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A few months ago I got my second US Airways MasterCard (issued by Barclaycard), and as expected the sign-up bonus associated with the second card posted just fine even though the first card is still open and active. That means I received 50,000 US Airways bonus miles for making a purchase and paying the $89 annual fee. These will become American Airlines miles during the merger. I don’t guarantee everyone will be able to get two cards, but that was my experience (some have more). This is absolutely one of the most generous sign-up offers out there right now, and one of the remaining few that award the bonus miles without having to hit a minimum spending threshold of several thousand dollars.
If you don’t yet have the card, have good credit, and like airline miles, you absolutely should get it soon. Very soon. To avoid any confusion about potential conflicts of interest, I have no affiliate link for this card, I just really don’t want you to miss out on some easy and valuable miles.
That said, I (and probably any other US Airways cardholder) can refer others to the card and get 5,000 bonus miles for each approved referral. I’m certainly happy to refer anyone interested, though the most interesting thing from the referrals is that the email I get when I refer someone currently states that existing US Airways MasterCard cardmembers will receive 5,000 bonus miles for each friend who applies for and is approved for a US Airways Premier World MasterCard using the apply link in this email by March 12, 2015. That date doesn’t necessarily tell us when the card is going away, but I think it is safe to assume it won’t be before March 12th.
We all know that the end date for this card is near because after the merger between American Airlines and US Airways, as Citibank will remain as the sole issuer of new American Airlines credit cards. Recently US Airways emailed cardholders to let them know that their US Airways MasterCards would become AAdvantage Aviator MasterCards sometime between April 1 – July 15, 2015. These will continue to be managed by Barclaycard, but the Aviator cards won’t be available to new sign-ups, just old US Airways card converts.
Again talking dates, I don’t know if that means that March 31st is when the US Airways MasterCard will stop being issued to new customers, but in the absence of information to the contrary, I think it is reasonable to use that as a “better safe than sorry” date. This is especially true since it has already been announced that Dividend Miles and AAdvantage will be combined in the second quarter of this year (so get those US Airways award chart bookings in ASAP, too!).
We may never get confirmation in advance of the last day to apply for the US Airways MasterCard before they stop taking on new customers, but we all know that day is coming pretty soon. Remember that in addition to the 50,000 bonus miles, you will also get one Companion Certificate that allows up to two others to fly on your same flight for $99 + taxes/fees each. This can be very useful for families looking to cut down on airfare costs – see details of the certificate here.
Good luck if you decide to add this card to your wallet, just remember to not delay too long!
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