The US Airways Mastercard provides lots of interesting targeted bonuses, in addition to the signup bonus that many folks have found to be churnable. I know I’ve gotten many signup bonuses for the US Airways co-branded credit card over the years.
Having recently reviewed the agreement between the airline and credit card issuer I learned that the bank buys bonus miles at a lower rate than the miles for everyday spend, and also that they’re incentivized to bonus annual retention. The card’s behavior makes a great deal more sene to me now.
A couple of months after getting the card last time I was targeted for a 15,000 mile bonus based on minimum spend for 3 consecutive months.
And subsequently I’ve been incentivized with quintuple miles in specific spend categories, most recently the bonus was capped at just 2500 miles.
Last night some bonus miles posted:
Really? “First use bonus miles” when the miles are clearly not from first use of anything? And there’s no reference to the co-branded credit card as the source of the miles, either.
It’s probably the simplest way to code things, based on existing categories. But it’s also confusing. I had to search my memory to figure out what 2500 miles might be. And even now I merely assume I’m correct about what they’re for.
I implore programs, be a little bit more descriptive when posting miles! I try to track outstanding, unposted miles so I can follow up to ensure they post. Basic descriptions would help a great deal in this quest. Thank you, that is all.