In my post about earning miles by referring your friends to the Barclaycard US Airways card, I point out that Barclaycard has been making an offer of 50,000 miles plus 10,000 miles at card renewal available, marketed to US Airways elite frequent flyers.
Many consider the 10,000 mile offer at renewal ‘better’ but as I point out it’s the same as the regular 50,000 mile signup bonus unless you plan to keep the card for a year (and likely pay a second annual fee). Now, I do consider 10,000 miles worth $89 (9/10ths of a cent per mile) but many have long disagreed with me about hanging onto the card for that.
But is Barclaycard cracking down on non-US Airways elites signing up for the offer?
I used the Preferred link and got denied in 1 second. Phoned Recon and csr said since Dec. 1 Preferred DM #’s are programmed in Barclaycard’s computers and immediately reject non-elites. Follow-up rejection letter said the same and many people on every blog are also getting denials for this reason.
Although no credit check is run, you’re barred from any more Barclaycard apps, even the non-Preferred US one, for 30 days.
For years there have been ‘better’ offers for the US Airways card marketed at elites, or even top tier elites. And that’s always just been a marketing focus, not an exclusion for other members from signing up for the offer.