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With the integration of the AAdvantage and Dividend Miles programs this weekend, one thing that’s disappearing is the US Airways MasterCard. The plan was:
- Once the frequent flyer programs are integrated, no new applications will be accepted for the US Airways MasterCard
- Existing US Airways MasterCard members will have their cards converted into the Barclaycard AAdvantage Aviator Cards; so while Barclaycard isn’t allowed to accept new members for the card, they can continue to service existing members with the product
As a reminder, here are the four products that existing members will be converted to:
|AAdvantage Aviator||AAdvantage Aviator Blue||AAdvantage Aviator Red||AAdvantage Aviator Silver|
|Base Earning Rate||.5 point/$1||1 point/$1||1 point/$1||1 point/$1|
|Purchases made directly with American or US Airways||-||2 points/$1||2 points/$1||3 points/$1|
|Hotel Purchases||-||-||-||2 points/$1|
|Baggage Benefit||-||-||First checked bag free for cardholder and up to 4 companions||First checked bag free for cardholder and up to 8 companions|
|Mileage Refund||-||-||• 10% of redeemed miles|
• Maximum of 10K per year
|• 10% of redeemed miles|
• Maximum of 10K per year
|Threshold Bonus||-||-||$100 flight discount coupon after $30K net spend||• 5,000 EQMs after $20k net spend|
• Additional 5,000 EQMs after $40k net spend
• Maximum 10k EQMs per year
|Foreign Transaction Fee||Yes||Yes||No||No|
The US Airways MasterCard is supposed to be pulled now
Now that the Dividend Miles program is no more, the application for the US Airways MasterCard should be pulled. And it is in virtually all places. Even the US Airways website is now advertising the the Citi Platinum Select AAdvantage MasterCard.
However, View from the Wing has found one last link that seems to work for the US Airways MasterCard. There’s no guessing how long it will last, so if you’re interested in the card I’d recommend applying sooner rather than later.
Will the Citi AAdvantage sign-up bonuses change?
Keep in mind that in addition to the lucrative sign-up bonus on the US Airways MasterCard, American also has two co-branded credit cards with extremely lucrative sign-up bonuses:
- Citi Platinum Select AAdvantage MasterCard
- CitiBusiness / AAdvantage Platinum Select World MasterCard
Both offer sign-up bonuses of 50,000 AAdvantage miles after spending $3,000 within three months, with the first year’s annual fee waived (it’s $95 per year thereafter).
It’s worth noting that the sign-up bonus on the Citi Platinum Select AAdvantage MasterCard is marketed as “limited time.” And if I had to guess, I’d say it’s not a coincidence that the card has officially had a 50,000 mile sign-up bonus as the US Airways MasterCard sign-up period has winded down, given that Citi doesn’t want to lose business to Barclaycard.
As a “normal” sign-up bonus, neither Delta nor United’s co-branded credit cards offer 50,000 mile sign-up bonuses, so I wouldn’t be surprised if that sign-up bonus is soon decreased, given that there’s going to be less competition to get new card members.
I certainly could be wrong, but I don’t see the sign-up bonus increasing, and I think a decrease is likely at some point in the near future.
In the meantime, the sign-up bonus on the US Airways MasterCard is definitely more time sensitive, though there’s no reason you couldn’t pick it and the Citi Platinum Select AAdvantage MasterCard up on one day.
This may very well be your absolute last chance to apply for the US Airways Card, as the above link is the only one still working, as far as I can tell. And I also wouldn’t take for granted the sign-up bonus on the Citi AAdvantage cards going forward either.