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This is hardly surprising given that many other mileage earning debit cards have gone away in the past year or so, but I was a bit sad when I got a letter in the mail today from Bank of America informing me that as of 9/30 the US Airways debit card will be replaced with a regular old Bank of America debit card. Card holders will receive a prorated refund for the $30 annual fee. This card earned one US Airways mile for every two dollars charged on the card. I haven’t used this card in months, but it is a loss for two reasons. First, not everyone is a good candidate for a credit card, so a debit card that earns miles was a good option for some. However, the reason I will miss the card the most is it was an easy hit in the US Airways Grand Slam last year.
So far in March we have lost Hyatt as a US Airways transfer partner (and thus as a hit in the Grand Slam) and now the US Airways debit card will become extinct. Since the card does not technically go away until 9/30, it is always possible that its use will still be counted if there is a Grand Slam that starts earlier in September this year. Then again, it is also totally possible that US Airways won’t have interest in promoting the use of a card that is about to go away. Of course, there are no guarantees there will even be a Grand Slam, but let’s hope that does not happen!