I mentioned the US Airways Premier World Mastercard the other day, noting how there is now an offer for 40,000 miles after the first purchase with the first year’s $89 fee waived. That’s a pretty good offer right there. Plus, this card is apparently churnable (people who have had it before say they have been approved again). I got the card today, and I’ll report back in 91 days if that’s the case.
I wanted to bring up the card again because I missed 3 pretty solid additional benefits:
– The card comes with a $99 companion certificate good for 2 additional passengers (ie, for each regular fare, you get 1 $99 fare, for up to 2 people). Although not quite as generous as the Alaska Airlines companion certificates (which can be used on first class fares to Hawaii), they are still helpful. The US Airways certs can be used on coach flights within the lower 48 and Canada, provided the first fare is more than $250. Is that a giant benefit? No. But can it save you a few hundred dollars? Sure.
– As long as you have the card, you get a 5,000 point discount on award bookings when travel is on US Airways metal. US Airways has some pretty generous deals during off-peak times (25k miles to the Caribbean; 35k/60k to South America; 35k/60k to Hawaii or Europe.) Take off 5k and you’re looking at a 55k business class round trip ticket to Europe in January or February. That’s pretty amazing (even more amazing if you get those Dividend Miles by transferring from Starwood, where you get the 5k bonus for a 20k transfer, meaning you can get a roundtrip business class ticket to Europe for just 45,000 SPG points.) That’s pretty nuts.
– If you spend $25k a year on the card (not necessarily recommended considering how generous other programs can be — I’m talking to you Starwood), they waive award processing fees. Plus, 10,000 miles will convert from regular miles to Elite miles, putting you that much closer to getting that status you want.
Throw in a lounge pass and priority boarding, and I think this is one of our more underrated cards. And I’ll let you know in April how churnable this really is.
With the annual fee waived, and 40k bonus miles after the first purchase (plus, it’s not another Chase card), I see little reason NOT to get this card.
(No, I don’t get an affiliate payout for this card)