Can You Get the Bonus on the US Airways MasterCard Twice?

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I get frequent reader emails asking whether you can open a second US Airways® Premier World MasterCard® with 40,000 bonus miles after first purchase and paying the $89 annual fee.

The US Airways® Premier World MasterCard® will disappear in 2015 when American Airlines and US Airways integrate their frequent flyer programs, so people understandably are rushing to get the card or get it again and get the bonus one more time. (When the card disappears, the US Airways miles will become American Airlines miles.)

I got the card in twice in 2012 and 2013 without cancelling the first one, and I got the bonus twice, but I want to share a more recent success story of getting the bonus more than once.

My friend Jake, who has come to MileValue dinners in Los Angeles, tweeted me to let me know that he just got the card and its bonus a third time!

  • When did he open each card?
  • Did he close each card before opening the next?
  • When and why did he get denied for a US Airways card along the way?

Jake’s Data Points

This is the info Jake sent me:

Card #1:
Approval: 3/12/12
Canceled: 1/10/13

Card #2:
Approval: 2/4/13
Canceled: 10/4/13

Denied Card #3 on 1/7/14 (he received the Barclaycard Arrival PlusTM World Elite MasterCard® on 11/1/13 and at this point they wanted to see him hold on to his Arrival Plus a bit longer before approving a new card)

Card #3: 
Approval: 7/31/14

Takeaways

Jake never had two US Airways cards open at once. Many people have had two US Airways cards open at once, but there’s no need to have two open at once.

Jake was denied for his third card in January, only two months after being approved for the Barclaycard Arrival PlusTM World Elite MasterCard®. This doesn’t surprise me.

I would never apply for two Barclaycards within 90 days of each other. Better yet, wait six months between Barclaycard applications, since a common reason for a denial of a second Barclaycard is that the agent wants to see your spending patterns for six months on your first card to see if extending you more credit makes sense.

Bottom Line

If you have the US Airways® Premier World MasterCard®, you can open the card again and get 40,000 bonus miles after first purchase and paying the $89 annual fee.

You should definitely wait at least three months and preferably six from your last Barclaycard application, and you may want to close your first card before trying for a second.

All the US Airways miles you accrue can be used on the incredible US Airways chart or they will eventually be combined with your American Airlines miles when the two programs merge.

 


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13 COMMENTS

  1. Hi Scott. With the Citi Executive 100,000 offer (dead), I no longer feel like I need to jump on the US Airways card. So my question is, do you know whether Barclay’s would take the same approach for multiple approvals for its Miles&More or Arrival cards?

  2. Does this hold true for the US Airways Business card as well? I was thinking of making one last go for both (it would be my 3rd Personal, only one is open currently, and my 2nd business, also open). Any data points on this? Thanks!!

  3. I’ve only had this card two times, but date-wise my experience lines up with Jake’s. I was denied for the card early this year (2104) and then approved immediately in the middle of the year.

  4. Thanks for this post and the response on the previous post. It’s exactly what I wanted to know. Thanks so much!

  5. I’ve noticed some cards “terms and conditions” state “Eligibility: To participate in the Program, your Account must remain in good standing which means your Account must remain open with active charging privileges, you must maintain your creditworthiness, you must pay your Annual Fee, and you must use your Account for at least one transaction every six (6) months that is not later rescinded or returned. Good standing also means you are not in default under the Cardmember Agreement. Failure to pay the Annual Fee or to maintain the account in good standing may result in Account closure and forfeiture of these benefits.”

    I’m confused…even though your rewards miles goes into your airline program, can they take away your earned miles if you close out the credit card.

  6. Would anyone help me with my question? I had USMC since 06/2013 and received the targeted 50K offer recently, which will expire until 12/05/2014. I thought it might because I moved to a new address. So if I want to get the bonus off, I need to close my current account and then apply it, am I right? Or I can keep my current account and apply the card again?
    Thanks for your help.

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