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Amazing Deal Alert: US Airways Miles for as Little as .8 Cents Each With Dividend Miles Multiplier

by on August 30, 2012 · 90 comments

in Amazing Deal Alerts, Buy Miles Promotions, US Airways

Like many airlines, US Airways offers flyers a “Miles Multiplier” that allows you to purchase extra miles for a fee. Normally the Multiplier allows you to purchase extra miles for as low as 1.2 cents a piece (which is an amazing deal in itself) and now through September 12, the airline is offering a 50% bonus, which brings the price down as low as .8 cents each, which is a phenomenal deal.

To put this in perspective, a roundtrip business class Star Alliance award to China is only 90,000 Dividend Miles, so purchasing miles at 1.2 cents, that means you can get that award for $1,080 (plus nominal taxes and fees) and with the 50% bonus the cost drops to $720. Yes, a roundtrip business class ticket to North Asia (China, Hong Kong, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macau, Mongolia, S. Korea, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan) for $720 roundtrip!

How Dividend Miles Multiplier Normally Works

US Airways calculates the total miles you’ll earn from your flight including the following:
Flight miles (includes segment minimums for Preferred members & all Shuttle flights)
+ Class-of-service bonus (if it applies)
+ Preferred bonus miles (if it applies)
= Total miles

Then, with the Dividend Miles Multiplier you can purchase an additional set of the total miles using (double maximizer) or two extra sets using the (triple maximizer). They count the original miles that you earn for flying the flight as part of the multiplier- so don’t think you are actually buying an additional 3 sets of total miles for the price shown. Because Preferred bonus miles are included, different passengers on the same itinerary may have different mileage amounts and you cannot get the Multiplier on award redemptions.

The purchased multiplied miles post within 5-7 days of purchasing them, while the flight miles and 50% bonus post after you actually complete the flight. You can only multiply your miles when you book (and pay for) your trip at usairways.com or when you check in online.

Now through September 12, passengers can get a 50% bonus on their multiplied miles.

Note: per the rules of this program you get to keep the miles even if you cancel a ticket. However there is at least one report of someone getting shut down by US Airways for using this method.  I’m not sure how far they pushed it, but if you have a lot of US Airways miles at stake you should be aware of the risk.

The 50% Promo

Per the T&C the 50% bonus on Multiplier miles is awarded 1-2 weeks after completion of travel and are calculated at the time of Multiplier purchase and are not affected by changes to your itinerary. However, the bonus miles are forfeited if you cancel or otherwise don’t complete your reservation. Like normal Multiplier miles, these bonus miles are not Preferred-status-qualifying.

Maximizing the Purchase Price
US Airways prices the cost of miles sold in bands depending on how many miles you are buying. The sweet spot is figuring out a trip that comes in at just under 24,999 miles, including elite and class of service bonuses. To do this if you don’t have elite status, I recommend booking San Francisco-Tel Aviv (via Philadelphia) roundtrip awards in refundable Envoy class. The base mileage on that trip is 16,558 roundtrip and with the 50% class of service bonus the total miles is 24,836. For some reason the price to double and triple your miles was the same for me at $599, so I clearly chose the triple. That means I was able to purchase 24,836 x 2 = 49,672 Dividend Miles for $599, or 1.2 cents a piece. If I actually flew this trip and was able to get the 50% bonus, I’d bank an extra 24,836 miles, bringing the total purchase price down to .8 cents a piece!

Logistics
To purchase a flight and Multiplier, go to USairways.com and go through the flight booking process. After you enter your name it will bring you to a page with your Multiplier options to review before you even put in your credit card information.
Multiplier miles used to post instantly, but lately they’ve been taking about a week to post to your account. I booked a dummy flight for a couple months down the road and even though I won’t fly it, I’m hoping (but not banking on) that I’ll still get the 50% promo. Airlines often have rules in their T&C that aren’t reflective of what actually happens. Since you get the regular Multiplier Miles even if you don’t take the flight I’m just hoping they used the same coding logic for the bonus miles as well. I’ll keep you all updated as the miles post to my account.

One more added benefit of this method of buying miles is that the miles are sold directly via US Airways so you should be able to get the travel category bonus on the Sapphire Preferred (that’s what I used, so I will confirm once the charge posts) or 3x airfare category on the American Express Premier Rewards Gold.

Also note that US Airways has a 24 Hour Refund Policy, so you should be able to cancel any ticket within 24 hours, even if it is non-refundable, which takes the risk out of using this method to purchase miles since you can always get your money back for the flight (though you won’t for the Multiplier Miles so make sure you want to purchase them at the price you agree to).

My Valuation
I personally value US Airways miles at 1.8-2 cents a piece, so getting them for 1.2 cents or less is an amazing deal in my opinion. The last time I purchased US Airways miles, I got in on the old 100% promo where I paid 1.478 cents a piece ($1,478 for 100,000 miles). I plan on using those miles for a business class award to North Asia (90,000 miles) or a business class award to Europe (100,000 miles). I personally think paying less than $1,500 for either of those trips is a phenomenal deal. However, if you want to redeem for domestic coach awards, the value proposition decreases drastically since those tickets are much cheaper to purchase. However, as with all things, do the math and see if buying miles at these discounted rates makes sense for you.

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  • Curiousgeorge

    After purchasing the triple miles multiplier, do you think people could abuse this and re-buy the triple miles multiplier at “kiosk check-in” ?

  • http://twitter.com/Edelish2011 Emily Lai

    This is a very confusing. I read it twice. So you’re saying, purchasing a ticket and not actually taking that flight or doing a mileage run, will get you more miles than just buying the miles with the 100% bonus?

  • thepointsguy

    I don’t believe so. But if you wanted more miles you could just book a fake flight, buy the miles and then cancel it free of charge

  • thepointsguy

    Correct. If you are taregted for the buy miles promo, miles cost around 1.9 cents each. Through this method they are 1.2 cents and if you actually fly the flight and get the 50% bonus, it.s ~.8 cents.

  • Jettyboy

    Do you think there could be any negative repercussions (e.g. US shutting down accounts) if you cancel flights for the sole purpose of maximizing miles?

  • Jerry

    How is this a good deal? You have to buy a SFO to Tel Aviv ticket which probably cost $1000

  • Guest

    Bonus miles are awarded 1-2 weeks after completion of travel.

    Bonus is calculated at the time of Multiplier purchase and is not affected by changes to your itinerary, however miles are forfeited if you cancel or otherwise don’t complete your reservation.

    Doesn’t this mean that if you cancel the reservation that you don’t get the bonus???

  • Guest

    Bonus miles are awarded 1-2 weeks after completion of travel.

    Bonus is calculated at the time of Multiplier purchase and is not affected by changes to your itinerary, however miles are forfeited if you cancel or otherwise don’t complete your reservation.

    Doesn’t this mean that if you cancel the reservation that you don’t get the bonus???

  • thepointsguy

    You can cancel the ticket free of charge, but you still keep the miles
    Purchased through the multiplier

  • thepointsguy

    Correct. But even without the 50% bonus, buying US miles at 1.2 cents a piece is a very good deal

  • thepointsguy

    I haven’t heard of any. If US wanted to mandate people flying in order to get the Multiplier miles, I’m sure they could easily implement that rule. However, then they’d have to wait to charge people and I don’t think that’s something they want to do

  • Flimo4

    So I can buy unlimited miles at 1.2 cents by just booking and cancelling? Is there an aption asking me how many miles I’d like to purchase, or do I need to keep buying tickets and cancelling them?

  • pssteve

    +1 here. Makes trying to figure the logic in air prices seem easy. Now I’m glad that US took back my inactive miles so I’m not tempted to try and figure this out.

  • thepointsguy

    Essentially yes, until US Airways tells you not to anymore or changes the rules. You will be asked on the second page of booking a ticket (before you put in credit card info) if you’d like to buy Double/Triple miles.

  • thepointsguy

    It may seem confusing but its really not. 1) Purchase dummy airfare and buy the Miles Multiplier 2) Cancel ticket 3) Keep miles purchased at low rate 4) If you actually fly the flight, you’ll also get a 50% bonus making the miles even cheaper

  • Chris

    Here’s one example:

    http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/17823409-post8.html

    I think the only responsible this to do here is highlight that there is a risk to this.

  • gbert

    +1. Tread carefully with this, especially if you have large existing mileage balances at stake.

  • Alan T

    So pricing out the ticket, it shows a purchase of $8,000+ and the additional $599 for the multiplier. We will then wait for the multiplier miles to post and then cancel, is that right?

  • deltaqueue

    TPG, I think you may be misleading people… US Airways will void those miles you bought if you cancel your reservation.

    That said, if you were comfortable floating $7k for a few months (or whatever it costs to sink into a ticket), you could just book something really far out (march / april of next year), snag the DMMs, book an award, THEN cancel the original reservation.

    Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately for people who are using this honestly) I don’t have that kind of spare change.

  • thepointsguy

    In the US Airways T&CS it states you still keep the multiplier miles if you cancel
    Or change your flight. I don’t see where it says those miles are voided. I know people who have banked a bunch of miles this way and I did it myself and will report back.

  • thepointsguy

    I believe you can even cancel before the Multiplier miles post, but since it’s refundable you can wait the week and then cancel after they post

  • thepointsguy

    Interesting.. That’s the first I’ve heard of that happening. Ill add a warning just so people know there are risks

  • abcx

    Completely shameless leeching from FT yet again without ANY value add. You even copied the route and failed to mention the risks of getting audited (which if it does happen, couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of people). I’ve started the stopwatch for the inane hat tips on other blogs.

  • Alan T

    I agree with TPG. Just booked a flight. Here’s the terms and conditions bullet related to the multiplier miles that I see on my confirmation screen:

    Dividend Miles Multiplier transactions do not count towards Preferred status. Dividend Miles Multiplier transactions are non-refundable. Dividend Miles Multiplier purchased mileage may vary from actual flight mileage. Federal excise tax of 7.5% included in displayed prices. All terms & conditions of Dividend Miles program apply.

  • deltaqueue

    Didn’t you just respond 30 minutes ago to someone else affirming the T&C snippet they posted? I would love for this to work but I’m still skeptical…

    “Bonus is calculated at the time of Multiplier purchase and is not affected by changes to your itinerary, however miles are forfeited if you cancel or otherwise don’t complete your reservation.”

  • thepointsguy

    I added the risk, but the audit has not been an issue and theres nothing that violates the T&C by getting miles via this method. I sourced the FT post, but I did not find out about htis 50% bonus via FT- I got na email from US and did my own research.

  • thepointsguy

    The 50% bonus won’t post if you don’t fly, but the regular Multiplier purchased miles do.

  • John

    hmm… hi, is this for US residents only? I am from Canada, and I could not find the 50% bonus miles shown above in op’s post.

    For the same San Francisco-Tel Aviv (via Philadelphia) itinerary, I was only to see FLIGHT MILES 16572, but not the bonus 8284, so for triple $599, I was only able to get 33144.

    I tried many times, any insights?

    Thanks

    John

  • deltaqueue

    Ah, thanks for pointing out the difference!

  • duSt

    if you’re able to cancel the flight that you purchased and also receive the miles (not the bonus miles), then why would there be a “cost per mile” associated with the miles that you received? Wouldn’t those miles be essentially free? Are there taxes, fees, etc.. that you won’t get back if you book and cancel? Sorry, somewhat new mileage scene.

  • LivelyFL

    abcx,
    I don’t have the time to read FT everyday. I appreciate the bloggers who bring it to the table. Please keep it polite.

  • deltaqueue

    The mile multiplier ($599 in his example) is not refundable, which are your costs to purchase the award mileage.

  • [email protected]

    Hi do u have an article on how to buy business class ticket to china at 90k miles?

  • allune

    Question: I would love to go with my wife to Hong Kong, Phuket, Thailand etc January 2014 and I won’t fly unless it’s business or first. Do you recommend I purchase the miles now via this bonus? I currently only have less than 1,000 miles.

  • Flyer Fun

    Seriously, I don’t have time to read all the FT blogs. TPG repeating blogs got me to Dublin, got me FC tickets on Singapore (including one leg on new Suite), and I am grateful.

  • PJ

    any idea about the fuel surcharge to Asia ? 90K for a bsunisee round trip is certainly attractive

  • Allen

    I had my account locked for presumably this. The first time I had a paid ticket for work was going LAX to LHR and i did it once because it seemed like a pretty good deal. I mean, it is! That worked out fine, but I flew that flight. I then tried again but attempted to refund the ticket. US held onto the refund for 6 weeks (I had to call AMEX to suspend the charge as I waited for the refund) and about 4 days after I cancelled locked my account. I’ve tried several to get through to someone at US who can unlock it but they keep sending me in circles. Lost about 265k miles not including the multiplier i was trying to get.

  • PJ

    WE hate to be disturbed by barking dogs or bad mouths . I am one of those who benefited on this site and got better off by ~500K hotel and airline points .

  • Allen

    Also, I was able to dispute the charge with AMEX for the multiplier – so I got all my money back – but my account remains locked. Fortunately I only had silver with US, as most of my flying is on AA

  • Scott

    Hmmm… Dodgy! Watch out TPG. If I were US Air, I’d demand Barclays removes you as an affiliate.

  • thepointsguy

    Nothing in this post is against the T&CS of the Multiplier or Dividend Miles.

  • http://www.facebook.com/eugene.chin.946 Eugene Chin

    I booked 7 biz class award tickets from the states to PVG for 90K miles each with US Airways DM and the tax/fee is $39.11 each ticket, plus $50 award process fee. All flights were booked with United flights. (or some small company DBA United Express)

  • Kevin

    I completely agree, it is time that we start forcing the bloggers to not copy cat from each other and from MP and FT.

    A blogger should write only original new material and not even every day!

    And above it all, STOP USING THEIR LINKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! use the links the banks provide directly!

    This is our only way to stop this madness!!

    It is enough that the banks pay us the bonuses, we don’t need to punish them with the extra cost of paying the bloggers!

  • Andrew

    ENVOY – 50% Bonus for flyign 1st class

  • andrew

    learn to read.. You missed this on so many levels… You book a REFUNDABLE ENVIY TICKET (First Class) then Cancel, but you still get the multiplier miles????

  • Suzannehendrix

    I’ve read the comments below, the US Airways website and TPG’s original post and I still don’t get it.
    So I can book a ticket for $, then add the mutliplier thing, then fly and somehow or other get miles for .8 cents each?
    What is the deal with the award tickets that you mention? I usually am so saavy about this and US Airways and TPG have this college graduate confused.

  • CU

    you just have to book by september 12, not fly by september 12, correct?

  • Suzannehendrix

    Okay, I just tried to do this. I booked a ticket from PHX-JFK at a very fair price of $373.60 and used the multiplier for 3x’s the miles which cost $179.00 so the ticket total was $552.60 and as long as I get on the plane and take the flight, I am going to receive an additional 50% of the miles I multiplied. So with the 3x’s multiplier I got 12,918 and once I fly, I should receive another 6,459…correct? So far a cash outlay of $552.60 I get 19,337 miles. Am I doing this right? It doesn’t seem like that great of a deal, or maybe another route would pay off.

  • PJ

    many thanks good to now :)

  • Nikolaos

    Really?? Recommending to your readers to book refundable tickets, so they can take advantage of the Multiplier? And you have the nerve to claim that it is not against the T&Cs?

    Well, Brian, i got news for you! Booking tickets with no intention to fly is..FRAUD!!

    To put it simply, so a 6-year old kid can understand it; how your “amazing deal” differs from people booking refundable tickets and canceling them just before the upgrade window, to make sure there are F seats available? And i hope you know what happened to them..

    I wonder how low this blog is willing to go..

  • Suzannehendrix

    Yeah, it said book OR check in by September 12th. I have a ticket I bought months ago and I can’t add the mulitplier to that now. It was only for the window August 13-September 12th.

  • http://twitter.com/reykjeff Jeff Reyk

    How are booking tickets without intention to fly fraud?

  • Scott

    I don’t disagree with that. My comment stands though.

  • Stephan

    Oh stop your whining! It’s tiring to have to read such drivel – no one cares if you don’t like to read such posts on TPG. Read FT and stay there – no one is forcing you to read the blogs are they?

  • Stephan

    Yeah, like anyone can anticipate a change in plans or itinerary? How is this fraud? You paid for the miles didn’t you?

  • Stephan

    Hey, I’ve got an idea…why don’t you start your own blog and do what you like. Then you can write original content – every day- about how evil all the other bloggers are and how you know best. Over time, hopefully, you will become fantastically successful in reaching out to all those fellow anguished blog readers who are pained by the awful rehashing of these tips and tricks, yet somehow just can’t stop themselves from continuing to read these dreadful blogs on a daily basis! You will be vanquished!… Or maybe you should just not read the blogs in the first place and spare us your preaching!

  • Suzannehendrix

    TRUE That. I am grateful to Brian for condensing all that FT blog stuff and getting the condensed word out here. Cheers to to TPG!

  • Junblaze

    Will this only work for purchased tickets or would it work for award tickets. for instance if i book an award flight can i purchase the multiplier miles?

  • Suzannehendrix

    will not work with award tix

  • Jimgotkp

    Envoy in reality is Business not First…

  • Jon

    If you can’t get any explanation, it may be worthwhile to file a complaint with a consumer advocacy group or your state’s Attorney General’s office. TPG or others may have ideas as to which group to complain to. Though maybe this one would do the trick? http://airconsumer.ost.dot.gov/CP_AirlineService.htm

  • Jon

    I don’t understand. Airlines offer refundable tickets at a higher price. You’re paying a higher price for the benefit of being able to cancel anytime without explanation. TPG even explained that the US Airways T&C’s clearly state that you will get to keep the initial miles that were purchased, and you will not get the 50% bonus miles. If US Airways’ system doesn’t pull back the 50% bonus miles, whose fault is that?

    Bottom line is that US Airways offers this feature by choice. They could choose to change the T&C’s if it’s not profitable for them or for any other reason. But they let it be. There is nothing wrong with taking advantage of an offer like this.

  • CU

    thank you! If I do this I will fly, so it’s good to know.

  • John

    thanks very much Andrew and Jimgotkp.

    Finally got it right, but the price is high around $10k. If the refund period is too long like around 6 weeks, I might not have enough cash flow.

    Any idea what date is cheaper?

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  • Andrew

    John – TRY LAX – Bangkok, or Paris. I am going to do this tonight – I am going to buy 2 Tix – but I am going to do a different route then TPG because I think US Airways may get suspicious – I agree there’s nothign wrong in what we are doing – We are finding a way to buy discount miles – but maybe not make it quite as obvious

  • Andrew

    Gonna do this tonigth – 2 Tix. Has anyone had any luck so far?

  • Andrew

    Fraud? Yeah I’m thinking the FBI will be at my door tomorrow? Are you serious? Please Nikolas, Show me where it’s against the Terms and Conditions? Don’t worry, I’ll wait… Take as long as you want, I’m sure you will find all sorts of information to support your ridiculous post? If you dont like TPG go elsewhere, all you Idiots that come on here and complain – go elsewhere. Why even waste your time.

  • allune

    TPG? Suggestions?

  • http://www.facebook.com/cuoreesitante Jack Liu

    if you are comfortable floating $10k (per ticket) charge on your card for a couple weeks then go for it lol.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cuoreesitante Jack Liu

    why dont you enlighten everyone where in the T&C it states this is fraud.

    or just gtfo your moral high horse.

  • Charlie Clarke

    You shouldn’t be including the cost of the ticket ($373.60) in the cost of the miles calculation. If you want to got to NYC book the ticket, if not cancel. If you are headed to NYC, you can get 15,071 more miles for $179.

  • steven

    I don’t wuite understand this: “The sweet spot is figuring out a trip that comes in at just under 24,999 miles” is it because every year you can not purchase more than 50,000 miles?

  • Jenny

    Great post, thank you! I’ve bought the ticket and now keeping my fingers crossed… :) Thanks TPG!

  • Richard

    The mentioned situation is beyond gaming the system… greedy at best. Certainly not good advice to the amateur!

  • hc

    I have to purchase a ticket for my father. If the ticket is for him, but I am making the purchase, can I buy the multiplier miles for myself and put them on my ff account?

  • Al

    My miles posted today: 8/31/2012 (purchase date) 09/05/12 (post date) Mileage Multiplier Triplex $599 = 49,712
    Same trip that TPG purchased.

  • John

    ok thanks Andrew, will try that.

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  • Max

    It seems there’s no more multiplier option in the booking process!!!!!!

  • Indinyc

    1. I do not have dividend miles account, does it need to be active for certain number of days to get multiplier miles?
    2. Why do you say miles shld be just under 24, 999, am finding routing fron Sfo to TlV over 25000 in envoy class due to 2 domestic stops. is it ok to book over 25000 miles ?

  • indinyc

    just booked triple multiplier option this morning

  • gigi

    It now says that you will incur a 500 cancellation fee. Is this new?

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