With too dang much bad news, it is nice to see that some of the cards are upping the ante. Recently the The US Airways Premier World MasterCard® bumped its bonus from 30,000 up to 40,000. Let’s review this card quickly so you can see if this card makes the list of cards that you want to get soon.
Benefits of the The US Airways Premier World MasterCard®
There are quite a few features of this card that make it attractive. My four favorite features are:
- 40,000 Dividend Miles after first purchase (and paying the $89 annual fee)
- Free Checked Bag for all flights booked on US Airways for yourself and up to 4 companions on the same itinerary. (New Benefit)
- Redeem flights for 5000 fewer miles on USAirways. (This benefit ends at the end of 2014)
- One Companion certificate good for up to two guests on USAirways operated flights for up to $99 each plus taxes and fees. (This benefit ends at the end of 2014)
Many of the other features are great, but definitely not something that gets me excited like a Thanksgiving dinner:
- One Complementary USAirways Club day pass (Kinda cool walking in there being the youngest guy in the mix)
- Check in at First Class Counter
- Priority Boarding
- Some deal on balance transfers (please avoid doing this)
What does 40,000 Dividend Miles Get Me?
You’ve probably seen offers for 50, 60, or even 100k miles in the past, so this one won’t knock your socks off, but it will get you excited when you see how far it can take you. Their award chart is pretty standard, but has a few sweet spots.
What really makes the 40k points cool is the fact that you have the 5k point reduction on all reward travel.
That means that a trip to Central America or the Caribbean would only cost you 30,000 Dividend Miles. That’s pretty sweet. You can see how the 5000 point discount really helps lower how many points your flight will require.
When was the last time you spent $89 for two flights within the United States?
I know. I know. You’re depressed about paying the $89 annual fee that is NOT waived for the first year. There isn’t much worse than paying something for nothing, but that isn’t the scenario when it comes to this card.
What Credit Report does BarclayCard use?
We’ve talked about credit in the past, so don’t let me bore you with all of the details, but there are three different credit bureaus:
You want to make sure that your credit pulls are as equally distributed as possible amongst the three bureaus. Most of the cards pull from Experian, but BarclayCard usually uses TransUnion, which is great because it helps with the distribution of your credit pulls.
For more information, check out our page about how becoming a worldwanderluster can affect your credit.
Current Offer for the US Airways Premier World MasterCard
The The US Airways Premier World MasterCard® is on its way out the door. When the merger is completed between American Airlines and US Airways, this card will disappear. As many cards only allow you to pick up the bonus one time per card, it is definitely worth considering this card now before it disappears.
NorthWest Airlines and Continental Airlines are now gone. So are their credit cards. As the airlines work toward consolidation there are less cards to get out there. Don’t let an offer pass you by that you wish you would have scored.