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Holders of the Barclaycard US Airways companion certificate have just one week left to redeem it for a flight. Under the terms, companions can join the same flight for $99 each, plus taxes and fees. The certificate was originally given to cardholders of the US Airways Premier World MasterCard, which has since been retired.

Originally these certificates were supposed to expire today, September 30, however that deadline has been extended until midnight on Monday, October 5, next week. While the tickets must be booked soon, you have until the end of 2015 to complete your travel. Tickets must be booked over the phone by calling AA’s Meeting Services department (800-433-1790). Note that when we called in this afternoon, wait times exceeded two hours, so you might want to try in a day or two.

You can use your certificate to book flights operated by AA.

As a reminder, here are the current companion ticket terms:

  • Each year a Companion Certificate will be sent 6-8 weeks after the time of the account-opening anniversary and the annual fee has been paid. (The first certificate is sent 6-8 weeks after the account has been used for at least one purchase, and the annual fee has been paid.)
  • The certificate is valid for one or two companion tickets.
  • It’s valid for round-trip coach class travel within and between the contiguous US and Canada when the primary cardholder purchases a qualifying ticket (minimum fare purchase of $250 required).
  • All passengers are responsible for payment of the additional taxes, fees and charges which are not included in the qualifying ticket minimum fare ($250) or the companion certificates ($99 or $149 as applicable).
  • Restrictions apply, including advance purchase requirements and black-out dates.

The next stage of the American-US Airways merger, combining reservation systems, will finally be completed on October 18 — more than two years after the merger began. After that date, all US Airways flights will become American Airlines flights.

Be sure to mail the certificate in within 24 hours of booking!
Be sure to mail the certificate in within 24 hours of booking!

Even though this particular companion ticket is no longer obtainable, you can still get one with the Aviator Silver Card. For more on the Barclaycard Companion Pass, read our complete guide including restrictions and possible blackout dates.

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Based on TPG’s most recent valuations, the 50,000 miles are worth $700. In addition, you can earn 10,000 Elite Qualifying Miles (EQMs) toward elite status after spending $40,000 in a calendar year. As of July 23, 2017 this is the only card that offers Admirals Club lounge access so if you are an AA flyer this card might make sense for you.  Aside from lounge access the primary cardholder will receive a Global Entry application fee credit every 5 years, first checked bag free for up to 8 travel companions on domestic itineraries and a 25% discount on eligible in-flight purchases on American Airlines flights.

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  • Earn 50,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles after spending $5,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Admirals Club® membership for you and access for guests traveling with you
  • Complimentary Admirals Club® lounge access for authorized users
  • Earn 10,000 AAdvantage® Elite Qualifying Miles (EQMs) after you spend $40,000 in purchases within the year
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases*
  • Earn 2 AAdvantage® miles for every $1 spent on eligible American Airlines purchases and 1 AAdvantage® mile for every $1 spent on other purchases
  • First checked bag is free on domestic American Airlines itineraries for you and up to 8 companions traveling with you on the same reservation
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