

 

This means that I spent $10,000 more on this card this year that I should have diverted to a different card (I needed $40,000 in spending to get the second batch of 5,000 EQMs).

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This thread popped into my mind as I prepare to depart in the am on an overnight AA segment run ...

 

As of Jul 30, I was fully on track for Exec Plat renewal this year ($7.5k EQD/90 Segments vs $12k/120 Seg req). [fwiw, EQD are $ spent on fare, excl tax] Unfortunately, about then, I entered into some contract work that would keep me tethered close to home for most of the next 4 months and air travel was almost entirely impossible. As of October, I realized that my EXP renewal was in jeopardy, despite ticketed travel to HI at Thanksgiving. I immediately moved our standard charging over to my Red Aviator, to the tune of $11k in charges in Oct/Nov (incl modest prepaid exp).

 

Sizing things up on Saturday, I'm good for the Aviator card $3k EQD card bonus when my statement cuts on the 22nd, which will just push me over the $12k threshold. EQM's are off the table as a qualifier -- the lion's share of my travel is to the Gulf states and Mid-Atlantic from Atlanta.

 

So I earn tier via Segments flown instead. As of Sat, I had 103 of 120 needed, with 4 more to be added this coming weekend, a trip next week that's good for 4, and the intent to book another trip post-Xmas for another 4, bringing Segs to 115.

 

Was fortunate that my schedule allows me to take tomorrow off for some unplanned R&R and scored a $198 rt ticket (4 seg) to FLL where I'll hang at the Hard Rock for one night (room comped via casino play). Now I'm looking at 119.

 

Still leaves me 1 segment shy. Hopefully I can book a 2-stop itinerary one way for that month-end itinerary to squeeze into another year of EXP by the skin of my teeth ;)

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This thread popped into my mind as I prepare to depart in the am on an overnight AA segment run ...

 

As of Jul 30, I was fully on track for Exec Plat renewal this year ($7.5k EQD/90 Segments vs $12k/120 Seg req). [fwiw, EQD are $ spent on fare, excl tax] Unfortunately, about then, I entered into some contract work that would keep me tethered close to home for most of the next 4 months and air travel was almost entirely impossible. As of October, I realized that my EXP renewal was in jeopardy, despite ticketed travel to HI at Thanksgiving. I immediately moved our standard charging over to my Red Aviator, to the tune of $11k in charges in Oct/Nov (incl modest prepaid exp).

 

Sizing things up on Saturday, I'm good for the Aviator card $3k EQD card bonus when my statement cuts on the 22nd, which will just push me over the $12k threshold. EQM's are off the table as a qualifier -- the lion's share of my travel is to the Gulf states and Mid-Atlantic from Atlanta.

 

So I earn tier via Segments flown instead. As of Sat, I had 103 of 120 needed, with 4 more to be added this coming weekend, a trip next week that's good for 4, and the intent to book another trip post-Xmas for another 4, bringing Segs to 115.

 

Was fortunate that my schedule allows me to take tomorrow off for some unplanned R&R and scored a $198 rt ticket (4 seg) to FLL where I'll hang at the Hard Rock for one night (room comped via casino play). Now I'm looking at 119.

 

Still leaves me 1 segment shy. Hopefully I can book a 2-stop itinerary one way for that month-end itinerary to squeeze into another year of EXP by the skin of my teeth ;)

 

I hope to never make it to EP by segments. :D

 

Of course, three years ago I hoped to never make it at all.

 

But life changes.

 

Have a great trip.

 

Have great trips.

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I've flown my last revenue flight for 2017, and I was able to renew my Executive Platinum status through January of 2019 in part thanks to this card.

 

12,000 EQDs are required for Executive Platinum.

 

Of the totals below, 6,000 of the EQDs were from Aviator spending, although as you can see I could have gotten by with just one batch of 3,000. (Each batch of 3,000 EQDs requires $25,000 in spending, and you can earn up to 6,000 in a year.)

 

Upgrade priority is about to switch (if it hasn't already) within each status tier to trailing 12 months of EQDs, so I would imagine that I will get some benefit from the second batch from the Aviator spending, but it will be impossible to know when or how much.

 

100,000 EQMs are required for Executive Platinum.

 

10,000 of the EQMs came from spending on the Aviator. (You earn 5,000 EQMs at $20,000 in spending and a second 5,000 for the next $20,000.)

 

Even with the 10,000 EQMs from spending I wouldn't have made it without my trip to Tokyo, which I took specifically for this reason.

 

I am planning to do some analysis on the value of Executive Platinum status sometime in the near future, and I'll create a post with a summary. I need to go through this exercise anyway so I can decide if it's worth all of the hijinks for 2018.

 

 

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My motivations to maintain AA EXP are difficult to quantify:

 

- Option for fee-free 24-hour itinerary change (time chg, but not route).

- Considerably higher space-available upgrade success vs Plat Pro

- Extraordinary CS (short holds, and CSR's bend over backwards to resolve queries)

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My motivations to maintain AA EXP are difficult to quantify:

 

- Option for fee-free 24-hour itinerary change (time chg, but not route).

- Considerably higher space-available upgrade success vs Plat Pro

- Extraordinary CS (short holds, and CSR's bend over backwards to resolve queries)

 

+ SWUs

 

+ Meals/snacks on virtually every flight (even if it's just a comped sandwich or snack box in Coach)

 

+ 3 checked bags included (not used frequently, but this saved my parents some money when I took them to Europe earlier this year)

 

+ Priority for standby (got me on the first flight out of Chicago the morning after a whole bunch of flights were canceled, including mine, the previous day)

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A big "double" + for the prority stand-by privileges ... I seldom have to take advantage of it because of the 24-hr gratis confirmed flight change benefit. But in dicey weather situations, where a seat can't be confirmed and "waitlist" is a necessity, this is a godsend. There's little that's more gratifying than seeing your name pop up at (or near) the #1 position of a 50-passenger wait list ;)

 

Btw, SWU'S (priority confirmed upgrades) have panned out meagerly for me. Two times I desired upgrade success the most, the BC cabins sold out (Venice and Hawaii trips).

 

Still, finally met with success with an upcoming red-eye return Dec 30 from LAS. (wait-listed for the Dec 28 outbound trip)

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I need to add up the extra, avoidable costs that would have come with accepting a lower status for next year. Some that come to mind:

  • The $195 AF on the Aviator Silver.
  • The opportunity cost of spending putting $50k of spending on the Aviator compared to a card that has rewards I would actually use.
  • Some of my SAN-MUD travel I can piggyback on some business travel (the company pays for two one-ways and I get from one home to another in the process), but I probably spend $2,500-3,000 a year OOP on other trips back and forth that are 100% personal in nature... and for these I should be using some of the 1,100,000 AA miles we have in stock at any given time.
  • The cost of the trip to Tokyo to pick up 15,000 EQMs... that was 90,000 MRs for the coach ticket, 120,000 Marriott points for the lodging, plus $1,100 OOP for tours, ground transportation, meals, etc. The $1,100 includes 2x $350 copays for my upgrades, which in addition cost 50,000 AA miles.
  • etc.
  • etc.
  • etc.

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some feedback:

 

I hear you when it comes to foregoing AA miles redemption, instead purchasing a revenue ticket for sake of earned tier credits. We've been acquiring status by the skin of our teeth, meaning little opportunity to use miles for our on travel. To avoid excessive mileage accumulation, we've gifted approx $3000 in tickets to family each of the last to years (very gratifying, but wouldn't have made a similar gift with OOP cash).

 

That said, I don't think you can infer a "cost" for miles not used in lieu of purchasing a ticket. The miles are banked and are available in the future. (I can see some "reserve" cost against possible future devaluation, however.)

 

As far as the Tokyo trip, if you don't ascribe much value to it, it seems certain to sink the relative value of the EXP tier upgrade. As I've noted, I've had to pad an extra 5-segment personal overnight trip to secure EXP for next year, but we're talking a $300 fare to PHL, and I am avidly looking forward to visiting with friends.

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This year the Barclays web site tells you the day on which your YTD spending crossed the required thresholds for earning bonus EQMs and EQDs.

 

Now let's see how long my EQMs and EQDs take to post to my AAdvantage account.

 

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This year the Barclays web site tells you the day on which your YTD spending crossed the required thresholds for earning bonus EQMs and EQDs.

 

Now let's see how long my EQMs and EQDs take to post to my AAdvantage account.

 

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EQMs and EQDs posted overnight, D* to 5/7.

 

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Eight days ago I hit the threshold for the second batch of EQMs, but they haven't posted to my AAdvantage Account yet.

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Everything is taking longer to post to my AAdvantage account lately... 

On 6/25 I booked an award ticket for TAD to spend a week in San Diego in late August/early September, and the 25,000 points for the redemption still haven't been deducted from my account.  The $11.20 in fees posted to my credit card normally.

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On 7/6/2018 at 4:00 AM, cv91915 said:

On 6/25 I booked an award ticket for TAD to spend a week in San Diego in late August/early September, and the 25,000 points for the redemption still haven't been deducted from my account.  The $11.20 in fees posted to my credit card normally.

If you happen to decide to accompany him, send a PM.  I'm doing a casino trip to the SD area the week of Aug 27.  I'd find a modest meet-up novel ...

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12 hours ago, hdporter said:

If you happen to decide to accompany him, send a PM.  I'm doing a casino trip to the SD area the week of Aug 27.  I'd find a modest meet-up novel ...

I will be in town that week.  We have friends from Northern California staying with us for part of the time (days TBD).  PM me when you know your plans.

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