On Monday I wrote that we don’t know when the US Airways MasterCard product will go away. American and US Airways are merging, there will eventually just be an American Airlines co-brand card. My guess is that the two airlines combine into a single entity at the end of February or beginning of March 2015, but even that doesn’t tell us with certainty when it becomes no longer possible to apply for the current US Airways card issued by Barclays.
MileValue and I debated this on Twitter, since he had contended on his blog that the card would disappear in ‘a few weeks’ and I disagree.
In my post I pointed out that there’s a 35,000 mile signup bonus (after first purchase) with a $0 fee the first year.
Now it appears there is also a 40,000 mile signup bonus, albeit with $89 annual fee not waived for the first year. Effectively this offer means buying an incremental 5000 miles at 1.8 cents apiece.
It’s great to have more options to consider. Both are, of course, better than my referral link (not provided in this post) which gives you 30,000 miles after first purchase and has an $89 annual fee.