Reminder- Last Week to Purchase US Airways Miles at 100% Bonus

by on June 27, 2011 · 17 comments

in US Airways

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Just a friendly reminder that the 100% bonus on US Airways miles ends on Thursday June 30, 2011 (see my original post on the deal). Link to buy miles.
If you aren’t sure whether this makes sense for you, ask yourself the following questions:

1) Would I pay $1,330 to fly business class to Tokyo?
2) Would I pay $1,478 to fly business class to Europe?
3) Would I pay $886 to fly business class to Europe in the off-peak season (January/February)?
4) Would I pay $369.50 for a domestic coach roundtrip?

If you answered yes to any of these, you may want to look into buying the miles needed. Check out the US Airways’ award and upgrade charts on my master list of award charts.

Before jumping in and purchasing miles, I’d recommend checking availability to see if there are Star Alliance flights needed on your dates. There are three tools I recommend:
1) (just make sure you don’t include the Virgin Atlantic availability you see in the results)
2) ANA Tool

No registration is needed, but you can only make one purchase per account with a maximum of 50,000 miles (100,000 miles with the 100% bonus).

And remember, you do not earn miles on award tickets, so if earning elite status is important to you, buying US Airways miles may not be the way to go. However, if you like to ride in premium cabins for the price you’d normally pay (or less) to fly in coach, then I highly recommend doing the math and considering this promotion.

Even though I have several hundred thousand Dividend Miles laying around from their Grand Slam and other assorted promos, I’m still going to buy the maximum amount allowed, because I do think this is an all around good deal.

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  • gavinmac

    I actually just did this last night. Thanks.

  • dale

    This is tempting, but USAir service is very limited for some of us. How useful would the miles be in other Star Alliance mileage programs? Thanks! – Dale

  • The Points Guy

    @Dale- these miles can be redeemed on any of the 26 star alliance partners

  • byroshi

    Hi Brian,

    Thanks again for the content – really enjoy your blog. Just wanted to confirm with you – if I see the “saver pass” business class award available on for partner awards, I should be able to call US Airways and book those routes with 90k US Dividend Miles?

  • Brian (J)

    Few months ago I burned 200K for (2) Lufthansa Business to Paris. If I could have bought them for $1,500 each I would have, buying 200K miles now for $3,000 is the same so I think I will get them for me and my companion thus refilling my miles.

  • Carl

    As you suggested, I find this promotion very useful for the Envoy Class off-peak award to Europe at 60k miles, which is even more of a value for those of us in Hawaii. I actually enjoy Europe in the winter and have no problem finding availability.

  • Brandon

    Thanks for the reminder!

  • whatafy

    Hello Brian,

    Thanks a lot for this information. It is very useful!

  • noel

    now if only I had $1500 laying around..

    so tempting.

  • ausser

    How would one book/check the “off peak” award levels on usair? I can see *a availability on, however I assume the low (i.e., 30k for r/t economy) usair award levels are only bookable on usair metal, or other flights which show on

    hope that makes sense.

  • The Points Guy

    @ausser- you can check them at Basically, if there’s a saver level award on am actual us airways flights (not codeshare) during the offpeak period, it should price at the offpeak level. This only works when using usairways miles on usairways flights

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  • Donna

    Can these miles then be exchanged for delta skymiles on

  • The Points Guy

    @Donna- probably, but it would be a terrible value. Please don’t do that! It would probably be cheaper to buy Delta miles directly

  • Donna

    So I guess that means the miles don’t transfer 1 to 1?

  • matt

    Wavered for a while, but ended up buying 2x 100k miles. Takes care of the Sapphire initial spend as well.

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