The US Airways Mastercard offer is currently up to 25,000 miles. The offer changes occasionally, this time no annual fee waiver (or 50% bonus on spend). But it’s as rich a first-use bonus as you get, and there’s no minimum spend requirement to get it. Plus the card comes with a club pass and $99 companion ticket that’s actually usable in my experience.
Well worth the $79 annual fee in my view. And there are reports that it’s churnable.
This on top of the 25,000 mile offer for the Bank of America Visa and 25,000 mile offer for the Juniper Bank US Airways Business Mastercard. Now, all come with fees, but that’s 75,000 miles for three credit cards none of which have a minimum spend requirement. And since you can churn Bank of America as well, that’s another huge opportunity.
Sure, US Airways may be making lots of stupid moves lately like charging for coffee and ending elite bonus miles. But the program itself is still useful on the redemption side, primarily for Star Alliance premium class awards. The award chart requires a similar number of miles to the United chart in many cases, and unlike with United the Dividend Miles program doesn’t actively filter out awards being made available by its partners. So if you want that first class award seat on Lufthansa or Europe – Asia on Thai, this is an excellent program to obtain it with.