I’ve been touting the 40,000 point signup bonus for the US Airways Mastercard for awhile, the link I’ve been using has been www.mostmiles.com/chairman. Because it’s been the best available offer, 40,000 points after first purchase and fee waived the first year.
Every time I post about this, I get questions. Because the web page says it is an “Exclusive Offer for Chairman’s Preferred Members Only” — people who fly 100,000 miles or more on US Airways each year. Although I had no problem getting the card using that offer, and I am not a US Airways elite member. And I haven’t heard of others with difficulties either.
The application page recently changed to say that it was only for US Airways employees.
It asked applicants to enter an employee badge number.
Please enter your 2-character Airline Code followed by your Employee Badge number (no spaces). Only employees of US Airways and US Airways wholly-owned subsidiaries are eligible.
Folks were leaving that field blank and still being approved.
This week I’ve gotten several questions in the comments suggesting that the card may no longer be giving out a 10,000 mile annual bonus at renewal (which is my reason for keeping the card, since that makes it worth the $85 annual fee). I haven’t gotten such a notice.
Fortunately, though, there’s now an actual official offer that isn’t targeted for the US Airways Mastercard which offers 40,000 points after first purchase.
There are two downsides compared to the targeted Chairmans offer that I’ve used in the past. First, the $89 annual fee isn’t waived the first year. Second, there’s no second year bonus of 10,000 miles (which may or may not be staying around with that other offer).
But great to have an increase in the publicly available offer. As in my experience the card is churnable, some people get more than one card open at a time (explaining that they want to keep different sorts of expenses separate). Though my own experience is that I got the card when it was first introduced, didn’t keep it, but got it again some time later.
40,000 miles is a great start when 90,000 is business class to North Asia (including with an enroute stopover in Europe)….
The card also comes with:
- A companion ticket — buy one ticket for at least $289+tax and then each of two companions can fly for $99+tax each on the same itinerary.
- First class check-in and priority boarding.
- 5000 mile discount on awards that are on US Airways flights only (not on airline partners), including off-peak awards meaning that during a limited set of dates business class to Europe drops to only 55,000 miles roundtrip.
- A lounge pass every year.
In addition to the 40,000 points after first purchase they’ll also give you 10,000 more for a balance transfer within 90 days which is a feature I don’t touch personally. The card also gives 2 points per dollar on US Airways purchases but I prefer the 2.14 Chase Ultimate Rewards points for those with a Sapphire Preferred or 3 American Express Membership Rewards with my Amex Premier Rewards Gold.
This new offer is a referral link, so if you apply and are accepted then I’ll receive referral credit which I certainly appreciate. I always flag the best offers, have been writing about this long before there was this good of a public offer (and chose not ever to write about the existence of a lesser referral offer). As my goal is to make sure the most miles possible are earned by the frequent flying public.