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Amazing Deal: 100% Bonus on Shared US Airways Miles

by on October 1, 2012 · 93 comments

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US Airways is known as the official liquidator of cheap Star Alliance miles and they are back at it again with a 100% bonus on shared miles now through October 31, 2012. Unlike some past promotions, this one isn’t targeted and there is no need to register as you will receive the 100% Bonus Miles automatically when you go to the Share Miles page.

Normally miles cost 3.5 cents each plus a 7.5% tax, but with this promo that cost drops to just about 1.1 cents per mile, which can be an amazing deal depending on how you redeem those miles.

Key Rules and limitations

1) You must be a Dividend Miles member for at least 12 days, so sign up now if you are not and want to take advantage (sign-up here for a free account). This promotion limits mileage sharing to 50,000 miles (100,000 miles with the bonus).
2) The 100% bonus goes to the person who receives the miles- not the one transferring them.
3) The maximum you can transfer out of an account is 50,000 and receive is 100,000 (which includes the bonus miles).
4) For each Share there is a processing fee of $30 and a 7.5% tax recovery charge and GST/HST will be charged to Canadian residents.
5) This transaction is processed by points.com so it won’t count towards airfare multiplier categories like the 3x on the Premier Rewards Gold or 2x on Sapphire Preferred. 

My Situation

This promotion came at a really good time because a family member’s account has 49,000 miles in it so through this promotion I paid $556.75 and consolidated those miles into my account and received a 49,000 mile bonus, essentially paying 1.1 cents for the 49,000 new miles I generated. Not bad!

My shared miles instantly posted with the bonus

Worth It?

As always, it depends on your travel needs and the award you intend to redeem your miles for. If you are hoping for low-level domestic coach redemptions or even awards on competitive international routes, you’re probably better off just buying tickets. However, US Airways is a Star Alliance member and has a pretty generous award chart, so if you are hoping to redeem premium class awards on expensive routes with low taxes, then you could definitely reap some value from this promotion.

For example a business class roundtrip from the US to North Asia is only 90,000 miles, which would cost $990 at 1.1 cents a piece. If you think $990 for a business class roundtrip flight on Star Alliance carriers like ANA or United is a good deal, then you should seriously consider getting in on this promotion.

US Airways also has off-peak awards to Europe in January and February- only 60,000 miles, or $660 for Envoy (business) class roundtrips. Not too shabby!

How to Maximize US Airways Dividend Miles

Some people think that US Airways has awful award availability, but the main problem is that their website does not show any availability for the other 26 Star Alliance carriers. They have the same Star Alliance availability as United or Aeroplan, it’s just that they don’t show it on their website – you have to call 1-800-428-4322 to book an award, though they will waive the phone booking fee since partner awards are not bookable online.

I like to use either United.com (or ANA’s search tool) to find the most accurate and up-to-date Star Alliance award availability because the site also includes Star Alliance airlines like ANA, Thai, United, US Airways, Lufthansa, TAP, bmi and Air Canada. Generally, any Saver Award on united.com will be bookable with US Airways miles so you just write down the dates and flight numbers that show availability and then call in to book through US Airways. US Airways will let you put an award on hold, so I recommend holding the award you want before buying the miles.

As always, do the math for yourself before deciding to jump on this promotion, but this is one of the best US Airways offers I’ve seen in a long time and much less complicated than their Mileage Maximizer promotion I wrote about in August.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=685121871 Christopher Wu

    perfect timing.. just bought 100K miles for both of my parents.. transferring 50K from each account will net them 150K each! Austalia in first here they come!

  • Mickey

    Brian,
    Do you see any reason that I couldn’t share 50,000 with my wife’s account, and then have her share 50,000 back to my account?
    Thanks

  • thepointsguy

    Should be fine!

  • thepointsguy

    :-) Australia in business for 110,000 is a great option too

  • Docomo153

    any way to get in on this if you don’t know anybody with us airways miles?

  • thepointsguy

    You could create an account in someone else’s name and then share with your new friend ;-)

  • Docomo153

    no, i meant if i don’t have any miles, and nobody i know has any miles. possible to convert UR, MR, SPG, priority club, carlson, etc points into dividend miles somehow so i have some miles to transfer?

  • flyer50

    I wanted to get in on the recent promo US had but had to have an account for 12 days. What does it cost to buy miles right now on US Air. What if I bought 50K miles for me and 50K for my wife and then we transferred to each other? What would cost per mile end up being?

  • Corey

    just to get a few things straight:
    these are only for dividend miles?
    dividend miles are the only type of miles that can be used on other airlines? so the 40,000 miles from the credit card sign up from barclay would not do any good if i wanted a flight on ANA or something?

  • A. S.

    Shame on you, TPG! :-o I hate to see a public figure like yourself — whose advice is followed to the letter by so many people — publicly encourage fraud like that. It’s one thing to push the rules to the limit or take advantage of unintended loopholes, but this is clearly over the line, man. While it makes no difference to me personally whether people do this (and I know they do, of course), I’d much rather see you maintain the respect you’ve earned over the years with your readers by keeping your integrity intact. Don’t worry, though, I still like you and love your blog! ;) (I know, I know, it’s presumptuous to assume that you care…)

    PS: I also think that this is a bad business move on your part: you’ve become a de-facto representative (at times) of many vendors — they do giveaways through you and sponsor some of your trips — and I’m sure they’d hate for you to be encouraging this type of behavior publicly as well. Losing either would affect us readers: you’d have less trips to share and less things to give away! (PS: Why don’t you find a loophole by which you can send some of those things my way for once!!??)

  • Michael

    If only US air allowed one ways!!!!

  • solstys

    My wife has an account with 0 miles (though she has the Barclays card so maybe the miles will post soon). Can I share miles right now with my wife and then after she receives them with the bonus, can she share those sames miles back with me?

  • thepointsguy

    SPG transfers at 1:1 with a 5,000 mile bonus for every 20k points transfered – note they can take up to a week to process

  • Michael

    You can use dividend miles with any of the star alliance carriers

  • Michael

    Dude, relax. Who made you THE moral authority?? YOU are stepping over the line by calling this fraud. Nobody is stealing anything from anyone. After all you have to PAY to share your miles which is pathetic to begin with (even if there was no promo).

  • BK7

    The Points Guy or anyone else? My wife and I have SPG. Would this work and is my logic correct? We could each transfer 40K SPG points to our US Air Dividend Miles accts. That would give us 50K in miles with the SPG bonus 1:1 plus 5k. Then we could transfer 50K to each between of our US Air mile accounts and get the bonus. The cost per mile would be quite low in this case. Is my logic correct here? Thank you.

  • Michael
  • Michael

    Yes should work fine. Not sure how long it will take for miles to post to your account from SPG

  • Ram Kashyap

    US Airways miles are of great value if you are using them to South Asia or Australia in premium cabins.
    For someone like me without US Air miles I would never have thought of flying premium class to India. I am eyeing on a Business Class RT from BOS to India while trying to grab the Singapore longest flight (SQ 22) on the way back. Had I not had US Air miles I would have not even searched for those flights.
    Coming to normal senses: An economy ticket to Australia around the first week of December comes to almost 1700$ from the east coast. But you can get the same ticket in Biz for 110000 miles which IMHO is a killer deal on airlines like Cathay, Quantas or Singapore.
    As always TPG says, it depends on your needs and trips scheduled.

  • A. S.

    Who’s not relaxed? Lest you missed the tone of my post, I even included a sprinkling of smilies and compliments (e.g., “…like [TPG] and love the blog.”). I’m not the moral police and only a hypocrite would see creating a fake identity and frequent flyer account as anything but fraud (vis-a-vis program rules). Seriously? Wow…

    PS: paying to share your miles might be asking too much, but a) you’re not obligated to do it, and b) many other carriers/hotels/credit cards don’t allow you to do so to begin with, so it’s an option rather than a requirement. Options are always better than nothing.

  • thepointsguy

    I never said you had to create a fake identity. I just mentioned you could create an account in someone else’s name or even your own- of course if you did that it would make sense to get that persons permission, which I think goes without saying

  • A. S.

    Perhaps I misread your advice. The “wink” didn’t help. Anyway, just semantics and the deal itself is awesome in my opinion as well.

  • thepointsguy

    Correct. You’ll be paying 1.1 cents per mile for the 100,000 new miles you create. So $1,100 + 80,000 SPG = 200,000 total US Airways miles.

  • thepointsguy
  • thepointsguy

    Yes

  • thepointsguy

    I wish!

  • thepointsguy

    The miles from the US Airways credit card are Dividend Miles which can be redeemed on all Star Alliance partners

  • thepointsguy

    I wouldn’t recommend buying miles at 3.5 cents a piece.

  • Michael

    “Shame on you, TPG! :-o I hate to see a public figure like yourself — whose advice is followed to the letter by so many people — publicly encourage fraud like that”

    Really dude??? Why don’t you read your own lines before denying them. Now that’s a real hypocrite…..

  • Gavinmac11

    So could a person create a new account in the name of a friend, transfer 25,000 miles to that friend’s new account, and then after the friend receives 50,000 miles, he transfers them back to the original person, who now has 100,000 miles instead of 25,000? What does that cost all in?

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  • thepointsguy

    Yes. Creating 75,000 miles at 1.1 cents a piece will cost roughly $825

  • MillValleyMom

    The offer to buy miles and receive 100% bonus is still available. Do you know if I can buy and share miles during the same period, or am I limited to either buying or selling miles in October?

  • thepointsguy

    You can do both

  • BK7

    Yes, but can’t you still use US Dividend Miles for one ways on Star Alliance partners like United?

  • http://www.facebook.com/deepakvalecha Deepak Valecha

    Ive never redeemed USAir – there isnt a rule that says redemptions can only be in the name of account holder, right? So my dad can redeem his points for a ticket in my name on a partner airline?

  • thepointsguy

    You can redeem for anyone using your miles.. there’s no restriction- even on partner airlines

  • thepointsguy

    Unfortunately not- they charge the roundtrip price no matter what

  • Corey

    seriously? because i’ve been holding off on that card because i thought the miles were ONLY good for US Airways…. =0

  • thepointsguy

    Seriously.. you do get a 5,000 mile discount on US Airways awards.. but you can redeem for Star Alliance partners for sure

  • Drchriswu

    JFK-FRa in biz on LH
    FRA-BKK on Thai A380 first
    BKK-syd on Thai first.

    That’s my plan. Good availability as well.

  • Corey

    i’ve read differently online. is there a link you can provide that can prove me wrong because then i’d like to hop on this deal as soon as possible =0

  • steve

    Where does the $1,100 come from? If you already have the points in one Dividend Account, is it not just the taxes on the sharing that you need to pay? What am I missing?

  • Jameso

    Would this qualify for the %bonus on travel from Chase Sapphire/Amex Gold?

  • Jameso

    Just saw it’s a point.com transaction -so nevermind…

  • thepointsguy

    nope since its processed through points.com

  • T3pleShot

    for folks salivating at maximizing the offer and “buying” 100k miles at 1.1 cpm, the only way this is possible if you already have 2 accounts sitting with 50k miles each.
    if you dont have that, you need some “seed” miles which at best can be bought for 1.9 cpm (if you were targeted), then start the transfers. this increases the overall cost basis.

  • Corey

    anyone? =/

  • Justin

    What’s the most effective way to maximize points with up to 4 willing participants and a start basis of 50k miles in one account?

  • Justin

    Sorry 2/4 people are only willing to use their accounts as pass betweens… need all the mileage to end up in 2 peoples accounts

  • thepointsguy

    From account one send 25k each to accounts 2 and 3. and then send send 50k back to account 1 from 2 and 3. That seems like the simplest solution to me

  • thepointsguy

    If you start with buying 12k, which turns into 24k and then transferring that to make 96k it only brings the cost up to 1.3 cents per mile, which is still pretty amazing

  • thepointsguy

    You pay 1 cent per mile to transfer plus taxes and a $30 fee per transfer. When all is said and done you pay 1.1 cents per new mile created from the bonus.

  • thepointsguy

    This is the Star Alliance award chart. Where do you see anything that says miles earned from the credit card are only allowed to be redeemed on US Aiways flights? http://www.usairways.com/en-US/Resources/_downloads/dividendmiles/partnerawardtravel.pdf

  • T3pleShot

    Hmm.. thought about this a bit more.. NET-NET the max # of miles you can generate PER ACCOUNT at 1.1cpm is 50k.

    TPG, do you agree, if that is the case, then, your examples like “$990 at 1.1 cents a piece” are misleading. do you agree?

  • thepointsguy

    Correct- you can only generate 50,000 new miles per account (receive 100,000 miles total). So if you want to mint more than 50k miles you will need more than one account or family member/friend to play along with. Net/net you are paying 1.1 cents per new mile created, but it does take some coordination.

  • FourN6Doc

    interesting

  • Zheng

    I have 49000 points thanks to TPG blog for Multiplier, try both myself and my wife’s account not eligible for 100% buy bonus promo, so in this case best I can do is transfer 49000 to my wife, and then ask her transfer back 50000 points back to me, total get 49000+49000+50000 around 150K miles right? Thanks!

  • Zheng

    BTW: can I merge my account+my wife account afterwards? since one acc 50K, one acc 100K will be very difficult to redeem miles, or can I change account name?

  • thepointsguy

    I don’t believe you can merge the accounts- that would likely raise red flags

  • thepointsguy

    Correct.

  • Dhammer

    My son used his Dividend miles to fly a Star carrier.
    Why won’t you believe this? This isn’t a ‘it’s to good to be true’ story. It’s a fact.

  • Dhammer

    Did you ever think that USAirways likes this and other blogs? The bloggers are helping to generate lots of $$ for USAirways by explaining and walking through the transfers.

    I’m sure US loves it that people are transferring miles back and forth. They’re making a ton of money!

  • Corey

    the confusion came from not being able to transfer miles from US to UA but you can still use the US miles on Star Alliance flights. All cleared up now

  • http://twitter.com/beautydealsetc Vicky C

    So you can transfer back and forth between the two accounts? Just as long as the amount of transfer is below 50K?

  • hc

    I love usairways DM. Without it, I would never be flying to Bali and Thailand in first class for my upcoming honeymoon. But all of these points buying promos lately are scaring me. Don’t you think it looks like they are getting ready to devaluate their award chart? Right now it’s Very generous. I really can’t think of another mileage program with more bang for you buck (or mile). Case in point.. If I used united miles to buy the same flights for my honeymoon I would have spent 80000 more miles. That’s quite significant. Don’t you think US Air will start pushing up those redemption values quite soon.. leaving us with not quite as good a deal as we thought we wre getting?

  • http://www.facebook.com/greg.nordin Greg Nordin

    I guess I’m confused. If you can only share miles you’ve already earned, then how is paying anything to transfer them a win? For example, if I had 50,000 miles and shared them with my neighbor, paying any amount to share them (regardless of the extra 50,000 mile bonus) seems like you’re paying for points you’ve already earned?

  • Ddavid1101

    Does anyone know how long the transfer takes? Is it instant credit?
    I just applied for Barcap US Air card, waiting for statement to cut so the miles(40K sign on bonus) actually transfers to US Air account which will be around the 22nd of oct. Then I can transfer the miles between myself and my wife.

    Any idea on how long it takes to process?

  • Al

    So I bought 100K. Now I plan to gift 50K each to account A and account B. So A and B will both end up with 100K. Now can account A re-gift 50K each to account C and D? Can account B re-gift 50K each to account E and F? This is basically a pyramid that can keep going up… I think eventually your cost will be $0.005/mile is that right?

  • MillValleyMom

    Can I share 24k miles each into 3 separate accounts? I know any given account can only receive up to 50k miles, but is there a limit on how many miles one can transfer out of a single account?

  • jason

    Is it possible to book singapore airline business class seats with us airway miles?

  • Rishi

    I am trying to take advantage of this kick ass deal but when i log into any of the four US airways accounts in my household none have been targeted with the 100% purchase bonus, is there anyway to become “targeted?”

    love this site!!

  • iw

    How long does it take for the transfered miles to post in one’s account? I would need to do a number of transfers during the last three days of the month for this to work. Thanks in advance!

  • thepointsguy

    Instantly

  • thepointsguy

    Not that I’m aware of

  • thepointsguy

    Yes

  • thepointsguy

    50k max can be share outbound per account

  • thepointsguy

    Yes you can keep gifting but no matter what it costs 1.1 cents per mile created

  • thepointsguy

    Instant

  • thepointsguy

    Yes

  • thepointsguy

    Devaluations are always a possibility with any program, but they’ve made no announcement about any in the near future

  • Sotb

    One point that was missed is that a biz ticket paid on one of these *A carriers between NA and SE Asia will net somewhere close to 25K miles. After you return from the trip you’ll still have your miles plus an extra 25K or so miles. In the examples of buying and sharing miles you’ll get the same flight but on your return you have an empty DM account. No miles are accumulated when you fly using miles. The calculations or comparisons are not as good as they seem as about $275 worth of miles will be lost by flying with miles instead of cash.

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  • NV

    Is it worth to transfer 5K from my brother’s account to my account? He has only 5k left in his account. Thanks.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=5223969 Andrea Hofer

    So why don’t 2 people just give each other 50,000 miles and then each receive 100,000 miles?

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