This card offers a generous 30,000 mile bonus with no minimum spending requirement (most other airline cards require you to spend $1,000 or more before getting a full introductory bonus mile offer). If you are a frequent US Airways flyer the priority boarding privilege will be helpful. And if you use US Airways Clubs the $75 discount voucher nearly pays for the card.
You’ll also find 5,000 miles in savings for each award ticket is worth about $50-$100 each time as we value US Airways miles at about 1-2 cents each.
US Airways is a decent program for earning and redeeming miles. It’s part of the Star Alliance, the largest partnership of airlines in the world. Your US Airways miles are good for redeeming travel on United, Air Canada, Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian, Singapore Airlines, and several more — with more available destinations than any other alliance.
While US Airways’ site is lousy for showing award availability (it rarely shows flights outside US Airways, despite having a great set of partners), if you go to United.com you’ll have a much more comprehensive view of availability. As long as an award is available at the ‘Saver’ level on United’s site, it’s available for booking with US Airways miles by calling US Airways. The only catch is first class awards on Lufthansa, Swiss, and a few others for international flights. Those tend to be blocked by US Airways from booking, but most of us aren’t using miles for those extra extravagant trips.
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