Thursday, December 4th, 2014, 10:35 am
The US Airways® Premier World MasterCard® is being discontinued. The exact date is still unknown, but with American finalizing their merger process it will disappear any day now. People who have the card will be able to keep it, but it will close for new applicants, so now is a good time to apply for one before the card is gone forever.
Barclays is making a final push to get as many customers as they can before they have to stop offering the card and they are now offering a record-setting 50K signup bonus for the card.
If you applied for a previous offer you can call up Barclays at 866-419-0881 and ask to be matched to the new 50K offer! You may need to ask for a supervisor to get matched.
Even if you have gotten the bonus on the card in the past you can still get the bonus again and best of all, you just need to spend $1 on it to pickup 50,000 miles. You can earn the signup bonus as often as you are approved for the card.
There is an $89 annual fee, though that’s dwarfed by the value of 50,000 miles.
The card is issued by Barclays. They typically pull from your Transunion credit report. Most banks pull from Experian though this does vary by state. If you are NJ or NY based you shouldn’t have almost any credit pulls on your Transunion report if you don’t have Barclays cards. If you are denied you can call reconsideration at 866-408-4064.
USAirways miles will combine with your AAdvantage miles next year.
Cardholders get free baggage on USAirways, a companion pass good for $99 round-trip tickets for up to 2 companions, priority boarding/checking, 25% off in-flight purchases, and a free club pass.
Cardholders also get a 5K discount when redeeming for USAirways flights, though that benefit is slated to be discontinued and be replaced with a 10% rebate on flight redemptions sometime next year.
USAirways has a very generous award chart:
-A flight within the US49 and Canada on USAirways flights is just 20K miles round-trip for cardholders thanks to the 5K mile discount.
-A flight to Hawaii is just 35K miles round-trip for cardholders thanks to the 5K mile discount.
-Off-peak coach awards to the Caribbean for cardholders are just 20,000 miles round-trip and to Europe are just 30,000 miles round-trip if you fly on USAirways. Off peak First Class/Envoy awards to the Caribbean are just 45,000 miles round-trip if you fly on USAirways.
-Round-trip coach to Israel is 80K, business to Israel is 120K, and first class to Israel is 180K. With the card USAirways flights to Israel are 75K in coach and 115K in business. USAirways flies nonstop to Israel from Philadelphia (and you can tag on a flight from anywhere in the US for the same rate). Plus odds are that American will start nonstop service from JFK and/or Miami to Tel Aviv in the near future.
-A first class ticket on Cathay Pacific to Asia with no fuel surcharges normally costs $28,000. It can also be had for just 120K USAirways miles.
Plus with USAirways miles you’ll also get a free stopover. People have booked tickets to Hong Kong with a stopover in Tel Aviv in first class for 120K miles.
A business class ticket to Australia or New Zealand is 110,000 USAirways miles and a first class ticket is 140,000 USAirways miles. Plus you can stopover pretty much anywhere in the world on the way there for as long as you want.
Of course those rates will change in the 2nd quarter of next year when American merger their mileage program with USAirways.
A nice added benefit is that Barclaycard holders can view their FICO 08 score for free via this link:
Despite hundreds and hundreds of credit cards, a top-tier FICO score. You can too, just follow the FAQs!