US Airways 40,000 bonus miles after first purchase

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pewpew
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US Airways 40,000 bonus miles after first purchase

Postby pewpew » Thu May 30, 2013 11:37 pm

On my return from a business trip in Charlotte, NC, US Airways did something I haven't seen before. They were giving out credit card applications on board the flight. I took one out of curiosity.

card summary:
-40k points with 1st purchase. no minimum.
-first class check in/zone 2 boarding.
-annual voucher for up to 2 tickets @ $99 a piece to accompany card holder on any trip in the continental US
-$89 annual fee, no free ride the first year.
-small 500 point bonus if you hand in application before leaving the plane.
-an annual 1 day pass for any US Airways lounge. the description is not totally clear, but i'm sure it is only good for 1 person.

anyone have any experiences with redeeming US Airways points? How does it compare to Delta or United? The flight attendant claimed US Airways points can be used for getting tickets form other star alliance members, like United

here is a picture of the front of the application:
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Junk I use:
AmEx Platinum for Mercedes Benz from, 75k spending ability
AmEx Everyday 8.99% + Prime, 44k CL
Chase Ink Bold, 35k
Chase Freedom (Converted from WaMu VISA) from '07, 5.99% + Prime, 30k CL

Junk I don't use
BoA Susan G. Komen Cash Rewards (converted from World Points MC) from '07, 7.9% Fixed APR, 30k CL
Discover IT (Converted from Discover More) from '08, 5.74% + Prime, 20k CL
AmEx Clear from '07, 4.99% + Prime, 10k CL
All 3 credit scores are over 800.


tigerhunt2011
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Postby tigerhunt2011 » Fri May 31, 2013 11:52 am

Delta has been doing this for quite some time with their Gold Skymiles American Express card. That bonus is fairly common, and I believe is even available on their website. I just applied and was approved for a the Platinum Mastercard, not the Premier World Mastercard (lower), but I got the same benefits, and 30,000 miles. The companion certificate is almost worthless with the laundry list of blackout dates printed on the back.
AMEX Business Platinum AU-NPSL-07/11
AMEX PRG-NPSL-07/11
AMEX BCE-$2000-07/11
AMEX MB Platinum-NPSL-08/13-->07/11
AMEX Biz Gold Rewards-NPSL-08/13-->07/11
AMEX Biz DL SkyMiles Gold-04/13-->07/11
BofA Alaska Airlines Visa Classic-$2500-06/11
Barclays US Airways Platinum Mastercard-$1500-04/13
Chase Sapphire Preferred-$5,000-08/13
Citi AA Select AMEX-$2000-01/13
Citi AA Visa-$2000-01/13
Citi AA Platinum Select Visa Signature-$5000-08/13
Citi AA Platinum Select World Mastercard-$2500-04/13
Citi Business AA World Mastercard-$1000-08/13
Citi ThankYou Preferred-$2000-04/13
Express-$650-01/12
GECRB Paypal Mastercard-$3500-04/13

pewpew
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Postby pewpew » Fri May 31, 2013 11:18 pm

delta actually has a minimum spend. us airways does not. buy a cup of coffee and boom, free ticket(s).

but i was actually wondering about the US Airways point system. i use united often, and their points are very valuable. i've been able to book first class round trips to popular destinations all over the US with only 50k points from NYC. the kind of trips that would cost $1000 easily. i'm wondering if US Airways would ever allow the same
Junk I use:
AmEx Platinum for Mercedes Benz from, 75k spending ability
AmEx Everyday 8.99% + Prime, 44k CL
Chase Ink Bold, 35k
Chase Freedom (Converted from WaMu VISA) from '07, 5.99% + Prime, 30k CL

Junk I don't use
BoA Susan G. Komen Cash Rewards (converted from World Points MC) from '07, 7.9% Fixed APR, 30k CL
Discover IT (Converted from Discover More) from '08, 5.74% + Prime, 20k CL
AmEx Clear from '07, 4.99% + Prime, 10k CL
All 3 credit scores are over 800.



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