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US Airways 100% Bonus On Purchased Miles – Targeted To Those Who Bought Miles in 2013

by on January 14, 2014 · 21 comments

in Buy Miles Promotions, US Airways

US Airways has sent out a targeted offer this afternoon to folks who bought or gifted miles in 2013 to earn a 100% bonus on purchased miles now through January 31, 2014. that means you can buy US Airways miles for the bargain price of just 1.88 cents each.

I thought we might have seen the last of the US Airways 100% buy miles bonus now that the merger with American Airlines is going full steam and the two have announced reciprocal earning and redeeming of miles on each other, but it appears that those of us who purchased these Star Alliance miles on the cheap last year have another chance to rack them up. Not only that, but if you use them before March 30, 2014, you can redeem for Star Alliance awards, whereas on March 31, or after, you can use them for Oneworld awards, so there are some great opportunities here. This also might be a cheap way for some of you to buy miles that will eventually become American miles once the AAdvantage and Dividend programs are merged.

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As usual, all purchases are non-refundable and the maximum number of buy or gift miles that can be received by any one member/account is 50,000 bonus miles (so 100,000 miles total). All miles above and beyond that will not be eligible for the bonus. You must complete your purchase by January 31, 2014 11:59 MT. This is an exclusive and is non-transferable.  Share transactions are not eligible for the bonus. And because these purchases are processed through Points.com, they will not count towards the Amex Premier Rewards Gold‘s 3X per $1 on airfare or the Sapphire Preferred or Arrival‘s 2X per $1 on travel.

US Airways miles are normally sold for 3.5 cents each plus a 7.5% tax, but with this bonus, the price per mile comes out to 1.88 cents each – so you could buy up to 50,000 miles, receive a bonus 50,000 for a total of 100,000 miles for the grand total of $1,881.25.

That might seem like a lot of money, but remember that US Airways has some amazing award chart sweet spots such as just 90,000 miles for roundtrip business class to North Asia, and 110,000 miles for roundtrip business class to South Africa, which is what I did last January.

Spending under $2,000 for an $8,000+ flight is a pretty great deal, though I understand the cash outlay isn’t for everyone. Economy redemptions are generally not as good an idea, but US Airways does have some flexible routing options which might make it worth it for you. Also note that you get 5,000 miles off US Airways awards if you have the US Airways MasterCard.

With the fact that US Airways will definitely be leaving Star Alliance by the end of March, you might be worried about actually being able to use those miles on Star Alliance redemptions, but as I continue to find a lot of Star Alliance partner availability when calling the airline, and you should still be able to book most Star Alliance awards through the exit date. Check out my post on Tips For Searching Star Alliance Availability for more info.

Those award chart sweet spots are likely going to go away once the airline joins Oneworld and its frequent flyer program becomes more closely aligned with American’s, but even since the reciprocal earning/redeeming announcement, a lot of interesting awards have opened up such as using US miles to fly AA to North Asia for less, or to fly AA to London without paying huge fuel surcharges.

US Airways’ Star Alliance options are also looking even better now since the other US-based Star Alliance carrier, United, announced a major devaluation of its award chart mileage redemption requirements that will take effect in February. Just keep in mind before you rush to stock up on miles that you can also buy US Airways miles for cheap using the Mileage Multiplier.

Do you plan to take advantage of this offer? If so, what do you plan to do with your miles?

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  • Ricav

    Do you get 2X miles with US Airways Mastercard purchase of these miles?

  • shaun_robertson

    How about those that haven’t received this offer? Is there a way in?

    Shaun
    http://www.thislifeintrips.com

  • thepointsguy

    No

  • thepointsguy

    Not that I’m aware of

  • LarryInNYC

    Looking for this offer and can’t find it (and I need 10K miles in each of two accounts for an award). Realized I did the share miles (not buy or gift) promotion, so I guess I’m not eligible.

  • Jack Zhu

    You know, it’s weird. I bought miles in 2013, but didn’t get the email today. However, i went to the USAirways site and went to the buy miles site. The bonus does reflect there. You might as well check just in case…

  • LarryInNYC

    Thanks, I went and checked, but the first Buy Miles page shows $35 for 1K miles and nothing about a bonus.

  • David L

    I didn’t get an email about the bonus (nor did I purchase miles last year), but simply went to http://www.usairways.com/en-US/dividendmiles/buymiles.html

    For me, it showed the 100% bonus option there before I even logged into my account.

  • dean

    The value today is 1.88cpm, though with most every blogger predicting the pending devaluation of US Airways/AA post merger, what will be the TRUE cost? Just food for thought for those thinking of purchasing….i.e. if you already have plenty of miles for your trips in the next 9-12 months, probably not wisest to purchase, methinks…

  • Rowergirl7531

    When I clicked on the link, it showed me the 100% bonus, BUT when I clicked on “buy miles” from that site, it took me to another page — at first, it flashed a page to input your name, number, email address, etc., but then it flashed to another page (with the first shadowed behind it). Inputting my info on the second page gave me no bonus mile offer. ;-(

  • dbeall

    First I am not sure what you mean by every blogger predicting….. and secondly if you like to fly Business/first class overseas – how can getting miles at less than 2 cents not be a great deal as part of a long term plan. What am I missing? About to make the purchase, but your post is confusing me.

  • AKA

    I did get this offer via e-mail yesterday afternoon because I had purchased miles late last year when they were running their up to 100% bonus miles promo. When I click on the e-mail link it takes me to the US Airways Buy Miles page and asks me to enter my name and Dividend Miles number. It seems as if once I entered my info and hit Submit, the system then verified that I was eligible and took me to the form where I could buy miles and get bonus. See attached image. Hope this helps.

  • AKA

    David,

    The link that you sent takes people to a page where it says “Offer ends February 28, 2013.” Is this an old link? Did it work for you? I got the bonus e-mail but I was just curious where you got this link.

    Thanks.

  • FlyingJoey

    I received the email yesterday and I thought it was 1 one junk email so I deleted. I could have taken advantage of this offer. :(

  • David L

    I found the link by googling “us airways buy miles”. The 3rd link down in the results brings me to the link I submitted. I didn’t even realize that it says the expiration is Feb 28, 2013.

    Now that I go back to the link, and input my name and dividend miles number, it’ll no longer give me the bonus. I am 100% sure that the bonus was available for me yesterday though.

  • joeypore

    Anyone out there eligible for the offer, but not planning to purchase?

    Please let me know. Thanks

  • joeypore

    Jack, are you planning on purchasing miles via this offer before Jan 31st?

  • Jack Zhu

    i was thinking about it…since this is likely the last time this maybe be offered.

  • Jay

    Does anyone have a list of specific credit cards that offer increased security protection; such as such as “Chip and PIN” or Point-to-Point Encryption (P2PE) secures data at the time of the swipe or Impenetrable Tokenization? Today, I contacted Barclays to ask if they would upgrade my USAirways card. Barclays said they cannot do it for USAirways; however they said that I could apply for the Hawaii Airlines card that offers these features.

  • http://needlegirlhaystackworld.com Laryssa

    I have about 130,000 USAirways miles that I’ve been sitting on (waiting for the right time to ticket a business class flight to SE Asia), but am feeling the pressure to utilize this with the switch to OneWorld…

  • Mg

    Can you transfer us airways miles to American?

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