The Barclaycard US Air Affiliate Link for 40,000 Miles is Really for Only 30,000 Miles

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The Barclaycard US Air Affiliate Link for 40,000 Miles is Really for Only 30,000 Miles

Million Mile SecretsThe Barclaycard US Air Affiliate Link for 40,000 Miles is Really for Only 30,000 MilesMillion Mile Secrets Team

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[Disclosure:  The link to the 30,000 mile Barclaycard credit card earns us a commission, but the 35,000 version does not.  The 35,000 mile version is much better because it waives the annual fee and gets you more miles.]

On Friday, I wrote that my affiliate link to the US Air card offers 40,000 miles after 1st purchase, but the annual fee of $89 was NOT waived.  And I strongly suggested that the links to the 35,000 mile offer from FlyerTalk with the annual fee waived and without the bait and switch wording in the affiliate offer is likely the better deal.

However, I checked my affiliate link today and it offers only 30,000 miles after your 1st purchase and 10,000 miles after a balance transfer.  Earning miles for a balance transfer is almost always a bad deal, because of the fees, so I see this as a 30,000 mile offer with the annual fee of $89 NOT waived (making it even worse).

I also consider it misleading that the ad text screams out “40,000 Bonus Miles” and the fine print later says that 10,000 miles comes from a balance transfer for which you have to pay a fee.

Bottom Line

So my mother-in-law rule says that the links to the 35,000 mile offer from Flyertalk with the Annual Fee waived for the 1st year is the MUCH better offer (despite it not paying us a commission).

That’s because you get 35,000 miles after your 1st purchase with the $89 annual fee waived, which is much better than 30,000 miles after paying a $89 fee (and which also has the possibility of getting you only 15,000 miles for $49 if you’re approved for a lower version).

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Hi Daraius,

Thanks for your tip. I went ahead and applied for a second card anyway and was instantly approved. Just a data point…

see the T&C from the NO fee version link posted on this page…it says all the reward rules are appplicable to only 89 fee version of the card..does it mean that NO fee version get zero bonus ???


About the US Airways Dividend Miles Program:

The following terms and conditions apply only to your participation in the US Airways Dividend Miles reward program associated with the $89 Annual Fee Dividend Miles MasterCard. Please read this information carefully. Upon account approval, your acceptance of your US Airways Dividend Miles MasterCard Account (“Account”) will signify that you agree to all of the following provisions.

See gary’s post:

looks like if u click on the 35k link first, then the 40k link, u can get the 40k bonus with fee waved first year. too bad i missed out on this!

Data point: i cancelled my us 40k last month after 10 months. Due to merger, i decided to reapply sooner out of cycle from last month’s churn of aa x2 and amex plat. Approved this weekend for 35k. So us card definitely churnable.


I and my wife both have US airways 40k miles each. The website wouldn’t allow one way award travel and 40k mile is not enough for international round trip. To make good use of it, can I transfer the 40k miles to UA or AA account? How do I book star alliance partner flights with the US airways miles cos the website is not showing many of the star alliance partner flights.

Thanks for any detail information

Million Mile Secrets

@Joaquin @shon @BillyBob – Some folks have been able to get another one after cancelling the existing one and applying after 3 to 4 months. Even fewer folks appear to have got a 2nd card with a first card open, but that could be an option for you if you don’t want to lose the Companion Ticket if you cancel your card.

@Webazoid @longroller |
– Thanks for the application status link. It was 40K just a few days ago and appears to have changed recently.

@Jason – Sure, if you haven’t applied for the offer you got in the mail.

@BillyBob – Almost never.

– Just be firm and say you want to cancel. Or you can say that your partner manages the finances and asked you to call to close the card and it better get closed!

@ROB BLACK – Thanks for using our links!

– Thanks for the link. Too bad it offers fewer miles (15K) if you’re approved for the lower card version.

@yrajan – I believe the companion ticket costs more with the lower card.

@Kathy – There is a 20K version on the Airlines Credit Card tab which is better than my affiliate link for 10K.

@jim – You can’t transfer the miles to United, though you may be able to transfer them to AA in ~1 year or more. You can search for flights on the United website and then call US Air to book those flights.

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