The Barclays USAirways Card: 7 Reasons to Get (and Love) It

Posted By Trav

Barclays USAirways card

The Barclays USAirways card has been around for awhile and has had many different offers throughout that time.

The offer has changed yet again, but thankfully, it’s changed for the better.

The public offer is back up to a 40,000 miles sign up bonus, the largest we’ve seen.

The increased sign up bonus, combined with all the extra perks, makes the Barclays USAirways card one of the best travel credit cards out there.

Here’s why:

Details for the Barclays USAirways Card

Here are the details of the current sign up deal (bolding mine):

  • 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 purchases and 1 mile for every $1 on purchases everywhere else
  • Please see terms and conditions for complete details

[bluebox] Click here to apply for the Barclays USAirways card [/bluebox]

 Why I Love the Barclays USAirways Card

Reason #1:  40,000 mile sign up bonus

A 40,000 mile sign up bonus is always pretty nice, but it’s especially nice because USAirways is one of the best airlines to accumulate frequent flyer miles with.

Of course, 40,000 miles is even better when there is…

Reason #2:  No Minimum Spend Requirement

Almost all of the best travel credit cards require you to spend a certain amount of money in an allotted amount of time or you won’t get your sign up bonus (like the Chase Sapphire Preferred, which requires $3,000 in 3 months).

Not the Barclays USAirways card!

You’ll receive the sign up bonus after the first purchase you make with the card.

This is HUGE for people who don’t typically spend a lot each month, and therefore can’t get many of the other top travel credit cards.

It’s also really nice for people who have applied for other cards at the same time and have more than one minimum spend requirement to meet.

Reason #3:  A $99 Companion Ticket Each Year

This can be an extremely valuable perk if used correctly, but there are a few stipulations.

Here’s how it works:

If you purchase a roundtrip USAirways ticket within the contiguous US or Canada that is over $250, two people can fly with you on the same itinerary for $99.

For example, let’s say you and 2 friends want to fly from New York to Vancouver.  You search on USAirways and see that tickets costs $300.

You would buy your ticket at full price, $300, and your friends would both pay $99 each.

Instead of costing $900 total, you’d only be paying $500.  If you split the cost 3 ways, each person is paying $166.

That’s a $144 savings per person!

And each year you keep the card open, you’ll receive a new companion pass, which more than negates the $89 annual fee.

Reason #4:  Free Checked Bag

As long as you keep your Barclays USAirways card open, you’ll receive a free checked bag on any domestic flight with USAirways.

And it gets better:  Up to 4 other people traveling with you will also receive a free checked bag.

As of April 23, 2014, USAirways charges $25 per checked bag on domestic flights, so if 5 people are traveling together, you’ll save $125!

[bluebox] Click here to apply for the Barclays USAirways card [/bluebox]

Barclays USAirways card

Reason #5:  5,000 Miles Off Award Tickets

Any time you use your miles to book a flight with USAirways, you’ll receive a discount of 5,000 miles off.

Note:  The entire itinerary has to be on USAirways flights and cannot include any partners.

For example, if you are flying from Philadelphia to Madrid, the normal cost would be 60k for a roundtrip.

Because you have a Barclays USAirways card, you’ll only pay 55k miles.  You don’t have to do anything different when booking, whether it be over the phone or online.  The discount will be applied automatically.

Reason #6:  USAirways Offers Off-Peak Award Tickets at Reduced Rates

Remember when I said USAirways miles were one of the best miles you could earn?

One reason is that if you travel off-peak, you can get some steals!

A regular roundtrip ticket to Europe would cost 60k miles, but if you travel off-peak (January 15-February 28th), you can get that same ticket for only 35k miles!

Reason #7:  USAirways allows stopovers and open-jaws

How about getting 2 vacations for the price of 1?

Philadelphia-Rome-Philadelphia would cost 60k miles.

But add a stopover, fly Philadelphia-Paris (staying for a few nights)-Rome-Philadelphia and guess what?

It still costs 60k!

(To read more about this, check out my Stopovers and Open Jaws on USAirways post).

Is There Anything Bad About the Barclays USAirways Card?

The only negative about the Barclays USAirways card is that the annual fee of $89 is NOT waived the first year.

Still, $89 is a small price to pay for 40k miles and all the other perks!

Final Word(s)

With a sign up bonus of 40k USAirways miles and no minimum spend, the Barclays USAirways card is one of the top travel credit cards out there.

Those 40k miles will be some of the easiest you’ll ever earn, and some of the most valuable!

Important Note:  Once the USAirways and American Airlines officially merge, this card will probably disappear.

While I have no idea when that will happen, if you haven’t gotten the card yet, I’d definitely recommend you get it sooner rather than later.  

[bluebox] Click here to apply for the Barclays USAirways card [/bluebox]

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  1. Mike says:

    Why no mention of the better offer of 30k miles + 10k on your first year anniversary for no fee? You can cancel after the 10k miles post before having to pay any fee at all?


    1. Trav says:

      @Mike- The main reason is I’m not sure if the card will be around for another year. If it isn’t, then you won’t get an anniversary bonus, meaning that your total sign up will only be 30k. Personally, I’d rather pay the $89 annual fee and get the 40k right now. But thanks for making me aware of it, I’ll let people know of this option as well.

  2. Can you apply if you already have the Barclaycard Arrival?

    1. Trav says:

      @Garrett Press- Yes, you can. They are separate products, meaning you can get both. I’d wait at least 91 days since you applied for the Barclays Arrival to apply for this card though. This will give you a better chance of getting approved.

  3. PriceP says:


    you forgot to mention that first time users get a 50 plus 50 bonus points offering like USAir offers to all from time to time.

    1. Trav says:

      @PriceP- You’re right, I did. I was trying to keep it as clear and concise as possible, but that is a nice perk as well. Thanks for the reminder!

  4. david says:

    can you get the bonus a second time..I got it about 2 years ago and cancelled the card

    1. Trav says:

      @david- Many people have been able to get the bonus twice, myself included. If it’s been 2 years since you last applied for the card, I’d say your chances are fairly high that you can get the bonus again.

  5. LC says:

    Sounds great to me. I just applied thru yr link and got approved immediately for 5K. Thanks for the great outline of benefits and story.

    1. Trav says:

      @LC- Congrats…USAirways miles are great!

  6. Cinetraveler says:

    Do you know if these USAir miles will become AA miles when the merger is complete and you mentioned that you can book AA travel through the USAir site – does that site cover everywhere that AA files? Am curious about booking AA travel using these miles internationally and wanted to make sure it would work.

    Thanks! Love your site and podcast.

    1. Trav says:

      @cinetraveler- Glad you like the site and the podcast and nice to hear from you. Yes, they will become AA miles when the merger is complete. And yes, you can fly on any AA flight, any USAirways flight, or any OneWorld partner flight with USAirways miles. The best way to look for availability is actually by searching on AA.com. If you just search on USAirways, it won’t show you all the flights available.

      Or, you could just call USAirways up and ask them.

  7. Sugar says:

    Hey Trav, tremendous work on the website! I tell everyone about your website! I’ve applied 4 months ago and received the 40k points, and just booked my first award ticket! How long should I wait before I apply for the exact same card to attempt to get 40k more points? Also if successful, do they just combine the cards together or do I have to pay for another annual fee? Would you have to pay for 2 annual fees/year?


    1. Trav says:

      @Sugar- Glad you love it, and glad you got the card. I waited 7 months before applying for my 2nd one, but others have reported being able to get the card again after 4 months. It really does vary on the person. I’d say you are safe in applying again now if you wanted.

      They won’t combine the cards together, you’ll have two separate cards and two separate annual fees. But for 40k, it’s well worth it.

      1. Sugar says:

        Awesome, thanks Trav, much appreciated!

  8. Scott B says:

    This offer is no longer available. Though you’d like to know since you build it up so nicely and it’s a bit of a letdown when you click through to their page.

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