US Airways plays an integral part in pretty much every mileage strategy. I can’t say I’ve ever had a overwhelmingly positive experience on a US Airways flight. Their fleet isn’t really something to write home about. Their international network isn’t something to write home about.
But, they are a member of the Star Alliance. That means you have access to United Airlines flights in the US and carriers like Lufthansa in Europe where you can redeem those miles for great seats to awesome places. And, they’re miles are usually very cheap to acquire. We used to have the Grand Slam, which I’m fairly certain is dead now.
We still have the US Airways World MasterCard. And a whole bunch of different offers for it. There are tons of reports of people holding more than one of these cards at a time and earning a sign-up bonus on each one.
Until yesterday, I was aware of two offers. First, you have the “publicly available offer“, as outlined below:
40,000 Dividend Miles after your first purchase
2 $99 companion tickets
1 US Airways Club day pass
Double miles on all US Airways purchases
$89 annual fee
UPDATE: If you have applied for the publicly available offer (or do so in the future) it appears from one of my readers that you may be able to call Barclays and successfully ask them to waive the annual fee for the first year.
You can also earn 10,000 miles for a balance transfer, but there’s a 3% fee associated with it. And, even though it offers a 0% interest rate for 15 months on the transferred balance, carrying a balance is not a wise decision if you’re going to apply for a bunch of credit cards.
Then, there’s the “Chairman offer“. It’s essentially the same offer as above except the annual fee is waived. It’s supposed to be for Chairman Preferred members of the Dividend Miles program, but there are plenty of successful reports of people without that status using this link and getting the first year free.
But, apparently these two offers aren’t the only ones out there. In the same day, my wife and I both received offers from US Airways for this card in the mail:
A bit of history. I’ve had a US Airways Dividend Miles account for a couple of years, pretty much solely for the Grand Slam promotion they used to have on a yearly basis. I have a decent balance in that account but I don’t openly look for opportunities to accrue Dividend Miles unless it’s a sick deal. My wife has had an account since earlier in the year when I started getting ready to complete the Grand Slam promo for her as well this year. So, she’s never had any transactions in her US Airways account.
Of the two offers above, she actually got the greater one, which is the same as the publicly available offer I note up top. I got the “lighter” offer of the two, with only 30,000 miles after first purchase (and another 10K if I decided I wanted to do a balance transfer). Both offers came with an annual fee of $89, not waived for the first year.
The only reason I can see for the two different offers for people in the same household would be that the issuing bank may think offering someone who’s never applied for the card before (my wife never has) more miles would give her greater incentive to apply. There is a disclaimer in the T&C that says if you’ve applied for the card before you may not be eligible for it again, but in practice many people continue to apply for, and receive this card more than once.
I do receive a referral credit for the publicly available offer up above. Since it’s a fairly new offer there’s not a lot of people who have received the card to verify they were charged an annual fee on their first statement. For those that don’t have an issue with using a link they don’t technically qualify for, the Chairman offer is the better choice since you could at least print a screen shot of the annual fee waiver and complain if you got charged.