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Barclays Aviator Silver EQD Devaluation: One Man's Gastronomic Response

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With the EQD earning potential on the Aviator Silver MasterCard effectively gutted (the spending requirement for 3,000 EQDs has doubled, and you can now only earn a total of 3,000 instead of 6,000 EQDs no matter how much you spend on the card), I've been on the fence about renewing and paying the $195 annual fee.

 

I finally decided to renew, mainly so I could be the guy that causes Barclays to rethink this benefit.

 

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I'm going to max this every time I get stuck in Economy.

 

For the next 12 months I'm going to answer the question, "Just how many Pringles can this guy eat?"

 

 

 

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Aren't you EXP through the end of this year?  (free AA coach snacks)

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6 hours ago, hdporter said:

Aren't you EXP through the end of this year?  (free AA coach snacks)

Yes, but technically only the first snack is free.  And I can always buy Pringles for the whole row.

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The only thing left for you is to vlog this "cardmember" year and post the YouTube link on the Barclays & American Airlines Twitter feeds (and of course in this thread).

 

Viva La Revolution!

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8 hours ago, mec said:

The only thing left for you is to vlog this "cardmember" year and post the YouTube link on the Barclays & American Airlines Twitter feeds (and of course in this thread).

 

Viva La Revolution!

If I'm going to vlog it's going to be about Credit Gardening!!!

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On 5/20/2019 at 4:45 PM, credit_help said:

 


AA has Pringles?

 

Yes, they do, among other snacks. 

 

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Edited by lightfxboy
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I have to say my gastronomic response to the AA card devaluations was quite different.

 

Had I been aboard an aircraft, it would have been rather unpleasant for the other passengers...

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I've done a miserable job staying on top of this, but I finally got started today.

 

$0.49 OOP (after $25 credit):

 

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2 hours ago, cv91915 said:

I've done a miserable job staying on top of this, but I finally got started today.

 

$0.49 OOP (after $25 credit):

 

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looks like a recipe to become a POS

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3 hours ago, cv91915 said:

I've done a miserable job staying on top of this, but I finally got started today.

 

$0.49 OOP (after $25 credit):

 

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Have you factored in the additional time required in a fitness center?

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Four Pringles and a Power Bites Snack Box ($25.49 total) is definitely the sweet spot.

 

The flight attendant on my flight from MUD-LAX today tried to pull a fast one on me:  "I'll just charge you for two Pringles, and we'll call it even."

 

From my icy stare she knew that wasn't going to fly.  👀 

 

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40 minutes ago, cv91915 said:

Four Pringles and a Power Bites Snack Box ($25.49 total) is definitely the sweet spot.

 

The flight attendant on my flight from MUD-LAX today tried to pull a fast one on me:  "I'll just charge you for two Pringles, and we'll call it even."

 

From my icy stare she knew that wasn't going to fly.  👀 

 

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You may have left some cash on the table. How many pringles in a can?

 

I'm still looking for a downgrade worthy of my sock drawer. Slim pickings at Barclays.

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14 minutes ago, Occam said:

You may have left some cash on the table. How many pringles in a can?

 

I'm still looking for a downgrade worthy of my sock drawer. Slim pickings at Barclays.

I don't know how many.  I don't eat Pringles.

 

I called this a long time ago, but Barclays is definitely subprime... and getting subprimer.

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Speaking of EQDs, I'm seriously thinking about doing a weekend in Budapest in December.

 

This is First Class both ways on British Airways, with AA code share flight numbers.

 

If I don't do something drastic, I'm going to be ~6,000 EQDs short of requalifying for Executive Platinum, and this trip would take care of it all at once. 

 

I had my heart set on Prague, but depending on the dates in December it's pricing at either ~$4,000 or ~$10,000, neither of which work -- for very different reasons.

 

 

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3 hours ago, cv91915 said:

Speaking of EQDs, I'm seriously thinking about doing a weekend in Budapest in December.

 

This is First Class both ways on British Airways, with AA code share flight numbers.

 

If I don't do something drastic, I'm going to be ~6,000 EQDs short of requalifying for Executive Platinum, and this trip would take care of it all at once. 

 

I had my heart set on Prague, but depending on the dates in December it's pricing at either ~$4,000 or ~$10,000, neither of which work -- for very different reasons.

 

 

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is that the PHL-BUD flight on the 150 year old 767? complete waste of miles IMHO. One of the worse premium cabin experiences even.

 

sometimes things are on sale for a reason.

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8 hours ago, hegemony said:

This is First Class both ways on British Airways, with AA code share flight numbers.

 

8 hours ago, hegemony said:

is that the PHL-BUD flight on the 150 year old 767? complete waste of miles IMHO. One of the worse premium cabin experiences even.

 

BA, SAN-LHR-BUD

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The second $25.49 purchase posted before the statement closed, but the second $25.00 credit did not.

 

So my account balance is $0.98, but the minimum payment due is $25.98.  I guess I'll make the payment and then burn the $25.00 credit balance over the next

 

25 / 0.49 = 51 travel days

 

because I'm not putting any real spending on this card.

 

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13 minutes ago, cv91915 said:

The second $25.49 purchase posted before the statement closed, but the second $25.00 credit did not.

 

So my account balance is $0.98, but the minimum payment due is $25.98.  I guess I'll make the payment and then burn the $25.00 credit balance over the next

 

25 / 0.49 = 51 travel days

 

because I'm not putting any real spending on this card.

 

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That didn't go very well.

 

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With a balance of less than a dollar, won't Barclays just zero it out?  Or are the one of the banks that actually wants every single penny? 

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On 10/20/2019 at 4:25 PM, cv91915 said:

Speaking of EQDs, I'm seriously thinking about doing a weekend in Budapest in December.

 

This is First Class both ways on British Airways, with AA code share flight numbers.

 

If I don't do something drastic, I'm going to be ~6,000 EQDs short of requalifying for Executive Platinum, and this trip would take care of it all at once. 

 

I had my heart set on Prague, but depending on the dates in December it's pricing at either ~$4,000 or ~$10,000, neither of which work -- for very different reasons.

 

 

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I couldn't get excited about Budapest, so I decided to go to Prague after all.

 

I found a less desirable route on mixed AA and BA aircraft on the outbound portion for more money and more EQDs (which is the point of all this!).

 

I also just booked some domestic travel I already had planned for 2019 in First rather than Economy, and this will be enough to push me over 15,000 EQDs for 2019.

 

I'm essentially spending an extra ~$6,100 (PRG ticket plus two domestic one-ways in First instead of Coach) in exchange for four days in Prague, plus what Executive Platinum will get me in 2020:  4 system-wide upgrades, roughly 80% upgrade success rate on the 80 flights per year I'm averaging, access to OneWorld First Class lounges when traveling internationally, plus a handful of other stuff.

 

I'll earn almost 60,000 redeemable miles and get back $250 in cash (4.5% on Altitude Reserve) just for the Prague trip.

 

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I'm already looking forward to seeing the Christmas market, and I guess now it's time to start planning the rest of the visit...

 

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Today, DFW-SAN.  

 

$25.49 - $25.00 = $0.49 OOP (again).

 

At some point I'll have to expand the kitchen to accommodate all of these Pringles. 

 

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