I got another email offer for bonus miles from the US Airways Mastercard yesterday.
On Thursday I wrote about the signup bonuses for this card.
- 40,000 miles after first purchase, $89 annual fee.
- 40,000 miles after first purchase, $89 fee waived the first year, promises 10,000 miles at cardmember anniversary (though there are reports this benefit is going away). Offer says it is for US Airways’ 100,000 mile flyers, and application says it is for employees only and asks for an employee number, but neither requirment has been enforced.
I got my current iteration of the card (I’ve had it more than once and gotten the signup bonus each time) back in December 2011.
Then this past spring I was offered a targeted 15,000 bonus if I spent $1500 or more in each of three consecutive months. Normally I don’t put spending on the card, I use it for the bonuses, since most spending isn’t tat rewarding compared to alternative points I could earn with credit card spend. So I put just enough spend each month on the card to earn the bonus.
Reports were pretty wide of others being targeted for the same bonus, same details, at the same time.
Then in September I received a mailer that I could register for a bonus — 5 points per dollar on dining and another spend category, up to 2500 miles (so first $500 in spend would be bonused). That was pretty easy to hit and I did, now waiting for those points to post.
And now a new bonus offer. What’s interesting is that Barclay is (1) getting very aggressive, offering various bonuses over the course of the year even though this isn’t a published benefit of the program and (2) experimenting with different bonuses for different cardmembers.
The offer that I got was 5 bonus miles per dollar up to 2500 bonus miles on grocery stores, movie theatres, and utility bills (phone/cable, satellite/standard tv) between January 1 and March 31.
Others are getting offers of 2 miles per dollar or even 10 miles per dollar. Some offers are capped at 5000 miles.
This offer came by email and requires registration, the last one I got a postcard for.
All of these bonuses give me a reason to like hanging onto my US Airways Mastercard. And it’s something I like to see for a broader reason — that Barclays, the card issuer, appears o be getting much more aggressive in credit card marketing and promotion which means better consumer offers.
And they’ve built up their portfolio nicely. Having more aggressive issuers — Chase is clearly tops but in addition to American Express and Citi — means more opportunities for maximizing mileage.
Which is all a great sign since they’ve built their portfolio of travel cards — the Virgin America card, Priceline card, Frontier and Lufthansa as well.
(The non-targeted offer for the US Airways Mastercard offers referral credit to me, while the other fee-waived offer does not.)