Last week, I had a short twitter conversation with @tmount, @KennyBSAT, and @FreequentFlyr (follow me @asthejoeflies!) about whether the 10,000 miles anniversary bonus (after paying annual fee) on the Barclays US Air card would be sticking around. We determined that for older cards that have the bonus, it will stick, but applications in the last year or so have taken that bonus out.
So for example, the card I got in 2013 has the 10,000 mile bonus in perpetuity while the one I got in 2014 has no bonus at all. Freequent Flyer was saying how it’s in the terms and conditions so Barclay’s couldn’t get out of it, but I was kind of worried once the programs combine (which looks like it could be soon) they’d be able to sneak out.
Well, I received an e-mail today stating that the 10,000 mile anniversary bonus will continue after the programs combine in 2015.
I find two things interesting about this e-mail. First, Barclays is going to start awarding the bonus miles as AAdvantage miles – that’s a great thing it means they’re not weaseling out of their T&C. But secondly, the fact that they are saying they are going to be giving 10,000 AAdvantage miles in 2015 lends credence to the theory that the programs are going to complete their marriage sooner rather than later. I was thinking that 2015 might be the “you can transfer miles freely between programs” period but this is further evidence that they’ll be straight up combined.
Anyway, just wanted to share with anyone who has the card and is curious!