What’s Next for the US Airways Credit Card

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The day that US Airways and American Airlines are combining their loyalty programs is here.  The US Airways Dividend Miles program is officially no more, but what about the US Airways Dividend Miles MasterCard?

I’ve been screaming from the rooftops, occasionally using exclamation points on my blog to encourage everyone interested to apply for that card as soon as possible before the opportunity goes away for ever, and slowly but surely the avenues to apply for this card are closing.

Avenues to Apply for US Airways MasterCard Disappearing:

On the US Airways website the credit card now advertized is the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select card, and not the US Airways MasterCard issued by Barclaycard.  The statement I received from a Barclaycard rep said that those interested in the US Airways MasterCard should apply by March 27th (yesterday), and my own US Airways credit card is no longer allowing me to refer others to the credit card.

US Airways MasterCard

However, if you are the ultimate procrastinator (Dad, this is for you), there are still a couple ways to get in right under the wire to get the US Airways Dividend Miles MasterCard and the 50,000 miles that are awarded after the first purchase and payment of the $89 annual fee.

Ways to Still Apply for the Card as of Today:

First, if you were already referred by someone for the card, the links in those emails seem to still work for now.  If you were sent an email directly from Barclaycard to apply for the card, I would assume those links are still working, too.

Second, this website seems to still display a working application.  I do not know how long that website will continue to operate given that it has been removed from the US Airways website, but I would quit procrastinating now if you want in on this card before it closes to new customers forever and converts to one of four different types of Barclaycard AAdvantage Aviator products.  Note that no one will be able to directly apply for an AAdvantage Aviator card from Barclaycard, but instead you must have been converted from a US Airways MasterCard.

What Will Happen to Existing US Airways MasterCard Customers:

The four chip-enabled AAdvantage Aviator products that US Airways MasterCard holders will be transitioned to one of the following four products (you are informed about which one via mail from Barclaycard):

Product Names Annual Fee
AAdvantage® Aviator™ Silver World Elite MasterCard® $195
AAdvantage® Aviator™ Red MasterCard® $89
AAdvantage® Aviator™ Blue MasterCard® $49
AAdvantage® Aviator™ MasterCard® No Annual Fee

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Current Dividend miles will become AAdvantage miles over the next few days, and cardmembers will begin earning AAdvantage miles on purchases made with the new card. New AAdvantage Aviator MasterCards will be mailed out shortly, but in the meantime you can keep using your Dividend Miles MasterCards to earn AAdvantage miles.

The specific benefits for each of the four different card types are:

AAdvantage® Aviator™ MasterCard®

1X miles for every dollar spent on eligible US Airways® and American Airlines® purchases
1X mile for every two dollars spent on all other purchases
25% off in-flight food, beverage and headset purchases
Chip-enabled card
No Annual Fee

AAdvantage® Aviator™ Blue MasterCard®

2X miles for every dollar spent on eligible US Airways® and American Airlines® purchases
1X mile for every dollar spent on all other purchases
25% off in-flight food, beverage and headset purchases
Chip enabled card
No Foreign Transaction Fees
$49 Annual Fee

AAdvantage® Aviator™ Red MasterCard®

All the benefits of AAdvantage® Aviator™ Blue, PLUS
First Checked Bag Free of charge for cardmember and up to four (4) traveling companions
Boarding Privileges for Zone 2 on domestic US Airways flights and Group 1 on domestic American Airlines flights
Get 10% of Redeemed Miles Back (10,000 miles maximum each calendar year)
$100 Flight Discount on eligible American Airlines operated flights each year with $30,000 or more spend in purchases within anniversary year
$89 Annual Fee

AAdvantage® Aviator™ Silver MasterCard®

3X miles for every dollar spent on eligible US Airways® and American Airlines® purchases
Boarding Privileges for Zone 2 on domestic US Airways flights and Group 1 on domestic American Airlines flights
2X miles for every dollar spent on eligible hotels and car rentals
1X mile for every dollar spent on all other purchases
Elite Qualifying Miles – Receive 5,000 EQMs for each $20,000 in annual purchases (10,000 maximum EQMs per year)
Companion Certificate – Issued each year after account anniversary with $30,000 or more spend in purchases during the previous year. Cardmembers can purchase a ticket for an American Airlines® operated flight and up to two guests can travel with them for $99 each (plus taxes and fees)
Global Entry Application Fee Credit— cardmembers can apply for Global Entry status and receive a $100 statement credit for application fee paid using the AAdvantage® Aviator™ Silver card. With this benefit, they receive one statement credit every five years.
No Foreign Transaction Fees
First Checked Bag Free of charge for cardmember and up to eight (8) traveling companions
Get 10% of Redeemed Miles Back (10,000 miles maximum each calendar year)

To view all features and benefits for each product, see the websites below:

The materials I received from Barclaycard also indicate that cardmembers who qualify will continue to receive anniversary bonus miles (wahoo!). They also say that cardmembers who opt to trade into a different product will lose the anniversary bonus altogether, so if your US Airways MasterCard awarded bonuses miles at each anniversary, be careful before asking if you can have a different version of the Aviator card than was assigned to your account.

Both of my Dividend Miles MasterCards were assigned to become AAdvantage Aviator Red MasterCards.  What type of account was your Dividend Miles MasterCard slated to become?  Did you squeeze in a final US Airways application before it was too late?

Editorial Note: The opinions expressed here are mine and not provided, reviewed, by any bank, card issuer, or other company unless otherwise stated.

Comments

  1. I applied last Saturday and got a “further review” but was approved by the end of the day. I am still waiting for the card. I also have a no annual fee arrival card and this was my third US Airways card in the last 5 years. I had cancelled both over a year ago, downgrading to the Arrival card.

  2. Hi,

    I have been procrastinating on getting another card. I just tried the link, and was instantly approved!!! yay!! Thanks for screaming from the rooftops. 🙂

  3. I just tried the link and it says its no longer available. Boo that’s what I get for procrastinating, I should have tried the second I received this email.

    Thank you so much for the info. Next time I’ll act quicker.

    Michelle

  4. Thoughts on this? I’m currently working on the 15,000 miles for $750 in spend for 3 months. Already completed Feb and March and will spend the last $750 on April 1st. I’ve already been sent the notice of the new Aviator card, but haven’t received the actual card, so my US Air MC is still valid and active. I’m also signed up for the 50% more miles promo on this card, but have NOT signed up for the 50% miles promo on the new cards, even thought I’ve been prompted to sign up for it.
    Given that Barclays posts bonus miles one full statement cycle AFTER requirements have been met (at that point I’ll probably have the new card), doing the last $750 spending on the old card, my 15,000 miles should still be ok, right?

    • I’m not 100% following, but I don’t expect a problem with miles or bonuses as they assign a different card name to your account.

      • I’m working on the bonus while transitioning between cards. Spending will be completed with the old card, but will probably have the new Aviator card by the time the bonus points are supposed to post. Like yourself I’m not anticipating any problems getting the 15k miles to post, but was just wondering if I was missing anything.

  5. flyertalk people are asking about working referral links, i directed them here.

    thanks for the link, i procrastinated and thought i lost my opportunity this afternoon when no links were working. but after finding these links, i applied for my 2nd card. unfortunately, i got pending status.

    question: i think my first card will get converted to an aviator red. is there anyone who has asked to be converted to their choice of aviator? I’d like the silver, so i could get global entry credit.

  6. Is there a way to refuse to have our US Air card transferred to an aadvantage card. I would rather apply for an Aadvantage card in the future to hopefully get a sign up bonus that I’ll be giving up if my us air card gets automatically replaced by an aadvantage card. I don’t want to cancel my us air card because I’m waiting for my bonus for $750/mo spend in 3 months which I’ve completed (Dec, Jan Feb) and am still awaiting the bonus points.

    • Your US card will become an Aviator card that isn’t available for public sign-up so you won’t be missing out on any AAdvantage sign-up bonuses. The AAdvantage cards are only issued to new customers via Citi and you will have a special Barclaycard product available only to former US Airways cardholders.

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