New US Airways Credit Card Competes with Old US Airways Card
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US Airways Credit Card Competes with Old US Airways Card
US Airways and credit card issuer Barclays today announced the
launch of the US Airways Premier World MasterCard with Dividend Miles Select – from Barclays Bank Delaware, which
allows cardholders to earn free US Airways flights. What’s particularly
noteworthy about the announcement is that US Airways already
has a Dividend Miles credit card, issued by Bank of America.
US Airways and America West Airlines merged in 2005, a new credit
card deal was struck with Barclays Bank, even though Bank of
America had previously been contracted to issue credit cards
in partnership with both of the merging airlines. While Bank
of America has pursued legal action to stop the arrangement,
US Airways has moved forward with its new partner, while at
the same time continuing to have Bank of America issue the US
Airways card for the next two years.
on the particulars of today’s announcement, and the side-by-side
benefit comparison at the US Airways site, it’s easy to see
that the new card issued by Barclays is preferred by the airline.
The Dividend Miles World MasterCard is offering no annual fee
for the first two years (the US Airways Visa from Bank of America
has a $90 fee), 1.5 miles on every dollar charged, plus triple
miles on US Airways purchases (compared to 1 mile per dollar
and double miles on airline purchases with the Bank of America
card), plus a bonus of up to 10,000 miles on balace transfers.
addition, the new World MasterCard is offering a 50-cent flight
promotion to lure in new customers, or have existing customers
switch cards. Fifty-cent flights will be available on a first
come-first serve basis and only to US Airways World MasterCard
cardmembers. According to today’s press release, details of
that promotion can be found at http://www.50centflights.com,
but that URL returned an error page on our visit.
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