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Amazing Deal Alert: US Airways 100% Share Miles Bonus – Buy Miles for 1.1 Cent Each

by on April 7, 2014 · 54 comments

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US Airways just launched one of its famous 100% Share Miles bonuses where you can essentially buy miles for 1.1 cents each now through April 13, 2014. Unlike past Share Miles promos where the 100% bonus was good on any number of  miles you shared, this one is tiered – so to get the full bonus of 100%, you need to share 30,000-50,000 miles.

Screen Shot 2014-04-07 at 8.22.25 AMIf you transfer 10,000-19,000 miles, you just get a 50% bonus, and if you transfer 20,000-29,000 miles, you get a 75% bonus, so if you have at least 30,000 miles, I’d suggest making the full transfer so you score that lucrative 100% bonus level. The bonus is coded into the Share Miles page, so you don’t have to register.

The reason this is such a good deal is that, if you were to purchase miles, they normally cost 3.5 cents each plus a 7.5% tax. Sharing miles costs 1 cent each plus a $30 processing fee and 7.5% tax – and you’re not getting any new miles, simply shifting miles around from one account to another. However, with this promo the cost of “buying miles” drops to just about 1.1 cents per new mile created from the bonus, since you are paying the share miles costs and fees, but generating twice the miles. For example, sharing 50,000 miles would cost you $567.50, and you’d be generating a bonus 50,000 miles for that price (and 100,000 miles would be in the new account which is enough for a lot of different awards), which can be an amazing deal depending on how you redeem those miles.

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Key Rules and limitations

1. You must be a Dividend Miles member for at least 12 days.
2. The 100% bonus goes to the person who receives the miles – not the one transferring them.
3. The maximum bonus per recipient account is 50,000 miles (so 100,000 total including 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 for flights booked directly with airlines 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.

Worth It?

As always, it depends on your travel needs and the award you intend to redeem your miles for. US Airways recently exited Star Alliance and joined Oneworld, though it retained some Star Alliance partners including EVA, Singapore Airlines and South African Airways – which means there are some great award redemptions on Star Alliance carriers still possible using your US Airways miles, as well as world-class new ones on its new Oneworld partners like Cathay Pacific and Qantas. Check out my list of the Top 11 Awards To Book With US Airways Miles Now That It Is A Member of Oneworld.

Say hello to Cathay Pacific business class with your US Airways miles now.

Flying Cathay Pacific business class roundtrip to Hong Kong will only cost you 90,000 miles.

The airline has a generous award chart with some unbeatable sweet spots – for instance 90,000 miles roundtrip in business class to North Asia (which would include Taipei on EVA and Hong Kong on Cathay), and 110,000 miles roundtrip in business to either the South Pacific including Australia and New Zealand (possibly on Qantas, though those awards are rare) or in business class on South African Airways.

To put that in perspective – if you were to buy that business class Cathay ticket, it would cost about $6,000, but at the Share Miles price of 1.1 cents, the value you’re getting it for is $990, pretty much the cost of a coach ticket!

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.

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 we might not see any more of them as the American-US Airways merger process continues.

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  • Doug

    so can I share with 3 different family members or is there a max share

  • Christopher

    I have one question about this (doesn’t seem to have been addressed in
    the T&C on the “Share Miles” link to the US Airways site). Within the
    validity period, can you transfer from Person A to Person B and back to Person
    A? Ex.: Person A has 30k miles, Person B has 5k miles. A transfers all 30k to B,
    after processing A has 0 miles, B has 65k. Can B then transfer 50k back to A so
    that B ends up with 15k and A ends up with 100k?

  • Christopher

    I have one question about this (doesn’t seem to have been addressed in
    the T&C on the “Share Miles” link to the US Airways site). Within the
    validity period, can you transfer from Person A to Person B and back to Person
    A? Ex.: Person A has 30k miles, Person B has 5k miles. A transfers all 30k to B,
    after processing A has 0 miles, B has 65k. Can B then transfer 50k back to A so
    that B ends up with 15k and A ends up with 100k?

  • FlyingJoey

    Wondering… Can I share 50K with my mom and 2 days later, she will share back another 50K?

  • r0m8470

    TPG – with the merger, and with it, the anticipated merger of DividendMiles and AAdvantage, how confident are you that the miles will be transferred at 1:1? Just curious if it’s possible for me to have 100K DividendMiles but then the merger gutted them to less than that number. There are rash of devaluations lately, that make us wary of more bad news coming.

  • Josh

    @flyingjoey:disqus You can do it immediately. Previously the best strategy was to transfer 25k from your account, which would put 50k in the other account, and then transfer that 50k back to your account which would then become 100k. So you have a net gain of 75k points. With the current promotion it becomes a little trickier though because you won’t get the 100% bonus on that first 25k transfer. You have to transfer 30k, which results in 60k in the other account, but the max you can then transfer back is 50k. So the net gain is only 70k points in your original account and the other person gets an extra 10k points.

  • Tory

    Sorry, but I’m new at all this. Can you explain why I would want to give my miles to someone else? If I gave them to my husband, could he then buy the tickets next time we go somewhere? If it’s that easy, I don’t understand why USAir is doing it.

  • http://www.Fishing4Deals.com/ Fishing4Deals

    If you don’t already have the US Airways credit card issued by Barclay’s, a better deal might be to apply for the credit card to get 30K or 40K miles for the $89 annual fee.

  • Ut_videam

    No max share, but each recipient account can only receive a total of 50,000 bonus miles.

  • Bing Wu

    So how do we maximize this. A gives B 50K miles, adding a net 100K miles in B’s account. Then B can share back 50K with A, effectively creating 50K for A and 50K for B. Or B can share back 30K with A, so that A has a net gain of 10K and B has a net gain of 70K, and A is more than “made whole”. So B still needs to find another 20-40K miles for a good J redemption.

  • Trey

    ..if only USAirways would allow one-way awards OR changes to ticket AFTER departure (even for a fee!), the dividend miles would be golden!

  • Bing Wu

    Looks like you can do this, and you will both gain 50K miles at a cost of ~$565 each. The only unfortunate thing is being limited to sharing 50K miles per account!

  • Bing Wu

    General wisdom seems to be that the AA chart will prevail, so think about 100K US miles becoming 100K AA. Well, for the most part US has a better round trip chart with more generous routing rules and more carriers right now you can redeem on. So, have a redemption for the US miles in mind right now before jumping on this, within a year, and ideally, before the end of 2014. A common theme in the past is that programs get merged at the end of a status year (i.e. January 31, 2015)

  • avi

    Please enter your name and Dividend Miles number to get started.
    Please correct the following errors:
    The US Airways Dividend Miles account you specified is not eligible to purchase miles.

    what can i do ???????????????

  • Frank

    So in this situation both will have 100k at the end of both transactions?

  • Bing Wu

    Not necessarily. Each will have 50K more than they started with and paid $565 for those 50K, thus getting the 1.13cpm

  • thepointsguy

    Yes

  • thepointsguy

    I can’t imagine the miles wouldn’t combine at a 1:1 ratio. Wouldn’t worry about it

  • thepointsguy

    Is it not 12 days old? If the account isn’t at least 12 days old you can’t participate.

  • thepointsguy

    Right? Guess you can’t have it all though- still so many golden redemption opportunities if you know how to work them

  • thepointsguy

    Correct- you can top up miles with Starwood transfers.

  • thepointsguy

    They do it to make money..there’s a fee for transferring, but it makes it extremely cheap to create new miles much cheaper than it normally costs to buy outright.

  • John Pherrin

    Says you must be member for 12 days. Is that for both parties?

  • thepointsguy

    What UT_videam said

  • trey

    it was, last time they had the same promo.

  • Bobby

    Can A transfer 50k to B, then B (who now has 100K) transfer 50k to both A and C such that A and C now have 100k?

  • thepointsguy

    Yes

  • Justin

    Got the email this AM and did an A to B and back to A in 5 minutes at 50k each. Nice way to bolster the miles on the cheap!

  • tjh8402

    so if, say, my mom wanted 100k miles, we would each need to have a Dividend Miles membership for 12 days, I would buy the 50k miles at list price, then transfer them to her which would get her a 50k bonus for 100k total miles at basically half off the list price.

  • Jas

    I don’t know anyone with miles to share. Does it still make sense to buy 30k miles and then share?

  • kim

    Is there a safe way to exchange points with other board members? I don’t have anyone to exchange with, and you have to have an account for 12 days, otherwise I’d make another up.

  • Karen

    Can I use the miles in my account to book a ticket for my dad?

  • Gary70

    @Karen Yes you can

  • Jon

    If you like, I can exchange with you.

  • Jon

    I can see some people need a partner and I am happy to be one.

  • Justin

    Just got the email about Barclays US Airways card adding a free first checked bag & converting to an AAdvantage card issued by Barclays…finally.

  • Henry

    I have 30k miles, just need to find someone to transfer me 50k, and I transfer them 50k….

  • joe m

    I started account for myself and wife a month ago to sweep on a deal like this when they came up… so we didn’t get stuck with the 12 day rule for deals that last a week.
    we both have zero points.
    i need to make an initial purchase of 50,000 points (at full price) to get started.
    so actually while its an amazing deal… it only genuinely is 1.1 c per point if you already own 50,000 points to start with.

  • Jas

    I would like to partner if you are still interested.

  • kim
  • Mihir

    I am little confused. I currently have 0 miles in my account. If I were to purchase 50k miles, it shows 1881.25 $. But your post talks about $565. Am I missing something ?

  • TSH

    Transfer from my wife to me and back was all instant. I logged out of my wife’s account and logged into mine and the miles were there, and vice versa.

  • Melinda Fulner

    Woke up this morning with a little over 35K US miles. Now I have 105K and my wife has another 10K. THANKS TPG!!

  • - -

    I’m open to it. I need a transfer partner as well. To be honest I don’t understand how this works.

  • - -

    I need a transfer partner. (And someone to explain this to me because I’m totally lost.)

  • Steve

    I’m looking for a partner as well, happy to go over the details. Essentially the plan would be to each share the same amount of miles with each other at the same time and both get 100% bonus miles.

  • Steve

    I am also interested in finding a partner to swap miles if
    anyone is looking for one. Trying to boost my miles to take a rewards trip to attend my brother’s wedding in Europe this Summer…

  • Matt

    Just wanted to share I was able to use the CapitalOne Venture Card points in order to transfer to and from my wifes account with re-imbursement credit via a secure message to CapitalOne. This was over a year ago, but it worked in order to get miles instead of points for spend redemption. Good luck everyone!

  • gomelkiev
  • Jordan Marton

    Does this only work if you have an account with 50k miles to transfer? You mention “buying” at a cost of 1.13 per mile, but onl[y if you have a US Air account that you can share

  • - -

    Is there a way I can send you my contact info privately?

  • gomelkiev
  • Tim

    Can multiple family members transfer INTO ONE persons account?

    Tom into Harry, Mary into Harry, Bill into Harry?

  • Taro

    Does anyone know historically how often does US Airways have the 100% bonus Share Mile promo? I am wondering if I should wait for it to come back instead of taking advantage of the current 100% bonus Buy Miles promo.

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