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Targeted US Airways Credit Card 100% Buy Miles Bonus Through February 28

by on February 3, 2014 · 19 comments

in Buy Miles Promotions, US Airways

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Earlier this month, US Airways announced a targeted 100% buy miles bonus for Dividend Miles members who had purchases miles in 2013, and today, the airline launched another 100% buy miles bonus for cardholders of US Airways credit cards where they can buy or gift miles with a 100% bonus now through February 28, 2014.

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The bonus should be hardwired into your Dividend miles account when you log into the buy miles page, and you should see a message on the main page even before logging in that says: “Use your US Airways MasterCard® or Visa® credit card to buy or gift miles and you’ll get or give a 100% bonus – up to 50,000 miles.”

So the key terms are that you can buy up to 50,000 miles (so get 100,000 miles total), and you must use your US Airways credit card for the purchase in order to earn the bonus, so if you use another card at check-out, you likely will not get the bonus points.

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’s a chunk of change, but US Airways still 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. Those awards are likely to disappear when American and US Airways merge their frequent flyer programs with the merger, and possibly even as soon as March 31, when US Airways leaves Star Alliance and joins Oneworld. Even since the reciprocal earning/redeeming announcement between US and AA, 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.

For the time being, however, 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. Especially since United’s devaluation should be going through any day (or moment) now, which means US Airways miles are your best bet for booking Star Alliance awards at decent levels for the next two months. Check out my post on Tips For Searching Star Alliance Availability for more info.

Spending around $1,900 for what could be $8,000+ international business class flights is a pretty great deal, though I understand the cash outlay isn’t for everyone. Economy redemptions are generally not as good an idea in terms of buying miles, but US Airways does have some flexible routing options which might make it worth it for you. And remember, you get 5,000 miles off US Airways awards if you have the US Airways MasterCard. 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.

Also note that Points.com processes these transactions, so you don’t earn 3X points per $1 with the Amex Premier Rewards Gold card’s airfare bonus or 2.14X points per $1 on the Sapphire Preferred since this isn’t categorized as a travel purchase.

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  • r0m8470

    I am wondering if the merge of the loyalty program will happen sooner rather than later? I plan to fly my parents out of SIN to the US for vacation this Fall, and would be nice to have them fly on business class. I have about 100K on AA and 40K on USAir. With 100K from purchased miles, I think I’d have enough to get them both here – if the programs were merged.

  • wombat94

    Should the bonus miles be showing up in the drop down? We have a USAirways Mastercard linked to my wife’s Dividend Miles account – we use it for most of our regular purchases and get miles transferred each month.

    I see the info about the promotion on the Buy, Share or Gift Miles page: It says “Use your US Airways MasterCard® or Visa® credit card to buy or gift miles and you’ll get or give a 100% bonus – up to 50,000 miles.”

    But when I click through to buy miles, after the prompt for name and DM account number, I just get the normal buy miles page with no indication of the special.

  • Stephen

    It’s not quite as good a deal, but AA is also running a buy/gift miles special: up to 30% bonus miles (tiered) through 2/28, plus an additional 10% discount (only through 2/6).

  • Steven Butler

    I just logged in, I have a US Airways MasterCard, but did not get the offer. I did buy miles earlier this month already with the bonus program??

  • thepointsguy

    It should show up on the Verify Payment info page.

  • MSPpete

    I found the bonus appears correctly when using Internet Explorer, but NOT Firefox. Using MS-win Vista. FWIW

  • wombat94

    Hmm… no such luck. Not sure what is wrong. I get no indication of bonus miles either on the choose payment page or the step 3 confirm details. I guess I’ll have to try calling US Airways to see what’s up.

  • gtg5017

    Same here.

  • austinpop

    Hi MSPpete, what exactly do you see? Do you actually see the pulldown with the bonus shown – for example 50,000 + 50,000 – or do you just have to go ahead and select the US Mastercard during payment, and trust that the bonus will show up after purchase?

  • Rufuss C Kingston

    I don’t see it…… I tried Internet Explorer and Firefox and I don’t get the graphic or when I click through to where it wants a credit card it shows’ only 50K miles for $1.8k, no bonus

  • Rick

    Good luck finding availability to SIN when booking via US Airways. I’ve been trying for midsummer and there is nothing available via either Star Alliance or American, even when Star Alliance seems to indicate there is award availability on their other carriers.

  • JBM

    same here. there is defi a glitch

  • wombat94

    For me, at least, this appears to be working properly now, so anyone who wasn’t seeing the bonus miles yesterday. The funny thing is… in the last 24 hours I also had 10K bonus miles post from an Energy Plus (electric provider), so I practically don’t need to purchase any miles at all.

    Now I just need to decide if I want to spend some extra money on buying up to first class on either leg out to Hawaii and back.

  • Danny

    Hi there, it doesn’t seem to work with my us airways card. I’ve been trying since the offer is out. Anyone has the same problem?

  • Danny

    Hi there, it doesn’t seem to work with my us airways card. I’ve been trying since the offer is out. Thanks.

  • ubiqts

    2014-03-04
    just got an offer from US Air and it doesn’t seem to be what’s written up above..no need to have a US CC and it costs a lot less.. 50K +50K =$1,750.00

  • ubqts

    how’s AA’s also a good deal when compared to US Air 50% bonus?? beats me…

  • ubiqts

    “So the key terms are that you can buy up to 50,000 miles (so get 100,000 miles total), and you must use your US Airways credit card for the purchase in order to earn the bonus, so if you use another card at check-out, you likely will not get the bonus points.”

    —my offer doesn’t mention anything about having to use US Airways CC…

  • ubiqts

    Sorry TPG is right…”The cost to buy 50,000 + 50,000 Bonus miles is $1,881.25 (including taxes/fees)*. Wondering about the CC?? Dont wan to make the purchase only to find out TPG was right again…:-)) Anybody knows for sure??

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