US Airways Mastercard Bonus Miles and Refunded Fees

Jun 26, 2014

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Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite Mastercard

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.

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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).

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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 World Elite Mastercard 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.

Bank of America® Premium Rewards® Visa® credit card

This card from Bank of America gets really interesting if you have a BofA checking, savings or investment account. Depending on the value of your combined accounts you can potentially get as much as 3.5x points on travel/dining and 2.625x points on other purchases making it the richest consumer banking bonus out there.

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More Things to Know
  • Receive 50,000 bonus points – a $500 value – after you make at least $3,000 in purchases in the first 90 days of account opening
  • Earn unlimited 2 points for every $1 spent on travel and dining purchases and unlimited 1.5 points per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • If you're a Bank of America Preferred Rewards member, you can earn 25%-75% more points on every purchase
  • No limit to the points you can earn and your points don't expire
  • Redeem for cash back as a statement credit, deposit into eligible Bank of America® accounts, credit to eligible Merrill accounts, or gift cards or purchases at the Bank of America Travel Center
  • Get up to $200 in combined airline incidental and airport expedited screening statement credits + valuable travel insurance protections
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees
  • Low $95 annual fee
Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
17.74% - 24.74% Variable APR on purchases and balance transfers
Annual Fee
$95
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $10 or 3% of the amount of each transaction, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good

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