As many of you know, one of the best rewards credit cards out there is on its way slowly out the door. The US Airways® Premier World MasterCard® will eventually no longer be available for applications in its current state thanks to the US Airways merger with American Airlines, and this fact alone should put it relatively high on your application priority list since it will eventually be a “now or never” situation (likely in early 2015). However, there are even more reasons to think about whether this card makes sense for your family sooner rather than later.
Namely, current cardholders have started to be notified that the valuable and family-friendly $99 companion certificates will go away after 2014. For families, being able to purchase one US Airways ticket (minimum fare purchase of $250 required) within the 48 states + Canada and get the second and third for $99 each + taxes/fees each is huge. It can easily save you hundreds of dollars without being tied to award availability. There are some blackout dates and terms/conditions, but we have used it before successfully for flights during peek summer season for the three of us, and hope to do so again at least one more time before that perk disappears forever. Here is a post on how to use the companion certificates.
If you get the card now, you will get the $99 companion certs once, so it’s not too late. You will also get 40,000 US Airways miles awarded after the first purchase (there is a $89 annual fee), the 5,000 mile discount on awards on US Airways operate flights, one US Airways Club lounge pass, free checked bags for you and up to four travel companions on US Airways operated flights. Also of note is that the conversion of 10k miles to preferred qualifying miles after you spend $25k will be ending after 2014 as well.
In 2015 the perks on this card will become more aligned with what is offered on the Citi American Airlines cards, which isn’t a totally terrible thing, but it is an overall downgrade from the current version. Beginning in 2015 you will be able to get 10% of your miles back upon redemption for award travel (I’m guessing up to a max of 10k annually like with the similar Citi cards); 25% off inflight purchases; and a $100 flight discount if you spend $30,000 year on the card. Getting 10% of redeemed miles back is good, though I prefer the 10,000 anniversary miles I am getting right now on my version of the US Airways MasterCard. I don’t know for sure whether my anniversary miles will continue past 2014 or not, but I’m not holding my breath.
Are you planning to get one more trip out of the $99 Companion Certificates? Have you received notification about the 2015 benefits change?
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