Last year, I had applied for a US Airways DividendMiles MasterCard with a 30,000 mile bonus, 10,000 mile anniversary bonus and a $99 companion pass, all for an $89 annual fee. Requiring only one purchase to trigger the bonus miles, I had the miles in my account within a matter of days, and have since had those transferred to my American Airlines AAdvantage account with the merger. I ended up using the companion pass with some friends to Disney World, so, for having the annual fee on the card waived the first year, I’d consider this a pretty stellar offer.
A week or so ago, a working link to a 50,000 mile offer was available on FlyerTalk and some other blogs, and, since the card is scheduled to disappear within the next few weeks, decided to take the risk in applying for a second one, hoping to receive an additional 50,000 bonus miles. Those links, FYI, are no longer working, just in case you are wondering.
It looks like there was one concise rumor floating around – if you were instantly approved online, you’d receive the card and be eligible for the bonus. If you were not instantly approved, and had to call in, you would be out of luck. I decided to take the gamble to see what happened, and after applying, was met with the dreaded “we’ll get back to you” email. Darn.
Today, I received a letter from Barclaycard in the mail, as I expected. Here’s what they had to say:
We have reviewed your application and determined that we are unable to approve you for a US Airways credit card for the following reason(s):
Our records show that you’ve already established the maximum allowable number of this product with us. Please let us know immediately if you did not apply for or receive this product previously
Interestingly, the letter also goes on to mention that a credit bureau report was not used in making this determination, and I haven’t seen any “ding” on my credit report since. So, good news there. As far as I can tell, this was a no harm, no foul attempt.
I’d be curious to hear of others who applied for a second card as well to see if any results were different.
Have you applied for a second US Airways MasterCard? If so, were you successful?
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