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Got a US Airways card? Check your account for a bonus offer!

Last spring Barclays took away the last application for the US Airways Mastercard that had the annual fee waived for the first year. Since then the signup bonus has gone up from 30K to 50K miles but the $89 fee must be paid. This larger bonus combined with the fact that it’s on its way out has made this a popular card. Barclays seems to be testing bonus offers to see what will get these cards out of the sock drawer and into our wallets, so you might want to check and see if there’s a bonus offer worth registering for!

We got one of these in February 2014, with the first year fee waived. In the fall we were able to pick up a statement credit for $25 by switching to paperless statements. Then at about 11 months we got the standard 15K bonus miles offer that Barclays likes to give: earn 15,000 bonus miles by spending over $500 in new purchases each calendar month in February, March and April. Keep in mind if you have (or when you get) a similar offer that $500.00 is NOT over $500. In the past people have missed the bonus by 3 cents, so make sure you spend $500.01 (or $750.01 if your offer says $750) or more. So sure, we’ll take that. Then I called and asked for a fee waiver which was granted with no questions at all. Along with an extra mile per dollar in a couple of categories. Today, a friend let me know he saw an offer on his account at barclaycardus.com, so I checked and sure enough we had the same one!

On the right hand side of the US Airways card account page, where there are usually button for the Rewardsboost shopping portal and other ‘Barclaycard extras’ was a button touting 50% bonus miles. Clicking on it brought up a signup screen

Yes, please!

Yes, please!

Two clicks later, and we will be earning 1.5 US miles per dollar on up to $20K spending From March 1 to June 30. Along with the additional 15K bonus and extra mile per dollar from the other two offers we got in the past month.

I have been trying to figure out which card we should keep, between this one and the Citi AA Platinum card, to maintain the 10% rebate on redeemed miles and baggage fee waiver on AA flights. Barclays is making the choice far too easy! Check your account for a bonus, and see if it makes sense to shift non-bonus spending to that US Airways card that has been busy keeping the other cards in your sock drawer company!

– Kenny

{ 29 comments… add one }
  • Elaine February 23, 2015, 2:13 pm

    We had this on all US Air cards we have – my 2 and my husband’s 1. On the downside, his app for a second card appears to have been denied…. :(….so it was nice to have this consolation prize on the same morning from Barclays!

  • Robert February 23, 2015, 2:36 pm

    In my case, they were not cooperative so much 🙂 Last month, the best they could have done for me was to offer 2x US milles for dollars spent in certain categories only, for example: gas stations, supermarket, etc. At the same time an annual fee remained untouched.

  • Lea February 23, 2015, 5:04 pm

    Thanks for pointing this out! I’m all set for bonus miles starting next month!

  • Al February 23, 2015, 5:10 pm

    I also have this offer – but, isn’t it inferior to using your Arrival card which would pay 2x ?

    • Kenny February 23, 2015, 8:33 pm

      US Airways miles redeemed for flights are typically worth at least 2 cents each so 1.5X US miles should be worth more than 2X Arrival point IF you will use them.

  • Paul February 23, 2015, 8:27 pm

    You rock! I never would’ve noticed this but I had it on mine

  • Paul February 23, 2015, 8:28 pm

    Also, have you heard of anyone getting the 15k bonus points by calling in?

    • Kenny February 23, 2015, 8:29 pm

      I haven’t, but it can’t hurt to give it a shot!

  • Nathan February 23, 2015, 11:51 pm

    Great tip!

  • william February 24, 2015, 12:23 am

    “Keep in mind if you have (or when you get) a similar offer that $500.00 is NOT over $500”

    can you please clarify this? Am I only supposed to spend $500 exactly, or are you saying I need to spend atleast $500.01?

    • Kenny February 24, 2015, 7:51 am

      If you have that offer, spend $500.01 (or $750.01 if your offer is $750) or more each month to be safe.

  • Elaine February 24, 2015, 2:34 pm

    Just checked my files to look at the snail-mailed offers I have received and they do not have identical wording! On one, it specifically says “$500 or more” and on the other it says “over $500.” I never noticed this before. Good reminder to read it carefully. I sticker my cards with notes to remind me of the spending requirement. I will be sure to note it more carefully from now on!

    • Kenny February 24, 2015, 4:15 pm

      Good catch! I always pass spending requirements by at least a few dollars just to make sure nothing goes wrong. The problems I read of were in the Amazon Payments days when it was easy to pay exactly $750, and those who did got no bonus.

  • LAura February 24, 2015, 2:37 pm

    Not showing up for me when I log into my account. I only have three offers: “Get your 2014 Annual Summary Statement,” Merger News” and “Earn More Miles with Rewards Boost”. So… YMMV

    • Jeremy February 24, 2015, 3:38 pm

      Same here 🙁

      • Kenny February 24, 2015, 4:12 pm

        I wonder if account age has anything to do with it. @Jeremy and @LAura, are your US Air cards fairly new?

  • Jeremy February 24, 2015, 4:28 pm

    No, I’ve had for 2 years. But I did just call last week and receive a retention bonus so I was wondering if that triggered it..

    My wife just got her card last month and has the 50% bonus available.

  • Jeremy February 25, 2015, 9:32 am

    Everyone w/ a US Air card can get this bonus!! Just call in! Here is the response I got from customer service to my secure message asking about the offer

    “Dear Jeremy xxxxxx:

    Thank you for contacting us regarding your US Airways Dividend Miles World MasterCard. We can certainly address your inquiry regarding the miles on your account.

    In an effort to ensure the most positive cardmember experience, all cardmembers whose accounts are open and in good standing will receive an offer to earn 50% more miles for every purchase made on either card from March 1 – June 30, 2015, up to 10,000 bonus miles. They must register via web, IVR, or through a representative. Bonus miles will be awarded into cardmembers’ Aviator statement. We hope you find this information helpful.

    If you have any other questions and concerns, please reply to this message.


    Customer Care”

  • DP February 25, 2015, 12:55 pm

    Will the combine with the 15,000 points earned if you spend $500 each month for three months?

    In the fine print of this offer, it says, ” Bonus miles will not apply to miles earned from other promotions during this period. “

    • Kenny February 25, 2015, 1:20 pm

      If you spend just that $1500.03 over the 3 months, you should get 1500 miles, 750 bonus miles from this promo and 15,000 bonus miles from the mailed promo. You won’t get an additional 7,500 bonus miles as the two promotions won’t stack. Unless they do, of course 😉

  • Fauxblogger March 3, 2015, 9:39 am

    I read this as max bonusable 1.5x spend per card is $6667 during eligibility period

  • cheeseskywalker March 4, 2015, 9:23 am

    I signed up for this card last week to benefit from the merger with AA before this card disappeared. I haven’t even gotten the card in the mail but was able to sign up for this bonus! Will certainly be used!

  • Keeb March 7, 2015, 7:40 pm

    Called US airways 5 min ago. 50% bonusis automatically activated (I don’t see a link on my bank homepage). But CS said I don’t have any bonuses for spending $500 or other amount in Feb, March, and April? Anyone else with the same issue?

  • mark July 31, 2015, 9:30 am

    Has anyone received these bonus miles yet?

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