It’s not that often that credit card companies are willing to shower you with miles for next to nothing, but that is exactly what is currently happening with the Barclays US Airways credit card. The sign up bonus is 50,000 US Airways Dividend miles after first purchase and paying the annual fee of $89. So for $89 and a $0.50 Amazon gift certificate to yourself, you can top up your Dividend miles balance by a cool 50,000 miles.
I got an email just the other day from a friend inquiring as to how to best approach getting from the US to SE Asia without being stuck in coach. Considering that this particular friend is 6’6″, avoiding coach seems like the smart thing to do.
He had been thinking about buying coach tickets for him and his squeeze on American for $1100 and then using miles to upgrade the ticket to business class. He didn’t have the miles in his account already, so he was inquiring as to if this approach seemed reasonable and what cards he should be thinking about to make this a reality.
I am all for travel hacking your way into the premium cabin but am generally against buying a coach ticket and using the miles to upgrade. Here’s why: