Good News for Barclaycard US Airways Cardholders: No More Foreign Transaction Fees!

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Via The Forward Cabin, you’ll no longer pay foreign transaction fees with the Barclaycard US Airways card.

Previously, you’d be charged a 3% fee when using your card abroad.  This makes the card much better to use when you’re traveling outside the US!

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This is another improvement Barclaycard has added to the card, which will be discontinued once the American Airlines – US Airways merger is complete.

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Link:   Barclaycard US Airways Premier World MasterCard

Link:   My Review of the US Airways Premier World MasterCard

Last month, Barclaycard introduced a better 50,000 mile sign-up bonus for the card.  And now they’ve removed foreign transaction fees, which makes the card even more attractive!

After American Airlines and US Airways merge, Barclaycard will no longer offer the US Airways Premier World MasterCard.  Existing cardholders will have their cards converted to the new Barclaycard Aviator cards, but they won’t be open to new applicants.

I suspect these improvements are part of a final push to get folks to sign-up for this card before it’s retired.  I’m not complaining, because we’ll only benefit from more miles and no foreign currency fees!

Even if you already have this card, there are reports of folks getting a 2nd card while their 1st card is still open.  But there are no guarantees!

With the card, you’ll also get:

  • 1 Admirals Club or US Airways Club lounge pass
  • 1 free checked bag for you and up to 4 companions on domestic flights and priority boarding
  • 25% discount on in-flight purchases like food and drink
  • A companion certificate for up to 2 guests
  • 2 points per $1 you spend on US Airways and American Airlines
  • 1 point per $1 you spend on everything else

Remember, US Airways miles will become American Airlines miles after the merger.

Bottom Line

You’ll no longer pay foreign transaction fees when you use your Barclaycard US Airways card overseas.  Previously, you’d pay a 3% fee.

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Barclaycard recently increased the sign-up bonus to 50,000 miles, so this is another improvement!  The card won’t be offered for much longer because of the American Airlines – US Airways merger.

Will you use your Barclaycard US Airways card more often when you travel because of this change?

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11 responses to “Good News for Barclaycard US Airways Cardholders: No More Foreign Transaction Fees!

  1. A lot of people wonder when the card will be discontinued as we all know the time is drawing near. I know that the card will be available until at least Feb 24th. My wife received a snail mail invitation, and the date says respond by Feb 24th.

  2. I thought they were getting rid of the companion pass for 2015. Did Barclays change their mind on this or was that report in error?

  3. My wife and I each have two of these open. They won’t do a third personal one though.

  4. Good to see. I hope the momentum is in the direction that the remaining “stick it to them with this junk fee” holdouts will see the light. My AMEX cards, for example, stay home when I travel abroad, which is always several times a year, and indeed when I cancel a junk fee card, I always tell the agent this is why – “I travel abroad and I can’t carry your card with me when I travel, so it’s useless a good part of the year.”

  5. I have this card, I signed up to get a 40,000 mile bonus because I wanted to use it to fly first class when I moved to Puerto Rico with my dog. That plan worked perfectly and was totally worth the $89 annual fee. However, I’m not seeing much benefit to keeping it for another year. I use my Southwest Card way more and get way better points. I’m trying to decide if I should cancel it before my annual fee is do. Do you have any thoughts on whether I should keep it or not?

  6. Couple days ago, I received an email offering additional 15k miles each in Feb, March and April after $750 spending each month.

  7. @Rease – I’m considering cancelling too because the card as everyday use is not valuable to me. My Chase cards have become my go-to cards. If you’re done with US Airways/AA for now, stick to SW. You could always apply for 50k Citi AA card later. I’m holding out for those targeted US Airways mailers for 15k bonus, but I’ll cancel if I don’t get it soon.

  8. Do you think the USAirways buy miles bonus program (thru 1/30/15) is a good deal? Here’s the info. 70,000 points + 35,000 bonus points would cost $2,065 plus $30 processing fee.
    Keep your New Year’s resolution to travel more with this special offer.
    Now through January 30, 2015, you’ll earn up to 50% bonus Dividend Miles® when you buy mileage for yourself, or add up to 50% bonus miles to your purchase when you gift mileage to a friend or loved one. That’s a total of up to 135,000 bonus Dividend Miles. Buy or gift miles today.

    5,000-14,000 miles = 1,000 more bonus miles
    15,000-24,000 miles = 5,000 more bonus miles
    25,000-49,000 miles = 10,000 more bonus miles
    50,000-69,000 miles = 22,500 more bonus miles
    70,000-100,000 miles = 35,000 more bonus miles

  9. Foreign transaction fee is now 1% not 0% per Barclays:

    We are pleased to inform you that foreign transaction fees are no longer charged on purchases made outside of the United States or any business located outside the United States when using your card. However, please know that MasterCard charges a 1% currency conversion fee for any transaction not completed in U.S. dollars; this will be included in the amount billed to your statement.

  10. Can I use one of these complimentary US Airways lounge passes at Admirals Clubs (since US Airways lounges no longer exist)? If yes, can I use this regardless of which airline I’m flying (i.e. if I’m flying Southwest)?