US Airways MasterCard Holders 15,000 Bonus Miles for $3,750 in Purchases (Targeted)

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I got an email from US Airways today that invited me to get 15,000 bonus US Airways Dividend Miles for spending $1,250 per month on my US Airways MasterCard for each month from February – April.  From looking on Flyertalk and Milepoint, it looks like many others were also targeted for this offer, so I decided it was wide-spread enough that it was worth talking about.  Just to give some background, I got my US Airways MasterCard in about November 2011, and have only made two purchases on it thus far.  So it is fair to say that I am not a “heavy user” of that card by any stretch of the imagination.

In total this bonus offer comes to $3,750 of new purchases on that card over the span of three months.  That amount of purchases is similar to the amount typically required to qualify for many new sign-up bonus offers on various rewards credit cards.  However, 15,000 bonus miles is much lower than the amount you usually get for meeting a minimum spending requirement for a sign-up bonus on a new credit card.  That being said, I am absolutely going to take advantage of this offer for a couple different reasons.  Here are a few of my thoughts:

  • One reason I want to take advantage of this promo is that I don’t have any other card that I am working on a minimum spending requirement for currently.  I probably will get a new card with a minimum spending requirement at some point before the end of April, but I can plan accordingly and not over-commit myself.
  • Second, $1,250 is not much more than the cost of monthly daycare for us, so while it is a lot of money, given our family’s expenses it isn’t that significant of an amount to shift toward this card for a few months.
  • I really like US Airways Dividend Miles as they can be used to book Continental award flights, so these are some bonus miles that I very much would like to see deposited in my account.
  • This offer essentially comes to a bonus of 4 miles per dollar spent, which is pretty great.  When you consider the original one mile per dollar, it is really more like a 5x offer.  We can be sure to just put items on here (like daycare) that won’t earn us bonus miles on any other card, and then we will be earning five times the number of miles for those purchases that we otherwise would.  That is pretty awesome in my book.
  • These are 15,000 bonus miles that don’t require us opening a new account or having a new inquiry on our credit reports.  Sure, 15,000 miles is lower than most credit card sign-up bonuses that are out there these days, but this deal comes without some of the extra hassles and hurdles that can come from getting a new credit card.

In case you were curious, here are some of the official terms and conditions of this offer:

Offer is valid for select cardmembers and is not transferable. You will earn 15,000 bonus miles after you charge over $1,250 in net retail purchases (purchases that are not returned or rescinded) each month from February 1, 2012 through April 30, 2012. If you do not spend over $1,250 in any of the 3 months of the promotion, you will not be eligible for any bonus miles as part of this offer. To receive your bonus miles, your account must be open and in good standing. Purchases made during periods when your account is delinquent, your balance exceeds your credit line or your account is otherwise not in good standing as defined in your Credit Card Cardmember Agreement do not qualify for this offer. Your bonus miles will appear on your statement up to 6-8 weeks after the end of the promotion. Net retail purchases do not include such things as the purchase of money orders, traveler’s checks, foreign currency, lottery tickets, gambling chips, wire transfers, person-to-person money transfers or using the account to obtain a cash advance.

If you have a US Airways card, did you get targeted for this offer?  Do you typically use your card a lot, or are you an infrequent user like me?  Will you be jumping on this offer, or putting your purchases toward another card instead?

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  1. One use for me since September, no targeting. The reports on MP and FT made me put the card in my wallet — I’ll use it for 1x earning purchases to see if I can activate this offer in later months, as others have been getting it since November.

  2. I got my card in December, have not charged more than $30 on it, and got this offer this morning. I think I’m going to go for it, since my wedding is in April and I can easily charge that much a month. I’d like to use the miles to get 2 offpeak award tickets in business class next February, but I’m just a little nervous about what availability is going to be like if these bonus miles don’t post until sometime in May or June.

  3. I got a similar offer in November, for 15,000 bonus miles after spending $1,500 a month in November, December, and January.

    I met the spend for November and December but was traveling abroad until now (and used a no-foreign fee Citi Thank You card abroad) so gotta put all spending on the US Mastercard card now, to meet the $1,500 for the month!

    After your post, I am hoping my husband will get this offer!

  4. Have the card. They just recently sent me a letter telling me that Barclay’s had only allowed me the Platinum card initially – a mistake on their part, they said – and I was now the proud owner of the ‘World’ Card – which I still have not used. No target email with this new offer.

  5. One transaction back in November, but not targeted yet. Hopefully I will be in the future.
    Do the spend requirements need to be fulfilled within each calendar month or the corresponding month’ statement period? Reading the terms it sort of suggests calendar months, but I am not sure exactly.

  6. I got this same targeted offer. Just got the card last Nov and only put 1-2 small purchases on it (pretty much right away). Not sure if we’ll go for this bonus or not – will depend on whether we get a couple new cards with big bonuses to work towards.

  7. “Net retail purchases do not include … person-to-person money transfers”. So I guess Amazon Payment may not used to fulfill the spending requirement?

  8. I got the card at the end of October and I got this offer at the end of December for $1250 in spend each month January – March. I used the card once for the Grand Slam and don’t think I had used it since. I am also in between sign-up bonuses so it was an easy decision for me. I hit the $1250 pretty quick this month since car insurance was due. Might have to put some more work into it for the next two months. Tomorrow is also going to be a churn day for my wife, so we will need to start playing the minimum spend game for her too. I will be updating my blog with posts on the whole churning process and how we are meeting the minimum spends. I have a feeling we might end up buying some gift cards or doing some Kiva loans over the next couple of months.

  9. Opened 2 for Mrs. Baxterboy12 and I during Grand Slam. 1 purchase on each card. Targeted in Dec for $1250 Jan-Mar.

    Plan to make it on both cards. Am working on $10K minimum spend for AmEx Bus Gold for each of us (one day offer from November 3) so it has been tricky to juggle the minimum spend, but I think we are going to make it.

  10. Used the card through out the Grand Slam…not targetted.

    Any chances of getting on the bandwagon by sending them a secure message?

  11. I use my USAirways MC frequently and have had it for years. Hardly a month goes by that I don’t use it for something, and in most months charges are over $1000, depending on particular spending patterns. I did NOT receive the offer. It seems that they are looking more to generate new business with it, rather than rewarding business that they already can count on. I think I will put the card away for a few months, use something else instead, and see what happens. Pretty short sighted on Barclays part I think.

  12. You found a daycare that still takes cards? Recently all the daycares in our area switched to checks, and if you pay with a card they slap you with a surcharge fee, meaning you are basically buying the points, not really worth it.

    Just another way they are trying to cut costs, I guess.

  13. Agree with JG – I actually got the card just before the GS promo, and have put maybe 7-8k on it so far, and I did not get this offer. Darn, i was excited when I saw your tweet this morning.
    I did get a targeted 50% buy miles email from US Air this morning, though.

  14. I too got this card during GS, in late October. I did a balance transfer and used it sporadically. In Dec I got the same offer for spending Jan-Mar, but that overlaps with the 10K spend I’m trying to complete for the Amex Business Gold Rewards, so I’m not doing it. The card’s been put away in favor of my CO OP+ for the time being, so maybe I’ll be targeted later on down the road when I don’t have a huge minimum spend to satisfy on a different card.

  15. I didn’t get the email but hope I do. I have moved most of my spend to the sapphire and ink card but could manage to move some over to the usair mastercard for that kind of bonus. Thanks for letting us know, I will be on the lookout.

  16. I have 2 open US Air cards (churned after 6 months for 80000 miles) however haven’t received offer. I will keep an eye out for this one. thanks

  17. I’ve only nce or twice used the card since last spring when I opened it. This is the 2nd offer like this I have gotten.

    Last time I was working on the min spend for a Citi AA card. I’m considering going for it this time, but have to meet a min spend for 2 Citi Hilton cards soon. Will have to weigh the pros and cons. I don’t like that I have to keep track so closely that there is a min spend EACH month for 3 months. I’m not that organized LOL.

  18. Apologies for being on the road today and not getting to each comment individually, but to answer a few of the points:
    -It is calendar month.
    -I can’t swear about Amazon Payments, but it doesn’t sound promising.
    -Our daycare doesn’t charge an extra fee for credit cards, in fact they charge you extra to write a check!
    -I totally feel your pain if you use the card a lot and weren’t targeted. That always happens to me on my Continental Chase card!
    -Congrats to those who were targeted. Let’s rack up those extra points. 😉

  19. And I just received the email with the same exact offer. Was optimistically waiting for it. Used the card once during Grand Slam 2011 in October.

  20. My husband had this offer and it was for April, May and June. How long until these bonus points post for those of you who completed the offer?

  21. My wife just got an email with the same 15K challenge, only for $750/month in Aug/Sept/Oct. Guess who just earned her business?? She has the Premier World version and only spent $10 on it since getting it back in May.

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