I actually already have this card, but since it’s unlikely we’ll see a higher sign-up bonus this year, I’ll be applying for this one for Michelle.
Reasons to consider getting this card:
1. The card doesn’t have a minimum spending threshold to earn the 40,000 miles bonus. You just need to make a purchase.
2. The card actually has some pretty decent benefits:
- 1 companion pass per year. A $99 ticket for up to 2 companions.
- 5,000 mile discount on US Airways award tickets.
- 1 free checked bag on US Airways for up to 4 companions.
- Priority check-in and zone 2 boarding.
- 10,000 EQMs if you spend $25,000 on the card (my favorite benefit).
- 1 US Airways Club pass each year.
- Double miles on all US Airways purchases.
3. If you haven’t applied for this card, it will likely be going away within the next year.
4. US Airways miles can be used for American Airlines flights as well as other oneworld carriers. And, once the two airlines integrate, these will be AAdvantage miles.
Here’s the application link. There are reports of people receiving multiple cards/bonuses, but most credit card companies are tightening up on this.
I’m planning to spend $25,000 on this card in 2014 in the hope that I’ll be able to earn 10,000 EQMs and combine them with my American Airlines EQMs this year for a one-time double dip shortcut to Executive Platinum (earning EQMs on credit cards for both airlines in the same year).
The card does charge a 3% foreign transaction fee, so I wouldn’t use it when traveling internationally. There are a number of cards better fitted for that, including the SPG Amex and the Chase Sapphire card.
I do earn a referral credit if you apply for the US Airways MasterCard. I generally only include referral links for cards I carry or am applying for. I do appreciate your support of my little corner of the internet.