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With US Airways and American Airlines combining their frequent flyer programs some time early in the year in 2015, the Barclays US Airways Mastercard will be going away (replaced by / converted to a Citibank card).
Probably in no small part because of that, Barclays is stepping up its game with signup bonuses. For a long-time, the standard offer has been for 40,000 miles after first purchase. This is the deal that I signed up for back in my very first credit card churn ever!
Upping the US Airways card signup bonus
About 2 months ago, there began to be reports of a new bonus that was originally targeted to US Airways elite members that in addition to the 40,000 mile signup bonus gave an additional bonus of 10,000 miles on each anniversary. This was the offer I signed my wife up for as part of my November 2014 credit card churn.
Naturally, as soon as I signed up for that, the bonuses increased!
The regular offer went up to 50,000 miles, and the one offering the bonus anniversary miles also went up to 50,000 + 10,000 miles, though there have been reports that non-elites applying for the 60,000 mile offer have been immediately shut down
Matching the better offer
Some banks will match a better offer, if one comes out shortly after you’ve been approved for a card. In the hopes that Barclay would match the offer, I sent them a message on their website. Within a day or so, I received a response:
In an effort to ensure a positive experience with us, we are happy to inform you that you will receive the 50,000 bonus miles once you use the card for the first time and a payment in the amount of $89.00 has been made after the annual fee had posted to your account. Should these requirements be met, we ask that you reply to this message so we may update our records promptly for you to receive the 50,000 miles offer. We also show that your account will receive 10,000 bonus miles each year on the anniversary.
The extra 10,000 miles have already posted to my account, so that’s great.