Earlier I wrote about the merger of US Airways Dividend Miles into AAdvantage coming this weekend.
One of the things I noted is that this weekend is not the last opportunity to apply for a US Airways MasterCard. Several readers noted that Lucky from One Mile at a Time wrote,
At some point this week, new applications for the US Airways Dividend Miles Card will no longer be possible, and soon these cards will be converted into an AAdvantage Aviator Card
Whereas I pointed out,
The Barclays co-brand credit card will remain available for application through the published dates of the final acquisition communications – e.g. April 12 or April 17 as various links have published – even though the Dividend Miles program will have ended.
My point was that each application channel for the card has its own end date. So I thought I would clarify the actual ends dates for the various application channels as Barclaycard’s acquisition of new cardmembers for the AAdvantage portfolio winds down.
According to American:
- The public online application is slated to go away March 28
- April 3 is the deadline for the final direct mail applications that were sent out
- Final emails were sent out with an application deadline of April 12 (there are some reported as April 17)
- There’s a remind later feature on the application which generates an email with a link valid for 30 days to apply. The last day an email with an application link can be generated is March 28, so April 27 should be the final day for these last links to still be around.
The last day to apply depends on the channel being used. While Barclays only gets to acquire new US Airways cardmembers while there is a US Airways frequent flyer program (who will then be transitioned into being AAdvantage cardmembers), there’s a wind down because different applications have different end dates and they have to honor the commitments made through each channel. Presumably to do otherwise would generate complaints to the credit card marketing office of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
And that creates a bit of a longer last window for some to apply for a card you won’t be able to get anymore otherwise.