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If you fly on US Airways frequently, you may be eligible to achieve Preferred status. With this status, you’ll be eligible for upgrades and other benefits. Let’s take a look at how you can go about doing so.
To achieve Preferred status, you must earn at least 25,000 Preferred-qualifying miles or fly 30 flight segments. Miles can be earned by purchasing tickets on US Airways or any of their partners. First-class or Envoy-class earn an additional 50 percent mileage.
At 25,000 miles or 30 flight segments, you’ll achieve Silver status. At this point, you will qualify for a 25 percent bonus on the miles that you earn. Additionally, you’ll earn a minimum of 500 miles per flight segment, unlimited complimentary upgrades on flights in North America, Central America and the Caribbean, as well as the following benefits:
- Companion upgrades
- Preferred seating
- Star Alliance status
- Priority check-in, security lanes and early-boarding
- Personal reservations service
- Priority standby
- Same-day standby fee waiver
- US Airways Club membership discount
- Special Dividends
- First and second bag checked free of charge
At 50,000 miles or 60 segments, you’ll achieve Gold status. This status comes with all of the benefits of Silver status plus the following:
- 50 percent bonus on miles
- Priority baggage handling
- Third bag checked free of charge
At 75,000 miles or 90 flight segments, you’ll achieve Platinum status. In addition to all of the benefits offered at the Silver and Gold statuses, you’ll get:
- 75 percent bonus on miles
- Guaranteed seating
At 100,000 miles or 120 flight segments, you’ll achieve Chairman’s status and get all of the aforementioned benefits plus:
- 100 percent bonus on miles
- Complimentary upgrades to and from Hawaii, Europe, the Middle East and South America
Once you qualify for upgrades, you may wonder how to go about doing so. US Airways will automatically attempt to give you an upgrade and will notify you via email once they have attempted to do so. They’ll also notify you if your upgrade status has changed.
When a Y or B class economy ticket is purchased, you will be eligible for an upgrade to First Class. Again, this will be an automatic process.
In terms of prioritization, full-fare tickets are given first preference for upgrades. Then, economy-class tickets are prioritized by status. Chairman status flyers go first and Silver status flyers go last. So, the higher your status, the better chance you’ll have of getting an upgrade.
US Airways Premier World MasterCard
The US Airways Premier World MasterCard offers individuals 15,000 bonus miles after the first use, 15,000 bonus miles after $750 is spent within the first 3 months and up to 10,000 bonus miles if a balance transfer is made within the first 3 months. Ten thousand miles go toward Dividend Miles Preferred status, giving this card the edge over the US Airways World MasterCard, which has an annual fee that is $40 lower.
With this card, 2 miles are earned per dollar spent on US Airways purchases. One mile per dollar spent is earned on all other purchases. Two complimentary companion tickets are offered each year along with other perks, so this is a worthwhile card to have in your wallet if you fly on US Airways frequently.
US Airways Dividend Miles BusinessCard
The US Airways Dividend Miles BusinessCard offers 25,000 bonus miles after the first purchase and up to 10,000 bonus miles after a balance transfer is made within the first month. It offers 2 miles per dollar spent on US Airways purchases and 1 mile per dollar spent on all other purchases. Additionally, it offers up to 10,000 Preferred miles annually and a complimentary US Airways Club day pass – all for an annual fee of $79.
There is also a version of this card that comes with no annual fee. It offers 5,000 bonus miles after the first purchase and up to 10,000 bonus miles after a balance transfer is made within the first month. One mile is earned per dollar spent on US Airways purchases and 1 mile is earned for every $2 spent on all other purchases. With much better rewards, it may be best to pay the annual fee.