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40,000 Bonus Miles for US Air Credit Card

40,000 Bonus Miles for US Air Credit Card

Outsized sign-up bonuses for travel-rewards credit cards are pretty much the norm these days. Anything less than a 50,000-mile bonus is likely to elicit yawns of indifference.

But most of those offers have a spend requirement that can put the bonus miles out of reach for average consumers. For example, to earn the 100,000-mile bonus for the Citi Executive AAdvantage World Elite MasterCard, new cardholders must charge $10,000 to the card within the first three months. Unless you’re using the card for business-related purchases, that’s a stretch.

The new sign-up bonus for the US Airways Premier World MasterCard is a more modest 40,000 miles. But there’s no minimum spend requirement — the bonus is awarded after the card is used the first time.

Other card highlights:

  • Annual fee: $89
  • Interest rate: Variable, currently 15.99%, 19.99%, or 24.99%, based on credit worthiness
  • Fee waived for first checked bag
  • Zone 2 priority boarding on US Airways flights
  • First-class check-in
  • One complimentary airport lounge pass
  • 5,000-mile discount on US Airways award flights

There’s no published end date, but as with any credit-card sign-up promotion, this one won’t last forever.

Deal or No Deal

One way of assessing this offer is as an opportunity to purchase 40,000 US Airways miles for $89, the card’s annual fee. That amounts to paying just 0.2 cents (two-tenths of a cent) per mile, less than 6 percent of the 3.5 cents per mile US Airways normally charges to purchase miles.

With the upcoming consolidation of the US Airways and American frequent-flyer programs, any US Airways miles earned today will eventually become miles in the American AAdvantage program. That’s a good thing.

And the card’s travel-related benefits can be real difference-makers when it comes to improving the travel experience.

Bottom line: a solid deal for earning bonus miles, with even more value for those who take advantage of its travel perks.

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