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I’ve written about a few recent buy and transfer promos from the airline, including Delta’s 75% miles purchase promo, as well as purchase promos from American (up to 37%) and US Airways (50%). Now US Airways is offering a 50% bonus on  mileage transfers between members from March 1-14.

The Cost Per Mile
US Airways charges you 1 cent per mile transferred, plus a processing fee of $30 (and a “tax recovery charge” of 7.5% for Canadians). So if you transfer 50,000 miles, it’ll cost $500 + $30 processing fee. With this 50% bonus, your recipient will also get a bonus of 25,000 miles (remember the original 50,000 were yours to begin with that were being transferred to someone else). So essentially you are buying 25,000 miles for $530 or 2.1 cents a mile. Certainly cheaper than buying them at the regular rate of 3.5 cents each, but more expensive than the good old days of 1.5 cents. 

Worth It?
As always, it depends. US Airways has some great redemptions, mostly in business and first class. For example 90,000 miles to North Asia, so at 2.1 cents a piece that would amount to $1,890 for a roundtrip business class trip to Japan/China. You can now also book the roundtrip premium routes on Singapore Airlines, like Newark to Singapore roundtrip for 120,000 miles ($2,520) and ~$90 in fees. I think this would make a lot less sense for coach and domestic awards, though do the math and it might make sense. There’s a maximum of 50,000 bonus miles received and the person who receives the transfer gets the bonus miles as well.

If I didn’t have tons of miles, I’d think about this, because I can generally get more than 2.1 cents per value back when I use Star Alliance miles.


Offer valid for Share miles transactions made between March 1, 2012 00:00:01 PT and March 14, 2012 23:59:59 PT. Members may receive a maximum of 50,000 bonus miles during the offer period. This bonus is only applicable for Share Miles and the offer does not apply to Buy or Gift Miles transactions. Bonus amounts will be awarded upon completion of the transaction. Bonus miles will be awarded to the recipient of the Share. Offer is subject to change. Offer cannot be combined with any other offer. Only purchases made online are eligible.

Miles are shared for $0.01 per mile plus a processing fee of $30 and 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. Miles may be used based on award availability at the time of booking. 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.

Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express

With some great bonus categories and an annual fee that’s waived for the first year, the American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card has a lot going for it. If you don’t have PRG, now’s as good a time as any to add it to your wallet, as Amex added some great new benefits several months back.

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More Things to Know
  • Receive 25,000 Membership Rewards® Points after you spend $2,000 on purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months of Card Membership.
  • 3X points for flights booked directly with airlines. 2X points at US restaurants, US gas stations, and US supermarkets. 1X points on other purchases. Terms and limitations apply.
  • No matter where you're traveling, when you use your Premier Rewards Gold Card there are no foreign transaction fees from American Express.
  • $100 Airline Fee Credit. Up to $100 a year in baggage fees and more at one airline.
  • Get a $75 hotel credit on qualifying charges, plus a room upgrade upon arrival, if available with The Hotel Collection at Terms apply.
  • There is a $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $195.
  • Terms and limitations apply. See Rates & Fees
Intro APR on Purchases
Regular APR
Annual Fee
Introductory annual fee of $0 for the first year, then $195.
Balance Transfer Fee
See Terms
Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit
Terms and restrictions apply. See rates & fees.

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