2,500 Bonus US Airways Miles and Other Targeted Offers

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Yesterday I got an email informing me that my (rarely used) US Airways MasterCard is eligible for a targeted bonus that will result in earning 5x US Airways miles for some of my 4th quarter purchases.  In fact, I have been seeing several targeted campaigns for rewards credit cards popping up as we head into the spending heavy 4th quarter.  Here are the details on the US Airways bonus I was targeted for, as well as a few other targeted spending offers that I am aware of so that you can stay on the look-out for some of your own.

Use your US Airways Dividend Miles MasterCard October 1 through December 31, 2013 and earn 5 bonus miles for every $1 you spend—up to 2,500 bonus miles—on purchases you already make in the following categories¹:

Gas station purchases

Restaurant purchases (including fast food)

Department store, toy, or game store purchases

I will have no problem pulling that card out of temporary retirement in order to charge $500 in those categories and earn 2,500 miles over the next couple of months.  This should pair nicely with the Chase Freedom® Visa’s 4th quarter 5x bonus categories of department stores and Amazon.com, since gas and restaurant 5x bonuses are unique to the US Airways targeted bonus.  I know there are some other versions of this targeted US Airways offer out there such as 2x miles in those bonus categories.

Other targeted offers I am aware of:

  • 3,500 bonus FlexPerks points (worth up to $70) for charging $750 on the US Bank FlexPerks Travel Rewards Visa Signature from September 1 – October 31st.  That promo made me increase my attention to that card for a little bit!
  • A reader emailed me about a promo identical to my US Airways card offer only with their NFL Extra Points Visa Signature Card.  You can redeem the points earned on this card for cash back.
  • 5,000 bonus points with $3,000 in spending on the Hyatt Visa between October 1 and December 31.  I have also read about a different version of the offer for that same card that requires $6,000 in spending to get a 6,000 point bonus during the same time-frame.


Do you have any other targeted offers on your cards for the 4th quarter?  Do targeted offers work in terms of getting you to pull your credit card out of temporary retirement?


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  1. I never get targeted for any of the good offers! I thought I did when I got a similar email targeted offer, but mine gives me only 2 bonus miles on those categories. Since I already have similar or better bonuses on other cards, my US Airways card will continue to enjoy its retirement.

  2. My wife has the Barclay’s US Air, and 2 months ago she got a mailer saying that if she spent $750 in each of the next three months she would get a bonus 15,000 miles. Two down, now we just need to do the October spend.

  3. I received an offer for the same categories but 5x bonus points on the Arrival card. I wish I could get both offers but I think Barclay may only send one offer to each customer, even if you have multiple cards.

  4. I received this targeted offer yesterday as well. One other targeted offer I received was on Thursday from Hyatt for a 2000 point bonus for staying just 1 eligible night (MLife Vegas properties included) by November 30. While not a credit card spending offer, my Hyatt Visa is also in a semi-retirement mode so maybe that might have had something to do with it? As for these types of offers, yes they do get me to put new spend on my card … particular this one with the 5X bonus.

  5. I received a targeted offer for my US Airways Mastercard about a month and a half ago for 15,000 bonus points for spending at least $750/month in September, October, and November.

    I just signed up for the card at the end of June, and they accidentally issued me a Platinum, instead of a Platinum World Mastercard, I guess. Anyway, I got a letter about that separately, but within a couple of days of the email. May be related.

  6. Sweet! Just went back and checked and got the US Airways email, too. Thanks for the heads up; would not have known. You’re right that there seem to be a lot out there right now. Just finished the $750 on the US Bank card. Had a spend $3k get 5k Hyatt in August and just got another spend $6k get another 6k Hyatt.

  7. Oh booo… I got essentially the same offer as you except for one major difference: mine is for only 2 bonus points/$ in those categories. It still makes for the best card to use at restaurants and gas stations. My Freedom card will do better at department stores though.

  8. Yay, I can spend more on my card than you — up to $1250 — since I got the “2 bonus miles for every $1 you spend—up to 2,500 bonus miles” offer!

    Kidding. I registered for the offer, but now that I see you got 5 bonus points, I’m gonna play hard to get and put the card back in the freezer.

  9. I never get these; is there any way to increase your chances or ensure that you’re receiving offers from them? I don’t think I ever opted out of getting email offers, but it would be great it there is a way to check

  10. I got the same targeted Southwest offer (get 3000 bonus points after $5000 in spend). I used my Southwest card heavily in 2012, but not in 2013 (was chasing hotel bonuses and points instead). I’ll probably take Southwest up on their offer.

  11. I got the Southwest 3,000 mile bonus after $5,000 spend bonus offer too. Can’t imagine changing my spending plans based on both the low offer and the high spend. Pretty lame I think.

  12. I only got 2x not even sure if 3x us airways will get me to make a large effort i might use it for some resturaunt purchases but idk 2x UR points or 3x us airway miles… its a tossup.

  13. I received one on my Barclay’s Wyndham Rewards Visa Signature Card. 5x on gas, restaurant, fast food, dept. store from Oct.1-Dec.31 up to 2,500 points.

  14. @Todd, I just collected the 15,000 bonus US Airways miles. Took some work tracking the minimum spend for the card over 3 months, but well worth it!

  15. Do you have cards coming up for renewal, with annual fees due! I had three just recently (2 Chase, 1 CITI). After calling customer support (who couldn’t help me get the fees waived), I asked to be sent to an account specialist. They immediately had an offer that all but offset the annual fee if you value the points offer they gave me. The first one was 10,000 points for a $5000 spend over 6 months. I accepted the offer and will pay the annual fee.
    The next one was my British Airways Chase card. They offered me 9000 miles after a $1500 spend in 3 months – again – good enough for me to keep the card. The 3rd one (CITI) only required 5 transactions over 3 months to get an offsetting statement credit equal to the annual fee. Definitely took that one and CITI made good on that one – the fee reversal just went through.

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