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Last week, I finally bit the bullet and got the US Airways MasterCard with 40,000 bonus miles after first purchase and payment of the annual fee.
I made my first purchase, and then the annual fee hit. I paid it. And while waiting for my 40K miles, I saw that a new, better offer had come swimming along: 50,000 bonus miles after first purchase and payment of the annual fee.
Grrr. Hate when that happens.
Now, in the past, Chase has always been so kind about things like this. I wanted to see if Barclays would match me to the new 50K offer.
I spent maybe 2 minutes logging into my account and writing them an email.
They replied with a few hours and said they would match me! Here is what I wrote them and their reply:
How cool is that? I wrote on the night of 12/4, got a reply back on 12/5, and guess what happened on 12/6?
I value all my points and miles at 2 cents each, so this extra 10,000 miles is worth $200 to me. It’s almost enough for a free domestic one-way or 1/3 of a round-trip off-season award ticket to Europe or South America (when they eventually become AAdvantage miles). Not bad for typing a few sentences and asking.
Sometimes the best way to get points and miles is simply to ask for them. If you’ve gotten this card recently (past ~90 days), it’s worth a shot to get an extra 10K miles. Anyone else been able to bump their bonus?* If you liked this post, consider signing up to receive free blog posts in an RSS reader and you’ll never miss an update! And thanks for using my links to apply for new card offers!
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