Key Link: The US Airways Premier World MasterCard®
On Monday, in response to a number of reader questions, I wrote Should You Get the US Airways and American Credit Cards Now Before Any Merger?
My conclusion was that a merger would take money months to close. These cards aren’t going away right away. But you should still take advantage of the opportunity now.
- The US Airways Mastercard isn’t going to last, regardless of which bank issues co-branded credit cards after the merger closes — since the US Airways brand is going to go away. Those bonus miles won’t be around forever.
- Historically it has been possible to get the signup bonus for the US Airways Mastercard more than once. If you get it now, it seems likely there will be time to get it again before the US Airways brand folks into American.
For a long time the ‘best’ offer for the US Airways card has been the one that’s ostensibly targeted for 100,000 mile flyers in the Dividend Miles program.
This is the one that also asked for an employee number as part of the application.
But it worked for everyone. And the reason it was best is because just like the standard offer it promised 40,000 bonus miles after first purchase. But the annual fee for this ‘Chairmans’ offer was also waived the first year, and it promised 10,000 additional miles on cardholder renewal.
Unfortunately, as reported on the comments this morning (actually, by several readers on various posts), that offer is no longer working.
So for folks looking to take advantage of bonus miles opportunities for the US Airways Mastercard before US Airways itself goes away, the best available offer is this one (which is also my referral link, I get credit if you’re approved using the link).
The card has an $89 annual fee, but no minimum spend to get the 40,000 miles.
I have found it’s easiest to close a US Airways Mastercard before applying to get it again for the bonus, but some have had luck explaining that they wanted to keep various kinds of expenses separate on different cards.
But if you haven’t had it, then getting it before the merger actually closes is especially valuable. Those miles will get combined with American miles, and get you closer towards high-value rewards.