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Bonus Miles for US Airways Mastercard and Chase Freedom Cardholders

Earn 2 bonus miles per $1 at select categories this quarter

Earn 2 bonus miles per $1 at select categories this quarter

The US Airways Dividend Miles Mastercard has been competing with Chase Freedom by offering similar quarterly bonus categories. This quarter is no different, with Barclays offering 2 bonus miles per $1 on grocery store, movie theaters, and dining purchases. Upwards of 2,500 bonus miles can be earned between now and January 31, 2015. The registration deadline is January 20, 2015. In order to register, you must provide a registration code that was sent out via mail or email. Not everyone has been targeted, but it never hurts to call Barclays and see if they’ll extend one to you.

The quarterly 5% cash back/5 points per $1 Chase Freedom bonus categories are the same, except instead of a dining bonus, cardholders get bonus points/cash back at Starbucks. Considering Ink Plus cardholders can get the same bonus by purchasing Starbucks gift cards at office supply stores, this isn’t anything to get excited over. The Chase Freedom category bonus is also valid on purchases made through March 31, 2015. The activation deadline is March 14, 2015.

The Chase Freedom card has an advantage in terms of paying out a flexible rewards currency (either cash back or Ultimate Rewards points, if you also have a Sapphire Preferred or Ink Plus card). Freedom cardholders also have an opportunity to earn more miles (up to $75/7500 miles), since the category bonuses are limited to the first $1,500 spent. So if you’re not going to be able to max out both card bonuses, I’d recommend focusing on the Chase Freedom card.

Needless to say, the inclusion of grocery stores really come in handy for those who are able to buy Visa gift cards with a credit card. The 5% cash back/5 Ultimate Rewards points per $1 at grocery stores brings us back to the days when office supply stores still stocked Vanilla Reload cards. While you’re limited to $1,500, this is an easy way to generate some bonus points or cash back this quarter. In the past, I’ve had varied success buying REloadit cards at grocery stores and with both the Chase Freedom and Barclays US Airways Mastercard bonuses, it’s definitely worth trying to purchase them at your local grocery store.

While it may not be much, I’m always glad to see banks other than Chase offer revolving category bonuses from time to time. They’re a great way to bank more miles whether you’re manufactured spending or earning them the old fashioned way. If the quarterly bonuses continue once the US Airways Mastercard has been converted to the AAdvantage Aviator Red card, then this might be more incentive for some of you to choose Barclays over the Citi AAdvantage Platinum card.

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Ariana Arghandewal

8 Comments

  1. I hadn’t heard of the grocery bonus, thanks! I think the 1% Visa SavingsEdge for Staples ended Dec 31.

  2. I didn’t get bonus categories for the US Airways card. Instead I got an offer of 15,000 bonus miles if I spend $500 in each month December – February. Easy peasy. Didn’t even have to register.

    • You’re the second person I’ve heard that from. Another reader got 20,000 after $700 spent this quarter. I’ll to give them a call and see if I can get in on this offer.

  3. About your “Needless to say” passage, please doooo say more. You write, “the inclusion of grocery stores really come in handy for those who are able to buy Visa gift cards with a credit card.” Ok, could you kindly spell this out more — or link to past posts on point. That is, so which visa cards are you referring, and what do you do with ’em once you buy ’em? By chance is the variable load Visa products? Then are you taking them to Wal-mart to load to Blue-Bird or Serve? Other alternatives? Thanks

    PS: I was surprised — yet prompted to think — by your pairing of the USAir & Chase Freedom category bonuses…. I have both — yet had figured Freedom was far, far better than the “cheap” Barclay’s offer. Now, I’m considering…. both. 🙂

    • I have a feeling you know what to do with those gift cards, Will. 🙂 Chase Freedom is definitely better, but if you spend more than $1500 per quarter in those categories, the US Airways bonus is a nice…bonus. Not as great as the 15-20k people are being offered, but still something.

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