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Reminder: US Airways 100% Share Miles Bonus Ends Tomorrow, October 15

by on October 14, 2013 · 19 comments

in Buy Miles Promotions, US Airways

Just a friendly reminder that the lucrative 100% bonus on shared miles currently being offered by US Airways ends tomorrow, October 15, 2013, so if you haven’t shared your miles already, you’ve just got a day left to do so.

Last week's Thursday Giveaway was inspired by the Share Miles promotion.

Last week’s Thursday Giveaway was inspired by the Share Miles promotion.

The reason I keep reporting on this is that it’s been a while since we’ve seen a bonus that high on shared miles through the airline. Other airlines have only offered up to 50% on share miles promos lately, and US Airways has only been offering bonuses on purchased miles this high lately as well, and what’s more, this isn’t a targeted promotion like some past promotions, and there is no need to register as you will receive the 100% bonus miles automatically when you go to the Share Miles page.

Through the promo, each member can receive up to a maximum of 50,000 bonus miles, but you can send as many miles as you’d like from each account to other accounts and each of those is eligible for up to those 50,000 bonus miles.

If you were to purchase miles, they normally cost 3.5 cents each plus a 7.5% tax, and sharing miles costs 1 cent each plus a $30 processing fee and 7.5% tax. However, with this promo the cost per new bonus mile created through sharing drops to just about 1.1 cents each. For example, sharing 50,000 miles would cost you $567.50, and you’d be generating a bonus 50,000 miles for that price for a total of 100,000 miles in the receiving account which is enough for a lot of different awards), 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).
2. The 100% bonus goes to the person who receives the miles- not the one transferring them.
3. The maximum bonus per 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, or 2x on the no-fee Barclaycard Arrival.
6. Bonus amounts will be awarded upon completion of the transaction.

Whether this promo is worth it to you depends on your travel needs and the award you intend to redeem your miles for. 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, I used 110,000 US Airways miles to book a roundtrip award ticket from New York to South Africa last year in business class on South African Airways, which would have cost $8,000+ if I had paid for it outright, and roundtrip business class award tickets from North America to Asia are just 90,000 miles with US Airways, which would cost you $990 at 1.1 cents per mile, but on which airfares would be north of $4,000-$5000.

As always, do the math for yourself before deciding to jump on this promotion, but this is one of the best US Airways offers we’ve seen lately – more valuable in my opinion than the recent 100% buy miles promos – and there’s no telling how many more of them we’ll see as the American-US Airways merger stop-and-start process continues.

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  • ROB

    if my sister transfers 50k to me, it will cost her $567.50, she will lose her 50k points but I will receive her 50k plus another 50k miles? total of 100k?
    I can only receive once? my wife can’t transfer?
    thanks. my sister has 58k, i have 63k, wife has 58k. My sister is least interested in miles & points thing, so I can get her points. Pls explain how should I take advantage of this deal?

  • Brian

    Your best bet would be to transfer your sisters into your wifes, and your wifes into yours (you can only recieve 50,000 bonus per account). So you will spend $567.50 x 2, and end up with 8k in your sisters account, 108k in your wifes account, and 163k in your account. Netting 100k miles.

  • chad

    Its too late to sign up for a new account or to transfer from starwood, right? I only have 30k US airways miles.

  • thepointsguy

    accounts have to be open for 12 days and SPG transfers can take over a week. Do you know anyone w an existing account you can share back and forth with?

  • Mike Murphy

    Can I transfer 50k points(plus50k bonus) to a friend and he does the same to me? Would this result in us each gaining 50k points net increase?

  • thepointsguy

    Yes

  • thanksforthepointguy

    Hello, what if I have only 35K in my account, and 0 miles in my wife’s account. What would be the best way to take advantage of this chance?

    1st: 35K; 0
    2nd:0: 70K
    3rd: 100k: 20K

    Will this be the best way? I am trying to get the best rate using the minimal cost, as I don’t have enough money now.

  • thanksforthepointguy

    one more info:

    I am trying to get 60K for each person (120k for two persons in total), or 120k for one person, so that I can use the 120k for the roundtrip flights that cost 60K for two persons.

  • bydh

    i’m not sure if this is most optimal, but one potential way is for you to
    1: transfer 35 to your wife, resulting in 70 in hers (costs $406.25),
    2: transfer back 40 from hers to yours, resulting in 80 in yours, 30 in hers ($460)
    3: transfer 15 from yours to hers again, resulting 65 in yours and 60 in hers ($191.25).

    This works since each account can only receive up to 50k in total bonus miles, so, your wife’s account would get 35k bonus in the transfer 1, then the remaining 15k in transfer 3

    works out to be $1057.50 for a gain of 90k miles so (1.175 cents per mile, vs the best rate of doing only 50k transfers 1.135 cpm, only paying $36 extra for the additional transfers to get the mileage you need)

  • Misty

    Why pay for miles with all the U.S. Airways cc promos out there that can get free miles ?

  • thanksforthepointguy

    I really appreciate your help and advise. It sounds fine! Thanks a lot.

  • IneedObamaCare

    I transferred 50k (100k) to my wife and now she wont give me anything back! On top of that, she wants me to book our next vacation using MY miles. Can you recommend a good divorce lawyer?

  • Skyy

    If i transfer points to my mother, can I later use her points for a ticket with my name on it?

  • Skyy

    Also are the transfers instantaneous? (i.e., do I still have time to do transfers back and forth?)

  • thepointsguy

    Usually instantaneous- the ones I did the other day certainly were

  • thepointsguy

    Lol. Frugaltravellawyer.com!

  • thepointsguy

    Yes

  • Skyy

    Has anyone who bought into this promotion, checked their Dividend Mile account level since doing it? Both my father and I bought 50K and then shared 50K with each other. We expected to see an increase of 100K miles. Instead, we saw random increases. My father had an increase of 29,790 miles and I had an increase of 13,388. There were no other transactions. The DM desk was completely useless. They couldn’t even understand the logic of my issue! Nor could they see that we had bought miles and finally, they couldn’t even readily figure out what my balance was before the transaction occurred. Urgh!

  • Frank

    I have two US airways dividend miles accounts, one is primary with nearly 100k miles in it. I tried sharing between these two accounts under this promotion, and at first the miles were credited and my credit card was charged, but just yesterday these transactions were reversed. Not sure what happened but the deal did not go through.

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