Earlier this week, I wrote an article about the 50,000 miles sign up bonus for the Premier Miles & More MasterCard. To quickly highlight the bonus, you’ll earn 20,000 award miles after your first purchase. Earn an additional 30,000 miles after spending $5,000 in the first 90 days of opening your account. There is a $79 annual fee that is not waived for the first year.
I had several questions regarding the Miles & More program and Barclays, so I figured I’d address them in a post so you could all access the information in case you have similar questions.
1. What’s up with Barclay? Why did they deny me? Should I apply for a card through Barclaycards?
There are two typical Barclay experiences out there.
Group One: I just keep getting Barclay approvals.
Rapid Travel Chai, as an example, was able to get instant approvals on four Barclay cards in the same day. His suggestion is to wait six months between US Airways applications.
There are lots of people who report that the US Airways card is churnable (though perhaps the hardest Barcaly card to get). As an example, you can read about Noobtraveler’s experience.
Group Two: I keep getting approvals with other companies like American Express and Chase, but not Barclay.
Honestly, I’m in this camp. I do have a US Airways Business card and a personal card. I recently applied for the Arrival card and a second US Airways card and was denied. I didn’t even bother to call reconsideration because of reports that your active US Airways card may be closed. I actually want to keep my US Airways card because, for my $89 each year, I get a 10,000 mile bonus. Plus I can get 5,000 miles off a US Airways award ticket.
Based on my recent experiences, I’d say Barclays is a much more conservative bank than the others. If you’ve been denied for a Barclay’s card, I suggest you wait six months before trying again.
2. Can I book United International flights without a fuel surcharge?
That depends. :)
Million Mile Secrets shares some great insight on the topic.
Basically, if you book flights in the US or flights from the US to Canada, Caribbean, Mexico, and South America, you don’t. If, however, you are traveling on United to Asia or Europe, you will pay a fuel surcharge of $250 or more.
Interestingly, if you book on US Airways, you won’t pay fuel surcharges so that means flights to Europe on US Airways is a way to get to Europe without the fuel surcharge.
3. How do I know what flights I can book using Miles & More?
You can use your Miles & More points to book flights on any Star Alliance flights. Your best bet is to use United.com or ANA’s award search tool to try and find “Saver Award” availability. If you see saver awards available, you can call Lufthansa and book your flights over the phone.
4. How many miles will it cost for a trip?
The easiest way to answer that question is to visit the Miles and More Mileage Calculator to see how many miles it will cost in your preferred class of service.
5. Which is the best link to use?
There has been some discussion online about the difference between the affiliate link and the non-affiliate link floating around. The affiliate link is better because you get 50,000 miles even if you’re approved for the Premier World or Platinum MasterCard. However, with the other link (you can see that here), you’ll only get 5,000 miles if you’re approved for the lesser Platinum card.
If you have any more questions about the card, I’ll do my best to give you an accurate answer so you can make a wise decision when trying to decide if you should apply for the Lufthansa Premier Miles & More MasterCard.