US Airways Mastercard Bonus Miles and Refunded Fees

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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.

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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 Platinum Card® from American Express

The American Express Platinum card has some of the best perks out there: cardholders enjoy the best domestic lounge access (Delta SkyClubs, Centurion Lounges, and Priority Pass), a $200 annual airline fee credit as well as up to $200 in Uber credits, and mid-tier elite status at SPG, Marriott, and Hilton. Combined with the 60,000 point welcome offer -- worth $1,140 based on TPG's valuations -- this card is a no-brainer for frequent travelers. Here are 5 reasons you should consider this card, as well as how you can figure out if the $550 annual fee makes sense for you.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
  • Enjoy Uber VIP status and free rides in the U.S. up to $15 each month, plus a bonus $20 in December. That can be up to $200 in annual Uber savings.
  • 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
  • 5X Membership Rewards points on prepaid hotels booked on amextravel.com.
  • Enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations around the world.
  • Receive complimentary benefits with an average total value of $550 with Fine Hotels & Resorts. Learn More.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one qualifying airline.
  • Get up to $100 in statement credits annually for purchases at Saks Fifth Avenue on your Platinum Card®. Enrollment required.
  • $550 annual fee.
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