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Why 35,000 US Air Miles Could be Better Than 40,000 US Air Miles

Why 35,000 US Air Miles Could be Better Than 40,000 US Air Miles

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Update:   This offer is no longer available.  Check our Hot Deals for the latest offers. 

Thanks to Million Mile Secrets reader Abhi for commenting that you can get 40,000 miles from the Barclaycard US Air card after your 1st purchase. 

The advertisement says “up to 50,000” miles, but you really get only 40,000 miles after your 1st purchase.  You get the remaining 10,000 miles after a balance transfer (when you transfer a balance from one credit card to another credit).  The balance transfer is NOT worth the cash advance interest rate and other fees charged for balance transfers.

US Airways Card

Link:   40,000 Miles Airways Card

You can get 40,000 miles from the US Airways card, but the $89 annual fee is NOT waived.

Remember that US Air miles will soon be American Airlines miles.

This is a better offer than the link which pays me a commission (click the link to compare offers, but do NOT apply for this version), but which offers you only 30,000 miles. However, you can get a potentially better offer.

The best current offer is for 35,000 US Air miles after your 1st purchase with no annual fee for the first year.  You also get 10,000 miles on each anniversary, but Barclaycard might not issue this card in one year!

Why 35,000 US Air Miles Could Be Better Than 40,000 US Air Miles
You can get 35,000 US Air Miles After Your First Purchase!

Which Offer is Better?

You can either get 35,000 US Air miles with no annual fee.  Or 40,000 US Air miles with an $89 annual fee.

This means that you’re paying $89 for the extra 5,000 miles which you get for the 40,000 mile offer.  So you’re effectively paying ~1.8 cents per US Air mile ($89 annual fee / 5,000 extra US Air miles)

If you don’t mind paying 1.8 cents per US Air mile, go for the 40,000 mile offer.  Otherwise, the 35,000 mile offer is better!

Using US Air Miles

US Air is currently (until March 30, 2014), part of the Star Alliance which has pretty good award availability to Europe and Asia.

But you have to book your award seats by March 30, 2014 before US Air leaves the Star Alliance.  You can book travel ~330 days out.

You could fly to Asia with a stopover in Europe for only 60,000 miles in coach, 90,000 miles in Business Class, and 120,000 miles in First Class.

Why 35,000 US Air Miles Could Be Better Than 40,000 US Air Miles
Celebrating New Year’s in Bangkok

Bottom Line

You can get 40,000 miles from the Barclaycard US Air card which is better than my 30,000 mile affiliate link.  But the annual fee is not waived.

That’s why the 35,000 mile offer with the annual fee waived could be better for some.

You can book awards on Star Alliance airlines up to March 30, 2014 with US Air miles.  You can also use US Air miles to book award tickets on American Airlines flights.

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What number should I call for reconsideration and to check on my application?

I received the 50,000 US Air Credit card offer on 4/2012. and cancelled the card 4/2013. Have you or any readers re-applied for this card (offer) and received the 50000mile again?

I got an email from US Airways to share the offer for the 50K $89 annual fee card. I can share that link. I made a tinyurl. http://tinyurl.com/US-airways-50K-offer-BDD

Hi,

If I sign up for the card with the 40k reward miles, acquire the miles, and then cancel the card (so effectively paying $89 for 40k miles), do I lose the miles?

I suppose I have the same question with any of the Chase cards. If I transfer the rewards points to an affiliate (United for example), then close the card before my year anniversary, do I lose the miles that were transferred?

Thanks! Great site.

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Million Mile Secrets

@Craig – https://millionmilesecrets.com/2012/10/10/cancel-credit-card-lose-miles-points/ You don’t lose the miles in both cases.

hi,

I wanted to apply for 35K with no annual fee but I guess that promotion is no longer available. they approved for the 40K but with 89$. I also have American Airlines card, that I will close soon, do you know if it is possible to merge the miles already?

Thanks

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Million Mile Secrets

@francesca – Miles can be merged next year.

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