The US Airways Mastercard Isn’t (Quite) Dead Yet

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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:

AAdvantage-Aviator-Red

As a reminder, here are the four products that existing members will be converted to:

AAdvantage AviatorAAdvantage Aviator BlueAAdvantage Aviator RedAAdvantage Aviator Silver
Annual FeeFREE$49$89$195
Base Earning Rate.5 point/$11 point/$11 point/$11 point/$1
Purchases made directly with American or US Airways - 2 points/$12 points/$13 points/$1
Hotel Purchases - - - 2 points/$1
Baggage Benefit - - First checked bag free for cardholder and up to 4 companionsFirst 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 FeeYesYesNoNo

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.

AAdvantage-Citi

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:

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.

Bottom line

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.

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Comments

  1. Lucky,

    If I have the Citi AAdvantage Card AND the AAdvantage Red Card, does that mean I save a total of 20K points back on awards booking a year?

  2. THANK YOU! Somehow got my wife approved instantly despite it being her third Barclays card. You rock Lucky!

  3. Was also instantly approved. Don’t already have a Dividend Miles account. Will one still be created? Hmm.

  4. So I just applied for my 3rd barclaycard US air card and it was approved!!!!! Wow….I can’t understand why they keep approving these for me!!!! Thanks Lucky! Used your link!

  5. @chad — how long ago did you get #2? Got my #2 at the beginning of Feb. Almost tempted to go for #3! =)

    @ildc — no. I made an award booking this weekend that brought me to the cap and it showed 10% back from both cards — except both were reduced to less than 10% to bring me up to the cap of 10,000 miles per year. So I got a total of 10,000 back despite having both cards.

  6. Lucky,
    I already have one (applied in Jan 2015), just in case I apply for the second and somehow also get approved..will i get 50k additional miles on the same US airways account or is there a limit of one bonus per account?

  7. I was instantly approved Friday for the U.S. Air and the personal American card Friday in anticipation of a status match next week from UA to AA. Lifetime Platinum reached with UA and 1K now gets you #10 or more on the upgrade list with the GS members now. UA just keeps getting worse.

  8. @ Naif — If you get approved you should be able to get the miles for the same account. It’s not the frequent flyer account that plays a factor in whether you get approved/get the bonus miles.

  9. @ Dan — Those points will go into a new AAdvantage account, which you can eventually merge with your existing AAdvantage account.

  10. Is it still considered bad to apply for a card when you’re looking for a mortgage? I’m selling my house next week and hope to buy another one with the next 2-3 months. Don’t want to apply for this card if it will mess with the mortgage/house buying process.

  11. @ Ross — If you don’t have many inquiries and your score is good it shouldn’t be an issue.

  12. I haven’t found any info on one of my favorite US Airways Premier World Mastercard benefits . . the 5000 mile booking discount when using the card to pay the fees on award tickets on US Air flights. I redeemed miles for 4 different tickets last month and got the 5000 mile discount on each, e.g. my 25k RT award ticket to Houston was only 20k. The discount appeared on the Total column. Now to book dividend mile award travel you get auto redirected to AA, and no bonus appears, and I have the AA card as well. I read my Barclaycard small print and it does say to get the discount the award travel needs to be booked online through usair.com. Erm, well, so I guess if it is now no more = no discount? Generally I call BS because I didn’t see the elimination of this benefit in any of the communications. Anybody out there have any experience/knowledge about this?

  13. As a follow up I have not received the new and “enhanced” card, the AA Aviator, which apparently replaces the current US Airways Mastercard? The top level card does offer a 7500 discount but it’s limited by location and month, typically its for travel within the next 30-90 days. That’s not so helpful since I book award travel as far ahead as possible.

    It’s not the end of the world but my brother just got a US Air MC last month based on my recommendation. The miles are now on record, as of last week the award travel could be booked on usair.com and the discount appeared. And Sunday when he went to book it’s the new world order. No discount and he didn’t have enough miles without them on 2 tickets. He might buy the miles, but it’s annoying when you lose advertised benefits, also in the fine print.

  14. My wife was a holder of a Bank of America US Airways co-branded card that was sold to Barclaycard. They sent her a basic US Airways card. When I told her she could apply for the US Airways Premiere Mastercard and get 50k points with no spend requirement, she didn’t activate — and later specifically cancelled — the basic card. Customer service (not native English speakers) denied her app for the Premier card twice: first because she already had “enough Barclays credit” (even tho she had cancelled the account she had never asked for, and then because she had applied too often. An hour on the phone with 7 people only resulted in them saying it was because of US Airways that they couldn’t give her the Premiere card. They grudgingly sent her the basic card she had originally rejected. I hadn’t heard they were effectively turning away Premiere card applicants — and she has solid credit and travels US. Has anyone else run into problems like this?

  15. The offer is still live as of 2:45 am CST. A 50K with no purchase requirements is pretty nice. Thanks, Lucky & Gary 🙂

  16. Just talked to Barclay’s about another issue with my current US MC and asked them if the new Aviator Red card will also have the 10K mile anniversary bonus and was told that it will not. So I told them I will definitely be cancelling this card when the next annual fee comes due as that was the main reason I hung onto this card.

  17. As of April 4, 2015, all the links seem to be “expired”. R.I.P. Barclay’s US Airways Dividend Mastercard. =(

  18. So disappointed that the $99 companion vouchers are no longer a perk, just when I was planning a trip to use them(9 year card member, hate flying but was going to bite the bullet so to speak). I miss US Airways MC already.

  19. Hi – I’ve been trying to determine (for awhile now) which card is better. I have both the US Airways Mastercard and the AA Silver Platinum Select. I opened the AA Silver Platinum select on a flight with the intention of cancelling my US Airways card, but I can’t find any confirmation or comparison between the two – very frustrating. Anyone have any idea?

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