There’s been a lot of speculating about the US Airways Mastercard lately. If you live in a cave with no internet, then you may not know that American Airlines and US Airways are merging, and it’s been recently announced that the merger will be completed by March 30, 2014.
This led to speculation that the US Airways Mastercard would most likely be disappearing, and that your best bet would be to apply for it before it goes away. Barclays issues the US Airways Mastercard and Citi backs the AAdvantage cards, so it seemed that the US Airways card would die a death soon. This made sense based off of previous mergers, but nothing was announced or made official, so it was all just speculation.
Yesterday, I received this email from US Airways stating that the US Airways Mastercard isn’t going anywhere. Turns out, it will be around for a while.
The email reminded me that I can now book American Airlines flights with Dividend miles, and more importantly, that the card program isn’t going anywhere. I think this is good news. It gives more people the opportunity to apply for the US Airways card and collect some Dividend miles, which will eventually be able to be combined with AA miles.
It’s inevitable that the US Airways Mastercard will be going away at some point, but it appears it won’t be happening anytime soon.
New US Airways Mastercard Offer
The best offer for the US Airways Mastercard has been for 35,000 miles after first spend, waived annual fee, and 10,000 anniversary bonus. Not the greatest offer, but still pretty decent.
However, the Points Guy points out that there’s now another US Airways Mastercard offer worth thinking about. It’s for 40,000 Dividend miles on first purchase!
There’s no anniversary bonus on this offer, but you can receive up to 10,000 more Dividend miles for balance transfers. There is a fee of $10 or 4% to do a balance transfer, but there’s no APR for 15 months. This may or may not make this card a better option for you.
Link: Up to 50,000 US Airways Mastercard
Getting Multiple Barclays Cards
Barclays has become stricter lately on having multiple cards. This is a bummer since they have a lot of killer card offers now, like the Barclaycard Arrival(TM) World MasterCard®, and more recently, the 50,000 offer on the Lufthansa card. You know I want them all.
It used to be the wild wild west and you could have multiple cards of the same version. I actually have two US Airways cards from a couple of years ago.
If you already have a Barclays card in your wallet and you would like to apply for another one, make sure you do some spending on your current card. Jordan didn’t have a problem getting approved for the Arrival while already holding the US Airways card. It had been 6 months since her previous Barclays card application, and she had some activity on her US Airways card.
Also, it’s a best practice now to cancel a current US Airways card and wait at least 6 months before applying for another card, but your miles may vary.
If you have a pending application or want to expedite a Barclays decision, read this post.
The news that the US Airways card isn’t going away is good news. That means you have more time to apply if you haven’t taken advantage of the offer yet. I don’t know how long the new offer will stick, but the other offer has been around for ages, so you will have a decent opportunity either way.
One thing is for sure – Barclays is making it hard to choose on their offers! I’m loving their aggressiveness in the rewards card market.
— Geoff Whitmore