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A few weeks ago I wrote about the new US Airways MasterCard 50,000 miles offer after just making one purchase on the card and paying the $89 annual fee. Well there are two things about the card I want to point out:
- Better offer for Preferred Members: At the time when I wrote the post I mentioned that there was a better offer available for US Airways Preferred Members. This offer gave you the same 50,000 miles, but an additional 10,000 bonus miles on your first anniversary of being a cardmember. At that time, people even without preferred status were able to apply for this offer and get the bonus. However, it seems like US Airways started to crack down on the offer and denying folks who applied with no status. While you can always still try, it seems like your chances are slim. If you do attempt the better offer and are denied due to not being a preferred member, no credit report will be pulled, but you might not be able to apply for the regular 50,000 mile offer for 30 days.
- Bump the bonus if you applied for a lesser offer: Prior to December, the standing offer for this card was 40,000 miles after making one purchase on the card and paying the $89 annual fee. For those that applied and got approved for this offer after November 1 you are in luck. Many people have reported being able to be bumped up to the higher 50,000 mile offer with a single phone call. Just call Barclay and ask if they can honor the current bonus. Representatives should be aware of this. Now, if you got this card prior to November 1 (within a reasonable time frame prior), I also suggest calling to inquire. Most likely they won’t honor the higher bonus, but you might be able to get a supervisor to give you some courtesy points.
You can find out more about this offer and the card benefits in these two posts: “US Airways Increases the Sign Up Bonus… 50,000 Points After First Purchase” and “Getting the US Airways Credit Card Before it is Too Late”