US Airways 100% Buy Miles Promotion Through May 31, 2013

by on May 1, 2013 · 29 comments

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Now through May 31, 2013, US Airways is offering up to a 100% bonus on purchased miles. There is a limit to 50,000 purchased miles (so 100,000 with the bonus). It is a tiered bonus, so you only get the full 100% bonus if you buy at least 30,000 miles.

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Earn up to a 100% bonus on purchased US Airways miles.

Here’s how it works:

  • Buy/gift 5,000 – 9,999 miles, get a 25% bonus
  • Buy/gift 10,000 – 19,999 miles, get a 50% bonus
  • Buy/gift 20,000 – 29,999 miles, get a 75% bonus
  • Buy/gift 30,000 – 50,000 miles, get a 100% bonus

Miles are sold for $.035 cents each plus a 7.5% tax recovery charge. You can only buy up to 50,000 miles at time (100,000 with the bonus) so 100,000 miles through the buy miles promotion costs $1,881.25, or nearly 1.9 cents per mile. For 110,000 miles you can get a round trip business class ticket to South Africa, which is what I recently did. About $2,000 for an $8,000+ flight is a great deal!

Normally miles cost 3.5 cents a piece plus tax, but with this promo if you buy 30,000-50,000 miles, they cost 1.9 cents each. This isn’t as great as the share miles promo that they had in the past where miles cost just about 1.1 cents each, but not a horrible option for those people who want to buy a small amount of miles so they can leverage the share miles promo- since you need existing miles to take advantage of that bonus.

Other good redemption values are 90,000 miles for business class to Asia and 110,000 miles to the South Pacific. Also note that you get 5,000 miles off US awards if you have the US Airways MasterCard.

This could be a great way to get some American AAdvantage miles, because if/when the merger is approved, you should be able to switch miles in between programs until they are finally merged in 2014 or 2015. I wouldn’t bank on that, but even as US Airways miles, they can be extremely valuable depending on how you use them.

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  • Justin

    Are you anticipating another share miles promo?

  • mike

    The biggest issue comes with redeeming the miles as US Airways has pulled all Lufthansa award availability after Oct 31st this year and there are reports that United had done the same. Its all over FlyerTalk. Makes it pretty hard to redeem your US miles.

  • George

    Are these offers best for those who fly business or first or do they work as well (value-wise) for those of us at the back of the aircraft?

  • trey

    Generally not for domestic econ. within US. But for many Star Alliance international itineraries and for USair off-peak awards, potentially a good deal.

  • jmw2323

    isn”t it the other way around?

  • jmw2323

    *A back of the bus will also depend on added fees as well

  • Ken

    Isn’t the 60 off-peak europe award dead?

  • Stephan


  • Stephan

    LH and LX and SQ are not releasing F and only some J/C. US agents have been told not to entertain any of these bookings. It is really the originating carriers who have clamped down.

  • Stephan

    I should qualify this and note that you can in some cases get last minute F with LH close in.

  • Doug G.

    I always take advantage of these promos as a leisure traveler I make up my miles by sign up bonus, manufactured spend,a and purchased miles. RT to asia or africa is 120k miles and economy is usually $1500-$2300 to the locations i like to go to so for around the same price i can get Business Class. Sure i lose out on earning miles but still worth it to me.

  • Rommel Paras

    I found this milelage chart on US Airways’ site:
    — versus —

    and this fee schedule:

    but it doesn’t say how much fuel & tax surcharges they add-on. Do you have any ideas?

    Also, what are the fees for converting/transferring these miles to another Star Alliance carrier?

  • Justin

    I’ve never had an issue booking LH F with UA miles for dozens of clients… up through and including yesterday.

  • GeorgeH

    I have the US Airways credit card and am thinking about flying to Asia from the US in economy on a star alliance United flight with US Air points. I’m confused about the 5000 less miles that need to be paid by holding the credit card.
    If I were to use United miles directly, it is 65,000.
    How many miles do I need? The US Air award chart shows 60000. Is the actual amount needed 55000 (if arranged with US Air credit card)?

  • thepointsguy

    The discount is only when booking US Airways operated flights. They don’t fly to Asia so you can’t get the discount

  • thepointsguy

    The discount is only when booking US Airways operated flights. They don’t fly to Asia so you can’t get the discount

  • bigpizza

    120k to south Aisa. only 90k to China, Japan, and Korea. best business class redemption

  • Winston Smith

    If you purchase the miles with a US Airways Mastercard, do you get an EXTRA points bonus for the purchase, i.e. 2 miles for every $1 you spend on US Airways purchases? May be stretching it here…

  • mike

    You’re right, you won’t have an issue when using UA miles to redeem LH F, but these are US miles, not UA miles. Directly from the US rewards chart: “beginning Jan 1, 2013, award redemption in Lufthansa first class cabin is unavailable”.

  • mike

    But again, not with US miles – they have restricted this as of 1/1/2013. Also all LH award travel in all classes (Y, J, F) is not available after 10/31/2013, if redeeming US miles.

  • Romuald

    Thank you for sharing. I’m french and living in France (so flying from Europe most of the time) and I would like to know if this promotion is a good deal for me ?
    Lucky you, you can get a tons of miles with the credit card. We don’t have this kind of partners in France. There is an AMEX gold card which gives 5000 miles. Nothing compared to your 50000 miles from Chase. I fly once a month from Paris to London with AF. The best I can be is a silver member.

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  • welovekimberly

    which I knew when the next 100% share miles would be….any guesses?

  • welovekimberly

    I like how you think:)

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  • Jessica Tan

    Hi I’ve actually never done any international traveling without my folks taking care of the bill so I’m a bit new to all this. From my understanding US airways is part of star alliance so does this mean these points transfer to any airline in the alliance and the redemption value is the same? E.g. I want to go to New Zealand so I’d buy 110k miles from US airways and transfer to Air New Zealand and be able to get a business class seat, that sound right?


  • thepointsguy

    You sure about that? sells these miles so I don’t think you get the 2x

  • thepointsguy

    You don’t transfer the miles, you keep them inyour US Airways account and call US Airways and say “hey I want to redeem my miles on Star Alliance partner XYZ on flights 1,2,3″ and they book it. Just note: Air NEw Zealand has very limited award availability- almost none in business, so make sure the airline you want to fly has the award availability you need. You can check saver level awards on are generally bookable using US Airways miles- you can call US Airways, put an award on hold, and then buy the miles to be safe once everything is verified.


    Is the bonus only good for the people that got the email?

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