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TPG reader Nathan tweeted tweeted me @thepointsguy with a question about expiring miles:
“Is it worth it to get a US Airways credit card to reinstate 25K Dividend Miles cancelled for not flying them? I do fly United a lot too.”
First off, yes it is worth it – and shame on you for letting them expire! You don’t need to fly an airline to keep miles active. Keeping miles active is super simple – you can transfer a couple of points through a transfer partner like Starwood, or exchange other miles on Points.com – even though it is not a great ratio it will keep them active – you can simply buy miles, or you can buy goods through an online shopping portal. If you fly United and credit your flight to your US Airways Dividend Miles account (you can since they’re Star Alliance partners), that will re-up your expiration date as well.
There are lots of ways to keep miles active, so slap on the wrist for that!
Now, would it be worth it to get the US Airways MasterCard? Yes. The best deal out there for that credit card is 30,000 miles after your first purchase, the $89 fee is waived the first year, and you get 10,000 bonus miles on your first anniversary. So to get 40,000 for $89 within a year plus the 25,000 that you lost that they will reinstate for free, it is an absolute no-brainer in my opinion.
Other perks of US Airways MasterCard card are:
- Earn 2 miles per $1 on US Airways purchases
- Earn 1 mile per $1 spent everywhere else
- Redeem flights for 5,000 fewer miles
- Reward travel now starts at only 20,000 miles
- Annual companion certificate good for up to 2 companion tickets at $99 each, plus taxes and fees
- First class check-in One complimentary US Airways Club day pass every year
That card is pretty solid and if the US Airways merger with American Airlines goes through, we could see that card going away all together so I think you should definitely pick it up at this point. Then if the merger happens, you will be able to redeem your miles on Oneworld carriers like British Airways, Cathay and Qantas.
Meanwhile, if you do fly United, you can redeem US Airways miles on United, and all Star Alliance partners, while the airline remains in the alliance.
The bottom line is that US Airways miles are extremely valuable and keeping them active should be a priority. Check out the different posts below on maximizing them as I think this is a safe bet to get.
Should I Buy United Miles?
Update on Booking US Airways Star Alliance Awards Post November 1 When is the Best Time To Get A US Airways Mastercard? Top 10 Credit Card Companion Tickets US Airways Reduced Mileage Awards