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The East Coast corridor between Boston, New York and Washington DC is one of the most competitive markets in the US airline industry,. To get a leg ahead of the competition (including Amtrak), US Airways has been offering some interesting promotions in the last few months including 1,000 bonus miles per flight back in February, and double Preferred miles back in September.
They just announced a new promo where you earn 5,000 bonus miles for every third flight when you fly US Airways Shuttle between Boston, New York and Washington, DC. To be valid, you’ve got to register here, and book and fly by May 31, 2013.
The terms and conditions state:
“Registration is required. Earn 5,000 bonus miles for every third Shuttle segment flown. A maximum of 50,000 bonus miles can be earned during this promotion. A US Airways Shuttle segment is any nonstop flight operated between Washington DC (DCA), New York City (LGA) and Boston. Customers with itineraries that do not contain a US Airways Shuttle flight are not eligible for bonus miles. Customers with itineraries that contain a US Airways Shuttle segment will only receive the bonus for that segment. For example, if you fly from New York (LGA) to Washington DC (DCA) to Phoenix, you’ll earn the promotional bonus only on the New York (LGA) to Washington, DC (DCA) US Airways Shuttle segment. Bonus is earned on base flight miles only on flights operated by US Airways Shuttle. Miles bonus will not count toward Preferred status. US Airways will award bonus miles one to two weeks after you register and travel has been completed. All Dividend Miles terms and conditions apply. US Airways reserves the right to interpret and apply all promotion rules.”
The interesting thing to note is that you earn the bonus miles for every three segments, not every three roundtrips, so you only need a trip-and-a-half to score the bonus – like flying roundtrip from New York to DC and then up to Boston. It’s also per segment, so if your travels are taking you between Boston and DC in the next couple of months, you might want to look into booking a ticket that gets you two shuttle hops each way from Boston-New York-DC rather than just flying directly. Sure it’ll be a little more time in the air, but these flights are quick and very frequent, so it probably won’t be too much of a hassle, and considering that each bonus is 5,000 miles, that could be worth it. Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.
Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.