I received a comment from Jason on a post, tipping me off that he received a notice that this year’s companion certificate would be the last he will receive as a benefit of the card.
I spoke to a US Airways World MasterCard representative to verify and she confirmed. Current card holders will be receiving notices this week (if they haven’t already) that their 2015 certificates will be their last.
I asked about the companion certificate being listed as a benefit when people apply, and she said the wording is very specific on that benefit. I looked at it again and it is extremely specific:
The agent cheerfully told me that the baggage allotment is a much better deal for people than the companion certificates. I told her this wasn’t true for people with status with US Airways and she asked me why. I explained the benefits were redundant, and she quickly said, “I’m sure they’ll find a way to make it up to elites too!”
I’m not so sure. I think this may go the way of the United Explorer Card where it was great for people sans benefits (and the commercial even talked that up), but there’s much less in the way of benefits to elites.