US Airways Credit Card Bonus Miles Offers (Targeted)

US Airways Credit Card Bonus Miles Offers (Targeted)


The US Airways® Premier World MasterCard® is offering bonus miles, some with waived foreign transaction fees to targeted cardholders starting July 1. Here are the targeted promotions I'm aware of (and please comment below if you received a different offer):

1. Earn 15,000 Bonus Dividend Miles After Spending at Least $500 Each Month for 3 Months

  • Earn 15,000 bonus Dividend Miles after spending at least $500 each month for 3 consecutive months (with thanks to TravelSort reader Sil, who commented below that he received this offer)
  • Check your emailed offer for the exact months your offer is valid for

 

2. Earn 15,000 Bonus Dividend Miles After Spending at Least $750 Each Month for 3 Months

  • Earn 15,000 bonus Dividend Miles after spending at least $750 each month for 3 consecutive months
  • Check your emailed offer for the exact months your offer is valid for

 

3. 30% Bonus Dividend Miles on All Spend and Reimbursed Foreign Transaction Fees

  • Earn 30% bonus on the miles earned on purchases with your US Airways MasterCard between July 1 – August 31, 2014
  • Maximum of 10,000 bonus miles through this offer
  • Allow 6-8 weeks for bonus miles to appear on statement
  • Statement credit applied to your account for all foreign transaction fees billed between July 1 – August 31, 2014. Credit will be applied within 4-6 weeks at the end of the promotion

 

4. 20% Bonus Dividend Miles on All Spend and Reimbursed Foreign Transaction Fees

Similar terms as with the above 30% offer, except bonus is 20%

FAQ

How Do I Know What I'm Targeted For?

Check the email you have associated with your US Airways MasterCard. If you don't see anything, call the number on the back of your card and ask if you've been targeted for any of these offers. Pre-registration shouldn't be necessary, as these are targeted anyway.

 

Are These Offers Worth It?

Usually the US Airways MasterCard is most worth getting for the initial 40,000 bonus, and only putting US Airways spend on it if you need US Airways elite qualifying miles: if you spend $25,000 on the US Airways MasterCard in a calendar year, you earn 10,000 miles toward US Airways elite Preferred status.

That said, I do think it's always worth earning 15,000 bonus miles for over $500 or over $750 spend in 3 consecutive months, if you were fortunate enough to receive either of these offers. $500-$750 isn't much, and you can simply use the card for otherwise unbonused spend, as well as use Amazon Payments to help meet this low threshold.

I don't find the 30% and 20% bonus offers that compelling, to be honest. As with many other frequent flyer programs, you could transfer SPG points to US Airways miles 1:1 and increments of 20,000 Starpoints transfer to 25,000 miles, so that's a 25% bonus right there that's always available (see Starwood Preferred Guest Airline Transfer Partners: Turn SPG Points into Miles).

And even with US Airways airline spend, you'd do better with the AMEX Premier Rewards Gold card, which earns 3X on all airline spend, vs. 2.6 Dividend miles per dollar spent on US Airways, if you received the 30% bonus. Of course, you can't transfer AMEX Membership Rewards points to US Airways miles, and you also can't transfer AMEX points to American AAdvantage miles.

 

Hasn't US Airways Raised the Price of Generating Dividend Miles with the Current Share Miles Promotion?

Yes–while there's a current US Airways Share Miles Offer (valid through Monday, 6/30), it's not as good an offer as in the past, so I haven't written about it. Two things have changed:

  • Increased cost from 1.0 to 1.5 cents per mile + transaction fee and taxes to share miles = 1.67 cents per mile (instead of 1.1 cents per mile as in the past)
  • The sharer and recipient each get 50% of the bonus (the recipient used to get 100% of the shared miles)

So if you shared 50,000 Dividend miles with a family member or friend for $836.25, your friend would receive 75,000 miles, and you would receive 25,000 miles less the 50,000 shared miles (so -25,000 miles). 

Ultimately, I only view this promotion as worth it if you have an immediate need for US Airways miles and would otherwise be buying some or transferring some in from SPG to top up an account. It can be Worth It to Buy AAdvantage Miles or US Airways Miles depending on your needs.

 

Have you been targeted for these or another US Airways® Premier World MasterCard® bonus miles offer?

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