Barclays may be a London-based bank, but they’re hungry for the US market, too.
Since acquiring Juniper credit cards in 2004, Barclays has had a presence in the US. But over the past year or two, they have really been accelerating their marketing efforts
In addition to bolstering advertising of their co-branded US Airways MasterCard, Barclaycard has launched several of their own bank-branded credit cards.
Here’s a review of the best Barclays credit cards for 2014…
US Airways Premier World MasterCard
This is the second most popular MasterCard from Barclays. Since US Airways is the smallest of the major airlines, you don’t see it advertised as much as others like the Delta SkyMiles.
- You earn 2 miles per dollar on US Airways purchases. All other purchases are 1 mile per dollar.
- One of the most popular benefits is the companion airfare certificate you get for having the card. You get this not just for one, but two companions. Their airfare is only $99 each (plus taxes/fees) with the purchase of normal priced tickets. For example if you’re a family of 4, you could buy 2 regularly priced tickets and then use certificates to get 2 seats for your kids at $99 a piece.
- When flying on US Airways, cardholders get to check in at the first-class counter and board the plane early during Zone 2 boarding.
There is one drawback to be aware of with all of these cards – they have relatively high interest rates. Really you should only apply for them if you’re the type of person who pays their bill in full. If not, a Barclays credit card won’t be the best choice for you.
This post was written or last updated October 8, 2014