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The “US Airways Premier World MasterCard” is cutting its lowest redemption level for free seats from 25,000 miles to 20,000 miles and is waiving the award processing fee for cards with an annual fee greater than $51. The airline credit card is also kicking off a summer sweepstakes. The new benefits have been added to the menu of other perks such as a 25,000 miles signup bonus, up to 10,000 bonus miles for balance transfers for new cardholders; a 0% APR on balance transfers for the first six months for new cardholders; “First Class” check-in and “Zone Two” boarding; up to two $99 companion tickets annually; no mileage cap; and, an annual day-pass to the “US Airways Club.” US Airways, Barclays, the card issuer, and MasterCard will also sponsor a special consumer promotion July 27th through August 31st during which consumers can win over three million “Dividend Miles” and a $10,000 MasterCard gift card by testing their geography knowledge in an interactive online game. Participants can earn chances to win in daily, weekly and grand sweepstakes drawings. To play the game, go to “”:

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