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US Airways Card With 10K Mile Anniversary Bonus

Written by Charlie

The US Airways Mastercard has long been one of the easiest ways to rack up miles for international travel in the easiest way possible – just a single purchase and you would get 40,000/50,000 miles (depending on the offer). They have always had multiple offers around that would get you some more miles, waive the annual fee the first year, etc. The most important difference had always been the 10,000 mile anniversary bonus. For a while now, that card offer had not been around but that has changed!

US Airways card

Application Link – US Airways Mastercard – 40,000 miles after first purchase and payment of annual fee (this is not an affiliate link)

US Airways Mastercard Details

  • Receive 40,000 miles after first purchase and paying the $89 annual fee (not waived the first year)
  • Earn 2x miles on all US Airways and American Airlines purchases,1X miles on all other purchases
  • Now redeem Dividend Miles for US Airways and American Airlines flights available through or US Reservations
  • Redeem for award travel on US Airways with a 5,000 mile discount
  • One complimentary Club day pass at any domestic US Airways Club®or Admirals Club® location
  • First Class check-in counter for all of 2014
  • NEW! Receive a 25% savings on eligible US Airways and American Airlines in-flight purchases
  • First checked bag FREE on eligible bags for you and
    up to 4 companions on domestic US Airways operated flights
  • Companion certificate Receive one certificate for up to
    2 guests to travel on US Airways operated flights for $99 each, plus taxes and fees
  • Priority boarding Zone 2 on US Airways operated flights
  • Exclusive offer: 10,000 anniversary miles awarded on your first anniversary of account opening

This offer is pretty much the same as before – make one purchase and pay the annual fee of $89 and get 40,000 miles. That is a great offer by itself since 40,000 miles is more than enough to get your roundtrip to Europe during the US Airways off-peak schedule (see this post for information about the 30K award ticket to Europe)

But, the great thing about this offer is that it comes with the 10,000 mile anniversary bonus (which we heard recently will continue to exist each year)That is really great news and should move this card up on your credit card calendar as the card itself will no longer be offered in its current form next year. The only downside is that the offer mentions elite members, but many people have gotten in on these offers in the past even with that wording.

Note: the page does say that the anniversary bonus will be given on the first anniversary. No telling at this time if that will continue each year or not. Either way, that still means that you will get a total of 50,000 US Airway miles (which will be American Airline miles next year) for $178 in annual fees.

HT: Million Mile Secrets

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Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points.
Now he uses this experience and knowledge to help others through Running with Miles.


  • I got the 40K version with no anniversary bonus back in August. Would this be different enough to reapply and get the bonus again with the extra anniversary bonus, or would it be better to call and see if they will match my current card benefits with these latest benefits?

    • They will not match it, but you could certainly go ahead and apply for this card. They have gotten more strict on people applying for too many cards from them, but you could always offer to close your current account to get this one approved (after you apply and if you receive a pending/denied notification).

  • I see that you’ve said they won’t match in response poster’s query re August approval. But do you think they might match an approval two weeks ago?

    • It is doubtful since this one talks about enhancing your “Preferred” status (elite status). There is nothing that requires you to have elite status to get the bonus, but they would probably tell you that it is only for elites.

  • Sorry if this is a repetitive question, but if I have been a cardholder for 2 years now of the one WITHOUT the annual bonus…can I still apply for this card? Assuming I get approved, is it a SEPARATE product where I would receive the 40,000 bonus?

    • Not repetitive at all! Barclay will actually let you get the same card again, but they have become a bit more strict with approvals lately. You can offer to give up this card if they require, but if you are approved you will get the bonus.