Reader John moratto asks,
I have two US Airways Barclay elite world MasterCard. How could I get a credit cards that will give me companion coupons and Prefered elite miles just for purchases? Also if I buy up to platinum status will I receive 500 mile upgrades for platinum(50,000 miles) or only for the miles that I flew.
Up through 2014, the US Airways Premier World MasterCard from Barclays bank offered 10,000 elite qualifying miles for spending $25,000 in a year on the card.
That benefit is no longer available on the card.
- US Airways and American are merging frequent flyer programs
- The Barclays-issued US Airways card is becoming an American card
- The base-level American card issued by Citibank does not offer elite qualifying miles for spending.
Citibank issues their ‘Executive’ card with a $450 annual fee, which comes with American lounge access and allows you to earn 10,000 elite qualifying miles after $40,000 spend in a year.
Allowing Barclays to continue to offer 10,000 miles after less spend and as the $89 price point would have undermined the Citibank premium card offering, even to the extent that the Barclays card won’t be available to new applications once the US Airways and American programs merge.
The AAdvantage Aviator Silver World Elite MasterCard comes with a $195 fee and let you earn 5,000 elite qualifying miles for each $20,000 in annual purchases (up to 10,000 per year). So it’s cheaper than the Ciitbank card, and lets you earn qualifying miles in chunks rather than only after $40,000 in spend. It doesn’t come with lounge access, though.
In addition, the Aviator Silver card will come with a companion certificate each year for two guests at $99+tax each (like the old US Airways Premier World MasterCard) but only with $30,000 in purchases during a cardmember year.
You can’t apply directly for the card at this point, it’s available by invitation only, although it may be able to request conversion of an existing US Airways card at some point soon.
As for the other question, no, if you buy up to American AAdvantage Platinum status you will not receive 500 mile upgrade certificates as though you flew 50,000 miles. But 500 mile upgrades will no longer be required on flights less than 500 miles. US Airways elites will start out with 500 mile upgrade certificates in their account when the programs merge, as well.