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US Airways Mastercard Bonus of Up to 50,000 Miles

by on January 9, 2014 · 41 comments

in Barclays, US Airways

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Update: The offer mentioned below for the US Airways Premier World MasterCard is no longer available. View the current offer here.

Yesterday, I wrote that the US Airways Mastercard from Barclaycard is going to be around for a while longer (my guess is probably about a year) and that Barclaycard had sent out letters to cardholders assuring them so. Making this news even better is that a sign-up bonus offer of up to 50,000 miles for this card has resurfaced. The sign-up bonus alone of 40,000 miles (you have to make a balance transfer to earn up to 10,000 more) is 5,000 miles higher than the best offer available up to this point, so if you’ve been hesitating, now might be the time to apply.

Screen shot 2014-01-08 at 10.06.32 PMHere are the rest of the details:

  • 40,000 bonus miles with first purchase
  • Up to 10,000 bonus miles for completing a balance transfer within 90 days (note: you will incur extra costs)
  • 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
  • Earn up to 10,000 Preferred-qualifying miles every calendar you spend $25,000 or more on purchases
  • First class check-in
  • One complimentary US Airways Club day pass every year
  • $89 annual fee not waived the first year

So the main differences between this offer and the one for 35,000 miles out there are that to get the full bonus, you need to make a balance transfer – for each $1 you transfer, you get 1 mile. Just beware that you will pay either $10 or 4% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater. (During the first fifteen billing cycles after account opening, either $10 or 3% of each transfer, whichever is greater). And during the first 15 billing cycles, your balance transfer APR is 0%. So if you were to transfer $10,000 in balances, you’d be paying $300 in fees – which breaks down to 3 cents per bonus miles.

The other key difference is that there is no anniversary bonus of 10,000 miles, which might or might not matter depending on how long this card is around, but I think it will.

If you’re deciding between which offer, here’s how I see it breaking down. If you want 40,000 miles faster and actually need to transfer a balance, this newer offer might be better for you.

However, if you’re willing to bank on the card being around for over a year, the 35,000-mile offer might be better because you don’t have to make any balance transfers and you’ll get 10,000 miles on your account anniversary, the rest of the perks are the same, and the $89 annual fee is waived the first year.

In any case, if you are going to apply for this newer, higher offer, I would encourage you to do so soon because they tend to disappear quickly.

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  • Paul

    Does Barclays match offer if you had just applied for the card?

  • Mikey Dee

    This is a very tempting offer. Thanks for keeping us posted. Not sure what I will do with this one.

  • LK

    ??? fee not waived- so 5000 more miles for $89- meh!

  • dee seiffer

    FYI, if you have applied for several cards in the last year…Just got off the phone with Barclay reconsideration line. Because I applied for 6 cards last year, they won’t give me the Hawaiian Airlines cards. Even though my credit score is in the low 800′s, I pay my bills in full every month and have more than sufficient financial resources to cover all of my available credit. I couldn’t talk the guy into it. Grrr.

  • dean

    That’s a heft transfer fee. If Continental/United is any gauge, they’ll up the offer on the card as the banks have to get rid of their stock of miles. Though w/ the delay in the merger, it’s possible continued sign-ups have dwindled the amt of miles they have already purchased and aren’t sitting on a ton that will go worthless….

  • JMSL

    I got this offer via email a few months back after booking a flight on US. I had been wanting to get the card, but opted for the 35K+no fee offer, since I wasn’t interested in doing a balance transfer and $89 for 5K miles didn’t seem like a great deal.

  • Jdb

    I just signed up for Barclay arrival card in December. How long do you suggest I wait before applying for this?

  • Andy

    Any luck getting this card if you already have the card or do you have to cancel it and wait a few months?

  • LarryInNYC

    I think it’s more accurate to describe this as a 40K offer, since the balance transfer bonus of 10K isn’t really worth the transfer fees.

  • jasmine

    Opening multiable accounts is a big red flag for banks. Does not matter your credit score. They look at it and say “why does this person need so much credit in such a short time” I personally limit mine to three a year. Try to cancel some that dings the credit score but would lower your available credit and make an approval specialist feel more comfortable.

  • Brennan

    I just tried to get them to match…no deal. Curious if anyone else has better luck…

  • Will

    Not seeing the old 10K anniversary points/waived fee offer anywhere. Anyone have a link?

  • dee seiffer

    Jasmine, I’ve been doing this for years. Barclay is the only bank I’ve talked to that won’t budge when I ask for another card, even if I’ve opened several in the last year. Chase and Amex at first say they might have a problem, but then relent. Chase will transfer credit limits from one card to another if they don’t want to give me more credit. I have the Barclay USAirways card and they wouldn’t split the credit for a new Hawaiian Air card. Hubby’s theory is that Barclay doesn’t want people like us who churn cards for miles and points, then cancel in a couple of years, especially because we pay off our balances every month. They don’t make enough money from us.

  • Sam Gupta

    I am curious about this too.

  • thepointsguy

    Yea.. just depends on how you value US miles

  • thepointsguy

    Agree with Dee- Barclays is stricter than most other banks

  • thepointsguy

    Not from what Ive heard.. but never hurts to ask!

  • AYP

    One thing to note is that with the 35K no fee offer, you are usually offered
    a bonus of 15K a couple months after receiving the card for a $750/per month spending for three months. Therefore the 35K offer could essentially turn into 50K with a minimum $2250 spend. The bonus 15K is usually a targeted offer. However this could be great for some considering these miles can now be redeemed on American Airlines as well.

  • Mike

    So where is the link to the 35K card with first year waived?

  • Manny Pagan

    I opened this card up on December 18th. In your experience how probable is Barclay to match the current offer?

  • Graydon

    You nailed it Dee. I just tried to get the business version of the US Air card and I was shot down. Cited my “multiple new accounts” and “numerous inquiries”. Tried recon and it was a stonewall. Pretty much told me no thanks despite your perfect 12 year history and just under 800 scores. Didn’t even want to discuss my potential business spend for 2014 at about $750K. Oh well, time for another BofA card.

  • shonuffharlem

    I have NEVER gotten the spend $750 get 15,000 miles bonus offer no matter what I do!

  • shonuffharlem

    Does cancelling old cards help, or you just have to wait it out if you get to too many applications in past year?

  • BartNY

    I applied for this offer in June as well. Got my 40,000 mile bonus (did not bother with the balance transfer), then received a special offer for receiving an additional 15,000 miles by spending 750 per month in the card for three months (jul, aug, sep). Got the bonus for that too.

    Canceled the card three weeks ago, and then re-applied for the general 35,000 mile bonus offer last week again and got instantly approved.

    That’s 90,000 miles (aka business class to Asia on StarAlliance!!) with no fee in just 7 months! I intend to churn this one more time before the merger goes through.

  • Daniel

    It seems irresponsible of you to advertise/promote this offer as 50,000 points. The extra 10,000 (as you note) comes from a transfer bonus which costs $300. Just a few days ago you said that US Airways points are worth 1.8 cents each – so I’m not sure why anyone would want to effectively purchase them for what amounts to a 66% premium to what you consider to be their value (if they are following your advice).

  • Lance

    Yeah, I would have to agree. I don’t think 5k US Airways miles are worth the $89 fee. I would not buy US miles at that rate with all the free cc sign on bonus buffets, so why pay with a more expensive offer. Good option if a person gets few cards, and doesn’t mind paying for miles. I’ll pass and get another 35k for free :)

  • dee seiffer

    They gave me a USAirways card sometime in the last year or so. As I said, I’ve been doing this whole points/miles thing for years. So, maybe they let you have one, but that’s it?

  • dee seiffer

    B of A, you say? I don’t have any of their cards. They may be part of the Spring plan. My 18 months is up this April for a Citi AA card. I’ll be looking at what to close & what to apply for with it.

  • Sam Gupta

    Okay. So I applied for the 35K points card (even though I already have the same card since March 2013) and got an instant approval.

  • Dave L

    Dee,
    Some people have been able to get multiple ones even without cancelling the first one. Personally I got card #1 in January, was denied for #2 in April, was denied again for #2 in August?, cancelled #1, and will try for #2 again in February. I’m a serial churner, and it is true that Barclays is much more difficult. They actually care if you use your credit line or not. The guy read off my 10+ credit pulls in the last few months on the phone in denying me (sadly he didn’t even know about all of them)

  • HikerT

    Ha, might as well promote it as a 100K offer since you could buy another 50K from US at 3.5 cents each plus a 7.5% tax recovery charge.

  • Nick Knight

    Still great miles. I got my family to Brazil for free. I am flying roundtrip next month to Europe for 30,000,. Plus miles left over can go into your American airlines account later. Win Win These points can really be harnessed if you work the system.

  • Nick Knight

    I had to wait 4 months after I closed my US Air card to get the Lufthansa card. I have a 788 credit score.

  • Darian

    Dang, just got 2 of these, for me and my wife, a few weeks ago. How long after receiving the card does it usually take for first spend bonus miles to be deposited in my us air account?

  • iBubz

    Does anyone have the link to apply for the 35000 card with 10000 annual miles upon anniversary? Thanks!

  • Drew

    Can anyone find or link me to a good (more than 25K) bonus signing up for the US Airways Business Mastercard?

  • shonuffharlem

    How do you go to Europe for only 30,000 miles?

  • Nick Knight

    They have off season tickets 17.5 K per ticket. Round trip required. 35 K per trip, minus 5 K points for having the card. They have flights to Munich, Frankfurt, Paris, London, Brussels.

  • Shin

    How fast did you get your 40k miles? In the fine print, it says that I would get the miles upon first purchase and have paid the annual fee. My statement was just generated, but I don’t see the annual fee charge…

  • BartNY

    My offer had the annual fee waived the first year. Miles posted immediately after first statement. Had you also applied for this card recently?

  • No renewal for me

    This is the worst card ever. Customer service is nonexistent and now with the American merger you will lose your Companion Certificate, Club day pass and discount. and the First Class checkin. You still get Zone 2 boarding but have you noticed there are at least 50 people boarding before zone 2 now? First bag checked free? Big deal. Ever wait for your checked bag in Philly. Never again. All of this and you still pay the $89 annual fee. Thanks a lot.

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