Your US Airways Card Will Become an American Airlines Card

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Your US Airways Card Will Become an American Airlines Card

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Million Mile Secrets reader GetToThePoints commented:

Lora has asked the most pertinent unanswered question by any of the bloggers. If we currently have the Barclaycard US Airways card should we cancel it so we can later apply for the new Barclaycard American Airlines card?

GetToThePoints wants to know if he should cancel his current Barclaycard US Airways card so that he can apply for the Barclaycard American Airlines card.

It doesn’t matter if GetToThePoints cancels his current Barclaycard US Airways card, because he can’t apply for the new Barclaycard American Airlines card (and never will be able to).

Barclaycard won’t be issuing NEW American Airlines cards for folks to sign-up for.  But the existing Barclaycard US Airways card will become a Barclaycard American Airlines card.

So if you don’t have a US Airways card, consider getting 1 now because it won’t be available much longer.  And you won’t be able to apply for the Barclaycard American Airlines cards!

Barclaycard US Airways Card

Link:   Barclaycard US Airways Card

Link:   My Review of the Barclaycard US Airways Card

You get 40,000 miles after your 1st purchase and paying the $89 annual fee.

With this card, 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

The Barclaycard US Airways Card Will Become an American Airlines Card

When American Airlines & US Airways finish merging, Citi will be the primary issuer of American Airlines credit cards.

But until then, the Barclaycard US Airways card with a 40,000 mile sign-up bonus is still available!  Although, I don’t know how long it will last!

At the end of 2014, the old Barclaycard US Airways card will lose these perks:

  • Yearly Companion certificate for up to 2 traveling companions
  • 10,000 Elite Qualifying Miles after spending $25,000 a year
  • US Airways Club lounge pass and membership discount

But I don’t mind losing the companion certificate, elite miles, and lounge pass because the new perks are much better.  And I like the sign-up bonus!

And after the merger, this card won’t be available and GetToThePoints’ US Airways miles will become American Airlines miles.

Here are other ways GetToThePoints can get American Airlines miles.

Your US Airways Card Will Become An American Airlines Card
GetToThePoints’ US Airways Miles Will Become American Airlines Miles Which He Can Use on Cathay Pacific

Consider It Another American Airlines Card

With the new Barclaycard American Airlines AAdvantage MasterCard, GetToThePoints will get perks similar to the Citi American Airlines cards:

  • 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

To me, getting 10% of my redeemed miles back is a good perk.

And if GetToThePoints already has all the Citi American Airlines cards, it would be like getting another American Airlines card, but from a different bank.

Bottom Line

GetToThePoints shouldn’t cancel his Barclaycard US Airways card in the hope of later applying for a Barclaycard American Airlines card.  That’s because the Barclaycard American Airlines cards are closed to new applicants and will unlikely be open to new applicants.

If GetToThePoints didn’t have the card already (and doesn’t have a lot of Barclaycards), getting a Barclaycard US Airways card is a good way to earn future American Airlines miles.

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I have a little over 60,000 (now AA) miles. I was planning on booking 3 RT tickets (2 for 1 trip and 1 for a separate trip) when they were US Airways miles because they had the 5,000 mile less rule for cardholders. Now AA doesn’t have that offer. I understand they give 10% but but that will only give me 5,000 miles back for the 50,000 trip. Therefore, I’ll have 15,000 for the next trip. I really don’t think the card is worth it for me if I can’t get that 3rd trip now. If I call to cancel would they give me 10,000 miles or close to it?

Is 15,000 USAir Miles worth the $89.00 renewal fee for the Barclaycard?

My wife’s USAir Barclay card is up for renewal. She has a targeted offer of earning 15,000 bonus miles for spending $500/month from Jan-March, but will have to renew her card. The renewal fee is $89.00. Does it make sense to renew. I have done the math and think so, since they will convert to AA miles. Please let me know. I have been subscribing to your web newsletters for a few years now and recommend all my friends and family. Thanks MMS!

I don’t understand HOW my US Airways Card will magically become AA Citi Card. These are two separate banks. I agreed to terms under the US Airways Card but never did agree to terms of the Citi Card. Sounds like a lawsuit in the making to me. I will cancel the US Airways Card when the companion certificate ceases. I would only consider applying for the AA Citi Card if they offered the 40k sign on bonus. If denied because I was a form US Airways card holder, I would switch to the AE JetBlue card due to JetBlue offering the most nonstop flights from Boston.

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@Chris – It will become an AA card issued by Barclays.

I’m with you Kerry, the companion discount, and the 5000 points were worth it. The new benefits are junk. I’m going to cancel as well, and use my Marriott going forward. Each month American has made this a less-beneficial relationship with regards to elites and benefits from cards. It’s very disappointing. I’m guessing they are betting it all on paying 1st class passengers, and the rest of us, elites and non-elites, are just cargo. I suppose they don’t think we will talk with others, and be just as disloyal to them as they are to us in the standard paying customer role. Eventually, it is better to just go back to buying what you need from each airline, only when you need it, and forget trying to build a professional relationship with a vendor.

For years we have enjoyed the great benefits with the Barclay’s USAirways Mastercard. Honestly, why would I want to pay $89 a year for the weak benefits the card will begin to offer in 2015? I am not going to renew the Barclay’s USAirways Mastercards in 2015 and instead try to fly Delta more (American Express offer a Delta Card with a FREE companion ticket – yes the yearly fee is $199 but it turns out to be same as the Barclay’s card ($99 companion ticket + $89 yearly fee). Or I’ll just shop around for cheap flights and use my Marriott Visa and get reward points for free hotel stays.

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