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Amazing Deal: US Airways 100% Buy Miles Bonus, Roundtrip Business Class to Europe from $887

by on June 6, 2011 · 44 comments

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US Airways just announced a new 100% bonus on purchased miles from June 6-30, 2011. Key rules: You can only buy up to 50,000 miles (100,000 total with the bonus) and you must have been a member for at least 12 days, so if you don’t have a Dividend Miles account, create one here.

This is a deal I will be getting in on, because there’s no quicker, easier way to rack up 100,000 miles that can be redeemed for Star Alliance flights for $1,478. In fact, I often go to Europe in January/February, so I frequently take advantage of US Airway’s off-peak Envoy awards that are only 60,000 miles roundtrip in business class ($887 if buying miles through this promotion). In fact, I was on a off-peak saver award on January 15, 2009 flying LaGuardia to Philadelphia, Philadelphia to Madrid and my LGA-PHL flight took off just 20 minutes before US Airways flight 1549, which as we all know ended up in the Hudson River.

This February I also used an off-peak award to fly my friend from Madrid to San Francisco for a close friend’s surprise birthday party (and memorable French Laundry dinner) – all for 60,000 US miles and about $90. The coach fare on that trip was $1,110, so spending $887 on a prior buy miles 100% bonus promotion, seemed to make the most sense – especially since she got to fly business class on all four legs of the trip, including the new Envoy sleeper seats.

Off-peak awards may not work for everyone (they do not work on Star Alliance partners- only on US Airways operated flights), but if you can plan travel around them, they can be great values. The great thing is you can see if they are available before you buy any miles. Just search for awards during the off-peak time periods and it’ll automatically show at the discounted price if there is availability at the low level.

Offpeak dates are in green - calendar of options for Phoenix to Madrid in February

60,000 miles and $95 Phoenix to Madrid. Not bad considering the PHX-PHL roundtrip in first is 50,000 miles. Only 10k more for Europe!

Even if you don’t want to fly US Airways on off-peak dates, this promotion can be a huge value versus paying for tickets – especially in premium cabins. Remember, US Airways is a member of Star Alliance, which means you can redeem US miles for flights on: Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Blue1, BMI, Brussels Airlines, Continental Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EgyptAir, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, SAS, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Spanair, Swiss International Air Lines, TAM Airlines, TAP Portugal, Thai Airways International, Turkish Airlines and United Airlines.
Other US Airways partners are: Bahamasair, Hawaiian Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Jet, Qatar Airways and Royal Jordanian.

Click here to see the US Airways Star Alliance Award Chart. Some of my favorite roundtrip (US Airways does not allow one-way redemptions for half the price of a roundtrip award) US Airways awards are: 90,000 miles North America to North Asia (China, Hong Kong, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macau, Mongolia, S. Korea, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan) and 110,000 miles for business class to Africa.

You have to call US Airways to book Star Alliance flights, but you can do research beforehand. Continental.com is the easiest way to find Star Alliance award space – that engine pulls in a lot of Star Alliance partners so whenever you find SaverPass flights, you should be able to book with Dividend Miles. To be safe, call US Airways at 800-428-4322 and put your award on hold, then buy the miles, then ticket the reservation. The bonus miles generally post instantly, so you shouldn’t have any issues with this method.

Official T&C:
Offer available for purchases made between June 6 and June 30, 2011, 11:59 MT. All purchases are non-refundable. Bonus mile amounts will be awarded upon completion of the transaction. The maximum number of Buy and/or Gift Bonus miles that can be received by one member for this offer is 50,000 bonus miles. All miles purchased beyond this limit will not be eligible for a bonus. Offer is subject to change. Offer cannot be combined with any other offer. Only purchases made online are eligible for the bonus. Miles purchased through Buy, Share or Gift Miles do not count towards Dividend Miles Preferred status. All other Dividend Miles Terms and Conditions apply. Please note that Dividend Miles accounts less than 12 days old are not permitted to Buy, Share or Gift miles. Award seats are capacity controlled and may not be available for the requested dates or mileage amounts.

Miles are sold for $0.0275 per mile plus a tax recovery charge of 7.5%. GST/HST will be charged to Canadian residents. Miles purchased through Buy, Share or Gift Miles do not count towards Dividend Miles Preferred status. All other Dividend Miles Terms and Conditions apply. Please note that Dividend Miles accounts less than 12 days old are not permitted to Buy, Share or Gift Miles. All purchases are non-refundable.

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  • Dan

    I am canadian with a usa adress. If i chage my adress to a anadian one, i will only pay 5% gst or also the 7,5 % ?

  • The Points Guy

    @Dan, the way I read the T&C is that Canadians get hit with another tax, though I’m not sure to be honest

  • gavinmac

    Thanks for the heads up. I currently have 0 miles in my dividend miles account (missed out on their sign up bonus). But maybe it’s time to buy 50k miles and then get the credit card.

    Any chance of an upcoming post about maximizing US Airways miles and addressing their rules on stopovers, open jaw, fees, etc.? And are they due for adjusting their redemption chart or at risk of bankruptcy? Would hate to spend the money and then have the value of miles reduced.

  • NP

    Do you happen to know whether you get 2X bonus miles for US Airways purchases if you buy this deal with the US Air Premier World card?

  • Mike A.

    Just bought 60k myself (30k, then got an extra 30).
    I’m getting way to addicted to this mileage game.

  • Kris

    I second gavinmac’s request… I’m so tempted by this, especially by the prospect of cheap business class, but there’s no way i could redeem until 2013…

  • HikerT

    Hey Points Guy, “Amazing Deal” seems to be your catch phrase as of late, grin. While pretty good, what makes this one amazing? Looks to be 1.48 cpm, the same as last month, granted you don’t need to have the credit card and can buy twice as many miles per account. I think a 100% share bonus would come closer to amazing.

  • The Points Guy

    @Gavin- I will highlight US next in my series on stopovers/open jaws, so look out for that. Its a pretty good program overall. I don’t foresee bankruptcy or an award chart inflation, but that is the risk of getting in on these deals. There has to be a downside for being able to get business class awards for so cheap. If you are a risktaker, you can come out on top in a major way. I see the overall risk as pretty low, though I would recommend having a plan for redemption. a

    @NP- yep- you should get double miles if you use your US Airways card- good call on that

    @Mike- In my opinion its better to be addicted to miles than crack!

    @Kris- I’m sure some financial person can create a default risk for US Airways Divident MIles (there probably already is one- any Wall St TPGers care to chime in?), but overall I wouldn’t be too concerned. Even if you redeemed US miles on a Star Alliance carrier and got it ticketed, I bet they’d still honor it if US went under, but I couldn’t guarantee that.

    @Hiker- Amazing deal is my phrase when I personally get in on deals and can vouch for their potential. I think it flows nicely, no? :-)
    Its amazing because there aren’t annoying catches like the credit card (which I Don’t have) or silly toolbar installation and citizenship requirements. This is a straight up easy way to get Star Alliance miles, which can be redeemed for some stellar redemptions. Maybe I’m just a sucker for simple promos.

  • http://facebook.com/getgowing Spicy B

    It costs a little more, but a great way to get a few vacations in is to position yourself in the Caribbean, then you can redeem to SE Asia First Class for only 120k miles from there. Using this promotion, the miles costs about ~$1,774 after tax, and I’m sure you could get to Caribbean for around $225 making it all in for about $2k. And that could be on Singapore Airlines / Thai / ANA First!

  • Latimer

    What a great deal. I just ran some searches from SFO and they’re looking quite good. Do you know if multiple purchases are allowed? 50K and then 10K the next day? Also, does US Airways allow merging of two accounts? I want my fiancee to sign up as well.

  • HikerT

    @NP – it posts as a points.com purchase (not US Airways) so no extra bonus miles if you pay with the US Airways MC.

  • Carl

    @Points Guy – is a stopover allowed in either direction at one of the hubs on an off peak award? Great info on the Off Peak award by the way. While I use DM quite often for SA awards, I was not familiar with this feature and already found good availability to Europe this winter based on your guidance.

  • http://N/a Kamal

    Points guy, I have 12 family members who will be flying to India with me at the end of this year for my wedding. What are the points required for a trip to India with these miles. I can sign up my whole family and buy all of these miles for them, but only if it is something that’s possible. 12 of us went this year for my sister’s wedding and it ended up costing my father alittle over 20000$, so you can see why I’m trying to lighten the load. I just got into the whole points thing when someone told me that we should have gotten some pretty decent rewards after that trip and I gave him a blank stare. I now have a British airways chase card that I got the 100000 miles with as well as the Aadvantage Cities card that I’m also working towards 100000 points with. Thanks in advance for your help.

  • Michael

    Is it really 110k for biz to south Africa? From lax? I need to go to capetown in July 2012 and wonder if this a solution. Spending under 2k for biz sounds great. And any idea how I can the over ten k into my account so I’d have 110k?

  • Simon

    For those finding F availability (as a means to determine if this deal is worth getting on), have you actually called US Airways to confirm those SQ & NH seats are in fact available (TG & OZ are quite loose with theirs). You may want to test US Airway awards reservations with some “dummy” bookings to confirm the seats are available before you jump in & buy the miles, only to be disappointed when US Airways agent cannot actually see the inventory (happens often).

    Examples please if you’ve been successful – thanks.

  • Kim

    Can anyone help me? I’m new to the game and needing two tickets to Barcelona from Sept 25 – Oct 2. Not sure I want to use accumulated miles because I’m saving for something else. Should I purchase us air miles and fly that way rather than out right buy a ticket from another airline? Doesn’t seem I can fly business or first or these dates, but not an expert at booking reward seats. If I have to fly coach is this a better deal than just purchasing a ticket outright? Any help appreciated!

  • JohnnieD

    Just an FYI for the Off Peak US Airways awards in Feb– If you have the US Airways Mastercard, a RT in Envoy class to Eur is 5k less at 55K. So my wife and I are going to MAD in Feb for 11oK!!

  • David

    Rio de Janeiro is the other big US Airways Saver destination — and yes with the USair MC you get 5K off your redemption for EACH ticket.

  • dwh

    Any idea if buying this can be reimbursed using the travel program with the Capital One Venture card?

  • HikerT

    @dwh: unlikely since it will post as a points.com purchase. That said, you do realize you can reimburse against the same travel expense multiple times on the Capital One Venture card don’t you? So all you need is one relatively large travel expense and a few smaller ones, and you can effectively redeem all your points. :)

  • Todd Harrison

    Anxiously awaiting the maximizing US Air points post as well!!

  • Dean

    @Todd Harrison: huh? Please elaborate, Sir.

  • Latimer Luis

    @David: What months are the saver promotions available for Rio?

    @dwh: Even if it’s not noted as “Travel” by default, a CSR could easily change this as long as you give them a good explanation. You’d have to call them, but it’s a relatively easy process. I plan to use my new Venture card as well.

  • Richard

    “@NP- yep- you should get double miles if you use your US Airways card- good call on that”

    Please clarify. Thanks so much.

  • Yaswanth

    I have all my miles with American so I’m One World. If I have no immediate need for these miles, should I still go ahead and buy them to have 100K miles I could use with Star Alliance allowing me to have far more options? I believe the miles don’t expire for up to 2 years correct?

  • Adam

    @TPG I’m looking at SFO-AMS and seeing some off-peak availability in Feb/Mar ’12 but only one of the flights. In your experience (or anyone else here for that matter) do more off-peak dates open up closer to those dates? 60k for a RT business class seat to Europe is an awesome deal!

    Thanks

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  • Steve

    I have 10.000 Dividend miles as I did not get the better MasterCard promo with US Air, and thinking of getting a coach ticket for a friend from SEA-MUC for 35.000 miles, will the 5000 miles discount apply even if I buy the ticket to someone else? How much is the tax approx? Can someone check it for me?
    Thanks.

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  • AJ

    @Kamal
    If you want to fly 12 people for a wedding, better hope that they dont need to fly together and once booked the travel dates dont change.

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  • vineeta

    Hi Brian, I used my Bank of America card with a 5% money back promotion through June 30, and lowered the cost of the miles even further. Another way to leverage this offer would be for people who have the Capital One Venture card to use that to buy the miles. They will get additional points on their card. The more points they rack up, the more they can offset the cost of their next air ticket!

  • G776699

    Can anyone advise if you have points ready to expire, can you pay your $25 and keep them active time after time
    or can you only do it once.

    Cheers Masonic Phantom

  • G776699

    Can anyone advise if you have points ready to expire, can you pay your $25 and keep them active time after time
    or can you only do it once.

    Cheers Masonic Phantom

  • David

    hey i’m new to this US airway points system. i’m about to buy 50,000 points and get the other 50,000 for free for the total of 100,000 points. my question is can i only buy tickets on US airways or i can buy tickets with any stars alliance? i’m trying to book a flight from Canada to Bangkok, Thailand and Thailand isn’t showing on the US Airways website. is there a star alliance website i can check how much points those would cost?

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  • Peter L.

    can you confirm this? can someone confirm this? i want to know from someone who has purchased dividend miles on their US Airways MC.

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  • Guest

    Just checked the USA Air site and it’s $1050 + tax for 30k + 30k bonus miles (60k total), not $887 as TPG reports, unless US Air has raised their rates since TPG bought his miles. Still .a good deal, but it’s not $887.
    Just applied for their Premier MC with 30k bonus with a single purchase. “Should” be able to get double points for purchasing miles with the card when I get it – I hope.

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