The new American is arriving and with that changes will be coming to the US Airways credit card from Barclays. Below you will find a brief summary of all the changes to the US Airways MasterCard as both airlines work through the merger.
The official credit card of the airline will be the Citi AAdvantage credit card. Current US Airways MasterCard holders will be able to keep the cards they currently hold and the cards will turn into American Airlines credit cards but no new members will be able to apply for the Barclays card.
The credit cards are currently in the process of merging benefits, below you will find what is disappearing and what is appearing in 2015 for US Airways credit card holders. It seems that the benefits are going to be more like the AAdvantage card than the Barclays card.
Disappearing in 2015:
- $99 Companion Certificate. You will be able to get your last companion certificate this year (2014) but come 2015 this benefit will no longer be available.
- Elite Status Miles. Previously you were able to earn 10,000 miles towards elite status after spending $25,000 annually. This benefit will only be available on the Citi Executive AAdvantage card which has an annual fee of $450. For the Business card, you must spend $40,000 to earn 10,000 elite miles.
- Annual club/lounge day pass and discounts.
- First class check-in. This benefit will be available until December 31, 2014.
Appearing in 2015:
- 10% Mileage Rebate. You will get a rebate of 10% for redeeming miles for award flights, up to 10,000 miles per calendar year.
- 25% Off In-Flight Purchases. You will be able to save 25% on your in-flight food and beverage purchases when you use your card on board.
- $100 Flight Discount. You will be able to earn a $100 flight discount each year in which you spend $30,000 or more in purchases and maintain the card.
- Free Checked Baggage. This benefit kicked in a few weeks ago but you will be entitled to one (1) checked bag per person for up to four (4) people flying in your reservation.
I wish the benefits would be more inclusive of one another, I really enjoyed the companion certificate that the US Airways credit card offered, I wish Citi would have matched it. Regardless, I think the Barclays US Airways Dividend card is still worth it, get it while you still can. I personally love using my Citi AAdvantage card. Find out more about reward credit cards here.