Barclays US Airways Premier World MasterCard Review

By Mark Jackson. Last updated 10 December 2014. 1 comment

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If you’re a fan of US Airways, the easiest way to get cheaper flights and upgrades for that airline is to join their Dividend Miles rewards program. Even better is signing up for the US Airways Premier World MasterCard®.

How It Works

Right now, the sign up offer for this card includes earning 40,000 bonus miles after your first purchase (and payment of the $89 annual fee). This may be enough for an award ticket to the Carribean, especially since you get a 5,000 mile discount on US Airways. Due to the recent merger, you can use miles from this card toward any US Airways or American Airlines flight booked through US Airways. You’ll also earn 2 miles for every $1 you spend on US Airways and American Airlines purchases, with 1 mile for every $1 spent on purchases everywhere else.

(Editor's note: For a limited time, you can earn 50,000 bonus miles after your first purchase and payment of the $89 annual fee.)

Other Benefits

There are some great benefits associated with this card.  Enjoy travel perks like first checked bag free on eligible bags for you and up to four companions on domestic US Airways operated flights, one companion certificate good for up to 2 guests to travel with you on a US Airways operated flight at $99 each (plus taxes and fees), and priority boarding Zone 2 on flights operated by US Airways. 

Costs

There is an annual fee of $89, and an APR of 15.99%-24.99%. 

Pros

These cards are great for the frequent US Airways traveler.  The quick amount of points you can earn for a first purchase is a major plus in my book.  And, furthermore, perks like Zone 2 boarding and a 25% savings on eligible US Airways and American Airlines in-flight purchases sound good to me!

Cons

There is a 3% foreign transaction fee, so these cards may not be the best to use abroad.

Who This Card Is Best For

If you prefer US Airways over other airlines, and/or live near a hub of US Airways these cards will get your great deals on their flights and services.  With the new entry of the airline into OneWorld in March, frequent flyers of US Airways now have many different options for seeing the world.  These cards will help you rack up points balances quite nicely, and give you some great new perks in the process.

Editorial Note: Any opinions, analyses, reviews or recommendations expressed in this article are those of the author’s alone, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any card issuer.

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Solid review on these 2 airline rewards cards. Thanks for listing the pros and cons for us.