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There have been more versions of the US Airways MasterCard sign-up bonus lately than there are cat fights in the Real Housewives of Atlanta. There are lots of offers out there, many under “ghost” links which aren’t publicly available through the Barclaycard website.
However, the “official” offer is now 40,000 US Airways Dividend Miles after the first purchase. There is also an $89 annual fee, which isn’t waived the first year.
The card comes with some other benefits that are potentially useful, including:
- Your first checked bag free for you and up to four companions on domestic US Airways flights
- Priority Boarding with Zone 2 on US Airways flights
- One companion certificate for up to two guests on US Airways operated flights at $99 each, plus taxes and fees
But mainly this is just a great way to rack up US Airways miles. This card will be going away sometime early next year since Citi eventually has the exclusive contract for the co-branded AAdvantage Cards. So there’s definitely no rush in applying, though it is a good offer.
As of now it’s still not possible to transfer miles between American and US Airways accounts. Now that both carriers are in oneworld, in 90% of cases the redemption values are going to be better through US Airways. Between the more generous routing rules, lower redemption costs, and ability to do stopovers, the only major downside is that you can’t do one-ways for half the cost of a roundtrip.
Just last night I booked what’s quite possibly my best US Airways Dividend Miles award yet, which I’ll be sharing the details of soon.
There’s no reason to turn down 40,000 US Airways miles, it’s that simple. If US Airways offers another 100% share miles bonus, you need some miles to begin with in order to take advantage of that. US Airways has offered that promotion several times in the past year, and every time there are people commenting about how they don’t have any US Airways miles, and are sad that they can’t basically US Airways miles for ~1.1 cents each. So rather than buying miles at a discount, this is another (much more efficient) way to source those miles.