March 27th, 2011

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Just a friendly reminder that the 100% US Airways purchase miles promotion ends on Thursday, March 31, 2011. As I outlined in my original post on the offer, this is an excellent way to buy premium Star Alliance flights for cheap.

For example, $1,238 will get you 45,000 base miles plus 22,500 bonus miles and then another 22,500 bonus miles when you complete a mere three searches using the Dividend Miles toolbar.

90,000 US Airways miles will earn you a trip to Asia in business class (Star Alliance award travel chart) from North America on any Star Alliance carrier. So don’t use usairways.com as a judge of what flights you can get – I recommend using continental.com for award searches because the site also includes Star Alliance airlines like ANA, Thai, United, Continental, US Airways, Lufthansa, TAP, bmi and Air Canada. But beware – the search engine is not perfect. It only shows coach and business class (not international first class) and sometimes business class availability will appear, but you are actually booked into coach class – a shenanigan I highlighted in this post. Also make sure to take into account that a bunch of airlines like Turkish, South African, Singapore and Swiss won’t show up online.

Remember – this promotion includes US members who had an account before 2/1/11.

Feel free to post any questions about the promo or US Airways in general in the comments section and I’ll do my best to answer.

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Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.

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N/A
Regular APR
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