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Final Reminder: Last Day to Buy Cheap Star Alliance Miles Via US Airways

by on September 15, 2011 · 20 comments

in star alliance, US Airways

Today is the last day for the US Airways 100% buy miles promotion. While you may be saying, “Oh, I’m not going to be flying US Airways,” the great thing is that you don’t have to set foot on their planes to use these miles. You can redeem for flights on any of the Star Alliance carriers including: Adria, Aegean, Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zealand, All Nippon Airways, Asiana, Austrian, Blue1, bmi, Brussels, Continental, Croatia, EgyptAir, LOT Polish, Lufthansa, SAS, Singapore, South African, Spanair, Swiss, Tam, TAP and Thai.

See this post for more info on maximizing US Airways awards.

And if you do this promo today, it will also count as a hit towards the Grand Slam promo, which is another way to rack up miles relatively cheaply.

While US Airways has run these promotions a lot in the past couple years, you never know when the gravy train is going to end. Even though I have a bunch of miles, I still maxed out this time and bought 100,000 miles for $1,478. It’s only 90,000 miles business class roundtrip to North Asia, so why not?!

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  • Nathan Keirn

    Any idea if this will give double points with the Chase Sapphire?

  • Matthew Adams

    This is agonizing. I’ve got ~140K DM’s right now, but I don’t have another “big trip” coming up for another year at least. The further out the time frame goes on my booking, the more I fear a US devaluation, alliance exit, or some other catastrophic event.

    Even so, at under 1.5 cents per mile, it is really hard not pulling the trigger on this.

  • Anonymous

    Brian, do you know if I can get 2x points if I use the United Mileage Plus Visa Signature (3,2,1 card), which gives 2x points for “star alliance purchases”? Is buying US points considered a Star A purchase?

  • David

    I earned 120,000 United Airlines miles on the “Months of Miles” promotion before they capped it at 25k, so I don’t need to buy these :)

  • Anonymous

    Doubtful since its processed as a points.com transaction

  • Anonymous

    Doubtful since its processed as a points.com transaction

  • Elai1231

    If I want to go to Asia early next year on Economy, how do I calculate how many miles I’ll need? I don’t want to buy too many miles that I won’t use yet.

  • Flyer Fun

    Still thinking about this one. I purchased 100K miles in last promotion. RT first class USA Southeast Asia is 170K. So I am tempted. However, I have 6 Systemwide upgrades on Continental, so I will probably use them next year. So earliest I could use in 2013. Thinking that maybe I should wait for promotion next year. Any thoughts.

  • RakSiam

    I think US is addicted to the money they generate from this promo so it’s probable that it will show up again in a few months. I got in for the max at the beginning of the year and don’t really want to tie up $1500 in points again at this time. I have about 150K US miles at the moment…enough the get me F class to Australia at some point.

  • RM

    I just purchased the 50 K + 50 K miles, can I purchase any amount of miles again today?

  • An

    Hi. Do you know if you can use miles from US Airways to book award flights with Continental that are national flights? Or do you have to use US Air exclusively if they fly to the same place. Thanks

  • An

    Hi. Do you know if you can use miles from US Airways to book award flights with Continental that are national flights? Or do you have to use US Air exclusively if they fly to the same place. Thanks

  • Anonymous

    You never have to fly US airways.. even on a route that US flies, you can book on any Star Alliance partner if theres availability. USairways.com will only show US routes, so you need to do your research on Continental.com or ANA search tool and then call US to book the partner award

  • Anonymous

    Bonus is only good on first purchase

  • Kevin C.

    They didn’t give me double points, but I did fight with a CSC for a while telling her that this is a “travel” purchase that I made through the US Airways website. After about 20 minutes of arguing, she gave in and gave me the double points. YMMV, of course.

  • http://twitter.com/skyvan Andrew Fielding

    Doh, missed it this time…too much travelling…will have to get it the next time around, got it the last time around and still figuring out what to use it on.

  • Nathan Keirn

    Yeah, I see it was billed as Services and Merchandise, but I intend to call up. For example, since Delta doesn’t farm their mileage buys and transfers out to points.com you get double points automatically.

  • Babak

    I am looking to buy milage from star alliance member. is there anybody wants to sale the millage?

  • babak

    do you want to sale your 150K millage? is it star alliance member ship?

  • Babak

    would you like to sale your millage by 1.3 cent per mile?? if yes i am looking to buy.

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