There have been so many offers for the US Airways MasterCard, each slightly different, and often disappearing that I realize I’ve made some mistakes in my recommendations. I’ve pointed some readers to a 35,000 mile signup bonus after first purchase with $89 annual fee. But I realized this morning while writing about getting priority boarding on US Airways that there’s an offer for 40,000 miles after first purchase with that same $89 annual fee.
It’s the best offer for the card that I know of.
The card is marketing as ‘up to 50,000 bonus miles’ but 40,000 come after first purchase, the other 10,000 are generated by a costly balance transfer that you don’t want to take advantage of.
I think this card is a great idea. There’s likely only about a year left to get it, before new applications close forever. And the bonus miles are worth far more than the fee.
Back in January we didn’t know when the card would go away. I called out others who suggested that the demise of the card was imminent because available facts didn’t support the claim. I even got into a pretty heated twitter exchange over it.
About a week later we learned what to expect. The US Airways credit card will continue to be offered until Dividend Miles is combined into AAdvantage. Once that happens existing cardholders will be able to keep their cards, but no new applications will be taken.
I continue to expect that the programs will be combined during the first quarter of 2015, either at the very end of February or very beginning of March. But there’s been some speculation that the integration could take longer. I suspect that the airlines don’t know with certainty yet themselves as much depends on technical work that is still progressing.
In addition to bonus miles, card benefits include:
- A 5000 mile discount on US Airways award travel (not valid on partner awards)
- Annual companion certificate for up to 2 companions at $99 plus tax each with purchase of a paid ticket costing at least $250 plus tax.
- Priority check-in and boarding
- A US Airways Club day pass each year
For avoidance of doubt the link to this card does not offer any referral credit to me.