Final Gasp For USAirways Credit Card: 50,000 Mile Signup Bonus For Spending $1!

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Update: Offer expired!

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.

Barclaycard 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 Barclaycard 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 Barclaycard. 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 Barclaycards.  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.

Or you can try booking a 40K award to Israel and South Africa like this (and other) DD readers have done.  Or fly in first class to South America for 60K like DDF member jaywhy…

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.

Links for your reference:
USAirways Award Chart
USAirways OneWorld Award Chart
USAirways Other Partner Award Chart
USAirways Award Fees
USAirways OneWorld and Non-Alliance Partners

Of course those rates will change in the 2nd quarter of next year when American merger their mileage program with USAirways.

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Anonymous

I just applied for the us airways card a few weeks ago and made a purchase but that bonus was only 40,000 miles. Is there any way that I can get this promotion of 50,000 miles?

eli

any way to avoid the annual fee?

Yossi

@Dan , would a 50,000 american airlines credit card from citibank be just as good , especially considering no fee first year ?

Dan

@Anonymous:
People have been having success calling up to get matched to 50K!

@eli:
You can call and ask but you’ll probably have to close the card to get that back.

@Yossi:
Good card, but not nearly as good or time-critical.

1. That card is always 50K, this card never is.
2. That card has a much higher spend hurdle, this is just $1.
3. That card is much harder to churn.
4. That card isn’t being discontinued very shortly like this one is, so there’s no particular rush.
5. That card pulls from Experian instead of Transunion.

Justin

Hey Dan,

I got the Arrival Plus on September 26 (first Barclaycard).

How long would you recommend to wait until I apply for the US Airways? Is applying now (<3 months) too soon?

Ns

I signed up a few days ago for the 40k bonus. If I call do you think they will give me the extra 10k?

Wiz23

I signed up on Sunday and got denied because I had the card 4 months ago .

AD

T&C say only available to “first-time cardmembers”. FWIW…

Jack

Will these mile transfer and become AAdvantage miles after the merger is complete?

Dani

Grrrrr… I just signed up 2 days ago…guess I’ll try to SM after I get card and make an account.

RD

Can these points be exchanged for cash? What kind of points are they?

Welder

I did a 3BM from Barclays 3 months ago. Is it worthwhile/”safe” to apply for this now? My score (that they showed me) is currently 731.

Wiz23

Very disappointing and the app dept said that just bec u had the card before shouldn’t affect you from getting approved again but apparently the credit department had a different feeling!

with eli

I’m with eli any wag to avoid the annual fee ?

Dan

@Justin:
You should be able to get it now, but YMMV as always and be prepared to Recon.

@Ns:
People have been reporting success.

@Wiz23:
Call Recon?

@AD:
Not enforced, trust me.

@Jack:
Yes.

@Dani:
Call.
Speak to a supervisor if needed.

@RD:
A broker would give you cash if that’s what you want.

@Welder:
Why wouldn’t it be safe?

@with eli:
See what I told him.

Wiz23

@with eli: when you speak with them they will make it clear that this af pays for all the benefits that come with the card just wait to points hit and af hits and then cancel .

T

Dan,

Do you recommend signing up for the Offer with 10K anniversary? It says you need Preferred status? Is that necessary?

Shaya

Can we do a 3BM on this?

Avi

Can I use the card to get the miles then cancel before they charge me the annual fee. And still keep the miles?

Dan

@T:
What’s the signup bonus?

@Shaya:
Tough with Barclays, but you can try.

@Avi:
You never lose miles that are already in an airline account just for closing a card.

dans the man

what other cards should i do a 2bm or 3bm?

blue

I just got accepted for 40k yesterday. What should I do?

You

Can we do 3bm with this? If so would it be worth other Barclay. Cards or any mix.?

Deal Guy

I got the US Airways card a year ago with 30K.

Can I sign up again and get the bonus with a new card?

wiz23

will that work? you think i have a case? because credit is excellent.

Dan

@dans the man:
Arrival?
Another USAirways?

@blue:
Call.

@You:
Barclays is tough to MBM.

@Deal Guy:
Yes.

@wiz23:
Of course.
I always Recon to get my cards approved.
Read the FAQs: http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/53213

Curious

Assuming you won’t use these points until they merge with AA, are there still any good uses for them?
I thought the best way to fly AA shorthauls is Avios and longer trips with AS miles. Are actual AA miles good for anything?

J

Hi,

are you able to do this application twice at the same time using only internet explorer, will it work with 2 separate tabs or 2 windows? or does this only work if you are using 2 different browsers?

Thanks

Other Dan

I currently have this card (haven’t canceled it); can I now apply for another one? And/or can I close the earlier card and immediately apply for another?

JG

What other barclay cards do u recomend for a multibrowser applications

T
wiz23

btw dan since last February i just hit a half a million (points/miles plus cash)!! thanks!

Anonymous

what do you mean tag on a flight?

sam

just got approved

Dan

@Curious:
Of course they are!

BA is only good for domestic short-haul. BA is awful for most flights to Europe and the middle-east while AA is great.

@J:
Different browsers, same time.

Still Barclays and Citi are both tough with 2BMs.
AMEX and Chase are easier.

@Other Dan:
You can try either way, YMMV.
If you’re approved you’ll get the miles.

@JG:
See comments above.

@T:
Not familiar with that offer, are you preferred?

@wiz23:
Awesome!

@Anonymous:
As a free stopover.

@sam:
Congrats!

Anonymous

can you book one way award flights?

Timmy

Is the AA award chart to us49/Europe/Israel the same as usairways ? Or should these miles be used ASAP ?

David

Dan who do I call to be matched ?
Chase or us airways

David

I’m sorry Barclays or us airways

Welder

Re: I mean is it worthwhile to apply now, with the short time since my last 3BM and my current score, or will I prob get denied and end up hurting my score?

Dave

@Dan

Do I have to use the miles before the card is being discontinued or the miles will be automatically transferred to aadvantage account?

Dan

@Anonymous:
You will be able to Q2 2015.

@Timmy:
They are not the same.

@David:
Barclays, number on the back of your card.

@Welder:
YMMV.
If you are a good talker though the sky is the limit with Recon.

@Dave:
They will be automatically merged with AA miles by Q2 2015.

Shaya

@Avi:
Tried, and i got approved on the second so the other 2 came up the i have already submitted an application

Timmy

What’s usairways & AA rules regarding combining accounts from spouses ? If I want to do 1 booking using all the miles.

Dan

@Shaya:
Can try for another card, but MBM is tough.

@Timmy:
You can’t combine like that, but why do you need to?

Shaya

Can i also make a credit card on my 1 year old baby?

Yoss

Hi dan,
Would they let u cancel the card within 30 days so u don’t have to pay the annual fee and keep the signup bonus?
Thanks.

Approved

My husband and I were both just approved – thanks, Dan!

Curious

@Dan:
But wouldn’t it be less miles to use AS to book a trip to Europe/Middle East than AA?

Eric

@DAN

Can you combine secondary and primary card members and dividend accounts? In other words, if my wife has aadvantage with 60,000 citi gold bonus points, and I have this card with 50,000 bonus points (we’re both secondary users for each other), can we combine the miles? Thanks!

T

Hey Dan,

I’m not preferred. Check ou fm’s CC page

Yid

Dan,
When next year will they officially combine the AA miles with the US miles? will it show up all in one account?

Dan

@Yoss:
All banks give at least 30 days from when the fee is billed to cancel and not pay a fee.

@Approved:
Congrats!

@Curious:
No, in fact AA charges much less for many routes, depends for what though.

@Eric:
All miles are accumulated in the primary cardholders mileage account.
Your AA and USAir miles will combine, but spouses miles don’t combine.

AA allows for one-way awards anyway, so why would you need to combine anyway?

@T:
I have no experience with that, sorry!

@Yid:
Sometimes between March and June.
Yes.

MN

If I close the card after getting the bonus, will they refund my annual fee?

Dan

@MN:
If you spend the $1 right away then you’ll get the 50K on your first statement.

All banks allow 30 days from when you are billed for the annual fee to cancel and get back the fee.

But if you don’t have the card you’ll lose the perks like free bags and the 5K award discount or 10% award rebate.

Cindy S.

Just applied, and so did hubby, we both got it!
Thanks Dan!

Yoss

Dan,
What about the companion certificate after the merge? would AA honor it?
Also is it worth to apply for the companion certificate plus 99$ for a ticket to israel or taxes fees.. Are expensive?
Thanks.

Timmy

If I’m booking for my whole family. Do they let use 2 mileage accounts for 1 booking or am I supposed to do 2 separate bookings ?

chaim

instant approval!

Dan

@Cindy S.:
Congrats!

@Yoss:
It says it’s valid until 12/31/15, so they should honor it.
But it’s only for US48+Canada.

@Timmy:
Either is fine.

@chaim:
Congrats!

gswannabe

Just got approved for the 40k offer 2 days ago. After speaking to a supervisor they gave me another 10k.

Dan

@gswannabe:
Well done!

Eric

@Dan:

I guess to be able to use 110,000 miles in one shot. I gotta come to one of your seminars when you get to the DC Metro area one day (hopeful) to understand the best way to use all the miles we have.

Dani

Should I wait to call and ask for extra 10k miles after getting the card or call now?

Dev

Hi-the companion tickets are $99 for anywhere in the world?

Dani

Lol guess I’ll try calling now 😉

Welder

How long to think this offer will be around? Can I wait until next week? That’s when my 3 month anniversary from last Barclays application is.

Thank you for all your help and responses.

kyle

Dan,

If I currently have a US Airways card can I still apply for this?

Novo

Pardon the long post.
I just got matched to this offer so I have 10k pending miles to be posted on the statement closing date 12/11
If I downgrade now to the lower US card (so I can get another 50k) will I fortify my pending miles or it’ll still post since it’s still a US card.

Yaakov

Is there any way I can avoid the annual fee without canceling the card?

wiz23

called recon got approved! thanks. it was for 40k though spoke with CS they said since i did app online and now there is an offer for 50k they are going to honor it and he gave me a case number and said a letter should be sent 7-10 days.

Joe

Does this card work with serve?

ben

If I got this card a year ago and still have it…. can I sign up for a new card and if yes do I use the same ffn or make a new one? Thanks.

Ben

Can you make a stopover each way?

For example can I go JFK -> LAX -> HNL and back stopping either in LA again or some other city like Las Vegas?

Anonymous

can I combine my and my wife’s bonus? is it a good or bad idea to open on my kids cards to built their credit, while they are still young??

don

i know this was sort of asked before, but is there anyway to get approved for a 2nd card. also, if you cancel the card would they take away the miles. or how do you ensure the miles stay in your account… Just learning this in the last couple months sorry

Danny

I understand that the banks allow 30 days to cancel and not pay the annual fee, however it does state specifically that you get rewarded after first purchase and “after paying annual fee”. So how can we still get the miles without paying?

M&M

Is ‘Barclay cards’ and ‘Barclay US online banking’ connected?

rebate 10% to last?

1. 10% rebate sounds great, will it stay 2015 after merge?
2. had 4 chase cc, closed one, downgraded another. now have 3 personal cards. ok to close one yr from open (af)- what would be the impact?
better to downgrade again?
how churnable is chase?

Wondering

I applied while I still have the card and got “reviewing your app” they said they will let me know in 10 days. Is it too late to cancel the other card now? Should I just wait and see what happens?

Eli

@Joe:
Yes

Anonymous

@Dan:
I heard from a freind that have downgraded his card an they gave Him back the annual fee an let him stay with the points

Mahyar

Do transunion credit pulls not affect your score as much as experian pulls? Or what is the benefit that this pulls from transunion?

Dan

@Eric:
Once it goes to one-ways you’ll be able to.

@Dani:
Either.

@Welder:
No clue, sorry.

@kyle:
You can.

@Novo:
Dunno, ask them?

@Yaakov:
Ask for it to be waived or ask to downgrade the card.

@wiz23:
Congrats!
Recon is an essential tool.

@ben:
Yes.
Same FFN is fine.

@Ben:
You can only stopover more than 24 hours once.

@Anonymous:
Can’t combine with spouse, but you can book for each other.

@don:
You don’t lose miles that are in an airline account just for closing a card.

@Danny:
Not enforced, miles post on the first statement if you spend $1.

@rebate 10% to last?:
1. It will come with the merge.
2. Downgrade and apply again?

@Wondering:
Call Recon and ask for it to be bumped to 50K.

@Anonymous:
Yup.

@Mahyar:
Because other banks don’t check it often, so it won’t affect getting other cards and won’t be affected if you have applied for other cards.

first time cc

Hi, can someone please explain what this means:
“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”

denied

Currently we are unable to offer you a credit card issued by Barclays Bank Delaware. Details on why we could not make you a credit offer will be mailed to you.

—anyway to get around this to get the offer? Or bring up credit before trying again—

TravCam

Hey Dan how bad will my credit hit if I apply for this card after getting the chase ink and freedom less than 2 months ago? is it worth it?

Dan

@first time cc:
It means it won’t affect your ability to get other cards at all.

@denied:
Call Recon.

@TravCam:
I have dozens of pulls, hard pull made up a very small amount of your score.
Read the FAQs: http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/53213

jake

the link says 40k plus af?

e

on round 2. so far no match. the best I got so far was 5000 additional points when I spend 1k.

Matt

Dan, do you have some reliable insider information about the card going away “any day now” or is this just an assumption? Some sites warn it might go away by December 31 or before, while others suggest it will be sometime later in the first quarter of 2015. Do you think someone who has recently been declined for the card (a second one) due to already having one US Air card (but has since canceled it to qualify again) can qualify for this or not likely due to the recent declined application not due to poor credit but instead for already having the card?

I am just curious if you are hearing that affiliate links to the offer from bloggers are going away on X date in 2014 and that is why you think the card will be pulled after that date and thus the immediate urgency to apply RIGHT NOW. Any further insight would be appreciated. Thanks.

Moshe

Is there a way to get approved for a second card after you got approved the first time

rebate 10% to last?

1. what makes you certain aa will honor US perks after merge?
2. how soon can apply again? if downgraded, would not become an issue when re apply? best options to downgrade to? (currently ahs one freedom, best second freedom or any better UR choice?
is there still sapphire no fee version available?

Dan

@jake:
Says 50K for me.

@Matt:
I’ve heard that the card will be pulled in 2014, but I don’t have insider info.

Nor do I know when any affiliate links will end, sorry.

@Moshe:
When were you aprproved?

@rebate 10% to last?:
1. The 10% is an AA perk and will only start Q2 next year
2. What does Chase have to do with this post? Anyway if you downgrade Sapphire Preferred to Freedom or non-preferred you can apply right away again.

high end hobo

thanks dan, i finally got around to getting this card. (and its 50k miles)
enjoy the referral bonus

youG

I applied for 2bm and it says for this car they are “Reviewing my app” and other got accepted.
Should i call recon now or wait until they make a decision?

Dan

@high end hobo:
Enjoy the 50K!

@youG:
Call now.

deniedfollowup

@Dan: what is the number for recon

e

woo hoo. Got a supervisor this time and he put in a 10k adjustment. I wonder if the 5k after spending 1000 is still there?

Chuck

If I currently have the card and apply will I get the bonus? What can I do to get the bonus again? Thnx

Dan

@deniedfollowup:
Read the post.

@e:
Awesome.
I don’t see why it wouldn’t be.

Shmulie

I just got an arrival plus 3 weeks ago is it too soon to apply for this?

Round two

When applying a second time, can I use the same usair mileage account number? Or better to sign up for new usair account?

kyle

@Dan: Will I get the miles even though I already have one card? Chances of approval?

sara

@dan. I applied for this card last december, was approved, received the card but never activated it and I have no idea where it is. what would be your suggestion? reapply? call and tell them that I never activated and request a new card and request current bonus?
Thank you @dan for all your constant informative posts!!

moshe

@Dan: i was approved about an hour ago

first time cc

Dan – ive never had a credit card before and have absolutely no line of credit and i was just denied for the united chase card. if this credit pull wont affect anything else are you saying its worth a try?

moshe

@moshe: but it said

“Our records indicate that you have already submitted 1 application(s) in the past 30 days. Please do not submit another application. Information about the status of your previous application(s) will be mailed to you by the bank as soon as possible.”

I was approved, but would like to do an additional card

Yaakov

Approved! Thank you Dan!

joe

why does it not work for Iowa residents

rebate 10% to last?

Thanks Dan, I apologize for OT.
So downgraded Shapphire to Freedom, what would another card be downgraded to? best to downgrade to?
Thank you

Thingy

I applied 2 days ago..for confirmation of app… Checked status and app doesn’t exist… tried calling last night… Rep could help said to call back during reg hours… Any clue why app is not showing up?

ygift

dan I just got approved but then I applied for the aa card and that one is saying they still need time after I called . any idea what to do besides just calling?

Mort

A flight to Israel is 80,000 points roundtrip. Does anyone know how much taxes would be?

2 bm

apply for 2 usairways with a 2 bm would work?
thanks

Lauren

Got the following message (never been denied before and go excellent credit) — Thank you for your recent application. We’re in the process of reviewing the information you provided for your US Airways Premier World MasterCard application.

Please keep in mind it may take up to 10 business days to process your application. There is no need to reapply. If you provided an email address, we will send you an email upon review of your application. Please feel free to check back as this page will display the most recent status updates.

I have the barclay arrival plus open for just over a year now and I am a secondary on my husband’s card for this offer, any reason? Should I wait for their 10 day review or call?

free bags

i usually use BA miles for short haul AA flights, after the 2Q2015 merge, can i get a free bag on those flights if i show this card? not clear how the free bags works…thanks as always dan!

henche

got it. thanks dan

Didn’t even need to call to get matched. The link itself worked. (that was so I could get linked on the CTLYS thread, but in all honesty I was a bit confused when I first read it)

C

@ dan If I currently have the card and apply will I get the bonus? What can I do to get the bonus again? Thnx

C

@dan a little more info I had the card for 4-5 months

qsman

Mi shebarach avoseinu….hu yevorach es Harav Hagoon Dan ben Deals v’es kol mishpachto v’chol hakahal hakoooooodesh hazeh….baavoor sheh Harv Dan yeetain harbe “Deals” vitzkeh l’ zillions of miles im kol ha followers vnomar OOOOOMEIN!!!!

Snagged a card and I was floored with the credit line…

Mutty

If I and my wife each get a card can our 50,000×2 miles be combined?

Jeremy

I have insufficient credit history and am nervous about getting declined again. I have never had a Barclay card before. What are the chances of me getting approved this time?

Thanks

Eli O

Hi Dan, So basically, after the merge with American some/none of these benefits (e.g. free baggage, companion pass, priority boarding/checking and free club pass) will still be applicable? Thanks.

Jeremy

@2 bm: should work if you use 2 different browsers at the same time

ExGingi

Thank Dan.

I’ve been debating whether or not to get this card for a while. With this post of your I figured I’ll give it a try for one year.

While I’ve had instant approvals in the past, I think this was the fastest I’ve ever seen. seems to have taken less than 10 seconds (maybe even less than 5 seconds) to be approved with 20k line.

Now how do I get additional US miles so make this useful? SPG? MR? UR?

Dan

@Shmulie:
YMMV, depends on your Recon skills.

@Round two:
Same is fine.

@kyle:
Yes, depends on your Recon skills.

@sara:
Lol, never been in that situation before.
Call them and see what the status of it is?

@moshe:
Probably need to apply for a diff card.

@first time cc:
You can try, but YMMV based on your recon skills.

You might want to read this first: http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/53213

@Yaakov:
Congrats!

@joe:
News to me.

@rebate 10% to last?:
Another Freedom?

@Thingy:
Call again today?

@ygift:
Not much you can do with Citi.
But you can get this card as well and the miles will merge.

@Mort:
Depends on the routing.
Nonstop will be under $100.

@2 bm:
YMMV.

@Lauren:
Call now.

@free bags:
That should work.

@C:
If you’re approved, yes.

@qsman:
Lol

@Mutty:
No, but you can use the miles for each other.

@Jeremy:
76.49%

@Eli O:
Free baggage and boarding will be around as will the 10% award rebate.

@ExGingi:
Congrats!

Starwood points transfer to USAir and American.

Anonymous

@Dan: Thanks for your response 🙂
They told me I’ll get the points but still, DROPR?
Another question. Will I have an easier time to get approved if I downgrade to Arrival rather than the lower version US?

yair

just got flat out rejected…opened previous one in October…

Dovid

Dan,
Just closed the card on Monday. How long should I wait to reapply? Thanks!

Yoni C

Are these miles good for anything other than flying? like hotel? or can you transfer them to other airlines like jet blue?

artie

Does the free baggage benefit also apply to AA flights as well now? or is it US Aiways only?

jeremy

@Dan: you’re too funny Dan. Ill try, see what happens.

Thanks

Abe

1) When they combine their FF programs (AA AND US) will this card stay a barclay’s card, or they will change it to a Citi AA card

2) currently this card has a 10K anniversity bonus which more then pays for the 89.00 AF, will this bonus go away when combined?

Lauren

@Dan:

Thanks Dan, got approved for 5K credit limit (no that I needed more, husband got 10K). Thanks!

Dan

@Dovid:
YMMV.

@Yoni C:
You never fly American or USAir?
Sell em to a broker?

@artie:
For now it’s US only but it will be extended to AA soon.

@jeremy:
GL.

@Abe:
1. It will remain a Barclays card.
2. If you have a bonus offer like that it will remain.

@Lauren:
Congrats!

sara

THANKS @dan. Called them, account had been closed. Reapplied online. Instant Approval – 12,500 limit (hopefully, ill only use the $1.00 for the bonus). Could you also please advise me. I now have Chase Saphire, Freedom, Southwest Airlines, British Air, United and Ink. Many nice bonus awards for applying. Can you advise me on what to do now? Do I leave them all open and not spend? Do I spread around the spending for the category points? I would like to raise my credit score steadily. I have read many of your blogs but I am still not sure what to do. Thanks once again Dan.

sara

I also have a Starwoods Amex with an extremely low spending limit (2100) I pay any cc I have in full every month and have no balances. I still do not understand why I have so much open credit with Chase and Amex is still so stingy. Thanks @dan

first time cc

what do you mena by recon skills?

Dan

@sara:
Congrats!
Don’t forget to use it this time 😀

Spend on whichever offers you the most points for the transaction and downgrade/close the rest.

@first time cc:
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/53213

Steve

I got approved…Thanks dan!!
Is there a site that could tell me how to take advantage and maximize the points on the card ?

tziporah

I just applied and havent gotten my card yet. I called and asked if I can get the extra 10k and the woman said no problem immediately. Just pay the year fee and put one credit on it “even as little as a cup of coffee” and the miles will be in my account.
THANKS DAN!

Dan

@Steve:
I talked about the best ways to use them in this post 😀

Otherwise, DDF is a great place to discuss stuff like that, http://forums.dansdeals.com/

@tziporah:
Congrats!

DXD

I recently got the Lufthansa 50k offer (last month). What’s the recommended time to wait to apply for this one?

My wife already has one (from about a year ago). Is the right strategy to cancel that one or re-apply? I recall that the previous USAir Cards can be downgraded (so they are not seen as USAir cards). Is there a consensus on that?

Daniel

I thought I remember seeing that if you received a signup bonus from this card within the past 18 months then you cannot get any more signup bonus points if you apply again during that timeframe?

Dan

@DXD:
There’s no set timeframe, you can apply now and talk to Recon right away.

You can downgrade first and then apply if you want.

@Daniel:
That was the Citi AA Executive card.

Anonymous

Thanx Dan. Just racked up 150k miles using your link. We’ll both enjoy. Have a great one.

one min....

@Dan
if one calls them and asks them that the fee is not able to be paid do you think they will wave it just to keep you as a customer?
if not hiw can I cancel the fee within 30 days Will it not hurt my credit to cancel… and If I let the card be for 3 months or later can I cancel then not to pay the fee?

first time cc

Can someone please explain what you mean by recon skills

recon?

what does recon mean?

Mahyar

I’ve gotten some misleading comments on this thread. Can we apply 2bm for this US airways card or it will raise a red flag? Do i even have anything to lose since it will be 1 credit pull anyways. Thanks!

jeannie

Called and was on phone for an hour, no one would give me the miles until finally a customer service supervisor gave it to me.

KG

Dan,

I signed up for this last Jan and only made one purchase on the card since, and never closed it. I just signed up for the card again and got “we are reviewing- give us 10 days.” message. What can i possibly tell Recon. about why I need another card when I already have one and don’t use it????

eli

do you get 50k per card holder?

David

Dan,is downgrading the card after I pay the annual fee an get my point an option to get back the annual fee ?

Mo

Dan,
Need to make a 10k business purchase in the next 2 weeks- figure I might as well make it worthwhile with a cc spending threshold. What’s the best cc bonus offer out there for that kind of spending that I can sign up for?

approved x 2

me and my wife just got approved for 50K points each, can the points be sold? how much can i get for them?

Moshe

Hey Dan. Appreciate all your help and advice.
I don’t have an AAdvantage account. I just create one and transfer my US airways miles over whenever I want?

peace123

US airways is doing ALL it can to get new customers for its CC and will retain existing customers. We both called about AF in 2 months. Quick calls resulted in 5k miles and annual fee waiver credit for $1k spend on both of our cards.

Ivana

If I got the Arr+ on 9/29, should I bother applying for this now?
It hasn’t been 91 days and I’m afraid of the rejection (after the pull 🙁 )

Any info is much appreciated.

carder

Dan, what would they do for 2BMs?

sambee

when they are converted in Q2 2015 to AAdvantage miles, will it be at a 1:1?

Dan

@Anonymous:
Congrats!

@one min….:
Cancelling doesn’t have to hurt your credit:
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/53213

@first time cc:
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/53213

@recon?:
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/53213

@Mahyar:
Unless your quick it’ll probably be flagged as a duplicate.

@jeannie:
Congrats!

@KG:
Downgrade/close the old one?

@eli:
You get 50K for everyone who applies for the card, sure.

@David:
That or asking for it to be waived or asking to cancel.

@Mo:
http://www.dansdeals.com/go/InkPlus1/

@approved x 2:
Call a broker and ask?

Should be $600-$700 or so for 50K.

@Moshe:
They will transfer automatically Q2 2015.
If you don’t have an AA account they’ll make one for you.

@peace123:
Nice!

@Ivana:
There’s no need at all for 91 days.

@sambee:
Yes.

shmuli92

what about canceling the card after the first month? just to get the miles will work.

EQM?

Any way to still get EQMs from spending on this card?

david

Thanks Dan is there anyway to merge points between spouses as for the SPG or UR?

Dani

@shmuli92: you need to pay your first bill along with the annual fee in order to get the miles posted. if you cancel before paying both of those things they wont post.

Dan

@shmuli92:
Read the previous comments.

@EQM?:
I’m not sure if those are still offered.

@david:
SPG and UR can.
Airlines never can.

@Dani:
Not true.
Miles will post when the statement prints before you pay.

Dan's the Man

I had a applied 3.5 months ago. I called. The person said no. I asked to speak to a manager. The manager said technically now but she’d give me a bonus 5,000 miles.

Anonymous

@Dan:
Why do you say so ?
My united mileage plus I have downgraded for an non annual fee an it’s an airline

Brian

Data point:
I have an open US Airways card and just got approved for another instantly.

Dan

@Anonymous:
When I respond to someone you can click on that name to see which comment I’m responding to.

Try that out…

@Brian:
Nice!

yossi

dan,i got declined yesterday but today over the phone i got approved will i get the 50k automatically? or i have to call them?

Moshe

Thanks Dan. Just spoke to US Airways. Told them I got 40k a few months ago. Asked for an additional 10k. They gave me a ‘case number’ and said the points will be added after next billing cycle.

Dan

@yossi:
You need to call and ask to be matched to the new 50K offer.

@Moshe:
Well done.

Nolad

I would like to do a 2BM with the 2nd one being the Avios card.
Is it realistic to get another Avios while I currently have an existing one?

Sheri

Dan
when applying for 2nd one do you enter your old us dividend number or they automatically give new dividend no.? I want all miles under one dividend account.. Lastly is it necessary to close old card in order to get new one? Thanks

Josh

@Shaya:

Had the same issue. Just call recon & try one at a time.

Good luck!

Andrew

Will this card also offer 10,000 mile every year?

Dan

@Nolad:
A 2BM is 2 cards from the same bank.
The BA card is issued by Chase, so that would not be a 2BM.

Also Chase isn’t likely to give you 2 of the same card.

@Sheri:
Old number is fine for Barclays.

You are able to get approved for a new USAirways card even if you have one now, but YMMV.

@Andrew:
No.

Josh

@Dan:
I applied only 5 days ago & waiting for the card to arrive. Do you think I should be applying now for their business CC? Why don’t you mention their business CC at all?

sara b

at what point next year will these miles combine with AA? Looking to book a flight to Europe and my miles are scattered all over the place.

Yoni C

that means if I book a ticket for florida, and I want to bring 2 companions it’s only$99 each person round trip for them to come on flight with me? or is it $99 each way

approved x 4

Applied for me, my wife and my 4 adult children; Instant approval for 4, needs further review on 2! Not bad: 200k miles for $356!, hopefully will get other 2!

Dan

@Josh:
Is there a 50K offer for the business cc?

@sara b:
Sometime between March and June.

@Yoni C:
Round-trip!

@approved x 4:
Congrats and good luck!

shmuli92

@Wiz23: i Wanted to know you said.. “when you speak with them they will make it clear that this af pays for all the benefits that come with the card just wait to points hit and af hits and then cancel .”
so do i pay the annual fee get the points then call up to cancel and they will give back the $89 and i will stay with the points?

thingy

I called back. The credit departmen found the app and got approved, however they said app is for 40k. Can I call customer service if I don’t yet have the card? Im worried the 50k offer will be over by the time I receive it…

rabbim

@Dan, in #35 you say Chase and Amex are easier to MBM. As 2 data points, I correctly did each one, yet both failed. AmEx gave me a fraud alert and when I cleared it, they waited 5 days before pulling a second credit report and approving the 2nd card. Chase rejected as “too many requests for credit” http://postimg.org/image/nans78nib/ . I am currently working through the reconsideration process.

Dan

@shmuli92:
Read the previous comments, been answered 100 times.

@@thingy:
CS can add the extra 10K once you’re approved.

@rabbim:
You can easily the dispute the 2nd pull from AMEX, just call experian.
And it’s very feasible to work through Chase Recon.

hs

Thanks for the info – just applied and got approved for my spouse and myself. Thanks again.

Dan

@hs:
Congrats!

thingy

@Dan: Thanks.

Australia

Dan….. We need to go to Australia.. Which cc is good for airline tickets to Australia. If I open this card can I open another card in the next few weeks?

Moshe

Are the points able to be sold if ya do u know a rough amount and how long will it take after my $1 purchase for me to get the points

question

just got a delta gold amex 4-5 months ago as my 2nd cc ever.. I have good (not excellent but in 700 range) credit and want to keep it like that. Is it a bad idea to apply for this card and close it after the miles are credited to my acct? What do you suggest?

Donor

@shmuli92:
From post 55:

If you spend the $1 right away then you’ll get the 50K on your first statement.
All banks allow 30 days from when you are billed for the annual fee to cancel and get back the fee.
But if you don’t have the card you’ll lose the perks like free bags and the 5K award discount or 10% award rebate.

rabbim

@Dan Thanks! called Experian protectID 877-534-6999.and they told me AmEx has to remove it. HUCA to Experian at 855-246-9409, waited on hold a while and they said they will remove it. Proof of HUCA!

mh

The companion is 2 additional to the cardholder flying for over $250 ticket at $99 each?

So if a ticket is $400 round trip – it would cost $600 to fly 3 people instead of $1,200?

How is the availability with companion ticket – as long as their are open seats or you have to through some portal that will give you 3 connections to get to your destination similar to citi’s companion?

David L

just got approved. thanks!

Would like to apply again while 50k is out. How long should I wait till next app? Besides this today, havent applied since earlier this year when Ink was 60k.

Will $99 companion cert still go on when merge happens? When this card is converted?

Dan

@Australia:
Any miles can get you there, just a matter of getting some cards more than once.

@Moshe:
I’d figure 50K would sell for $600-$700.

Miles post on the first statement after you spend $1.

@question:
Why close it right away?

@rabbim:
No prob.

@mh:
There are blackout dates, but yes, that would work.

You shouldn’t need to take multiple connections.

@David L:
Congrats!
Probably need to wait 30 days to apply for another of the same card if you didn’t 2BM it.

The cert will be valid until next December.

mh

so you call them with the voucher or you can book it online & you would see if there was availability?

Oliv

@dan Sorry if this was already asked, but how long can companions travel for $99? for the life of the card or limited to a year?

Deal GUY

Instant Approval on card

Already had a card from last year

SB

Thanks Dan ! Applied and was approved after calling recon for a $4500 limit. Does this indicate that its not a Premier World MC ? Will I still receive the 50K miles If it’s not a Premier World card ?

Oliv

Also will the free bags work when they switch to AA?

yosel

dan,i have the card since july, yesterday i applied & got declined i called them today & they told me the terms of this offer is 4 new customers only is something i can do?

Dan

@mh:
Call.

@Oliv:
Once.

@Deal GUY:
Congrats!

@SB:
I’m not seeing anything in the terms about a lower bonus.

@Oliv:
Yes.

@yosel:
DROPR.
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=10531

If you’re approved you’ll get the bonus, period.

Q

Mile professor says companion will disappear in 2015
true?

Donor

Folks, if u plan to cancel within 30 d of the billing date, do this:
1. Pay AF and make at least $1 purchase as soon as physically possible.
2. Call and ask to change your bill closing date to 2-3 days after you do step 1 (to allow it to process).
3. The miles should post soon after the bill closes since the AF was paid and you used the card for a purchase.
4. Once miles post, call and cancel. Apparently they will not take back the miles but they will give back the AF. I don’t know why they would be this generous, perhaps by law they must refund the AF and by US Air rules they must not touch miles once deposited?

JONATHAN

If I already have one do I have a better chance getting a 2nd one if I don’t put my FF# in the application?

Dirah

Any other banks pull from TU reliably?
Bofa Biz?

donor q

and what if cancel 40 days later? wouldnt pro rate?
not planning to, at all. just asking since you started the discussion

Eli

Can the $99 companion pass be used on award flights or can it only be used on paid flights?

Rochel

i just applied and the response i got was that i’ll be notified within 10 days. does that mean a denial? i tried calling but they’re closed now.

Leo M

Contacted Barclays US AirwaysPremier World MasterCard via secure messaging, and they refused me the additional 10K miles, but sure enough, one call to a supervisor and I got the additional 10K miles approved. I originally opened the account last June, so the supervisor was both lenient and supportive. The secure messaging team – not so much. Thanks @Dan

Rlevine

I had the same question a Timmy above. Can I get a card for both my wife and I and then combine the points from both accounts to get 1 ticket to Israel?

Dan

@Q:
I’ll make a post clarifying the ending benefits soon.

@JONATHAN:
No.

@Eli:
Paid.

@Rochel:
Call tomorrow.

@Leo M:
Yup, have to call as I said.
For Chase it’s the opposite.

@Rlevine:
No.
But when the programs merge you’ll be able to book one-ways and 50K will be more than enough for that.

Yisroel

Can I make one for my wife too and then pool them together as 100k miles?

DC

@Deal GUY: Just had the same experience!

Dan

@Yisroel:
That question is answered in the comment above yours as well as literally 10 times in this post.

Ben

Got a card for myself and wife. On the chart it mentions nothing about a 5K discount for cardholders. Where does it say it?

Dr

My AA Account was flagged and shut down a year ago, do you think i should try for this card or i wont be able to open a new AA account?

rlevine

I just noticed that on the application form, there is a place to enter a dividend miles member number. I signed up and already got my number. If I put that on my wife’s application do you know if she’ll still get the 50K points on my dividend account?

RLS

Thanks Dan – just got instantly approved for myself and my husband!

rlevine

One more question. If I cancel before the full year is up, will they prorate the annual fee and refund the difference?

50kmiles

Dan, if I have the Lufthansa miles n more card f/Barclays can I call them up to switch to USAirways and get the miles? Im not in a position to open a new cc now so wondering if that would work?

yosel

dan,at the terms its said: offer is available to new Cardmembers only

Dan

@Ben:
It will be automatically added to your account.

@Dr:
Good question…

@rlevine:
If you try it let us know.

@50kmiles:
Of course not.

@yosel:
If I went through life believing terms instead of trial and error I wouldn’t have accomplished half the things from this post:
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/55340

Be happy people already blazed the trail and are sharing actual experience so you don’t have to do the trial and error yourself…

AJ

Dan,
The following is from “Donor”:
Folks, if u plan to cancel within 30 d of the billing date, do this:
1. Pay AF and make at least $1 purchase as soon as physically possible.
2. Call and ask to change your bill closing date to 2-3 days after you do step 1 (to allow it to process).
3. The miles should post soon after the bill closes since the AF was paid and you used the card for a purchase.
4. Once miles post, call and cancel. Apparently they will not take back the miles but they will give back the AF. I don’t know why they would be this generous, perhaps by law they must refund the AF and by US Air rules they must not touch miles once deposited?

Dan, Do you agree with this?

Daniel

But I am reading straight from the welcome kit

“If this is your first US Airways Mastercard account, once you become a cardmember you are no longer eligible to receive these bonuses for any new US Airways mastercard account you open after this account is opened”

So can I still get the signup bonus for a second card if I just got approved about a month ago? Thanks!

Dan

@AJ:
No need to actually pay the fee to get the miles.

@Daniel:
For the 27th time, they’re not enforced.

LoLo

Was told by rep that they only match the bonus to those approved for the card after November 1, will have to call back and ask for supervisor tomorrow

hf

Do I get free luggage on AA flights as well, also if I am flying on AA can I get access to the club
Thanks

hf

@peace123: how did you manage that? what did you tell them to casue them to waive the fee and give more miles?
ty

W

Dan, no need to pay fee- pls explain how

sun365

Please help –
When do I find the 50K offer so when I speak to them I can reference it?
Thanks

Anonymous

@Dan:

not in my expierence; points only posted for me after you pay annual fee or get it waived; are you sure you are correct?

Dan

@LoLo:
Seems like a memo went out and now they’ll only match if you applied after 11/01.

Still worth a shot though.

@hf:
Not yet.

@sun365:
You just need to mention it.

@Anonymous:
That’s how it was for me.

I don’t really get why $89 is a factor when you’re getting $700 worth of miles to signup and getting nice benefits for keeping the card…

AJ

@Dan: Thanks.

Amusch

Is there a good free Barclays card to switch to instead of cancelling?

Shmuel F

Can these miles be applied to the total cost of the ticket or would I need to buy the miles to make up the total> If the ticket is 100000 miles and I have 60000 would the 60000 apply to reduce the cost.

David L

too late now, but could I have 2bm for 2 of these same cards?

Moshe

I already have an US Airways Dividend Miles credit card in which I received 40,000 miles after spending $1, what do I have to tell them that I should be able to get the 50,000 miles?

Esther Safran

I applied on line & got automatically approved. However, in the approval message it said I was getting only 40,000 miles after spending $3,000. I immediately called and was transferred from one place to another until finally I was told I would get the 50,000 miles but must pay the $89 fee first.

Josh

@Dan:

@Dan: No. The business card is offering only 25k. But, since the US Airways cards are coming to an end, isn’t it worth to apply for the business card as well?

(Writing from Israel…)

Yaakov

Thanks for always providing us with these very helpful, well researched tips.

RN

Thanks for posting this! I now have too many cards with annual fees. I know I’m going to sound ignorant but is there any way to downgrade my Citicard AA gold now that I have this account and they are supposed to merge?

mileagejunkie

Did a 3BM and got approved for USair and Arrival +. Waiting to know for no fee Arrival.

New in town

Sorry if this has been asked alrdy, but i ve never had this card and wouldnt mind applying for 2 cards at the same time (never head any barclays card either). Do you think its too dangerous?

KeepSmiling123

Hey Dan,
Tried ur recon tips but was not approved bc too many cards in short time. Should I HUCA or just wait and try again a few months down the road?

Yoni c

@Dan: Dan do you know of a broker that’s willing to buy usairways miles?

Moshe

I called so many places about selling no one buys us airways do you know of any place even if I won’t very much out of them

Dan

@Moshe:
Just wait until they turn into American miles.
Or use them!

A concerned Yid

Hi Dan,

Do you know if anyone was successful in getting the annual fee waived??

Eli

After I get the bonus points for this card would you say the other benefits justify keeping the card long term and paying the $89 fee annually, or should I downgrade the card before paying the fee and then use that card to get a Hawaiian, lufthansa, or another US Airways if it’s still around in 25 days?

Eli

Also I’m guessing there’s little point in churning the Arrival plus for the sign up bonus when I can spend $10,000 a month on it for free on 2 cards at Target now? (I would prefer to do that on the Everyday Preferred but sadly I haven’t been able to get Amex since my first card was FR’d and shut down because I’m 18 and haven’t filed my first tax return yet).

steph

hey dan is this promo still valid

Dan

@steph:
Sure.

Moshe

@Dan I have went Through the entire blog and read every post. But I still have a question I spent $7 on the card and I got a bill for 96 because of the af. When I asked to waive it they said we can but you won’t get the 50k. They also said the 50k won’t apply till i pay the af(I know u said it’s not enforced) So I paid the minimum $25 for the month. What do I do now to get the miles. If I cancel now I won’t get the miles bec I didn’t pay the rest or pay and after beg for them to give me the af as Credit

AF

@Dan, they will not give you the “welcome offer” without paying the AF. Your miles for purchases, will post, but the 50K will NOT post, unless you pay the AF. I’m not sure if this is new or not. But it’s what they are doing.

mo

Is the card still around?

mo

still around?

Moshe

@mo yes this is still around

B

How can I book tickets with the 50,000 miles?

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