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Cheap Business and First Class Deals With US Airways 100% Buy Miles Promo

by on November 26, 2012 · 17 comments

in Buy Miles Promotions, US Airways

Would you pay ~$2,200 to fly roundtrip business class to Australia or $1,800 for roundtrip business class to Tokyo or $1,000 for roundtrip first class United (on a 3 cabin plane) JFK-Los Angeles or San Francisco? If so, you might want to consider taking advantage of US Airways buy miles promotions, which essentially allows you to get those trips for around those prices.

There’s no need to register, since this isn’t a targeted promotion, and you’ll receive the bonus automatically on the Buy Miles page. However, there are a few rules:

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).
2. This promotion limits mileage purchases to 50,000 miles – 100,000 miles with the bonus.
3. For each purchase there is a processing fee of $30 and a 7.5% tax recovery charge, and GST/HST will be charged to Canadian residents.
4. These transactions are processed by points.com so it won’t count towards airfare multiplier categories like the 3 points per $1 on the Premier Rewards Gold or 2 points per $1 on the Sapphire Preferred, or for reimbursements through the Amex Platinum $200 rebate.

While buying miles tends to be an iffy value proposition, with this promo, you basically end up getting miles for a cost of about 1.88 cents each. While that’s still not jaw-droppingly amazing, it can end up saving you a huge amount of money if you plan on redeeming those miles for some ultra-premium Star Alliance awards like first class to Europe aboard a carrier like Lufthansa – or even in US Airways’ Envoy Class – or business class on Singapore Airlines. So for instance you could take an ANA flight in business class from North America to Tokyo for just 90,000 miles roundtrip – which would cost you $1,693 with this promo – instead of paying $5,000-$6,000 dollars.

Or remember one of my favorite US Airways redemptions: 110,000 miles for roundtrip business class from North America to the South Pacific (which includes Australia or New Zealand), into which you can build a stopover in Asia. So you could take Singapore Airlines to Singapore, hang out there for a few days, then continue on to Australia, and head back the same way, all for 110,000 miles – that would cost the $1,881 you would need to purchase 100,000 miles from this promo, plus 10,000 miles you have sitting around in your Dividend Miles account – all for an itinerary that could easily reach $10,000 or more.

As always, I suggest having a specific award itinerary or goal in mind that you will use these miles for, and to do the math to see if it makes sense for you. When searching for awards, I recommend using united.com, or the ANA search tool, which have the most accurate Star Alliance award availability.

US Airways is a Star Alliance member and has a generous award chart with a few sweet spots like those business class redemptions between North America and North Asia or the South Pacific, so if you are hoping to redeem premium class awards on expensive routes with low taxes, then you could definitely pull a lot of value from this promotion. Crunch the numbers before deciding to jump on this promotion, but in my opinion, this is a pretty great US Airways mileage offer, and I don’t know how many more like we’re going to see anytime soon. See this post for more details and ideas for putting those bonus miles to use.

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  • Hdellenger

    Would you recommed buying miles for an Austraila trip over Christmas break in 2013. Or is the risk of non availability on Star Alliance too great to risk it?

    I have enough AA miles and was going to use them for this trip or if not available then for the following summer, but I don’t see hardly any biz availabilty with them for 3 seats. So I am worried that using AA miles just won’t happen.

    Thanks for your advice.

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

    @ Hdellenger I have fully taken advantage of USAirways promos for myself and my family but I do not advise buying the mile s for future use. Airlines can and will revise their awards charts; some without warning (see recent Hawaiian airlines devaluation of Virgin Atlantic awards). I usually place an award on hold (for up to 3 days) and then buy the miles.

    One thing to note, per the FT thread, the US agents are getting smarter and starting to enforce MPM unfortunately.

  • Benjamin Eichel

    I am confused on how to best search for USair award availability. If you’re using United’s website to search for award availability for a Star Alliance flight to be booked with US air miles, does a flight have to be available in Saver to book it? Does U.S. Air increase the miles required when they would be Standard Award? Or, would the flight just not be available? Also, are more reward flights released closer to travel? Any help would be great. thanks.

  • Christian

    While I agree with the article generally, you should be careful with your examples, e.g. you can’t redeem US Airways Dividend Miles for First Class on Lufthansa (they block it). Also, Singapore Airlines doesn’t release long-haul business class space to Star Alliance partners.

  • thepointsguy

    Saver awards on united.com should be bookable with US airways miles but you have to call US to confirm (and they’ll let you place them on hold before you buy the miles)

  • Benjamin Eichel

    Thanks. So standard fare is just not available for booking with Dividend Miles?

  • thepointsguy

    Correct

  • James

    Would you recommend this promotion over the current AA purchase miles promotion?

  • thepointsguy

    Yes – miles are cheaper and you can purchase more of them

  • globetrotter

    You do not recommend buying airline miles, either US or AA, for future use that is twelve to fifteen months in the future? I’d like to buy three-four business class airfare tickets to South America in Oct 2013 and Feb. 2014. You’d wait until next year to make a move, not now??

  • Justin

    You CAN redeem US miles for LH F. I suggest befriending an agent at your nearby US Airways counter.

  • Lantean

    actually, the email i got from US AR says ” 100% bonus when you buy or gift miles” – do you think the gifting miles portion i targeted? i think in the past gifting miles came out cheaper than buying them.
    thanks.

  • thepointsguy

    Do you mean sharing? Buying and gifting is generally always the same price

  • Akhilorders

    Hi,
    I used the gift miles promotion in October . Can I buy 50000 miles and get a bonus again?

  • Lantean

    hmmm… i guess. i didn’t know there was a difference between gifting and sharing…

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  • Thanks!

    I used the share miles promotion in October in which I received 50000 bonus. Just wanted to confirm if i will be eligible for this promotion?

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