Now the US Airways MasterCard is no more, we take a look at its replacements

Posted on July 11, 2015 by in American Airlines AAdvantage

What’s the deal with the US Airways MasterCard?

Due to the American Airlines and US Airways merger, Barclaycard switched US Airways MasterCard cardholders over to the new Aviator credit cards – the Aviator, the Aviator Blue, the Aviator Red and the Aviator Silver.

Here’s the lowdown on each of the personal Aviator cards:

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Aviator

  • No annual fee
  • Earn 1 mile for every $1 you spend on eligible American and US Airways purchases
  • Earn 1 mile for every $2 you spend on all other purchases
  • Save 25% on eligible in-flight purchases
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Aviator Blue

  • $49 annual fee
  • Earn 2 miles for every $1 you spend on eligible American and US Airways purchases
  • Earn 1 mile for every $1 you spend on all other purchases
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Save 25% on eligible in-flight purchases
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Aviator Red

  • $89 annual fee
  • Earn 2 miles for every $1 you spend on eligible American and US Airways purchases
  • Earn 1 mile for every $1 you spend on all other purchases
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Save 25% on eligible in-flight purchases
  • First eligible checked bag free for you and up to 4 companions
  • Boarding privileges
  • 10% back on redeemed miles up to 10,000 miles each year
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Aviator Silver 

  • $195 annual fee
  • Earn 3 miles for every $1 you spend on eligible American and US Airways purchases
  • Earn 2 miles for every $1 you spend on select hotels and car rentals
  • Earn 1 mile for every $1 you spend on all other purchases
  • Get up to 10,000 elite-qualifying miles
  • Global Entry fee application credit
  • AA companion certificate for two guests to travel for $99 each (plus taxes and fees)
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • First eligible checked bag free for you and up to 8 companions
  • Boarding privileges
  • 10% back on redeemed miles up to 10,000 miles each year
  • Save 25% on eligible in-flight purchas

How do I get the US Airways MasterCard replacement card?

You can’t actually apply for one of the Aviator cards directly – they are only issued to existing cardholders. If you had a US Airways MasterCard, you should have already received your new Aviator card in the mail. Most cardholders will have been converted to the Aviator Red card, with the option for some to upgrade or downgrade to one of the other cards.

What else do I need to know about the US Airways MasterCard replacement?

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If you want to apply directly for a card that earns AAdvantage, there’s the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard, which currently has a sign-up bonus of 50,000 miles when you spend $3,000 in 3 months. The usual public sign-up offer for the card is 30,000 AAdvantage miles.

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