Get the Sign-Up Bonus Before the Barclays US Airways Card Is Retired!

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I’ve written that the Barclays US Airways card will be discontinued once the merger between American Airlines and US Airways is complete.

This means this card will be eventually phased out.  I don’t know the exact date it will be unavailable, but it will be unavailable at some point!

And by next year, the 2 airlines will almost be completely merged.

Get The Sign-Up Bonus Before The Barclays US Airways Card Is Retired

Soon You Won’t Be Able to Apply for the Barclays US Airways Card!

Barclays US Airways Card

Link:   Barclays US Airways Card

Link:   My Review of the Barclays US Airways Card

The sign-up bonus on this card is 40,000 miles, which you get after your 1st purchase and payment of the $89 annual fee.

You also get:

  • Priority check-in and boarding
  • A free checked bag for you and up to 4 traveling companions on domestic flights
  • 5,000 mile discount on US Airways award tickets
  • Companion certificate each year for up to 2 traveling companions (this ends in December)
  • $89 annual fee, NOT waived for the 1st year

40,000 US Airways miles will eventually become American Airlines miles.  And that’s enough for a low-level, coach class round-trip ticket within North America or to Hawaii, the Caribbean, Central America, or Europe!

Get The Sign-Up Bonus Before The Barclays US Airways Card Is Retired

You Could Get to Hawaii With 40,000 American Airlines Miles

This Will Become an American Airlines Card

Once American Airlines and US Airways finish merging, Citi will be the primary issuer of American Airlines credit cards.  But the Barclays US Airways card will become a Barclays American Airlines card.

Get The Sign-Up Bonus Before The Barclays US Airways Card Is Retired

The Barclays US Airways Card Will Become an American Airlines Card Once the Merger Is Complete

You will NOT be able to apply for the Barclays American Airlines card.  Only existing Barclays US Airways cardholders will receive the new American Airlines card.

The new Barclays American Airlines AAdvantage MasterCard 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 perks are similar to those offered on Citi American Airlines cards.

But some of the benefits on the old Barclays 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 perks will stop at the end of 2014.  Depending on how you value elite miles, the companion pass, lounge access, and mileage rebates, the new card might be a better deal for you.

And if you get the card now, you’ll still get the companion certificate, which allows you to take 2 companions for $99 each when you travel on a paid ticket.  You’ll be able to use it within 12 months of when it’s issued.

But the new Barclays American Airlines card will NOT offer a companion certificate!

When Will the Barclays US Airways Card Be Discontinued?

I don’t have an exact date, but the card will be retired eventually.

So if you’ve been thinking about applying for the Barclays US Airways card, this might be a good time.  And remember, you will NOT be able to apply for the new Barclays American Airlines card.  Only existing US Airways cardholders will be converted over to the new card.

That said, Barclays has become strict about issuing cards and often won’t issue folks more than 1 or 2 at a time.  There might be other Barclays cards that suit your travel goals better, like the Barclaycard Arrival Plus.

Bottom Line

The Barclays US Airways card will be discontinued very soon!

If you don’t have the card already (and don’t have a lot of Barclays cards), this could be your last chance to apply for it.

It will become the Barclays American Airlines AAdvantage card in 2015, with some new benefits.  But only existing US Airways cardholders will get the card.  It will NOT be open to new applicants.

Will you be applying for this card now that it’s about to disappear?  Let me know in the comments!

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15 Responses to Get the Sign-Up Bonus Before the Barclays US Airways Card Is Retired!

  1. OK, this post is just pimping a credit card you’ve already pimped out, and talked about before. There isn’t much of anything special about the card, other than the 10,000 miles retention bonus that they gave me when I tried to cancel. It’s just another card to apply to to get the points, and then cancel or downgrade.

    Instead, how about letting us in on some more MS “secrets”? After all, we’re all here because we don’t have the time to read FT and don’t perhaps have all the insider info on new newly established Codex forum.

  2. How long do u have to wait to get bonus again if you closed old account? I closed my last one in Jan 2014

  3. Any tips on getting reconsidered for this card? I applied a week ago and was denied for too many new accounts… or too many account inquiries, I don’t have the letter at hand, but there was only one reason listed. I only have two other Barclays cards, and had this one in the past and cancelled it. I also haven’t been able to find a reconsideration phone # for Barclays that works. I’m kind of dying to get this card.

  4. Anthony Thomas

    Hopeful to get a 3rd in the future, but recently applied for one so I’ll hold out

  5. Sorry, I’m a newbie, but after getting this card can you use the points and companion pass on American Airlines right away?

  6. I have it but IMO if you have one of the Citi cards that gives you the 7500 mile discount with AAdvantage miles you’re better off going that route than getting this card and getting the 5000 mile discount. I realize you have to call vs being able to book online but for an extra 2500 miles it’s worth the call.

    Barclays has gotten insanely tough about approvals and for a majority of people you’re really better off with an Arrival Plus card than the dying US Air card.

  7. “40,000 US Airways miles will eventually become American Airlines miles”

    Sorry if this has been laid out earlier – will the transfer of US Airways miles to AA miles be 1:1?

  8. A blogger has to make a living and he provides a lot of information that is not on FT and it’s all free so be grateful if you use this site. Can’t believe people who have used this site in many ways to save or make $$ and then trash talk Daraius. Wrong on so many levels.

    That being said, let me change course and mention that if you’re mainly concerned with AA miles, don’t waste your time with the US Airways card. You can get 50,000 miles for a bit of spend and no upfront annual fee with the Citi AA card. Go to Daraius airline cards to see it. He may not get a commission from the Citi AA card, not sure but at least he is man enough to post the best offer there. If you want US Airways miles or the benefits and want to toss $89 then go with the card in this article. But I’ll take 10,000 extra miles that are immediately AA miles for no fee. And yes, for many Barclay’s can be a brick wall of rejection.

  9. This post says the benefits are going to end but you don’t know when the card will be discontinued. Does this mean that if I want to take advantage of the two companion passes I have to do it before the end of 2014? January 1 2015 they will no longer work?

    Thanks,

    whisp

  10. Thanks Darius for the ongoing reminder and updates about this card. I am curious what will happen as my card anniversary is in November and I am assuming I will get another companion certificate and lounge pass on my anniversary. Can anyone verify that my assumption is correct? Thanks.

  11. I’ve applied for this card twice this year – first for the 50k offer with annual fee waived, then cancelled the card and applied for 40k offer with annual fee not waived only a couple of months later. I received the bonus both times. I also had applied for the first time last summer. All in all, this card gave me ~160K miles which I look forward to using when they merge with AA!

  12. @Newbie – You can use the miles on American Airlines, but the companion pass is only on US Air flights.

    @josefismael – Yes

    @Kent C – Thanks! I only get a commission on the 30K offer, but the 50K offer is much better so I list it!

    @whisp – http://millionmilesecrets.com/2014/07/03/use-your-barclays-us-airways-companion-certificate-before-it-disappears/

    @Brian – I’d say your assumption is correct based on the information we have currently!

  13. Agree with other posters, this is a really mediocre card. Ok, you get the companion passes and 40k miles for $89… and? Sure the miles are nice but there are like 8 other cards with better bonuses and benefits and no annual fee right now.

  14. Has anyone who has had this card in the past successfully gotten the bonus? How long ago was your first application and how long ago did you close the old card?

  15. I closed this account a little over a year ago, is that long enough to get it again?

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