The 40,000 Mile Barclaycard US Airways Card Won’t Be Available for Long

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With American Airlines and US Airways in the process of merging, Million Mile Secrets’ readers have asked what will happen to the Barclaycard US Airways card after the merger is complete.

The merger began in January 2014, when American Airlines and US Airways started recognizing frequent flyers on both airlines and began combining their flight schedules.  Then, US Airways joined the oneworld alliance on March 31, 2014.

But the 2 airlines are still operating separately.  Normally, it takes 18 to 24 months for an airline merger to complete, so we’ll see the process finish some time in 2015.

The 40,000 Mile Barclays US Airways Card Wont Be Available For Long

What Will Happen to the Barclaycard US Airways Card After the Merger?

What Happens to Airline Credit Cards When There’s a Merger?

When US airlines have merged in the past, the credit card offered by the airline brand that’s eliminated in the merger typically gets phased out by the banks towards the end of the merger process.  In this case, because the new combined airline will be American Airlines, it’s the Barclaycard US Airways credit card that will no longer be offered.

This happened when Delta merged with Northwest in 2009.  US Bank phased out the old Northwest WorldPerks credit card.  Delta’s credit cards are all issued by American Express, so Northwest frequent flyers had to apply for American Express cards if they wanted to keep earning miles on the new Delta.

And when Continental merged with United Airlines in 2010, it was the Chase Continental OnePass card that was discontinued.  That was a smoother transition, because Chase also issues the United MileagePlus card.

When the American Airlines & US Airways merger is complete, their credit cards will primarily be offered by Citi.  Citi has been quite aggressive in promoting its relationship with American Airlines, most recently with the 100,000 mile sign-up bonus offer on the Citi American Airlines Executive card.

That said, the Barclaycard US Airways card with a 40,000 mile sign-up bonus is still available!  But I don’t know exactly how long it will last!

Why Still Consider the Barclaycard US Airways Card?

Link:   US Airways Premier World MasterCard

Link:   My review of the US Airways Premier World MasterCard

After the merger is complete and this card is no longer available, the US Airways miles in your account will become American Airlines miles.

So by using this card, you’re really getting (eventually) American Airlines miles.  You can read my post about all the other ways you can get American Airlines miles, too.

With this card, you get:

  • 40,000 miles after your 1st purchase (no minimum spending requirement) and payment of the $89 annual fee
  • 2 miles for every $1 you spend on US Airways
  • 1 mile for every $1 you spend on everything else
  • Priority check-in and boarding
  • A free checked bag for you and up to 4 traveling companions on domestic flights
  • A free US Airways Club lounge day pass each year and a membership discount
  • 5,000 mile discount on US Airways award tickets
  • Companion certificate each year for up to 2 guests
  • 3% foreign currency fees
  • $89 annual fee, NOT waived for the 1st year

What Will Happen to Your Card After the Merger Is Complete?

Because American Airlines has an agreement with Citi, Barclaycard is unlikely to continue to offer American Airlines cards to new cardholders.  But existing cards will be switched to the new Barclaycard American Airlines Aviator MasterCard.  This card will have different benefits, including:

  • 10% mileage rebate (so, for example, if you spend 25,000 miles, you’ll get 10% or 2,500 miles back)
  • 25% off onboard purchases (like food and drink)
  • $100 flight discount each year you spend more than $30,000 on the card
  • Priority check-in

These are very similar to the perks already offered on Citi American Airlines cards.

But some of the perks on the old Barclaycard US Airways card will NOT be offered on the new card, including:

  • Companion certificate each year for up to 2 guests
  • 10,000 Elite Qualifying Miles after you spend over $25,000 a year
  • US Airways Club lounge pass and membership discount

These benefits will stop at the end of 2014.  For me, the new perks have much more value, so I’m not upset about losing the companion certificate, elite miles, and lounge pass.

I’d prefer getting 10% of my miles redeemed back!  That said, the companion certificate could be helpful for some folks.

You can get lounge access from the Citi American Airlines Executive card anyway!

Bottom Line

The Barclaycard US Airways card will eventually be discontinued after the American Airlines – US Airways merger is complete some time in 2015.  But until then, you can still apply for the card.

If you don’t have the card already (and don’t have a lot of Barclaycards), this could be a good way to earn what will eventually become American Airlines miles.

If you already have the card, you can continue to use it.  It will be changed to the Barclaycard American Airlines Aviator card in 2015, with some new benefits.

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29 responses to “The 40,000 Mile Barclaycard US Airways Card Won’t Be Available for Long

  1. About that companion pass certificate (for the two $99 rt flights), you note that it will not be available after 2014.

    Could you clarify please? Does this mean that if we just received this certificate, we can only use it until end of 2014? If so, how do you/we know this?

    Despite your spin to sell the card, frankly the loss of the companion passes and the disappearing 5k discount on usa flights are the only really valuable perk left with this card. (esp. if we already have City AA cards for after this year)…. imho

    If this card’s companion certificate is only good for another 7 months, I’m thinking to send it back and cancel the card.

  2. Do you think current US Airways CC holders will receive the new Citi version automatically? If so what’s your opinion about keeping or canceling the card before that to be able to get the bonus with the new card?

    This assumes there will be some kind of mileage bonus or another perk with the replacement CC from Citi.

  3. GetToThePoints

    Lora has asked the most pertinent unanswered question by any of the bloggers. If we currently have the Barclay USAir card should we cancel it so we can later apply for the new Barclay AA card?

  4. Captain Hooks

    Is the conversion from US Air to AA going to be 1 to 1? If not, then what is the real valuse of the card besides the big bonus after any spend amount?

  5. What is the name of the new AA card that this will turn into? I’ve heard rumor that Barclays will offer it.

  6. There is no mention of the annual 10,000 mile anniversary bonus on the U. S. Airways Master Card. That in itself justified the $89 annual fee for me. I got the bonus on my anniversary last August. Not sure if I will get it again this coming August. Looks like it is probably going away when Barclay changes to the AA card, but everything I have seen about the changes, including the recent mail out from Barclay’s, is totally silent about that benefit.

  7. @ Captain Hooks, I’m sure it will be 1:1 when the conversion does occur, but let’s hope there isn’t a devaluation before/after.

  8. @Will Yes it has been confirmed by others that the benefit of companion cert and the 5k discount on award redemption will discontinue after 2015. I am definitely cancelling my card.

  9. I recently cancelled a Barclays USAir because I was advised by retentions that the 10,000 mile anniversary bonus will NOT be part of the new Barclays AA card. I also noticed that Barclays has kept silent about the anniversary bonus through all of their many recent snailmail and emails – I had to go through 3 people to get the above answer about it, so very inappropriate hiding behavior on Barclays part. It looks like the Barclays AA card will be a clone of the Citi AA, except perhaps for a $6 lower annual fee, but without the easy churning at Citi. I see no good reason to keep it, and use up a valuable Barclays slot, given their recent practice of limiting the number of Barclays cards per person.

  10. First off, I agree with Will. I only had this card because of the companion pass. The fact that I can pay for a ~$250+ round trip for myself and have 2 more people travel with me for $99 a piece (i.e. $450-$500 for 3 people round trip) more than made up for the annual fee. I will sorely miss this.

    Secondly, though it has not been explicitly mentioned, the notion is 10k mile anniversary bonus will go away. I had a call to confirm this and as Mike mentioned, it wasn’t easy getting a response out of them.

    As Lora and GetToThePoints mentioned, my intention is to cancel my Barclays US Airways Card before end of this year and then apply for the Barclays American Airlines AAdvantage MasterCard, if this card is made available for new applicants. If they don’t made the Barclays American Airlines AAdvantage MasterCard available to new applicants then I will still be happy with not having the old Barclays US Airways Card since the companion pass is going away.

    Also, to Mike’s point, Barclays has better credit cards if they compare them to the Barclays American Airlines AAdvantage MasterCard. I would much rather use the slot to own Arrival(Plus), Lufthansa, and/or Hawaiian.

    For those of you who think its worth keeping this card for the 10% mileage rebate, do the math (depending on how much you would travel and get back in bonus along with what US Airways miles are worth, 0.46-0.50 cents per mile,) in order to decide if you get enough bonus miles to off set the $89 annual fee.

    Again, for those like me, who already have the Citi Platinum Select / AAdvantage World MasterCard, you already get 10% miles back from that card so why have another card that is redundant?

  11. Maybe I missed it…..

    What happens to USAir miles earned with Barclays card? Will they automatically transfer to AA Executive Club?

  12. Hi,

    Out of the two AA cards, the Citi AA and Barclays US Airways (soon to be AA) cards, which would you keep?

    Thanks.

    • @Will – Your existing Companion Pass will be valid. I’ve got both the AA and US Air card, and see this as an easy way to get 40K extra US Air miles.

      @Lora @GetToThePoints – You’ll receive the Barclays version of the card, but it appears to have identical benefits as the Citi version. The new Barclays AA card will NOT be open for new applications.

      @Captain Hooks – Yes, it will be 1:1

      @Rev’d Nelson – It likely won’t be offered on new cards.

      @Curt – Yes, your US Air miles will automatically (eventually) become American Airlines miles.

      @Z – Depends on your goals, but the Barclays Arrival card could be the better Barclays card to keep.

  13. I am a latecomer to US airway family. Today I was approved for the Barclay US Airway card and I am looking forward to the $40,000 miles plus companion passes. Anyone know how soon I will be able to get the companion passes?

  14. I’ve already gotten the US Airways MasterCard and the 40,000 miles. Shouldn’t I also get the US Airways BusinessCard for the 25,000 miles, too? It seems pretty cheap to pay the $89 fee even for 25,000 miles, especially when the merger completes and they all become AA miles. (I have business cards already in Chase Ink & Bold, Amex Premier Gold, SPG Amex, and Alaska Business.)

  15. Will obtaining this card prevent someone from obtaining a non-barclays AA card in the future, once the airlines fully consolidate?

  16. Can you transfer your US Airways miles to AA miles currently? I want to use the 40K miles on AA before the merger is complete.

  17. just received approval for the us airways cards myself/husband. Does anyone know how long the companion certificate will be honored? Was planning a oct trip to vegas using miles and certificate and then PR end of Feb. same way. Can certificate be used on a AA flight? AA rewards shows flights I want open for 40000miles but USair does not. Can I call to make the reservation? I thought AA flights were now available through USair

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  20. Hi D

    I am about to apply for my first CC issued by Barclays. I am debating if I should get the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard or US Airways Mastercard . I have no major need of US air or AA miles in near future, just trying to accumulate some miles since my SW companion pass expires by end of this year. I understand that Arrival Plus waives the annual fee for first year and US Air mastercard doesn’t waive. Both gives 40K points. Thoughts?

    Thanks a lot.
    Mr.D

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  22. Just received an anniversary statement. They are still paying the 10,000 mile anniversary bonus if that was a benefit when you signed up for the card. Looks like the 10,000 mile bonus will be good at least for 2014 anniversaries.

  23. I have been sitting on the fence for a few weeks about a USPS-delivered 50,000 mile/$1,000 spend offer for this same Barclay US Airways card, expiring 9/5…..until a few hours ago when, barely within the deadline, I took the plunge and received approval. Subsequently, after stumbling across your blog and comments, am now anxious about being able to use my not-even-here-yet 1st Companion Passes within the next 12 months on an actual US Air flight (or even an AA flight, for that matter!). Realistically, what do you think I’m looking at time-frame wise for having these available for my use??

  24. So is there a chance that my US Airways car will automatically transfer over to Citi like it did when US Airways transferred over my card from Bank of America to Barclays??

  25. For those who have the US Airways Master Card that offers the 10,000 annual bonus miles, I received an e-mail from Barclay yesterday confirming that the 10,000 annual bonus miles feature will remain after US Airways and American complete their merger in 2015. Once the merger is completed the 10,000 annual bonus miles will be Aadvantage miles. The e-mail also confirmed that starting now American Airlines purchases with the US Airways Master Card will earn double miles.

  26. why should I and my husbAnd have to keep paying annual fees on both our U S Air card and our American cards (i.e. A total of four seperate annual fees) until the merger? I called to discuss cancelling the Two U. S. air cards now and save ourselves the fees but was told if we do we loose our mileage points. Seems like extortion to force us to keep paying annual fees while we wait for the merger. We were pursuaded to get the cards while on a U.S. Air flight and the promo assurance was bonus points and the assurance that the cards would have merged by now and fees would have ended.