US Airways Mastercard Bonus Miles and Refunded Fees

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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.

The best beginner points and miles card out there.
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

With great travel benefits, 2x points on travel & dining and a 50,000 point sign up bonus, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great card for those looking to get into the points and miles game. Here are the top 5 reasons it should be in your wallet, or read our definitive review for more details.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Chase Sapphire Preferred named "Best Credit Card for Flexible Travel Redemption" - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, June 2018
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards
Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
18.24% - 25.24% Variable
Annual Fee
$0 Intro for the First Year, then $95
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit

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