My US Airways MasterCard Got Upgraded

On top of the big benefits changes coming to the US Airways credit cards to align with what Citibank offers to American Airlines co-brand credit card holders, it appears that they’re making additional updates to the card at least based on a letter I’ve just received in the mail.

Last week I wrote about the rebranding of the Barclaycard Arrival World Mastercard as Barclaycard Arrival PlusTM World Elite MasterCard®. They made the card chip and pin and made it a World MasterCard which is the higher-end branding that comes with some incremental benefits, including additional travel benefits.

I got in the mail a piece yesterday letting me know that my US Airways Premier World MasterCard® would become a World Elite MasterCard as well. (Click to enlarge)

You’ll notice that Suzanne Rubin, President of the American AAdvantage program, now signs for US Airways Dividend Miles.

In any case, this is an improvement and no downside at the same price point so good to see!

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  1. Looks to me that those of us with the Barclay US airways card will lose the 5,000 mile discount next year as well.

  2. Thee US Airways World MasterCard turns into an elite card when you’ve spent more than $25k in the last 12 months.

  3. World Elite is pretty disappointing, even if you do regular business class trips it’s rarely cheaper using their booking service even WITH the discounts offered.

  4. Hmmm…my letter from Barclays told me about some new benefits, but also the dropping of the biggest one for me: 10,000 PQM’s when spending $25k in a year. I have 4 of these cards and that is how I hit CP each year. Huge devalue IMO and I’ll be dropping these cards quickly because of it.

  5. Do the World or World Elite cards offer primary rental coverage either domestically or abroad?

  6. Gosh that’s funny. My USAirways Mastercard just got downgraded big time. I lost my $99 companion pass. I lost my lounge pass. I lost my elite miles after $25K in spend. After some of the moves that AA has made lately the fact that Suzanne Rubin signed it reminds me of all the changes made without notice that AA has slipped in. Relative to all that is lost, This WorldElite stuff is of little interest relatively to most.

  7. @mdtravel – I link to my discussion of those same changes in the very first sentence of this post 🙂

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