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Double US Airways Miles Using Mastercard

by on September 18, 2012 · 11 comments

in US Airways

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Now through December 31, 2012, US Airways is offering double miles on flights booked using a Mastercard, and double elite-qualifying Preferred miles on flights paid for with a US Airways Dividend Miles Mastercard with the promo code MCDM. You must register and book by October 31, and travel by December 31.

Unfortunately, this offer does not apply retroactively to any flights you might have booked before September 17, even if you used a Mastercard or a US Airways Dividend Miles Mastercard to book it at the time.

If you’re a US Airways flyer (or have a lot of travel coming up until the end of the year that you can put on US Airways), this could be a great incentive to get the US Airways Mastercard, as well as a good way to rack up Preferred-qualifying miles as quickly as possible.

The current offer on the US Airways Mastercard is 40,000 bonus miles with first use, 10,000 miles after the first anniversary of the account opening, and 10,000 more bonus miles on each subsequent account anniversary, plus up to 10,000 bonus miles on balance transfers within the first 90 days of account opening (you earn 1 mile per dollar transferred up to 10,000). Cardholders earn double miles on US Airways purchases and one mile per dollar spent on everything else. Other perks include up to two $99 companion tickets annually, priority check-in and boarding, one free US Airways Club day pass annually and a discount on annual US Airways Club membership. The annual fee of $89 is waived for the first year.

Remember a few weeks ago when I wrote about maximizing the US Airways Miles Multiplier? In that instance, I bought a refundable ticket from San Francisco to Tel Aviv via Philadelphia in order to score nearly 50,000 miles for just $599. While it looks like you actually have to take the flights you book to score this promo’s bonus, if you do intend to fly US Airways, and you calculate the value of the miles you could “Multiply” on your itinerary, you could end up with both double Preferred-qualifying miles if you use a US Airways Mastercard and a grand total of quadruple bonus miles if you choose to use the Mutliplier. That’s definitely something to keep in mind for your fall travel.

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  • Flyer Fun

    The offer I am seeing is 30K bonus after first use, not 40K. Is there a better offer out there?

  • Jon

    TPG – if we pay for a Preferred status challenge with US Airways (http://shopping.usairways.com/en-US/dividendmiles/promotions/trialpreferred.html) and use a US Airways MC to book our flights, will this effectively cut the challenge requirements in half? If so, this sounds like a great opportunity to shoot for status.

  • Jon

    Try http://shopping.usairways.com/en-US/dividendmiles/promotions/trialpreferred.html for the correct URL…it seems that the blog software parsed it incorrectly.

  • Scott

    Do you suppose they will multiply the effect of the card and the “multiplier”?
    That is, if I use the card, and then when booking (or checking in) click on the 2x or 3x multiplier, will I get 4x or 6x?

  • http://twitter.com/Drew1980 Andrew Amador

    I received this offer but I my card is still a Visa and housed with BofA. Maybe a sign of things to come?

  • http://twitter.com/rubiety Ben Hughes

    This seems like quite a nice deal if you can snag preferred status easily using the double miles. Currently a SAN->PHL->LHR round-trip flight is $1,000, but with this deal I’ll get 23,660 US Airways miles, all preferred qualifying – very close to silver if you already have a few thousand miles in your account. Since I value US Airways miles at 2.5 cents (primarily for business class Star Alliance redemptions which are particularly lucrative, especially with their liberal stopover/routing/redemption rules), that’s $591 in value on a $1,000 ticket (as opposed to just $296 in value without the deal). I might just be willing to pay a net $409 round-trip to London plus immediately bump to US Airways Silver…

  • http://twitter.com/rubiety Ben Hughes

    Actually there is a caveat to this. The offer says, “US Airways will award miles 6 – 8 weeks after travel has been completed.”, which means the double qualifying miles may actually post in 2013 while the regular flight miles may post in 2012, right? That would clearly not be good for trying to achieve Silver with basically one trip.

  • http://twitter.com/rubiety Ben Hughes

    Wow… that could be a really great opportunity. $600 for Platinum by flying to Madrid for $900 RT (from SAN). It just isn’t clear if these double qualifying miles would count towards that.

  • Jon

    It isn’t clear, though to be honest, I don’t see why the double PQMs wouldn’t count towards the Preferred status challenge. As far as your Dividend Miles account is concerned, all PQMs earned should count towards Preferred status. I would expect that would also include Preferred status challenges.

    Just another tip….I believe you can pay just $200 for the Silver challenge. You will start out as a lowly Silver, but you will end with whatever status you earn through the challenge.

  • Train McGhee

    What are the credit requirements for this card, and does the business card also get the double qualifying miles? Finally, do you have to be the primary cardholder to get these benefits, or can you be added on as a user and get the benefits? I’m worried I won’t qualify for the card and I have a lot of fall travel coming up.

  • TrainMcGhee

    Any word on if the double pqm from the MasterCard works with the challenge requirements?

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