US Airways 50% Bonus on Hotel Transfers

by on March 12, 2012 · 36 comments

in Starwood, US Airways

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US Airways is offering a 50% bonus on hotel points transferred into US Airways miles until March 31, 2012. I generally don’t recommend transferring hotel points to airline miles (unless you really need to top up for an award), though this promotion certainly sweetens the value proposition – especially if you know how to maximize US Airways redemptions (check out this post for my rundown of the Dividend Miles program).
One of the biggest opportunities here is to transfer Starwood points, because this promotion stacks on top of the existing 5,000 mile bonus Starwood adds to each 20,000 point transfer to US Airways. So 20,000 Starpoints = 25,000 US Airways miles + this 50% promotion = 37,500 miles.

You can also transfer Amex points to Starwood at 2:1 until March 31, 2012, so with this bonus you can essentially move Amex to US Airways at 1: .94, which is nearly an even exchange.

US Airways has some gem redemptions like 110,000 miles in business class to Australia/Oceania/New Zealand and you can route through Asia. The other day I booked a friend on Newark-Singapore-Newark on Singapore airlines in business class for 120,000 US Airways miles and $140 in fees. US also has off-peak promo awards, like 60,000 miles roundtrip US to Europe in business class. Unlike many frequent flyer programs US Airways generally has very low taxes and fees on awards, though note they do not have one-way awards.

Click here to transfer Startpoints: note there is a maximum of 79,999 points transferred per 24 hour period.  There is a clause in the T&C that states “Dividend Miles members will earn only one bonus when they transfer hotel points into Dividend Miles during the promotion.” I’ve Tweeted and emailed US Airways for clarification, so I’d hold off on doing multiple transfers until we know whether more than one will get the 50% bonus.

While I love Star Alliance travel, I have way more airline miles than hotel points these days so I’m not going to transfer any Starwood points. Instead I’m going to transfer 120,000 Amex to 60,000 Starwood, which will then turn into 112,500 US Airways miles – more than enough for a business class roundtrip to Australia/New Zealand. What are you thinking of doing to take advantage of these promotions?

Terms & Conditions

Eligibility: Offer void where prohibited by law. No registration required. Only miles converted with an activity (‘eligible activity date’) date between March 11, 2012 and March 31, 2012 will earn a bonus. Earning bonus miles: Bonus miles are in addition to Dividend Miles awarded by hotel partners for points conversions. Only hotel points that are converted into Dividend Miles from March 11, 2012 – March 31, 2012 are eligible. Hotel bonus miles do not count towards Preferred status. Bonus miles will post 6-8 weeks from date of the eligible activity date. Dividend Miles members will earn only one bonus when they transfer hotel points into Dividend Miles during the promotion. Dividend Miles members will earn a 50% bonus. Eligible activity date: Eligible activity date is based on the date the qualifying partner records the mileage transaction, and not necessarily the date on which the transaction occurred. US Airways assumes no responsibility for how qualifying partners record activity dates. Check with the applicable partner to confirm policies and procedures for recording activity dates. The last date that activity from a qualifying partner can be received by US Airways for bonus miles consideration is April 10, 2012, regardless of the eligible activity date for such activity. General terms: All US Airways Dividend Miles terms and conditions apply. You may opt out of US Airways emails at any time. US Airways is not responsible for the quality or delivery of goods and/or services provided by Dividend Miles partners. All Dividend Miles partner terms and conditions apply. Partner offers are subject to change without notice. Hotel transfers (points to miles conversions) are subject to terms and conditions as stipulated in your agreement with your hotel program.

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  • Sil

    what is the rate of exchange using Club Carlson points to U.S.Airways miles?

  • Henrik

    Not having one way awards is only one drawback of US Airways. Be careful when using US Airways miles for partner airlines. If you need to make a change after travel commences you are screwed. If you need to come home early, your ticket will be worthless!

  • Asdfasdfasd

    isn’t 120k MR pts better used as 180k BA or DL miles when there’s a bonus?

    or are you diversifying?

  • thepointsguy

    I’m focused on building up Star Alliance and Aeroplan/Singapre rarely offer Amex transfer bonuses and their fees are much higher than US. But yes, other transfer partners can be more valuable with bonuses, but I’m all about diversifying

  • Awfulplan

    Aeroplan fees are MUCH MUCH higher. Last week I booked 2 identical seats on a long haul journey FRA-MNL-FRA one on Aeroplan and the other on US. The US one cost $114 the Aeroplan one cost $849

  • Michael

    I believe it’s 8-1 Sil

  • Cindy

    Does this make more sense than AC at 1:1 for *A? I know AC can have high fuel surcharges, but not on UA, right?

  • Jindal Akhil

    Hi, I have 150000 Marriott points. Will it be a good idea to convert them to us air miles?

  • Anne Hill

    Great information! I love your blog! You always post interesting things!

  • Nikolaos

    Better buy an additional 50K Marriott points and redeem for a Travel Package!!

  • Dave Op

    I personally find US Airways Dividend miles one of the most difficult to use, same category with Delta. Every time I need to book one, only the medium and high miles are available.

  • thepointsguy

    Are you using u If so that’s your problem- they should have same saver avail as just have to call to book

  • BarkMarkman

    Can you book one-way award tickets on other Star Alliance carriers using US Airways miles?

  • thepointsguy

    No one ways using US Airways miles

  • Patbb Brendan Patman

    I quit Dividend Miles last year because of its Award Processing Fee, which totally contradicts the concept of free ticket. Also, any ticket on any partner airline or any open-jaw even if all on US requires phone booking & associated fee! Finally, as Henrik has posted, no changes to the return once U fly outbound–not even by paying a fee!

  • Patbb Brendan Patman

    Rate varies depending on how many Carlson points: 2000:250, 50K: 8K, 100K:18K.

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  • PJ

    I often find EWR SNA nonstop flights are bookable with United ( CO then) online but never on US airways online booking site is this normal? or what is the trick to spend US airways miles on United Non stop flights ?

  • PJ

    do you mean when I see availability on United, I can call US Airways to book ?

  • PJ

    I transferred 20K +1K MR to become aeroplan 25K now i have trouble finding nonstop flights EWR SNA wonder is this the outcome of the CO-UA merger ?

    A few months ago, I saw aeroplan was as GOOD as CO points except for small booking fees

  • Yitz

    If i transfer my spg to a us airways account in a different name will the transfer go through or the names have to match?

  • thepointsguy

    Us only shows US flights- call to book partner awards

  • thepointsguy

    I agree the award processing fees are annoying but they are still less than what Aeroplan and Singapore tack on to awards

  • thepointsguy

    Yes- saver level awards can be booked with US miles if you call

  • Sean

    TPG, can you expand on your proposition? It seems to me that 120k MR > 112.5k DM

    Are you factoring in the low co-pay on awards?

  • thepointsguy

    Star Alliance is the best alliance in my opinion, however now that Continental left Amex, the only real ways to book Star Alliance flights are via Aeroplan (higher fees and higher award rates). Singapore (Much higher fees) and ANA (weird program that has high fees, though some low award levels). I like US Airways for good redemptions and low fees, so I’ll move some of my mountain of Amex points there.

    Yes Delta and British Airways can be good deals, but both of those programs have major shortcomings as well and I have tons of miles in both programs. I’m really making a play to diversify Amex to a strong Star Alliance program.

  • PJ

    fyi, Barclays issues US Airways credit card and almost always with 40K signon promotion with 1st pruchase. Unlike applying cards from US banks, you still get Barclay’s US airways Master card even you have MANY applying activities with other banks.

  • MTB2000


    I’m looking at a redemption for 360,000 Marriott Reward Points (Cat 8 Travel Package, 120,000 US Air & 7 night Marriott Cat 8 nights) in hopes of getting the 50% US Air bonus for an additional 60,000 US Air miles…180,000 total. Seems like a great deal to me, much better than the straight Marriott to US Air mileage transfers. Do you agree with the logic?

  • Kwitwa

    No clarification yet what does “Dividend Miles members will earn only one bonus when they transfer hotel points into Dividend Miles during the promotion” mean? I’d like to do 2 transfers (SPG + Marriott) if they both get me bonus…

  • work2fly

    TPG, has US Airways responded to your tweet/e-mail on the multiple transfer question?

  • bonesaz

    On the starwood site it says With US Airways®, you can transfer up to 79,999 of your Starpoints® into Dividend Miles® at a 1-to-1 ratio, max with the 5k bonus is 94,999, I’m not sure if that is in total or per day/transfer. I called US they said you get 1 binus, so if the starwood site allowed multiple transfers you only get the bonus once. I hope I was given the wrong info, but I haven’t seen any other explanation or confirmation stating otherwise

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  • Sajerguy

    My 50% transfer bonus of US Airways miles posted on 4/17. Sweet!

  • Dutchguypdx

    today april 19th received
    Update: 40.000 SPG transferred to Us-airways.10.000 Bonus SPG
    25.000 bonus points from Us airways in my account to day
    total 75.000 miles from transfer

    March 12th transferred
    Great deal ,I was 4000 SPG short to transfer 40.000 to get 75.000 Us-airways miles. So I bought 4000 SPG for $140 , and received 75000 miles in my Us-airways account.
    SPG signup 30.000 points
    revered a friend to SPG 5000 points
    spend some money on the card including min spending $3000 (for the bonus)
    toped of with 4000 SPG $140
    end result!!
    75.000 us airways miles

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