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I am so excited to share with you guys that The US Airways® Premier World MasterCard® has temporarily increased its sign-up bonus to 50,000 miles after your first purchase and payment of the $89 annual fee. Previously the 50,000 mile version of the offer was just available to the lucky folks who were targeted.
This is huge, let me explain. This card will be closing to new customers in the not terribly distant future thanks to the merger between US Airways and American Airlines. I don’t know the exact deadline, but we are likely talking months, not years. Existing cardholders will be kept, and merged to a new AA branded product issued by Barclaycard, but no new folks will be taken on. That makes this increasingly a “now or never situation” and is reason enough in my book to get the card now with this increased sign-up bonus, but that’s not the only reason this is awesome.
This is one of the very last cards out there that awards the sign-up bonus without a minimum spending requirement. This makes this potentially 50,000 of the easiest miles you will ever earn as all you have to do is use the card once and pay the annual fee. These miles will be issued as US Airways miles, but will become American Airlines miles in 2015.
You will also get other perks such as the companion certificate, that is great for traveling families, a free checked bag for you and up to four companions, and other US Airways and American Airlines perks.
Note that this version does not have the 10,000 bonus anniversary miles that some version of the offer have, but the offer that still advertizes the anniversary bonus miles and is marketed to Exclusive Preferred (elite) members, also shows the increased 50,000 mile sign-up bonus. If you are an elite member with US Airways, you should absolutely go for that version of the offer. If you aren’t elite with US Airways, you can roll the dice with that offer and see what happens as there have been some reports of success for non-elites using that version of the offer.
If you really want to “go big”, you could also go for the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® MasterCard® which is also awarding 50,000 sign-up bonus miles, although with a $3,000 minimum spending requirement in this first three months. That would give you a total of 100,000 easy American Airlines miles when the programs combine next year.
As long as you have a good credit score and aren’t going to be tempted to rack up debt just because you have a new credit card, I can’t think of a single reason not to have The US Airways® Premier World MasterCard®. This is the best offer I have seen for it, and the time to apply is running out. I will be encouraging everyone in my family that doesn’t already have one to go ahead and pull the trigger during this limited time offer. Some that already have one might even need to go for another and see what happens…
Good luck if you decide to go for it!
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