US Airways Mastercard Bonus Miles and Refunded Fees

by on June 26, 2014 · 34 comments

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The US Airways Premier World Mastercard from Barclaycard is offering a 20% bonus on all earned miles from July 1 – August 31, 2014 and some lucky customers may be targeted with a 30% bonus in emails sent out this week. In addition, cardholders will receive a refund for all foreign transaction fees assessed during the same period.

The US Airways Premier card currently comes with a signup bonus of 40,000 miles after the first purchase and payment of the $89 annual fee.


The US Airways World Premier Card offers 40,000 miles after the first purchase.

Despite the annual fee charged for the first year, this card has a lot of upside. Some of the benefits will change in 2015 as US Airways completes its merger with American Airlines, but for now cardholders receive the first checked bag free, priority boarding, an annual $99 companion fare and more. Perhaps the most attractive benefit to me is earning the signup bonus after the first purchase instead of having to meet a spend requirement. This is especially pertinent to those who, like me, are working on meeting the $10,000 spend requirement in 3 months for the Citi Executive AAdvantage card (which appears to no longer be available).

American's A321’s outfitted for transcontinental service will replace American’s current 767-200’s used on routes from New York JFK and San Francisco and LAX

48k US Airways miles is almost enough for American’s A321 transcontinental service.

The refunded foreign transaction fees are a nice gesture, but I prefer the Chase Sapphire Preferred or Barclaycard Arrival Plus for international travel, since those cards have chip technology and offer better returns, and always waive foreign transaction fees.

Note that the 20% bonus will be awarded in late September or early October, so you won’t have immediate access to those miles in case you plan to use them right away. Typically the 40,000 mile signup bonus is awarded promptly (within one statement) after the first purchase is made and the annual fee is paid.

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  • Jon M.

    When were those emails sent out? Haven’t received mine yet :(. Just got approved and confirmed 100k signup on Monday night also. Lastly, any news on the annual renewal 10k miles for the us airway card?? Love the work!

  • Ken

    Question on the $99 companion pass: Can you use the companion pass on an award ticket? I was hoping to use my 40k miles for a flight and pay the $99 for my wife to come with me on the same flight. Is that possible? Thanks!

  • dee seiffer

    No. The companion pass is on a paid ticket of $250 or more within the U.S. Not good on international flights.

  • dee seiffer

    I called to cancel my card when the annual fee came due last month. They waived the fee, let me keep my perks and offered 5000 extra miles for a $1000 spend by 8/31. I haven’t seen an email offering the bonus miles. Do I have to register?

  • Cheapblackdad

    Barclays really wants to win the JAS quarter. They offered me 5k bonus arrival points via email and snail mail for 750$ spend in each month of the JAS quarter.

    May need to have hit a certain soend threshold to be targeted?

  • gavinmac

    I’m confused. Does the 20% bonus apply to the introductory 40,000 bonus miles, i.e. are those “earned miles,” so that you can get 48,000 during this time period?

  • mdtravel

    Um…now that WOULD be a deal…and not smart of them to offer. Nope. Paid tickets only, domestic.

  • Piedmont Pauper

    What are the blackout dates for the companion pass?

  • gloria wong

    I got the card on 6/2, my annual fee still didnt post yet even though I got my first statement already. I even try to trigger the bonus by prepaying my annual fee =0( I need the points for a transcontinental aa trip in sept.

  • keemao

    How can I get a hold of you to ask a question? Are you in FlyerTalk? Thanks.

  • Carter29072

    Barclays refuses to give me another USair card because I had one along time ago that I cancelled. My score is over 800 and I have not been denied any other cards. Guess I hurt their feelings when I cancelled with them. I have tried a few times to reapply for this card. What is up with that?

  • MYRflyer

    ymmv, I was just approved for my 4th usair barclays card

  • FlyingJoey

    I am really considering canceling this card since I never really use it. My Citi AA card is my everyday/workhorse card. My other 20 cards are sitting there collecting dust.

  • dee seiffer

    Barclay has denied me the last 3 times I applied for a card with them saying I opened too many new cards within the last year. I can’t see to get them to budge.

  • dee seiffer

    Sure. You should be able to email me through my Disqus profile. I am registered on FlyerTalk, but rarely go there these days.

  • dee seiffer

    It is a very long list. Feel free to email me if you want me to check any dates against the list on my certificate.

    Other restrictions:
    14-day advanced purchase, min 2 night stay, max 30 night stay
    RT coach in 48 contiguous states
    Ticket must be purchased with your US Airways Mastercard and certificate surrendered at the time of purchase

    On mine & Hubby’s that just renewed last month….
    Tickets must be purchased by 2/28/15
    Travel must be complete by 5/31/15

  • bydh

    I don’t have the companion pass fine print available, but in the past, I was able to use it for travel to Vancouver. Just had to be in North America. Has this changed?

  • dee seiffer

    You’re right. It is for the 48 contiguous states or to Canada from the 48 contiguous states.

  • tommycall

    I am a Hawaii resident. Will the companion certificate be honored for Hawaii and Alaska residents, it says for use in the 48 states and to Canada. United had a companion certificate offer that also is for the 48 states but Hawaii and Alaska residents can use it from those states, I called Barkley’s credit card and US Airways and neither can answer the question? Anyone had any experience wit this.

  • NaritaBound

    Just to clarify, is this bonus 20% offer going out to all current cardholders, or is it only available for new applicants?

  • thepointsguy

    Existing cardholders

  • thepointsguy

    They started being sent out this week

  • AC

    did you have any of your previous ones open? or you canceled each one and then applied for new one and are currently on your 4th one?

    i have 2 cards both open currently. my 1st card is about to hit 1 year mark so thinking of canceling and trying to apply for 3rd card (while still keeping second open). wonder what my chances are. thanks in advance

  • JMSL

    Is the fee refund offer applicable to all US Mastercards? I have the card, but didn’t receive this email. Going on a 3-week trip starting today, and given the bonus, I would definitely shift some spending to the US card if I knew the foreign transaction fees would be refunded.

  • Piedmont Pauper

    Thanks for responding. I tried to find your email in Disqus, but must be looking in the wrong place. Anyhow, my interest is in the blackout dates around Thanksgiving. I spoke with a Barclaycard rep yesterday, who patched in a US Air agent who asserted that only Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 are blacked out around Thanksgiving. Based on your comment, I suspect I was given bad info.

  • dee seiffer

    You were given correct dates. According to the certificate, 11/30 and 12/1 are the only blackout dates around Thanksgiving. I don’t see any dates around T giving for the city – specific list either.

  • Patrick Folger

    only using the AA card is not maximizing your dollar to point ratio. I’ve been using my AA card for everything as well and is not very smart. Gotta spend smarter

  • FlyingJoey

    I’ve signed up for the dining program so I am getting points there as well. For some reason AA miles are almost the most flexible ones to use. I have miles on United, Delta, US Air and LAN and they just aren’t as flexible as AA’s. Last month I took a NY-LHR-CDG-PHI-PUJ-MCO trip using air miles and again, AA miles were the ones that gave me the best options.

  • Patrick Folger

    With the programs combining next year I’m pretty set on getting this card just for the 40k bonus. I fly primarily AA so it won’t hurt me one bit.

  • Cannob B

    I called Barclay and inquired about the promotion for current card holders… Spend 750.00 the next 3 months and receive 15000 points. since I have no Cards that i’m trying to meet minimum spend it works for me…

  • magnamosa

    just called barclay’s on 20% bonus and they told me that its not linked to my account and there is no way to link it. apparantly this was offered to a select few and not all. sad

  • Chiki

    They sent a postcard with the promotion to the ones who are eligible. 20% more miles and waive of the foreign transaction fees.

  • Carter29072

    I got a letter from them today telling me that the reason that I was denied was because I had the USAir card in the past. The first two people I spoke with were completely ignorant and spoke almost NO English. That is my biggest pet peeve. I was finally transferred to the application department. I nicely argued that others had the card more than once and I had excellent credit. II was then approved for the card. I am very thankful!

  • Brian c

    I don’t appear to be targeted. The worst part is that I’m in Thailand right now and could use the card here w/o the fee.

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