US Airways Credit Card Now Offers Free Checked Bag

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As if the US Airways credit card from Barclays didn’t have enough great benefits, they are now offering cardholders the perk of being able to check up to three bags for free when traveling in First Class or Business Class! For any tickets that are issued on American Airlines flights on or after April 8, 2014, and any US Airways flights on or after April 23, 2014, passengers can now save on baggage checking fees.

For those US Airways MasterCard holders who have a card with an annual fee of $79 or more, the first bag will be free of charge for the cardmember—AND, up to four additional travel companions on any domestic US Airways flights, beginning on April 30, 2014.

This is a nice departure, so to speak, from the increasing baggage checking fees that we are seeing with nearly every airline.

 

Enjoy Great Perks From Barclays

Not only will you get to enjoy an introductory APR of 0% for the first 12 months on all of  balance transfers with the US Airways Dividend Miles MasterCard from Barclaycard, you will be eligible for tons of great travel rewards, too.

Earning free flights is a breeze, especially when you get a bonus of 40,000 miles after you make your first purchase or balance transfer using the card, if you qualify for the card with the $89 annual fee. For those who qualify for the card with the $49 annual fee, the bonus will be 15,000 miles after your first purchase or balance transfer.

Regular accrual of miles will come at a rate of one mile for every dollar you spend, and double miles on any US Airways purchase. With the ability to redeem awards once you have 20,000 miles in your account, this means a free ticket is right around the corner. Most travel cards require a balance of 25,000 before you can redeem for a ticket, so this is a nice extra perk! There is no limit to the number of miles you can earn each year.

Companion Certificates Available Every Year

Use the benefit of being able to buy up to two companion certificates per year for $99 each when you have the US Airways Dividend Miles card with the $89 annual fee. This adds up to a significant discount, if you get a ticket for free and your companion flies for $99! For those cardholders with the $49 version, you can get one companion certificate yearly, for $149.

Exclusive Privileges for Cardholders

The US Airways Dividend Miles card offers cardholders a number of exclusive benefits, including priority boarding options and one US Airways Club day pass each year to enjoy the luxurious airport facilities for the $89 annual fee cardholders. Both types of cardholders are eligible for a $75 credit toward an annual membership in the US Airways Club.

The Nitty Gritty

Here are the full marketing bullets for the US Airways card:

•Earn 40,000 bonus miles after your first purchase and payment of the $89 annual fee*
•First checked bag FREE on eligible bags for you and up to four companions on domestic US Airways operated flights
•One companion certificate good for up to 2 guests to travel with you on a US Airways operated flight at $99 each, plus taxes and fees
•Priority boarding Zone 2 on US Airways operated flights
•Redeem miles for award travel on US Airways and American Airlines booked through usairways.com or US Airways Reservations
•Earn miles on every purchase with 2 miles for every $1 you spend on US Airways and American Airlines purchases and 1 mile for every $1 on purchases everywhere else
•NEW! Receive a 25% savings on eligible US Airways and American Airlines in-flight purchases
•Please see terms and conditions for complete details

Conclusion

For frequent travelers, this card has numerous benefits, especially when it comes to earning miles during the first year, and being able to get deep discounts on companion certificates. The additional miles you can earn for making a balance transfer make this a great option for those looking to consolidate debt.

And because US Airways has merged with American Airlines and the US Airways card will inevitably be going away, now might be the best time to get your hands on this card!

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