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“Everyone” knows that US Airways is merging with American Airlines. That means that the US Airways co-branded credit card issued by Barclaycard will cease to take on new applicants at a certain point in the not terribly distant future (in other words, likely months, not years). I do not know that exact date that will happen, nor am I 100% clear on what will happen to existing US Airways cardholders at that time in terms of what type of card the former US Airways card will become. However, I am certain that your US Airways miles and American Airlines miles will merge together at some point, so that means that the focus (for me) is on making sure everyone in my family gets the US Airways card while it is still available. You can already redeem US Airways miles for American Airlines operated flights.
The public offer for The US Airways® Premier World MasterCard® is really pretty decent as it awards 40,000 miles after the first use of the card and payment of the $89 annual fee. That also gets you a free checked bag, 5k mile discount on awards on US Airways operated flights, and a companion certificate for two guests to fly on a purchased US Airways operated flight with you for $99 each (plus taxes/fees). You can read more about how to use the Companion Certificate here, but it is actually pretty valuable for family travel.
That offer is certainly good, but there is now one floating around out there via targeted offers that is even better, and that I have never seen before this week. The targeted offer is for 50,000 US Airways miles upon first purchase and payment of the annual fee! I had seen targeted offers of 50k miles with a $1,000 spending requirement, but never without the spending requirement. Getting anything these days without a spending requirement is unusual, but 50,000 miles would be outstanding!
Normally mentioning targeted offers is just like rubbing salt in the wounds of those not included, but I wanted to mention this one because it is new as far as I know, and it seems that Barclaycard is ramping up a (final?) push for US Airways card sign-ups based on reports of increased advertizing in some areas and these bonus offers going out. I have not received the targeted increased bonus offer myself, nor has anyone in my family, but I would stay on the lookout for the offer and personally I’d apply in a heartbeat if they wanted to send me one.
Have you seen the 50,000 US Airways miles offer available after first purchase and the payment of the annual fee? Do you plan to get the US Airways card at some point this year?