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The US Airways World Premier MasterCard has had a number of different sign-up bonuses within the last year- usually in the range of 30,000 to 40,000 miles, but US Airways is currently sending out targeted offers for 50,000 bonus miles after spending $1,000 within the first 90 days. While there’s no public link for this offer, be sure to check your mail to see if you were targeted. If not, you can still apply for the public offer of 40,000 bonus miles after the first purchase

US Airways currently has a targeted 50,000 sign-up bonus offer.
US Airways currently has a targeted 50,000 mile sign-up bonus offer.

US Airways also sent an email today to confirm that current cardholders will continue to receive the annual 10,000 Dividend Miles anniversary bonus in the form of 10,000 AAdvantage miles.

US Airways cardholders will still receive the 10,000 anniversary bonus.
US Airways cardholders will continue to receive the 10,000 anniversary bonus.

Cardholders of the US Airways MasterCard will also enjoy the following:

  • Now receive a 25% in-flight savings on food, beverage, and headset purchases on US Airways and American Airlines flights. This savings will appear as a credit on your statement.
  • In addition to earning 2X miles for every dollar you spend on US Airways purchases, you’ll also earn 2X miles on American Airlines purchases.

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Their current public offer is for 40,000 miles after the first purchase and payment of the $89 annual fee. The miles are usually awarded in the billing cycle when you make the purchase, so they should post pretty quickly if you ask for the card to be rushed. US Airways miles are valuable, though you can often purchase them directly from US Airways at ~1.9 cents a piece (or even as low as 1.1 cents via their occasional 100% Share Miles promotions). At my current valuation of 1.9 cents a piece, 40,000 miles is worth $760. Subtract the annual fee and you’re still looking at $671 in value without taking into consideration any of the other benefits, including:

  • Free checked bag for you and up to 4 companions on US Airways operated domestic flights.
  • Yearly companion ticket for up to two guests to fly for $99 each (plus taxes and fees) on US Airways operated flights between the US and Canada.
  • 5,000 mile discount on US Airways awards.
  • 10,000 Preferred-qualifying miles every calendar year in which you spend $25,000 or more on purchases.
  • Waived Award Processing Fees after $25,000 spent within a year. (These fees are currently $25 per domestic ticket, $35 per Mexico or Caribbean ticket, and $50 per Hawaii or international ticket.)
  • Priority Zone 2 boarding.
  • Preferred/First Class Check-in.
  • 2 miles per dollar spent on US Airways purchases.
  • A US Airways Club Day Pass that includes up to two guests.

Some of these benefits will be changing in 2015, notably the companion ticket and 5,000 mile discount on awards, but there’s still time to get value out of them this year before they expire.

The main differences between this offer and the targeted one for 50,000 miles is that you must spend $1,000 within the first 90 days vs. earning the miles after the first purchase. This card will remain after the US Airways merger with American Airlines is complete, and will transition to an American Airlines co-branded card, so I recommend signing up now while you can take advantage of the different product.

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  • Earn 30,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles after making $1,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening*
  • First checked bag is free on domestic American Airlines itineraries for you and up to four companions traveling with you on the same reservation*
  • Enjoy Group 1 Boarding on American Airlines flights*
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases.1
  • Receive 25% savings on in-flight food and beverage purchases when you use your card on American Airlines flights*
  • Double AAdvantage® miles on eligible American Airlines purchases*
  • Earn 10% of your redeemed AAdvantage® miles back — up to 10,000 AAdvantage® miles each calendar year*
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N/A 14.24% - 22.24%* (Variable) $95, waived for first 12 months* 0% Excellent/Good