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40,000 US Air Dividend Miles With Barclaycard’s US Air MasterCard

40,000 US Air Dividend Miles With Barclaycard’s US Air MasterCard

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US Air MasterCard

One of the ways to earn a “hit” in the 2011 US Air Grand Slam is by using a US Air debit or credit card during the Grand Slam promotion from September 14 to November 14, 2011.

You can earn 1 hit for each different card type.

But even if you are not participating in the Grand Slam this year, you may want to consider the US Air MasterCard in your next set of credit card applications.

40,000 miles is not that high of a sign on bonus (at least compared to the Citi AAdvantage 75,000 mile cards or the other cards which are offering 50,000 mile bonuses), but it is the highest I’ve seen offered for the US Air MasterCard. 

More importantly, Barclaycard pulled my credit report from TransUnion, which is seldom used by the other big banks.  Now the credit bureau used varies by state, but here are a few ways to see which credit bureau banks will use.

Emily and I both have the US Air MasterCard credit card from an earlier offer this year with a 30,000 mile sign-up bonus.

Even though Emily’s credit score was higher than mine, she was approved for the Platinum card with a lower sign up bonus (10,000 miles), and I was approved for the Premier MasterCard with the higher sign-up bonus.

We called and wrote letters, but Barclaycard would not give Emily the higher bonus.

However, an alert reader pointed out that Barclaycard has now changed their policy and offers the higher sign-on bonus regardless of which version of the MasterCard (Premier or Platinum) you are approved for.

US Air MasterCard:

1.   Bonus Miles.  You earn 40,000 US Air Dividend miles after the first use.  40,000 miles is not as much as we are used to seeing from Chase, American Express, or Citi, but it is the highest I’ve seen offered for the US Air MasterCard.

More importantly, there is no minimum spending required to get the sign-up bonus!

2.  Anniversary Miles & Annual Fee.  You earn 10,000 bonus miles on the anniversary of your account opening date every year.

This makes paying the $89 annual fee (waived for the first year) after the first year a no-brainer, because even if you value 10,000 US Air Dividend miles at $100 (1 cent a mile), you still come out ahead!

3.   Two $99 companion tickets annually.  This sounds really good, but is not the great deal it appears to be because of:

  • $250 minimum base fare (before taxes and fees) on the first ticket
  • Blackout dates
  • 14 day advance purchase requirement
  • Valid only for roundtrips within the continental US (excludes Hawaii and Alaska)  and Canada

However, this may be a good deal for flights to Canada which usually cost more than $500 or for flights to expensive US destinations.

4.  5,000 Mile Award Discount.  You get a 5,000 mile discount on award travel for any round trip or open-jaw itinerary operated by US Air.

This means that you can get an off peak award to South America or Europe for 30,000 miles in coach or 55,000 miles in business class.

Unfortunately, Star Alliance partner itineraries are not eligible for the 5,000 mile discount.

5.  Priority check-in and boarding.  Cardholders get Zone 2 boarding so you can board the plane early and store your luggage before overhead bin space runs out.

And Preferred check-in may help save time at the airport.

6.  Free Club Pass.   You get a free US Air lounge day pass which may be useful if you’re at an airport with a US Air lounge.

A day pass costs $29 when booked online together with a ticket or $50 if you buy it at the airport.

7.  10,000 Preferred Miles & Award Processing Fee Waiver.  If you spend $25,000 on the card within a calendar year, 10,000 miles are converted to Preferred or elite qualifying miles and the award processing fees are waived.

8.  10,000 Bonus Miles For Balance Transfers.   Earn up to 10,000 bonus miles for balance transfers within the first 30 days.

This is not a good way to earn miles, because even though the balance transfer APR is 0% for the 1st 12 months,  there is a 3% fee (4% after the 1st year) which is NOT capped making this very expensive.

For example, on the maximum balance transfer of $10,000, you would pay a $300 fee ($10,000 X 3%) or 3 cents per mile.

You can currently buy US Air miles for half that price or 1.48 cents per mile!

There was a cap on the balance transfer fee when Emily and I were approved for the card, but that seems to have been replaced with a higher sign-on bonus.

9.  $75 Off US Club Membership.  Get a $75 off certificate towards the purchase of a new US Air Club membership.

10.  Foreign Transaction Fee.   There is a 3% foreign transaction fee making this an expensive card to use outside the US.

Reconsideration:

If you are initially denied online, call the Barclaycard reconsideration backdoor number (866-408-4064) and explain to the rep why you want the card.

Bottom Line:

The US Air MasterCard is worth considering, even if you are not playing in the 2011 Grand Slam, because of the 10,000 mile anniversary bonus each year (which makes keeping the card virtually free) and the 40,000 mile sign up bonus.

I wouldn’t apply for this card instead of other cards with higher sign up bonuses (get the higher bonus cards first!), but would keep this in mind if I was running out of options or needed to apply for a credit card which used the TransUnion credit reporting bureau.

What’s been your experience with the US Air card?

Disclosure: I don’t get any commission or payment from Barclaycard or anyone else for the US Air credit card.

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can I book awards for the same trip separately from my card, my husbands and my daughter? Thanks!~

I’ve had my card with the 40k bonus since August 2012 (so, anniversary is in August 2013). I called to inquire about the 10k bonus and they’re denying that the offer was even out there, asking that I find the initial paperwork for the offer and send it in to them for investigation. This doesn’t sounds right…I have to prove to them that they put this offer out there? Any insights? Thanks! 🙂

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@escabeche – I’d wait until September to see if the miles post.

@LarryA it states in the T&C that you must purchase your tickets with the US M/C to get priority boarding, the system knows which card you used and will place you in the correct zone. @Darius the GA are not suppose to allow you to board out of zone, even if you are hold your CC, you get the early boarding from using the CC not just having one. I’m Chairman Preferred with US and I see people doing what you stated to do and the GA that are following the rules wont allow you to board early. Remember this is all part of the game….

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@Tony – Thanks for the update. It is ymmv…

Just learned from Barclay’s that you have to use their MC to get zone 2 boarding, even though that isn’t stated in any of the materials promoting the card or in the terms and conditions I received.

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@LarryA – In my experience, you can just hold the card along with your boarding pass, and the gate agents let you board earlier.

Darius,

The chairman card which gave 40K bonus miles on first purchase does not work anymore. The best public offer available is 30K bonus miles + 10K miles for balance transfer. Is there a better Us Airways offer out there?

Thanks

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@Amit – That might work since you should get the bonus again.

@Sammy – At some point they will discontinue it.

@Leonard Chan @Nav – I’ve updated with the next best link to 35K.

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