Just off a long haul flight and recovering from jetlag, I read that the US Airways Mastercard ‘standard’ offer (that I have a referral link for) has changed from offering 40,000 miles after first purchase to only offering 30,000 miles after first purchase.
I didn’t get any notice of the change, and when you go to the offer you might even think you were still getting the previously offered 40,000 miles.
I only post the link so you can see detail on this yourself, and while I do think it’s worth getting the US Airways Mastercard I do not think you should use this link.
In order to get the full 40,000 miles with this offer you would have to do a balance transfer and at a cost that is absolutely not worth it.
Instead, there are other – better – offers for the card available as I’ve blogged previously.
- 35,000 miles after first purchase, no fee the first year, promise of 10,000 more miles at cardmember renewal in a year. There’s no landing page, but details of the signup bonus and fee waiver are in the terms and conditions of the offer (save those!).
- 40,000 miles after first purchase, no fee the first year, 10,000 miles at card renewal. This one also does not have a landing page, but details of the bonus are spelled out in the terms and conditions link. If you click on the offer there’s no opportunity to ‘submit’ the application. Go to the 35,000 mile offer first and then click the link for this one and the full application including submit button becomes available.
Don’t call in right away if you aren’t approved instantly, don’t keep checking the status link. Give it 30 minutes, there are folks reporting getting approvals a short time after their application (and checking on it earlier it may not even show in the Barclays system when you call).
Why is the bonus changing? (Especially for the standard offer.) I don’t know, given that they didn’t even tell me they had made this change. Assuming it was intentional, I do not believe it has anything to do – as some have speculated – with the announced US Airways/American merger. Rather there may have been a rush of applications so the bank decided they could lower their acquisition cost with a less generous offer. Or it could be just a technical glitch that appeared over the weekend, reverting to an older version of the application. I’ll try to find out though.