In the interest of full disclosure, One Mile At A Time earns a referral bonus for anyone that’s approved through some of the below links. These are the best publicly available offers that we have found for each card. Please check out our advertiser policy for further details about the partners we work with. Thanks for your support!
Update: This offer for Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard® is expired, but there’s currently an opportunity to earn 50,000 miles after spending $3,000 within first 90 days of having the card. Learn more about the special offer here.
Update: This offer for The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN is expired, but there’s currently an opportunity to earn 50,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $5,000 in purchases on the Card within your first 3 months of Card Membership. Learn more about the special offer here.
US Airways has just announced a targeted bonus promotion for the US Airways® Premier World MasterCard®.
Beginning July 1st, targeted cardholders will receive a 20% mileage bonus on all purchases, in addition to having foreign transaction fees reimbursed.
Oftentimes these promotions require registration or other hoops to jump through, though in this case it seems targeted cardholders have been pre-registered, so there is nothing specific you need to do.
In terms of how “targeted” this offer is, everyone I know with a US Airways card received the email, so if you didn’t I might suggest calling to see if your account is eligible for the offer.
The full terms are as follows:
Offer is valid for select cardmembers and is not transferable. You will earn a 20% bonus on the miles you earned on purchases with your card between July 1, 2014, through August 31, 2014 (the promotional period) up to a maximum of 10,000 miles. To receive your bonus miles, your account must be open and in good standing. Purchases made during periods when your account is delinquent, or your account is otherwise not in good standing as defined in your Credit Card Cardmember Agreement do not qualify for this offer. Your bonus miles will appear on your statement 6-8 weeks after the end of the promotion. Net retail purchases do not include such things as the purchase of money orders, traveler’s checks, foreign currency, lottery tickets, gambling chips, wire transfers, person-to-person money transfers or using the account to obtain a cash advance.
A 3% Foreign Transaction fee applies to foreign transactions that post to your account (that are not later returned or rescinded). A statement credit will be applied to your account for all Foreign Transaction fees that were billed between July 1, 2014 and August 31, 2014. This credit will be applied to your account within 4-6 weeks of the end of this promotion.
US Airways Card Details
The US Airways® Premier World MasterCard® offers 40,000 miles after the first purchase, and has an annual fee of $89. Even though the merger with American is underway, the US Airways Card will continue to be issued through next year. At some point next year they’ll apparently stop taking new applications, though it’s anyone’s guess what happens after that.
This is an easy way to pick up US Airways Dividend Miles at a very low cost, though I typically haven’t recommended putting much actual spend on the card.
The one exception could be if you need US Airways elite qualifying miles — if you spend $25,000 on the card in a calendar year, you earn 10,000 miles towards Preferred Status.
20% bonus on all purchases
This card ordinarily offers two miles per dollar spent on US Airways purchases, and one mile per dollar spent on everything else. That’s not a compelling earnings rates in and of itself. For example, the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Card from American Express earns one point per dollar and partners with US Airways, and for every 20,000 points you transfer you get a 5,000 point bonus, meaning you can potentially earn 1.25 US Airways miles per dollar spent. But that’s not even the best card for everyday spend in many cases, as you’re much better off focusing on cards with category bonuses for things you frequently purchase.
If booking US Airways flights, you’d be receiving 2.4 miles for every dollar spent. That’s not quite as good as the return on the Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express (which offers three Membership Rewards points per dollar spent on airfare purchased directly through an airline) or The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN (which offers you the option to choose three Membership Rewards points per dollar spent on airfare purchased directly through an airline) in my opinion, but for US Airways flyers this can certainly be lucrative.
Reimbursed foreign transaction fees
On one hand it’s nice that they’re reimbursing foreign transaction fees on the card, though the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card and Barclaycard Arrival™ World MasterCard® both waive foreign transaction fees and offer better rewards on everyday spend. That’s because:
- The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card offers double points on dining and travel, which makes up a majority of my expenses when traveling
- The Barclaycard Arrival™ World MasterCard® offers a return of ~2.22% per dollar spent, which is more than I value US Airways miles
This offer is certainly a nice gesture, and depending on your specific needs could make sense. For me, the US Airways Card is still a card that’s worth acquiring, but not a card that’s worth putting a lot of spend on.