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American and US Airways are well into their merger, and for a while now we’ve known that they plan to integrate the AAdvantage and Dividend Miles frequent flyer programs in the second quarter of 2015.
Then about a week ago we found out that the programs will combine within 30 days. Just yesterday, the Dividend Miles program stopped accepting new members.
So while those with a Barclaycard product will continue to be able to earn AAdvantage miles, the catch is that Barclaycard can no longer accept new applications for the card once the frequent flyer programs merge. At that point they can only retain existing members and not acquire new ones.
With that in mind, we’ve all been trying to figure out the last day to apply for the US Airways MasterCard. Via View from the Wing last week, some received solicitations in the mail for a US Airways Card, stating the last day to apply was April 12, 2015.
However, I think it’s worth noting that Barclaycard removed the US Airways credit card from their website yesterday, and the application on their website now redirects to the following message:
The good news is that as of now other links for the card still work, though there’s no way to know for sure how long that will last.
There’s no reason to wait
If you don’t have the card yet, there’s no reason to wait. The card has a 50,000 mile sign-up bonus after the first purchase, and the miles will automatically be converted into American AAdvantage miles when the programs merge.
While you’re applying for cards, I’d also recommend picking up some of American’s co-branded Citi cards if you don’t have them already. Specifically, the Citi Platinum Select AAdvantage MasterCard and CitiBusiness Platinum Select AAdvantage MasterCard. American is also offering 50,000 AAdvantage mile sign-up bonuses upon completing minimum spend on these co-branded credit cards, and the annual fee is even waived for the first year.
Best application strategy?
Again, there are three cards offering 50,000 mile sign-up bonuses (with varying terms):
- US Airways Premier World MasterCard
- Citi Platinum Select AAdvantage MasterCard
- CitiBusiness Platinum Select AAdvantage MasterCard
Citi only allows one application every eight days, so I would recommend picking up a US Airways Card AND either the Citi Platinum Select Card OR CitiBusiness Platinum Card. Then after eight days you can apply for whichever of the Citi products you don’t yet have.
Maybe it’s just me, but I find the merger of frequent flyer programs to be even more bittersweet than the merger of the airlines. US Airways Dividend Miles has served us so well over the years. I hate to see them go.