Up until today I’ve been telling everyone looking to apply for a US Airways credit card to not go through my affiliate link and instead use an offer that was out there for 40,000 Dividend Miles after the first purchase with no annual fee for the first year. The terms and conditions suggested it was only intended for Chairman’s Preferred members, though it seemed to work for everyone, at least up until today. As a matter of fact I was just working on a post for this evening about how to maximize credit cards with the “new American,” and applying for that card was going to be one of my suggestions. However, as of this morning that link seems to be expired, as I get the following message when following the link:
I figured we’d have a bit more time before they change credit card offers, though maybe that’s not the case, and I guess I can understand why.
Anyway, it seems like the best available sign-up bonus for the US Airways Premier World MasterCard is now for 40,000 Dividend Miles after the first purchase, though the $89 annual fee isn’t waived. I doubt we’ll see the other deal return, so this is probably as good as it gets.
Keep in mind that this card probably has a very limited life, given that the “new American” will have to choose between Citi and Barclay. It seems that American’s relationship with Citi is much stronger than US Airways’ relationship with Barclay, so I think it goes without saying that the Citi co-branded card will survive while the Barclay card will get the boot. Furthermore, AAdvantage will be the surviving loyalty program, so I think that makes the choice even more obvious.
Anyway, this is very much a “use it or lose it” situation. I’m not sure how much longer Barclay will offer a sign-up bonus on this card given that they may only be able to keep these customers for another few months. This is much more complicated than the United and Continental merger where both airlines already had their co-branded credit cards with Chase, so “converting” customers was easy. Credit card companies offer sign-up bonuses in hopes of earning long term business, and the reality is that any new members likely won’t be sticking around for very long since the card will be discontinued in a matter of months.
Also keep in mind that this card is churnable to some extent. Many report being able to apply for this card as often as every 90 days, though reports are very mixed on this. Some have no problem being approved for a US Airways card when they already have one, while others are rejected, so it very much is a case of “your mileage may vary.”
Anyway, if you don’t yet have a the US Airways Premier World MasterCard this is probably a good time to apply for it and claim your 40,000 bonus miles before it’s too late. In the interest of full disclosure that’s also my affiliate link, which is also for the best available bonus I know of for the card.
(Tip of the hat to The Points Guy)