Barclays US Air (& Soon American Airlines) 35,000 & 40,000 Mile Credit Card Updates

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[Disclosure:  Emily and I do NOT receive a commission for the 35,000 mile offer, but we do receive one for the 40,000 mile offer.  However, the 35,000 mile offer may be the better choice for many.]

As Points Envy hinted, American Airlines and US Air announced plans to merge on Valentine’s day.  The combined airline will retain the American Airlines frequent flyer program.  So your US Air miles will eventually become American Airlines miles.

Barclays bank issues the US Air credit card, and it is likely that in ~ 6 to 12 months Barclays will stop issuing the card because of the merger.

So it could be worth applying for the US card in the next few months because soon you won’t be able to apply for this card.  And also because it is a good way to build up American Airlines miles.

Us Air Credit Card Offers

The bad news is that link to the the best US Air credit card offer – which offered 40,000 miles after your 1st purchase AND waived the first year fee is no longer working (thanks to harvson3 for the update!)

I’ve written about this offer before and explained how it was better than the link which earned me a commission.

However, Million Mile Secrets reader Corridor! (thanks!) alerted me to this FlyerTalk thread  where kdoughboy posted 3 links to offers with 35,000 US Air miles after your first purchase and which waives the first year fee.  The terms & conditions also indicate that you may get 10,000 miles on each anniversary, but it is unclear if Barclays will still issue this card in one year!

“Anniversary Bonus Miles: Beginning with the first anniversary of Account opening and every anniversary thereafter, Cardmembers will be awarded 10,000 Anniversary Miles. Anniversary miles will be reflected on the billing statement following payment of your Annual Fee, if applicable.”

This may be a better deal than my affiliate link which offers 40,000 miles, but which does NOT waive the first year annual fee of $89.

So you’re effectively paying $89 for an extra 5,000 US Air miles or about 1.8 cents per mile which is about what US Air sells them for during their frequent sales.

However, the big reason why I prefer the 35,000 mile offer is because the terms & conditions do NOT suggest a lower sign-on bonus in case you don’t qualify for the best version of the US Air Mastercard.

The terms on my affiliate links for 40,000 miles – as I’ve written in the past – have bait-and-switch language where you could get approved for a lower version of the card and get only 15,000 US Air miles for a $49 fee.

The terms say:

 Applicants who are approved for the World MasterCard will receive 15,000 bonus miles after the first use of your account for a Purchase or Balance Transfer (that are not later returned or rescinded) and have paid the Annual Fee on the account (and such fee is not rescinded).

I hate this type of bait and switch wording in the fine print!

And the terms don’t spell out the condition needed to get approved for the better Premier World MasterCard.  They just say:

In order to be approved for a Premier World MasterCard or World MasterCard and all of the benefits featured here, you must meet the credit and income criteria previously established for this offer.

Yeah, right.  Barclays won’t tell you what the credit and income requirements to get the better offer are, so that you can make an informed decision about which card to apply for!  On the other hand, Chase and Citi will give you the full bonus regardless of which type of card you get approved for.

Barclays Application Quirks

Some folks have got Barclays cards again after ~ 3 to 4 months.  Of course, your experience could be different.

And check out Rapid Travel Chai’s post on getting different Barclays cards (Frontier, Priceline etc.) if you apply for them after the 1st Barclays card application.  We did this during Emily’s last App-O-Rama

Bottom Line

The Barclays US Air card won’t be around for much longer, so is worth considering as a way to earn future American Airlines miles.  But the links to the 35,000 mile offers may be the better than my affiliate link for 40,000 miles for most.

[PS:  I’m in a different time zone, so will get to the comments later!]

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49 responses to “Barclays US Air (& Soon American Airlines) 35,000 & 40,000 Mile Credit Card Updates

  1. I applied yesterday in rush f0r 40K offer where annual fee wasn’t waved for the first year before I found out that links for 35K offers exist. Since yesterday wasn’t lucky day for me, I was approved for Platinum version of the card which means I’ll get 15K miles and should pay $49. This is not ideal for me. Daraius, do you think it is better to call Barclays and cancel this card immediately and then wait (30 days?) to apply again for the 35K offer (where even Platinum version will give me 35K miles and no annual fee)? Or just get 15K miles, pay an annual fee and then cancel in 2 months and reapply?

    Thanks for advice!

  2. I just applied yesterday for the 40,000 bonus and the 89 annual fee. For some reason, I missed that they do not waive the first annual fee. I am contemplating canceling the card.

    Is it possible to cancel this card and in a few days to apply for the same card but with the 35,000 bonus/no annual fee? Or do they normally catch that sort of thing.

  3. Thanks for posting the better offer and for spelling out the bait and switch language in the affiliate offer. You are better than most bloggers!

  4. Do I need to wait at least 18 months to reapply for US AIR cc again?

  5. Virtually all Barclays cards have very fine print bait-and-switch offers for lower versions of their cards based on their credit determination, like the US Airways one you outlined. Not a good practice.

  6. Now, I know to come to your blog first for the “in depth” analysis, I read other blogs and I jumped the gun on an app. I went for what I thought was the best possible offer yesterday with the 40k w/annual fee. If I knew about the bait and switch, I would have went for the 35k.

    Anyways, I decided to do an AOR since my last churn was back in Oct. The only app I did since then was the 100k Amex MR deal back in January. So, I decided to concentrate on my Transunion apps. I applied for the following (in order) and my result:

    1) Club Carlson US Bank: Pending
    2) Barclays Frontier: Auto Approved
    3) Barclays US Air Premier 40k w/annual fee (Note: my second card): Pending
    4) Barclays US Air Business 25k: Pending

    So, here are my questions:

    1) I expected the US Bank result because of my inquires the past year, but I thought I would try anyways since I was doing an AOR. I know reconsideration line is not an option according to your tips, but is there a chance I will be approved or once it’s pending you are pretty much denied?

    2) I only applied for this second card because of Rapid Travel Chai’s and this blog’s success doing so. But, after reading forums seems like I should have canceled my 1st card first. I’m thinking I did this all wrong. Anyways, there was a recent mention that by calling the reconsideration line, accounts have been all closed if they find you have to many inquires and accounts. I am fine with that, but I dont want to lose my Frontier card I got approved for. I actually think that is a valuable card now with all my recent 100k MR points. Should I still try to call the reconsideration line and try to negotiate transferring my CR between both cards for better itemizing of expenses to get approved for the 2nd card? I’m thinking because I applied for the Business card the same time, they will see that is not necessary to approve the 2nd card and wont go for it. I dont want to risk a call if I dont have to or should I just let it go and move on?

    3) What do I do about the pending Business app? Is there a separate reconsideration line like Chase?

  7. @jedijood

    “1) I expected the US Bank result because of my inquires the past year, but I thought I would try anyways since I was doing an AOR. I know reconsideration line is not an option according to your tips, but is there a chance I will be approved or once it’s pending you are pretty much denied?”

    I posted in the “Travel Credit Cards – Hotels” comment section earlier this week about the Carlson business card. I was pending, called reconsideration, got nowhere, and then received an email 3 business days later I was approved. So it is possible, but Daraius replied it is rare!

  8. I just applied this week on the link for 40k US Airways miles, I got declined. Called the recon department twice but no luck. They declined my application due to too many credit inquiries. They said I have 7 inquiries showing on my credit report. I still have good credit score of about 740 but they are quite strict about the number credit inquiries.
    I did apply for all those 7 on the start of this year though and all approved. They said to reapply after 12 months. By that time the AA and US Airways merger is already done. Well…

  9. I applied for and was approved for a US Airways Premier MC in late November 2012. If I canceled the card next month (need to spend $500 in March to get the 15,000 bonus miles), how soon should I consider applying for the card again in order to maximize its churnability before being taken off the market?

  10. @Mark Thanks, I missed that post. It’s good to hear there is still a chance.

  11. Darius,

    I recently did a mini churn 4 cards in January you think i would still be able to get the Barclays with 770 credit score because i keep reading declined due to multilpe apps. Has this also been your experience with them?

  12. “The terms & conditions also indicate that you may get 10,000 miles on each anniversary, but it is unclear if Barclays will still issue this card in one year!”

    I’m confused by this sentence.

    Are you saying that those of us who currently have the Barclays MC with the 10,000 anniversary bonus may no longer get this going forward due to the merger?

    Or are you saying that Barclays may not be the issuer of credit cards under the new AA/US Air airline and therefore this offer will stop being offered to future applicants?

    As always, thank you!

  13. Daniel, it’s the only way that a referrer can use “MAY be a better deal” with a straight face. Otherwise, apples to apples, the 35k link IS the better offer, since you can pay $89 on renewal and get 10k. Last I checked, 10,000 miles + another 2 CP + another Club Pass > 5000 miles.

  14. So glad my wife and I both got our second US Air cards within the last month! I wonder what will happen to the 10k miles/year bonus we get with the US Air cards we keep. I guess it depends how all of the miles combining shakes out.

  15. However, Million Mile Secrets reader Corridor! (thanks!) alerted me to this FlyerTalk thread where kdoughboy posted 3 links to offers with 35,000 US Air miles after your first purchase and which waives the first year fee. The terms & conditions also indicate that you may get 10,000 miles on each anniversary, but it is unclear if Barclays will still issue this card in one year!

    God Bless all of you! I got the card!

  16. I had not done a Barclays Card offer previously and attampted this moring after reading this post. Apparently I live in the only state that they dont allow the offer in. That blows!

  17. When I use this link, I don’t see anything about the sign up bonus. Does that mean it’s gone?

  18. All four of the links above include this in the T/C:

    “New Account Bonuses and Awards: From time to time, Barclays 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, Barclays 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.”

    {charge your account for the fair value of the bonus or award}? Ouch !!!

    Does anyone know if this has always been in the T/C, and Barclays doesn’t enforce it, just as Citi doesn’t enforce it’s one AA card per lifetime clause after 18 months? Or is this new, and an approved app for a second first year fee card is potentially a waste of $89? Or worse, if you use those miles before they catch on, and then bill you for the “fair value” of the flight you used them on….

  19. HI,
    I am not sure if CreditSesame and CreditKarma are accurate or even close to be accurate. I see my CreditSesame score is at 810 but CreditKarma is only 710. Not sure why there is such big difference.

  20. I received a “We’re in the process of reviewing the information you provided” response after applying for the original Chairman 40K offer 3 days ago. Should I wait or call the reconsideration line now? Never carried a Barclays card. Did AA 2-browser and Amex Plat in January.

  21. Thanks for the link! I applied for the 35,000 mile card today, and received instant approval. I got my first US Airways card in September 2012, and I still have it.

  22. “866-408-4064 connects directly to a credit analyst”. Is this the number you call if you don’t get instant approval?

  23. @Sergey @Jonathan – I really can’t say because I don’t know what will happen when you re-apply. Some folks have got the bonus again after cancelling and reapplying within 3 to 4 months, but others have not, so your experience will vary.

    @tsui
    – Some folks have got it again after 3 to 4 months, but others haven’t so your experience will vary.

    @jedijood – Some folks have got approved after receiving the pending status, but others haven’t, so it could work out either way. Ideally you should reapply for the US Air card after cancelling a previous version. You could call for the business card, but I’d wait and see what happens on the personal card. If you’re worried about having your Frontier card cancelled, it could be best to not call.

    @SM – Perhaps in 3 to 4 months.

    @Ari - I’d wait for 3 months before trying.

    @Daniel W – At some point, Barclays is likely to stop issuing and renewing the US Air card (assuming Citi continues to issue the AA card). In that case, Barclays won’t have any bonus US Air/AA miles to issue!

    @DBest – I’m pretty clear in the opening sentences, closing sentences and in the discussion of the bait-and-switch that the affiliate links are NOT the best choice for most.

    @HollyS – They reference 35,000 miles in the terms and conditions.

    @Robert Hanson
    - They have had that language for a while, but I haven’t heard of reports that they enforce those terms and conditions…as yet.

    @HIS - I’d wait.

    @Tina
    – Thanks for the data point.

  24. Received this tonight saying US Airways Barclay card is still alive and well….
    ===========
    As you may have heard, US Airways and American Airlines are planning to merge. We want to assure you that there is no impact to your US Airways Dividend Miles MasterCard® benefits and we are committed to keeping you informed if there are any changes in the future.

    Please continue to use your card as you normally would for all your everyday purchases and still enjoy all the great benefits you’ve come to know including;

    Exclusive Benefits:
    5,000 Mile discount on Award redemptions
    Annual companion certificates good for round-trip travel for up to 2 companions –
    . redeemable for $99 each-additional taxes and fees apply
    Ability to earn 10,000 Preferred-qualifying Miles toward your Preferred status
    Miles do not expire when you use your card
    No cap on the number of miles you can earn, it’s simple, the more you spend the
    more you earn

    We are committed to providing our customers with the most up to date information.
    US Airways is providing their customers the most current merger information at usairways.com/arriving and we are here to answer any questions you may have about your US Airways Dividend Miles MasterCard. Please contact us through secure email by logging in to usairwaysmastercard.com or by calling us at (866) 203-9560, we are at your service 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

    We appreciate your business and looking forward to continuing to service your credit needs.

    Sincerely,

    Amer Sajed
    Chief Executive Officer
    Barclaycard US

  25. danieloguinness

    Thanks for the heads up on the 35,000 no annual fee card. I’ll be sure to use one of your links next time.

  26. @Doug Thanks for parroting the party line from Barclays. Yes, the very moment your card is no longer valid, they will let you know. If that moment is the day after you paid $89 to renew it, so sorry…..

  27. Does anyone know if there’s a business version of this card that is offering the first year waived deal?

  28. Can I still redeem Avios for an American Airlines seating upgrade? I don’t know how that’s affected the partner airlines.

  29. I filled out the application for the no fee 35.000 mile US Barclay card (and saw the terms page, took screen shot of those & saved). Submitted application and it said I would have to wait for approval…and that I could check the application status web page for them, which I did. But then and for the last day+ all I ever see is this message”CHECK APPLICATION STATUS
    We’re sorry, no applications received in the last 90 days match the information entered. Please verify your Last Name, Last 4 digits of Social Security Number, Zip Code and Email Address as entered at the time of application and try again or contact customer service at 1-877-523-0478.” but of course I did fill out and submit and application and have screen shots. So did they get it or not? Will I hear back from them or not? Should I call this # they give? Wait? Try again?

  30. @Joe Rodriguez - There won’t be any changes to US Air and American Airlines for months!

    @Bo – You could wait for a week or call if you’re getting impatient.

  31. Darius, thanks for you for your input. I actually wanted to update. US BANK did in fact approve me 3 days later trough email. It was a nice surprise. FYI to those who want to apply, I had 3 hard inquiries on my Transunion report when I applied and have applied for 6 personal and 2 business in the past year. BTW, I decided not to call the US Air reconsideration and push my luck with the 2nd US AIR card and Business Card. Did not want risk losing the Frontier card. I will know what to do when my wife does her AOR coming up next month. I will cancel the first one, first. Thanks for the tips.

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  33. @jedijood - Congrats and thanks for the update!

  34. Darius,

    Just started reading your blog and trying to accumulate some miles… you provide some valuable information to your readers and its always well written. Just wanted to share my experience… I’d had a USAir MC with Barclays for years that was coming due on the annual fee in January. I’d called Barclays and had it changed over to an Arrival card that used their in house points system and hadn’t really planned on using it much. After reading about the AA merger, I reapplied over the weekend and got the “application pending” screen, so I called the direct credit analyst number for Barclays you’d noted elsewhere on the blog and used your guidelines to lead the call and let them know I’d be interested in moving some or all of my Arrival credit line over if I could be approved. After a short hold to look at my account…. I got approved for the USAir card with the 35k offer AND got to keep my Arrival card (albeit with a lower CL). I also achieved a higher overall limit between both cards and best of all, should get my 35k miles easily before the merge. I just wanted to say thanks for the insights…otherwise I’d have probably gotten my denial letter and moved on with life! I also wanted to point out its possible to get another USAir MC with Barclays mere weeks after cancelling one (granted I’d opened that account several years ago and had never actually closed it, just merely transferred it into a different Barclays product).

  35. I would like to know when we cancel all the credit cards since at one point you will have a lot of annual fees to pay when adding all those credit cards together. Do we cancel after a year, 2 years? Does that affect my credit?

    Thanks,

  36. @Z_Miler – Thanks so much for sharing your experience. It is very helpful to everyone, especially the part about getting the card again!

    @LizT – The fees are assessed every year, so you could cancel before the 1 year mark on the card if there is no benefit to keeping the card and paying the fee. I’ll a have a more detailed post on this soon.

  37. Hello MMS,

    I currently have the 40k offer, and a 30k offer from a few apps back. I want to try for the 35k offer on my next app-o-rama. Can I apply for the Business CC at the same time?

    Thanks!

  38. @Zach – You can, but it could be harder to get approved for a Barclays credit card than other banks’ credit cards.

  39. Okay I am looking into the 35K card with the $89 annual fee and am totally confused. Maybe Its because I am an old man! Ha. Do I get the 35K miles after I spend $1,000 in the first 90 days and pay the $89 fee, or do I get 10K every anniversary until the 35K is accumulated? Thanks
    Mike

  40. @Mike (Nomadic Texan) – If you use the link from the FlyerTalk thread you get 35K miles after your 1st purchase with the annual fee waived.

  41. Kurt Niedermeier

    Attention Barclays US Airways applicants! Not sure if anyone has reported on this recently, but I applied for this card on April 15 and called today to get an update on the status of my application (Note: do not rely on Barclays website to get application updates… always call). I was told it was denied and the agent was unable to provide any details. I called the reconsideration line and was informed that my application was denied based on a computer glitch. Anyone who has applied for this card in the past couple of weeks should follow up as I did. You may have been denied for the same reasons in which case your application is likely to get approved if you call and speak with an agent in the reconsideration department. Good luck!

  42. @Kurt Niedermeier – Thanks for the update!

  43. I applied for the 35,000 mile offer online the week before last and it appeared that there was a problem with their system because it gave me an error message instead of a decision. I called the following day and the automated system said no application. Then I got busy. The card arrived late last week. I checked the terms enclosed and they match the 35,000 offer terms. First purchase completed…now just waiting for the miles!

  44. @MichaelM – Thanks for the update. There seems to be some glitch with the application, but the card does eventually arrive!

  45. Dissatisfied

    The Barclays certificate is so frustrating. They require the reference code. We have the certificate number. That isn’t enough though. USAirways demands the reference code. We dont have the reference code because we wrote down the certificate number while on the road. We called Barclays. They REFUSE to give us the reference code. They claim, “We don’t retain it.” Really? They have documentation of every cent we’ve used on our credit card bill, but they don’t have our reference number? RIDICULOUS. Marketing bait. Try to use your benefit and they’ll put up any impediment they can. DONT bother with the BARCLAYS marketing scam.

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  47. MartyMeriweather

    Could I put my US Air frequent flier mile number in another individuals application for this card and receive the bonus miles?

  48. @MartyMeriweather – You could, but it would be very hard to get the miles if they don’t post. Much better to put in your number. If you want the miles in another individual’s account, it is better to apply for the Starwood card, transfer the points to the other individual’s Starwood account (assuming they stay at the same address) and then to US Air.

  49. Is there still an offer for an US Air Business card? I have not been able to find a link.

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