The Barclaycard US Airways card is going away after this week when the US Airways and American frequent flier programs merge, and everyone that has one is going to be issued a new American Airlines card. But Barclays will no longer have the rights to issue *new* American cards, so this is your last chance to get it.
In an effort to ramp up applications before they’re shut out, they’ve increased the sign up bonus from the typical 40,000 miles to 50,000 (after paying $89 annual fee). The other benefits include things like free checked bag, zone 2 boarding, etc.
Getting it now, before it goes away is almost a no brainer because:
- It doesn’t preclude you from getting any sign-up bonus on a Citi-issued card at a later date (or even today).
- The card is going away, so it’s truly your last chance this week.
- The 50,000 miles requires no spend at all (just payment of annual fee).
- Barclays usually pulls your Transunion credit report, which almost no other bank uses (for credit card purposes), so it’s a “free” credit pull.
So, essentially, you’re just buying 50,000 miles for $89–a cost of 0.18 cents per mile–since you’re not really incurring much in the way of an opportunity cost as it pertains to other methods of earning AA miles.
Here’s the Application Link: US Airways Mastercard
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