Is It Worth It To Get A US Airways Credit Card To Reinstate 25K Dividend Miles Cancelled For Not Flying Them?

by on November 3, 2013 · 7 comments

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TPG reader Nathan tweeted tweeted me @thepointsguy with a question about expiring miles:

“Is it worth it to get a US Airways credit card to reinstate 25K Dividend Miles cancelled for not flying them? I do fly United a lot too.”

First off, yes it is worth it – and shame on you for letting them expire! You don’t need to fly an airline to keep miles active. Keeping miles active is super simple – you can transfer a couple of points through a transfer partner like Starwood, or exchange other miles on – even though it is not a great ratio it will keep them active – you can simply buy miles, or you can buy goods through an online shopping portal. If you fly United and credit your flight to your US Airways Dividend Miles account (you can since they’re Star Alliance partners), that will re-up your expiration date as well.

There are lots of ways to keep miles active, so slap on the wrist for that!

Get 250 bonus miles when using your MasterCard.

You can avoid losing your miles when you get the US Airways MasterCard.

Now, would it be worth it to get the US Airways MasterCard? Yes. The best deal out there for that credit card is 30,000 miles after your first purchase,  the $89 fee is waived the first year, and you get 10,000 bonus miles on your first anniversary. So to get 40,000 for $89 within a year plus the 25,000 that you lost that they will reinstate for free, it is an absolute no-brainer in my opinion.

Other perks of US Airways MasterCard card are:

  • Earn 2 miles per $1 on US Airways purchases
  • Earn 1 mile per $1 spent everywhere else
  • Redeem flights for 5,000 fewer miles
  • Reward travel now starts at only 20,000 miles
  • Annual companion certificate good for up to 2 companion tickets at $99 each, plus taxes and fees
  • First class check-in One complimentary US Airways Club day pass every year

That card is pretty solid and if the US Airways merger with American Airlines goes through, we could see that card going away all together so I think you should definitely pick it up at this point. Then if the merger happens, you will be able to redeem your miles on Oneworld carriers like British Airways, Cathay and Qantas.

Meanwhile, if you do fly United, you can redeem US Airways miles on United, and all Star Alliance partners, while the airline remains in the alliance.

The bottom line is that US Airways miles are extremely valuable and keeping them active should be a priority. Check out the different posts below on maximizing them as I think this is a safe bet to get.

Maximize Monday:Maximizing A Potential American Airlines US Airways Merger

Should You Buy US Airways Miles With The Merger On Hold?

Should I Buy Up To US Airways Chairman Status To Convert To AA Executive Platinum After The Merger?

Should I Buy United Miles?
Update on Booking US Airways Star Alliance Awards Post November 1 When is the Best Time To Get A US Airways Mastercard? Top 10 Credit Card Companion Tickets US Airways Reduced Mileage Awards

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  • Al

    The $89 fee is NOT waived the first year for the US Airways card. The very first charge I saw in my newly (last Thursday) opened card was for the $89; I called but it is NOT waived… The 10,000 mile bonus counts if you do a balance transfer (4% fee of the amount transferred) within 90 days; not a good idea in my opinion. The nice thing is that it has a 0% fee for the first year, however, shouldn’t we pay our credit cards in full each month in order not to alter our credit scores? So, balance transfer is no good… Thanks PointsGuy for all your excellent threads…

  • Charlie

    You must have applied through an affiliate link or the link on us air’s site. There is another link that gives you the 35k and waives the annual fee for the first year. Also, the 10k mentioned was not for doing a balance transfer – it is an annual renewal bonus just for continuing to hold the card.

  • lamonster

    Last I knew, iTunes has been removed from ALL shopping portals, so it is no longer an option for extending the validity of miles

  • Al

    Yes, I guess I used the “wrong” link…

  • Al

    Now I know what happened… I clicked on the PointsGuy link and I was transferred over to a screen that said:

    “We’re always updating the Barclays website which sometimes makes hotlinks out of date.
    Visit to locate our most current pages.”

    So that’s why I searched for the card within the barclay website, which it did NOT waive the annual fee, nor did it provide the 35,000 miles (only got 30,000 miles) and it did NOT provide the 10,000 bonus on the anniversary date… I don’t know what I could have done different… I tried calling… Does any of you know of an Offer Code that I can use to tell the phone agent and try to meet this offer here?… They may honor it, worth’s a try!

    Thanks in advance!

  • LarryInNYC

    I recently had my two daughter’s accounts, each with 8K miles expire. I (or, rather, they) received emails similar to what I imagine the questioner got offering to reinstate the miles if they engaged in any of a number of activities (including flying US Airways or getting and using the credit card). The list of activities included “partner earning” and I elected to make a small purchase for each of them through their (brand new!) Dividend Miles shopping mall accounts.

    In each case their shopping mall miles posted within a week (before the goods arrived) and their miles were immediately reinstated.

    So, use of the shopping mall will not only keep your miles alive, it will get them reinstated if you make and post a purchase within the stated grace period, which for us was about 3 months.

  • Amy

    I also, oops, let 50,000 United miles expire. They’d let me reinstate the miles for $150. Is that worth it? (I never fly United, heresy, I know…)

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