Since American Airlines recently confirmed it will keep its ties with Citi once the merger with US Airways goes through, it is only a matter of time before the US Airways co branded card will switch to Citi as well. If you have been thinking of getting the US Airways Premier World MasterCard from Barclays, to be honest, now is probably the time. The bonus won’t likely get any better, and it is only a matter of time before this offer disappears. So you might as well score some US Airways miles that will eventually be combined with your AAdvantage account.
One of the major benefits (or drawbacks depending on how you look at it) of the merger is that the merged airline will remain in the Oneworld Alliance. So once the airlines have completed the merger of their frequent flyer programs, you will be able to use US Airways miles on any of the Oneworld partners.
By getting the US Airways’ credit card you are earning miles that will eventually become AAdvantage miles. After the merger, Barclays is likely to convert existing US Airways Mastercard holders intoBarclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard® cardholders since they are both World Mastercard products. This is just a guess based on what happened during the Northwest and Delta merger, where US Bank converted its existing Northwest cardholders into Flexperk customers.
The current best offer on the US Airways Premier World MasterCard is 40,000 miles after first purchase. The card does have a $89 annual fee.
Earlier this week Citi also increased the bonus offered on the AAdvantage World MasterCard to 40,000 miles which makes this an amazing deal if you can get both cards and earn 75,000 that will eventually be combined into AAdvantage miles.
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