Reader Trevor was snail mailed a 50,000 mile bonus offer on The US Airways® Premier World MasterCard®. He sent along the following scan of the offer.

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The offer is identical to the publicly available 40,000 bonus mile offer on The US Airways® Premier World MasterCard® except for the extra 10,000 miles.

  • Can you get the 50,000 mile offer?
  • How can you get these targeted offers?
  • Will the public offer go to 50,000 miles before the card disappears?

Can You Get the 50,000 Mile Offer?

Trevor’s offer directs him to the URL I went there, and I was prompted to input an 11 digit offer code.

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I made one up, but I was not able to access the application page.

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It looks like the 50,000 mile US Airways card has been effectively targeted, so that if you were not targeted, you can’t access the offer.

How Can You Get Targeted?

I’ve never figured out a way to reliably receive targeted credit card offers or seen a reliable method offered. All I can say is make sure you never opt out of marketing emails from banks and airlines, and hope for the best.

Will the Public Offer Go to 50,000 Miles?

We know that the US Airways® Premier World MasterCard® will no longer be offered as soon as the US Airways and American Airlines frequent flyer programs integrate, some time in early 2015. That means that the chance to earn 40,000 bonus miles after first purchase will disappear soon. Check out all the places you can go with just the sign up bonus.

Will the offer go to 50,000 miles before the card disappears?

Barclaycard has an incentive to sign up as many people as possible for the card before it disappears because indications are that Barclaycard will be allowed to continue servicing existing cardholders by converting US Airways cards to Barclaycard-serviced American Airlines cards.

Barclaycard will not be allowed to sign up new customers for its American Airlines card, though, so it needs to sign up new customers now before the conversion. One way to get more customers, of course, is to dangle a big bonus in front of people. Fifty thousand miles seems to be a level that banks go to when they want to generate excitement.

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