This card is offering 40,000 miles after first purchase (no minimum spending requirement).
These miles will ultimately be combinable with miles in an American AAdvantage account. That means you can get American Airlines cards too and you’ll be able to pool the miles when the two frequent flyer programs combine, or possibly even earlier.
You will not be able to apply for the card once the American and US Airways programs combine. This card is from Barclays, and Citibank will become the exclusive issuer of new American Airlines credit cards. But if you have an existing Barclaycard account, you can keep it.
If you hope to get more than one US Airways MasterCard, it’s best to sign up for one now. Barclays is tougher on getting second cards than they used to be, especially for folks who already have one open. But if you have a legitimate need for more than one I’d try now and then again right before the window to sign up for these cards closes.
Benefits of the Card
In addition to a 40,000 mile signup bonus — with no minimum spend, it’s awarded after first purchase, the card (which has an $89 annual fee) also comes with:
- A 5000 mile discount on US Airways award travel (not valid on partner awards)
- First checked bag free on US Airways
- 10,000 elite qualifying miles after spending $25,000 on the card
- 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
- US Airways Club day pass
When Will The Card Disappear?
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 (and that you should jump on a 30,000 point offer) 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 — and only until — Dividend Miles is combined into AAdvantage. Once that happens existing US Airways cardholders will be able to keep their cards, and they will become American Airlines cards issued by Barclays. 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, although no announcement on timing has been made.
When Delta and Northwest merged, there was a limited window left to get the Northwest credit card. (I also took advantage of my once in a lifetime status match to Northwest Platinum status, since the program itself was going to go away there was no reason left to preserve that for the future. I even got a Tiffany bowl from Delta out of the match!)
When United and Continental merged, there was a limited window left to get the Continental card. It was the last chance for a big bonus – and in some ways the legacy Continental card products were better than what the merged airline would offer, legacy cardholders got to keep most of their benefits.
Considering that there’s a limited window left to get the card, I would jump on the opportunity now for 40,000 points.
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