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I’ve had several readers write in the past couple of days about receiving targeted 50,000 mile signup bonus offers for the US Airways co-brand credit card.
Typical is this email from Jon who writes:
Long time reader. I have gotten a couple offers in the mail over the past few months for the Barclay’s US Airways card offering 50K points after first purchase (fee not waived). Do you think worth jumping on this or do you think Barclay’s will continue to up this offer as their issue date comes closer to ending?
Here’s the deal:
- I don’t see the offer getting better, although I have no inside knowledge.
- They don’t have a public 50,000 point offer and do not recall there ever being o public offer that gave 50,000 points after first purchase.
- There’s really not even that much time left for them to up the offer — once the programs combine next year they won’t be able to add new cardmembers at all.
I’d jump on the US Airways Premier World MasterCard.
The public offer, which is as good as I have seen, is 50,000 miles after first purchase. It comes with an $89 annual fee, certainly worth it for the miles.
The window to get the card is just a few more months.
- When the US Airways-American Airlines merger got the final go-ahead, I laid out the 10 things to expect next. One of those was that US Airways Dividend Miles would go away as a separate program. At the time my best guess was “February or March 2015.”
- We know now that the programs will be combined in the first half of 2015 (there have been other references to ‘early’ 2015). No specific date has been set.
- And when the programs combine is when it will no longer be possible to apply for a US Airways MasterCard.
Barclaycard issues the US Airways card. Citibank has the American card. Citibank will be the exclusive issuer of American cards. Folks that have the legacy US Airways cards will still keep their Barclaycard product, it will become an American card. Barclaycard just won’t be able to issue any new cards.
We’re not quite at ‘last call’ but it’s definitely time to consider signing up for the US Airways Premier World MasterCard.
These 40,000 points will combine into American accounts. So you’ll be able to get this bonus and likely also an American bonus from Citibank. So you’re quickly on your way towards a business class award to most places in the world. It’s a unique opportunity, similar to getting bonuses from both Northwest and Delta before those airlines merged (United and Continental wasn’t as good an opportunity because both of their cards were issued by the same bank).
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