US Airways MasterCard 20% Bonus Miles

This summer, earn 20% more miles with your US Airways Dividend Miles MasterCard.

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Earn 20% more miles on every purchase you make with your card between July 1 and August 31, including US Airways purchases, up to a maximum of 10,000 bonus miles. 

The mailer also said that there’s no need to register as you are automatically eligible. Bonus miles will appear 6-8 weeks after the end of the promotion. Barclaycard is usually quite good with bonuses posting in the allotted time frame.

Also, for international purchases between July 1 and August 31, the 3% foreign transaction fee will be reimbursed in your October 2014 statement. Of course, your account has to be open and in good standing for you to receive this refund.

Will this offer be enough for me to bite?

Probably not. Earning US/AA miles at 1.2 miles per dollar is better than 1:1 but still not as good asas the American Express Starwood Preferred Guest card that effectively earns a multitude of airline miles at 1.25 miles per dollar spent.

I’d like to see a promotion like the ones we’ve seen in the past from Barclaycard – something like earning 5 miles per dollar spent in certain shopping categories.

Plenty of American Airlines Changes – Awards, Stopovers, & More

Big news this morning from the American Airlines – US Airways merged camp. There are a few changes that most flyers are not too happy about.

List of Changes

  • AAnytime awards increase and are broken out into 3 tiers, effective June 1, 2014
  • Free stopovers at North American international gateway cities (JFK, LAX, ORD, MIA, DFW) are eliminated
  • Oneworld Explorer awards completely eliminated, effective immediately!
  • US Airways has updated their “sweet spot” North America – North Asia Business Class award from 90K to 110K, aligning with AA
  • AA award ticketing fees for international tickets booked over the phone will go from $25 to $35 per ticket
  • Lots of checked bag changes – see further down.

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Facebook American Airlines AAdvantage Passport Challenge – 700+ Easy Miles

I love when airlines and hotels dive into the social space. American Airlines is doing just with their latest Facebook game – AAdvantage Passport Challenge. American is marketing this as a way to earn over 10,000 miles, but we’ll be realistic about it.

  • Play trivia and other games to earn up to 700 miles
  • Share and complete social actions to earn up to 350 miles
  • Fly our expanded network to earn over 9,000 miles

You must have a valid American Airlines AAdvantage loyalty account to participate. The challenge runs from today until May 23, 2014. Here are the full terms & conditions.

I spent 15-20 minutes running through all the easy ones (trivia & sharing) and ended up with 1,200 miles.

Not bad for a few minutes of clicking around

Not bad for a few minutes of clicking around

Here’s a tip so you don’t spam your friends on Facebook. When the share to Facebook popup appears in some of the Learn & Earn tasks, click the bottom left dropdown to adjust with whom you’d like to share. Click “Custom” and select Only Me. Now you won’t be spamming everyone your news feed and you still get the extra sharing points!

There are also up to 9,500 bonus miles for actually flying on American, US Airways, or oneworld partners.

All in all, this is a nice game and a good method of marketing for American Airlines!

Citi Executive AAdvantage World Elite MasterCard 100,000 Miles Offer

UPDATE: Several FlyerTalkers in this thread are reporting success!

We haven’t seen a 100K mile offer in a while, but Citi has shown up big. Just days after they offered a 75K mile bonus, the latest news is that they’ve upped that offer to 100,000 AAdvantage miles after spending $10,000 in the first 3 months of opening the card along with $200 in statement credits on purchases in the first 12 months.

Apparently this offer is from the Admiral’s Clubs and has a specific agent code tied with it, but using the application link, we’re able to directly access the offer. Just enter your name and click Proceed to Application; leave the codes blank.

I cannot say with full certainty that you’ll get the 100K bonus due to the agent code issue, but 100K miles is worth thinking about and waiting for others to comment with their experiences.

As always, take screenshots of the offer page and every step of the application process along the way! I do this for every credit card application, regardless how big or small. These screenshots may be your only recourse if you have difficulty obtaining the bonus offer.

$450 Annual Fee

The $450 annual fee that comes with this card is pretty steep, especially if you don’t value the Admiral’s Club access that highly. At least with this particular offer, the $200 in statement credits effectively brings the annual fee down to $250. For me, that’s a little bit easier to swallow for 100K AAdvantage miles.

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Always take screenshots!

Below are the main perks of the Citi Executive AAdvantage World Elite MasterCard:

  • Admirals Club® Membership Privileges (a value of up to $500)
  • Earn up to 10,000 Elite Qualifying Miles per calendar year
  • No Foreign Purchase Fees
  • Enhanced Airport Experience with dedicated check-in and priority screening and boarding
  • First Checked Bag Free

Hat tip to The Points Guy.

American Airlines – US Airways Merger Will Proceed

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The New American

With the settlement taken care of, the American Airlines & US Airways merger can fully proceed.

Frequent Business Traveler has a great article on the merger and what you, as a customer, need to know.

January 7, 2014 is being targeted as the “big day” where there are rumors of the two airlines merging operations to function as a single airline. More on that when details surface.

The main parts of the settlement are that the new AA/US will have to give up slots at Reagan National Airport outside Washington and at New York’s LaGuardia Airport.

Here’s a snippet from Chairman & CEO of US Airways, Doug Parker:

We are pleased to announce that American Airlines and US Airways will combine to create a premier global airline. Our combined airline joins two highly complementary networks with access to the best destinations around the globe – offering you increased choices, improved efficiency and better options to explore the globe with our oneworld® Alliance.

The combined company will retain the iconic American Airlines brand name, and will provide you with more choices and better service throughout the world. The combined company will be headquartered in Dallas-Fort Worth and will maintain a significant corporate, operational and hub presence in Phoenix.

Implications

A few thoughts on what this merger will bring.

– No surprises here. The new merged airline will stay in the oneworld Alliance.

– With nothing left in their way, expect the new American to devalue their award chart along the lines of what everyone else has been doing this year (United, Hyatt).

– They could even require certain spend thresholds combined with miles flown to achieve elite status tiers. This is something that Delta and United have already put in place for 2014.

– I wonder what 2014 will bring for top tier elites in both programs. Joann and I will be top tier Executive Platinum on AA in a month. When 2 airlines merge, so do their elites and that could really dilute benefits.

– Most importantly, I would expect fares to rise and stay that way. Less competition is just bad, in general. There are really only 3 major US airlines now. Hopefully the low cost carriers like JetBlue and Southwest can step up.

For more information on the American Airlines & US Airways merger, visit newamericanarriving.com.