U.S. Airways MasterCard.

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U.S. Airways MasterCard.

Postby Battery111 » Sun Feb 15, 2015 5:04 pm

This thread may be more appropriate for flyer talk, but I don't have a presence there, and this is my community so I figured I would post it here.

As I've talked about before I travel a fair bit for work, and also love traveling for pleasure. I'm an AA loyalist, and I have their credit card. It's been talked about lately that Citi is cracking down on churning, so hard to get sign up bonuses for an AA card if you've already got one. I found a bit of a loophole to that, but only for longer term.

I realized Barclays is for the time being still offering the U.S. Airways credit card, with a sign up bonus. I don't imagine they will be for much longer, so I decided to grab it. Reasons are twofold. Once my AA and US airways accounts merge soon, these US Airways miles will in fact be AAdvantage miles. Also, as I've said before, I expect the Barclays card to PC to some other product once the U.S. airways contract with Barclays expires. For now it looks like it will PC to a Barclays AA card but I don't see AA maintaining a partnership with two different issuers long term. Assuming AA doesn't decide to switch partnerships to Barclays that is. So, I get some extra AA miles in the relative near term, which I personally find valuable. Longer term at worst I have two AA credit cards and better case I have my AA card with Citi and a decent comparable non-brand specific card with Barclays. Or if they switch partnerships I have a Barclays AA card and a comparable Citi card, like the Thank You. I don't personally have a lot of use for TY points so would likely cancel if that were the case.

Also, as I've stated before I'm military. This skews the AF consideration a bit since Barclays, like AMEX, waives annual fees for active duty. So this card really only costs me an INQ, and my score is strong enough to handle that.

I guess I don't have a question, just wanted to throw that out there for anyone else who, like myself, values AA miles and is looking for a way to boost their account balance. I recently cashed in a ton of miles on two round trip premium cabin seats to Europe later this year so my balance was suffering. Nice to boost it back up.
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Postby CarefulBuilder14 » Sun Feb 15, 2015 5:36 pm

*Editing - might have been wrong a moment ago* - I meant I had heard claims that it would become an Arrival, but upon further reading, it looks like those were just rumors. Barclaycard and US Airways have a complicated contract that won't just be immediately cancelled with the US/AA merger.

It does looks like the Barclaycard US Airways card will, in fact, become a Barclaycard US/AA card. So it is a good way to get some extra AA miles. Citi will soon become the exclusive issuer of new AA cards. Barclaycard will continue to keep their cards in service - they just won't be issuing any new ones after mid-2015.
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Postby Battery111 » Sun Feb 15, 2015 5:45 pm

CarefulBuilder14 wrote:*Editing - might have been wrong a moment ago*


Dang. Now I'll never know what you said . . .
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Postby Battery111 » Sun Feb 15, 2015 6:32 pm

CarefulBuilder14 wrote:*Editing - might have been wrong a moment ago* - I meant I had heard claims that it would become an Arrival, but upon further reading, it looks like those were just rumors. Barclaycard and US Airways have a complicated contract that won't just be immediately cancelled with the US/AA merger.

It does looks like the Barclaycard US Airways card will, in fact, become a Barclaycard US/AA card. So it is a good way to get some extra AA miles. Citi will soon become the exclusive issuer of new AA cards. Barclaycard will continue to keep their cards in service - they just won't be issuing any new ones after mid-2015.


This is my understanding as well. However, I'm guessing that Barclays won't be continuing this partnership with AA indefinitely, at some point I'm assuming the contract with US Air will expire and these cards will be PC'd.

That being said a best case scenario for me is that AA will decide to end their partnership with Citi and go with Barclays instead. This is because as I've mentioned before I have the Executive card with Citi for the Admirals Club membership. With my military status Barclays would likely waive the annual fee for a similar card, but Citi won't since I opened the account after I joined. Also, as I've mentioned, I'm not the type to try to be a martyr because of my career decision and demand everyone give the house away to me. However, I'm also not rich enough to turn down a $450 a year savings if it's offered.
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Postby CarefulBuilder14 » Sun Feb 15, 2015 6:45 pm

One complicating factor is that Barclaycard and Citi don't only have the right to give miles as CC spending rewards. They also negotiate rights to offer perks.

I read somewhere that it would be difficult for AA to let Barclaycard offer a card to rival the Executive, since Citi was previously able to negotiate the exclusive right to offer AC access. So for AC access, I think you'll have to keep the Citi card.
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Postby Battery111 » Sun Feb 15, 2015 6:48 pm

CarefulBuilder14 wrote:One complicating factor is that Barclaycard and Citi don't only have the right to give miles as CC spending rewards. They also negotiate rights to offer perks.

I read somewhere that it would be difficult for AA to let Barclaycard offer a card to rival the Executive, since Citi was previously able to negotiate the exclusive right to offer AC access. So for AC access, I think you'll have to keep the Citi card.


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Postby Darrvao777 » Sun Feb 15, 2015 6:51 pm

Timely post as I just did the same thing after getting an offer in the mail

50000 miles (that will become AA miles after the merging of the programs) after 1st purchase and payment of $89 annual fee

It looks like this card will get changed into AAdvantage Aviator Cards (Silver and Red are the two tiers) and it looks like the only way to get these cards is to have a pre-existing US Airways Mastercard

Not a huge AA flyer but hard to turn down 50000 miles after first purchase and want to have an option to get an Aviator Card in case I decide to fly AA more over United
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Postby Battery111 » Sun Feb 15, 2015 7:04 pm

Darrvao777 wrote:Timely post as I just did the same thing after getting an offer in the mail

50000 miles (that will become AA miles after the merging of the programs) after 1st purchase and payment of $89 annual fee

It looks like this card will get changed into AAdvantage Aviator Cards (Silver and Red are the two tiers) and it looks like the only way to get these cards is to have a pre-existing US Airways Mastercard

Not a huge AA flyer but hard to turn down 50000 miles after first purchase and want to have an option to get an Aviator Card in case I decide to fly AA more over United


The aviator cards are actually pretty decent. That's why I figure worst case I end up with one of those. I'm curious how long after we get our cards we will receive the invite to switch over. The big reason why I'm persuing this is because Citi has done a good job of locking up AA miles. Nobody else directly transfers to them so opportunities for credit card miles with them are scarce. The only option outside of AA cards is to transfer to BA for codeshares. But BA's reward flight costs aren't particularly favorable most of the time. At least for my situation.
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Postby jcarte29 » Mon Feb 16, 2015 2:21 pm

Last October I jumped on an offer for the US Airways Mastercard and I love it! I transferred a balance on there which I'm painfully close to paying off (months months early) and I've already cashed in on the 40,000 bonus miles I received for signing up.

Awesome card, I even got a complimentary pass to the US Airways Club when I cashed in the miles, and get priority boarding when I take the trip (and 25% off airline snacks)
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