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I just got an intriguing email from Barclaycard and US Airways with the subject line “Limited-time Offer: Earn more miles this summer.” The email says that I will earn 1.2 miles per dollar on my US Airways® Premier World MasterCard® in July and August automatically without having to register for the promotion.

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The fine print says that I will earn 1.2 miles per dollar from July 1 until August 31, 2014 up to a maximum of 10,000 bonus miles. That would require $50,000 worth of spending on the card in two months, so I think the maximum bonus is out of reach for most of us.

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The offer says that it is “for select cardmembers and is not transferable.” You can check your email to see if you were targeted and call the number on the back of your card to confirm.

These are some nice bonus miles if you’d use the card anyway, but I’m not sure it will get me to use the card more. You can already effectively get 1.25 US Airways miles per dollar by spending on the Starwood Preferred Guest card. That card earns 1 Starpoint per dollar and 20,000 Starpoints transfer to 25,000 US Airways miles.

This promotion is a good continuation of recent US Airways promotions which have come up quarterly and offered bonus miles in rotating categories like gas and groceries.

Still, though, the reason to get the US Airways® Premier World MasterCard® is not for the 20% bonus on spending but for the 40,000 bonus miles after first purchase and payment of an $89 annual fee. There is no card that offers even close to this good of a bonus with no spending requirement.

Plus this card, and its bonus, miles will disappear some time in early 2015. Before then, you can use the miles on the awesome US Airways chart. After that, the miles will become American Airlines miles. Get the bonus miles while you still can.

Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.

Just getting started in the world of points and miles? The Chase Sapphire Preferred is the best card for you to start with.

With a bonus of 60,000 points after $4,000 spend in the first 3 months, 5x points on travel booked through the Chase Travel Portal and 3x points on restaurants, streaming services, and online groceries (excluding Target, Walmart, and wholesale clubs), this card truly cannot be beat for getting started!


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