20% Bonus on US Airways MasterCard

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20% Bonus on US Airways MasterCard

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From July 1, 2014 until August 31, 2014, Barclaycard US Airways Mastercard holders will get a 20% bonus for regular spending (and some folks may receive a targeted offer to earn a 30% bonus!).  And during the promotion period, any foreign transaction fees you’ve incurred will be refunded.

The targeted offer comes as an email, so if you’re a Barclaycard US Airways cardholder, check your inbox and spam folder to see if you’ve qualified for the offer!

What’s the Deal?

Link:   Barclaycard US Airways Mastercard

Link:   Changes to the Barclaycard US Airways Mastercard

From July 1, 2014, to August 31, 2014, Barclaycard US Airways cardholders will earn 20% more miles (or 30%, if you got the targeted offer).  The miles won’t post to your account until after the promotion period ends.

20 Bonus On US Airways MasterCard
You’ll Get the Bonus Miles in September or October

Because US Airways and American Airlines are merging, any miles you earn (through this bonus or otherwise) will eventually become American Airlines miles.

You’ll also get a refund of any foreign transaction fees that have posted to your account during the promotion period.

Is It Worth It?

Sure, if you collect US Airways or American Airlines miles, as long as you don’t need to put purchases on other cards to meet minimum spending requirements.   With this promotion, you’re earning 1.2 or 1.3 miles per $1 you spend.

That said, there are credit cards like the Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite Mastercard that always earns ~2.1 miles per $1 (which you can redeem for travel) you spend and don’t have foreign currency fees.

And you can earn 1.25 miles per $1 you spend on the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express card.  That’s because when you transfer 20,000 points to American Airlines, you get a 5,000 mile bonus.

So depending on which other cards you have, you might be better off spending on other cards.  Or by using your spending to get the minimum spending on other credit cards.

I’ve written about the changes to the Barclaycard US Airways card and how it will become an American Airlines card after the US Airways & American Airlines merger is complete.

20 Bonus On US Airways MasterCard
Once the Merger Is Complete, the Barclaycard US Airways Card Will Become an American Airlines Card

But only existing cardholders will be able to get the new card:  you won’t be able to apply for it.  So now is a good time to get the Barclaycard US Airways card, because it won’t be available for much longer and you can earn bonus miles in July and August!

The Barclaycard US Airways Mastercard gets you 40,000 miles 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

And once the card becomes an American Airlines card, it will have:

  • 10% mileage rebate on redeemed miles (maximum 10,000 miles a year)
  • 25% off onboard purchases (food and drink)
  • $100 flight discount each year after spending $30,000
  • Priority check-in

Bottom Line

You can get a 20% bonus on miles earned from the Barclaycard US Airways MasterCard from July 1, 2014 to August 31, 2014.  And some folks may get a targeted offer for 30% bonus miles.

Now is a good time to get the US Airways card because it will eventually become an American Airlines card, but only existing cardholders will be eligible for it.  And you could earn some extra miles (which will eventually become American Airlines miles) in the process.

Please let me know in the comments if you’ve received a targeted offer!

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NORMALLY I GET EXTRA BONUS MILES WITH I USE MY CARD TO BOOK AIR TRAVEL ON U S AIRWAYS. WHAT IS THE IMPACT OF THE ADDITIONAL 20% DIVIDEND MILES ON A US AIRWAYS FLIGHT PURCHASE IN THIS TIME PERIOD ?

Similar to Kathy’s question, is the foreign transaction fee refund for all existing users? I called Barclay’s and inquired about this and the rep had no knowledge of either the bonus or the transaction fee refund. I’ll be out of the country for a week next week and the foreign transaction fee bites (especially for an infrequent traveler who doesn’t want to carry yet another card). This offer is timely … if accurate. Thanks for your help.

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@Kathy – It is a targeted offer.

@Mr.D – I’d get the US Air card because it won’t be around for longer. But if you’re never going to use the miles…

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 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. Thoughts?

Thanks a lot.

Mr.D

Is the 20% bonus for all users? Or is there some activation you have to do to get that as well? I have this card and am in desperate need to earn about $6000 miles for a first anniversary trip in January!

I didn’t receive the offer and called to check on it. I was told this is a “random offer for undisclosed recipients.” Probably a marketing experiment to see if it drives additional spend. As pointed out, it still doesn’t give it the purchasing value of some of the other cards in my wallet, so I don’t know that I would take advantage of it anyway. Bottom line, I wouldn’t bother calling to ask.

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@Teri – I agree. They are probably running some experiments!

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