US Airways Credit Card Removed From Barclaycard Website

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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.

We know that as part of the merger the US Airways Premier World Mastercard will be converted into a Barclaycard Aviator Card, which accrues AAdvantage miles.

AAdvantage-Aviator-Red

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:

Barclaycard

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):

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.

Bottom line

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.

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Comments

  1. I just booked my (maybe last) 30,000 mile R/T PHL to MAD on 2/11 to 2/16. With the award booking fee removed due to my 25K spend last year, the ticket was only 30K miles and $50. Sad day to see this great deal go away.

  2. I just tried to get my second card and got application pending, which usually means eventual denial. Oh well.

  3. Just got mine a couple of weeks ago together with the AA personal. Great deal. Getting the business card soon.

  4. if you already have the Citi personal card and received the mile bonus, can you apply for the business card and earn more milles??

  5. If I don’t have a Dividend Miles account, can I still apply for the card? The website says it will create an account for me, but you said yesterday they stopped allowing new accounts.

  6. I tried to sign up for another US AIR card today and got this message. Figured the worst they could say was no, best they would do is approve and get another 50K miles for $89.

    Unfortunately, we are not able to provide you with an immediate decision on the application you just submitted.
    Your application requires further review, which can take up to 10 days.

    We will notify you in writing in no more than 30 days (and often sooner) about the status of your application.

  7. I have been trying to get some answers regarding my question below (or some educated guesses):

    * Knowing that the bonus points only post after the first payment is processed (i.e. first statement is issued and payment equal or greater to $89 – annual fee is made), what happens to those who receive and process the payments AFTER the program is merged? Considering that the program will merge in the next two to three weeks from today (last week was 30 day notice), I presume many will fall under this category.

    * My educated guess is that you will still receive miles on the basis that your DM number can be referenced under your merged AA number (just like UA-CO case). So, I presume that the credit card companies have a way to credit the miles to your AA count (though it really is crediting you for the US Airways card sign-up bonus). But it would be great to get some confirmation about this matter.

  8. @ Chris M — Yeah, you should still be fine. It will auto-generate one for you, as you likely won’t get the miles before they’re converted to AAdvantage anyway.

  9. I just got approved for two new accounts for my wife and me. I wasn’t expecting much because we already hold US Airways Dividend Miles credit cards, so this was a nice surprise.

  10. I have an old Citi AAdvantage Visa signature version that I opened back in 2013. Would the master card be considered as different product and earn bonus miles? Any trick on getting both personal and business? two browser method or?

  11. @Chris M – I applied yesterday and was approved. I never had a US Air account. I then called up Barclay and they gave me my Dividend Miles number they created for me. I was then able to link my AA and US Air accounts on the AA website using they Dividend Miles account number Barclay gave me.

    I have not been able to create an online login for the Dividend Mile account.

  12. Hmmm, now the US Airways “Join Dividend Miles” link goes to American’s web site. It wasn’t like this just a few days ago when I set up an account for my boyfriend. I guess as long as you go to aa.com and link your US Dividend account # to your AAdvantage account you don’t need a separate US account.

  13. @ TJP74 — You’ll just want to separate your personal and business applications by at least eight days. I wouldn’t try any “browser tricks.” As far as Visa vs. Mastercard goes, back in the day you could get both bonuses, while nowadays it’s pretty inconsistent, unfortunately.

  14. I got the same result as Jeff yesterday, as I figured I had little to lose, applying for a 3rd card (other 2 still open )…and now we wait…

    I’m expecting the worst, but at least I didn’t get an instant denial 🙂

  15. The wife and I just approved for the card on Friday, I also picked up the AA MC too, and as soon as that minimum spend is done I’ll have my wife get one too. Then on to the AA business cards. Hopefully by then the 50k bonus will still be there so we can get 300k total AAdvantage miles.

    Lucky, any ideas on when the Citi 50k offers will expire?

    Michael

  16. @ Michael — They’re “limited time,” though I don’t know the expiration date. I doubt it’ll go away very soon.

  17. It seems as if the US Airways card offer link has expired. Are there any other live ones out there? Thanks!

  18. I was wondering what do you do for an occupation to fund your lifestyle, and what is your lifestyle? Hobbies, general local you hail from, family attachments , educational background? fran from Long Island

  19. I was able to get a US Airways Dividend Master Card in March and have been faithfully using it. There is nowhere that the 50K mileage award shows up. I also have not been charged the $89 annual fee. Who do I call? Barclaycard or American Airlines? thank you for your help

  20. @ Jeanne McLaughlin — Due to the program integration it can take a while for the miles to show up. I’d maybe give it a bit longer, as the bonus will likely automatically show up, it just takes longer than it did before the programs integrated.

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