Update: Whoops, looks like at a minimum the 10,000 preferred qualifying miles aren’t anything new. Sorry, folks!
US Airways sent out an email to those with their co-branded Mastercard today, which reads in part as follows:
They really didn’t do a good job with this, in my opinion, since they say we can “enjoy some additional travel benefits,” as if we didn’t have them before. Except as far as I can tell they’re all old benefits, aside from the last point.
The card now seems to come with some additional benefits for those that spend $25,000 on the card in a calendar year:
- Waived Dividend Miles processing fees. When you book a US Airways award ticket — regardless of whether it’s online or over the phone — there’s a $25-50 per person processing fee. This is waived for Gold Preferred members and above, as well as card members that spend at least $25,000 on their card.
- 10,000 preferred qualifying miles. If you reach the $25,000 spend in a calender year, 10,000 base miles will be converted into preferred qualifying miles, getting you closer to status.
Here are the T&Cs:
5 Preferred-Qualifying Miles and Award Processing Fee Waiver (for Premier World & World Elite Cardmembers with $89 Annual Fee only): When a Cardmember spends at least $25,000 or greater in new Net Purchases (which are not later credited back or rescinded) (“Purchase Requirement”) within each calendar year, a total of 10,000 of those miles will be converted from base miles to Preferred-qualifying miles 4 to 8 weeks after the Purchase Requirement has been met. You can only qualify for maximum of 10,000 Preferred-Qualifying miles per year through this credit card program. Beginning 10 business days after the Purchase Requirement has been met and for 12 months thereafter, the US Airways Award Processing Fee will be waived provided the customer meets the Dividend Miles Select Eligibility Criteria above. The Award Processing Fee Waiver applies only to the Processing Fees listed below and is not a waiver of (i) any government or regulatory agency taxes, fees and surcharges or (ii) any other US Airways fees including quick ticketing fees, paper ticketing fees, change/redeposit fees and fees for tickets that are not booked on-line. The Award Processing Fees waived are: $25 per continental U.S./Alaska/Canada ticket, $35 per Latin America or Caribbean ticket, $50 per Hawaii or all other international destination tickets.
Not sure it’s worth putting much spend on the card for the waived processing fees alone. If you’re a US frequent flyer I guess the 10,000 preferred qualifying miles could be worth a good bit, though.
(Tip of the hat to Nate)