18 US Airways Miles per Dollar Spent at

by on February 25, 2011 · 8 comments

in US Airways

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There’s nothing more satifying than a nice double or triple dip – earning miles multiple ways for the same purchase. Specifically, I like when I earn miles for meals through dining programs, OpenTable, AND my points earning credit card. I also enjoy doing the same with my retail purchases – always buying items through airline affiliated shopping portals (which link to the same exact site like,, etc) and using a miles/points earning credit card.

I haven’t been able to double dip much when it comes to airfare, but I just ran across this promotion with US Airways and Booking Buddy, which gives a whopping 18 miles per dollar spent. A $1,400 ticket will yield you enough miles for a free domestic round trip - not bad! I’m not sure how long this will last, but if you have airfare to book, you might as well do it through this partnership. I haven’t done it personally, but a well-established Flyertalker has, which you can read about in this thread .

I’d recommend taking screen shots (Print-Screen button, paste into MS Paint, and save) and keeping careful track of what’s spent in case you need to chase down the miles owed to you. As for Booking Buddy – they are a legitimate site, so I wouldn’t worry about that.

I don’t have any immediate airfare to book, but let me know how it goes if you decide to do this. It could be quite lucrative – especially if you can finagle booking airfare for a large group (and then getting reimbursed).

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  • James

    Awsome, thanks for posting this. I need to book 3 RT flights ord-bom for my family so at 1,200 a pop, this could net 64k miles.

  • Steve

    Oh my God. Been waiting to book a trip in September for me, my wife my daughter and son-in-law and their 3 year old twins. Glad I waited! Cost just over $2700 – and will get me almost 50,000 US Air miles that I NEVER would have known about but for checking out The Points Guy today. Many thanks!

  • Brooks

    So it looks like booking hotels via Booking Buddy would count too, right? I can’t tell if it’s limited to flights. Thanks for the heads up!

  • tassojunior

    All I see are hotels (or hotels + flights).

    I wonder if the Priceline reward includes name your price?

  • Tim

    Thanks so much PointsGuy!
    Amazing Find!!

    With this offer I just booked 2 flights from LA to New York ($818) and a flight from LA to Sydney ($1450) earning me about 40,000 US Airways Miles for booking through Booking Buddy.

    Add the double miles I earn as an elite for flying United (19,800 miles for the NYC flights and 30,000 for the Sydney flights) plus the double miles I earn for purchasing United flights on my Chase United card (another 4,500 miles)

    That’s a total of 40,000 US Airways Miles and 54,300 United Miles!

    Plus 19750 EQMs for flying and 2260 EQMS for $ purchases on my United card!

  • Steve

    I wrote above that I will get almost 50,000 miles for buying six tickets for my family from Newark to Scottsdale – $2750 spend. Now I read elsewhere that as a Platinum Elite, I get a 75% bonus which would bring this up to 86,000 free miles.

    Wondering how long it should take these miles to post – in other words, when should I start getting nervous that this is all a big mistake!

  • The Points Guy

    Looks like it would be anything through Booking Buddy (and Booking Buddy doesn’t actually book the flights- they direct to other travel sites). Who knows how this will work out- its worth a shot!

  • Steve

    Just wrote on FlyerTalk that I have a cruise booked thru AMEX summer 2012. Getting AMEX benefits of about $600 for the cruise. But if I cancel and rebook thru BookingBuddy, with my 75% Platinum bonus, I would end up with 315,000 miles.

    I’m sorry – hope it works but this makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. We’ll see if I get my original points but the value of the cruise miles would be far greater than the cost of the cruise!

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