Last Call to Get a US Airways Card and 50,000 Bonus Miles!

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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.

US Airways MasterCard Bonus

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.

Us Airways MasterCard End Date

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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  1. I have been reluctant to try this because both hubby and I both have open US Airways accounts. But I figured since it was in it’s last days, I would give it a try. Just applied for hubby and got the “your application is being reviewed” screen. Bummer. I guess he’s not getting it and I just wasted a credit inquiry.
    I did it in his name rather than mine because he has not applied for any cards in about 9 months, while I have applied for several. Although my credit score is better than his.
    Thinking about trying it in my name, but don’t want to waste ANOTHER inquiry.

    Note to self : don’t be so greedy

    • Speaking strictly from my experience, and for what it’s worth, that’s the exact same message I received. Then about 5ish days later I got an email saying my card is in the mail. So there is a decent chance you still will get the card.

    • Laura, yeah hard call. If you don’t have many recent inquiries or many Barclaycards I would think chances are good, but of course never guaranteed.

  2. How do I find the referral link to my existing US Airways Barclays CC? I would like to use it to apply for my husband? Thanks!

          • Wow, thanks, who’d a thunk it! The referral worked, and had a new date of April 17. That was the good news. The bad news – my app for a second card is “under review”. Sigh.

  3. Hi Summer,

    I got my first US airways card on December 16 2014 (2nd barclaycard, also have arrival plus on Sept 26 2014).

    Is it possible to get another US Airways at the end of March? Right before it goes? What do you think? Too soon? It is three months later!

  4. Just applied for a pair of these Monday. 2 instant approvals. Yes.

    I now have 2, and it’s my wife’s first. I got my first one in November 2013.

  5. Summer, do you think the new cards will be considered new products and therefore promo eligible across all the versions…or do we think Barclays contrains churning in other ways? I am thinking of issuers like Chase and the “every two year” rule, unless the product changes.

    • Mark, the aviator cards won’t be available for new sign-ups, just converting existing US cardholders.

  6. I also applied and rec’d the US Airways card in Dec. 2014. I’ve got the same question as Justin: Too soon to reapply for a second card? Anyone have any success with such a short turnaround?
    Thanks —-

  7. Does anyone know if the link is still out there for the version that gives you 10k miles each year on renewal? It was supposed to be for elites only, but I applied about a year ago and got approved.

    • I’ve read they really tightened up on non elites using it in recent months but I suspect it is still out there.

  8. I recently called to cancel my first of two US Air cards, but ended up taking an offer for 10,000 bonus points if I converted it to a no fee Barclay Rewards card (worth $100). I then reduced the credit line on my second US Air card by half. I signed up for my second US Air card on Dec 14th, so I plan to try for a third US Air card (while only one is active) this month before it’s too late! I’m greedy.

  9. I got the USAirways card last year and already got the bonus. I am wondering if I should close it now before it is converted to the Aviator card, as I am thinking it would be better to apply for the Aviator card when it comes out and hopefully get a sign up bonus, what do you think?

  10. Hi Summer, So sorry to hear about your husband’s job loss…it is evident that he is very talented, such as yourself, and will be blessed with something as good or better than his previous work.

    I want to apply for another US Airways card…and 2 for my husband, too…are both of your cards the $89 annual fee version or is one of them the $49? I decreased our limits on the Barclay cards we have and my US card, just wondering if you have any more tips.

    Thanks so much!

  11. Thank you very much for your website. I am new to all this and am really enjoying obtaining points and looking forward to my trips later this year.

    I applied for the USAirways card using your link in the article, even though I already have an open one and I was indeed approved and got confirmation emails. Now I hope next week to get the card and start using it.

    Thank you so much for all your time, effort and tips!

  12. I applied this weekend for a second US air master card and I was denied. I want to call the reconsideration line but am not sure what I should tell them when they ask me, “why do you want another one if you already have one.?” How do I answer that question without saying, “I want some more miles.” Got any ideas. Thanks.

    • Kathy, if you weren’t automatically approved I truthfully think your chances of getting approved aren’t great. It is worth a shot, but…. I like to have two cards to keep different expenses separate for my own accounting purposes. Good luck!

  13. Thanks for the information. I guess I’m not going to be able to wait 6 months from my last Barclaycard application for this (Arrival+, four months ago). It’s a long-shot, but I may as well give it a final try this week. Please send me a referral link!

  14. Other Restrictions:

    New Account Bonuses and Awards: From time to time, Barclaycard may offer bonuses or awards of mileage credit or other premiums (for example, First Use Miles, First Use Certificates, and Promotional Companion Tickets) to new US Airways MasterCard Cardmembers. Unless otherwise stated in the offer, these bonuses and /or awards are intended for persons who are not, and have not previously been, US Airways MasterCard Cardmembers. You understand and agree that, unless otherwise stated, if this is your first US Airways MasterCard Account, once you become a Cardmember you are no longer eligible to receive these bonuses and/or awards for any new US Airways MasterCard account you open after this Account is opened. If this is not your first US Airways MasterCard Account, you may not be eligible for these bonuses and/or awards. If you receive a bonus or award for which you are not eligible, Barclaycard may direct US Airways to revoke the bonus or award, or reduce your mileage credit by the amount of the award, or charge your account for the fair value of the bonus or award, at our option.

  15. Based on the above “Restrictions”, have those that now have the second US Airways MasterCard BEEN awarded the 50K bonus or are they waiting for the award to post? Per the wording, the points may be revoked or the account reduced by the amount of the award. Hmmm, I’m still “on the fence”.

  16. Do you know when the bonus miles are supposed to post to your account? I just received my first statement, and they are not there.

  17. Better half and I took the chance and applied. We were not instantly approved. Oh well, nothing ventured, nothing gained or lost —-

  18. I applied and was approved for the card. Question to receive the bonus sign-up all I have to do is make a purchase and pay the $89 dollar fee. Should I wait until the bill is do or just pay it off now.

  19. Hi Summer,

    I’m new to your site, but have been enjoying all the articles I’ve read so far. One question about applying for the US Airways card, do you know which credit reporting agency Barclays pulls the credit file from? In the past it used to be TU, just wondering if it is TU still or if they’ve started using any of the other oness.

    Also if you could send me a referral link I’d greatly appreciate it!

    Many thanks for sharing your experiences and insights through your blog!

  20. I just received my US Airways card, and in the enclosed paperwork it mentions one complimentary club day pass good at domestic US Airways Club and Admirals Club locations. However, I don’t see anything about it in the section about rewards and benefits on my online card account. How would I take advantage of this offer?

  21. Can you send me a referral link? It’s not for me if that makes a difference. I wasn’t sure if they are name specific. Thanks

  22. Hi there and thanks for the great read! I originally signed up for the US Airways Dividend card just for the credit AA mileage bonus. Now, I have my new Aviator Red Card and still have my Citibank Platinum Select AA MC. I enjoy the CS with Citibank and don’t want to give up that card. Is there any reason to keep my Barclays Aviator card? Thanks in advance for your help!

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