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Last Chance to Buy US Airways Dividend Miles with 100% Bonus

by on May 21, 2014 · 16 comments

in Oneworld, star alliance, Turkish Airlines, US Airways

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Just a reminder that this week is your last opportunity to buy US Airways miles with a 100% bonus, as the promotion ends on Sunday May 25, 2014. The bonus amounts are as follows:

  • Purchase 10,000-19,000 miles, get a 50% bonus
  • Purchase 20,000-29,000 miles, get a 75% bonus
  • Purchase 30,000-50,000 miles, get a 100% bonus

You can purchase a maximum of 50,000 miles. This is an excellent opportunity, especially if you choose to purchase all 50,000 miles, as the cost is lowered to about 1.88 cents per mile. Miles normally cost cost 3.5 cents each, plus a 7.5% tax.

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With the 100% bonus on 50,000 miles, you could fly business class to Europe on Turkish Airlines.

Rules and Limitations

1. You must be a Dividend Miles member for at least 12 days.
2. If you Gift Miles the 100% bonus goes to the person who receives the miles – not the one transferring them.
3. The maximum number of Buy and Gift Bonus miles that can be received by one member for this offer is 50,000 bonus miles (so 100,000 total including the bonus miles).
4. Share transactions are not eligible for this bonus.
5. Miles are purchased at $0.35 plus 7.5% tax recovery charge, and GST/HST will be charged to Canadian residents.
6. This transaction is processed by points.com, so it won’t count towards airfare multiplier categories like the 3X points per $1 on flights booked directly with airlines on the Amex Premier Rewards Gold or 2x on Chase Sapphire Preferred and the no-fee Barclaycard Arrival.
7. Bonus amounts will be awarded upon completion of the transaction.
8. Miles purchased through Buy, Share or Gift Miles do not count towards Dividend Miles Preferred status.

Should You Buy?

Of course, if you were already planning to buy US Airways miles, now would clearly be the time to do so. If you’re unsure, consider your own travel needs and what awards you’re most likely to redeem the 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. That means great award redemptions with your Dividend Miles are available both on certain Star Alliance carriers and  new Oneworld partners like Cathay Pacific and Qantas. Read my list of the Top 11 Awards To Book With US Airways Miles Now That It Is A Member of Oneworld for some ideas.

Purchasing miles may also make sense if you plan on flying long haul, especially in business class. Consider that if you buy the full 50,000 miles (generating 100,000 miles) you are technically spending $1,881.25 ($1,750 pre-tax) for 100,000 miles. You could easily use those miles to fly on partner airline Turkish Air to Istanbul for 100,000 miles roundtrip in business class.

However, if you only plan on flying short haul around the US, this deal may not be worth it, so it depends on your personal travel agenda. Economy redemptions generally offer less value, but US Airways does have some flexible routing options that might make domestic award flights worthwhile. Using the purchased miles for economy redemptions to Europe during peak times (like in the summer) might also end up being cheaper than paying for a ticket. Also, note that you get 5,000 miles off US Airways awards if you have the US Airways MasterCard, though this benefit is set to expire in 2015.

I will definitely take advantage of this promotion by buying the full 50,000 miles to get 100,000 miles; you have another few days left to decide if you will as well.

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  • Meagan

    Will it count toward my minimum spend for AA Executive (for the 100K bonus)?

  • Bren

    Noobie question, can you purchase round trip economy tix from USA to Europe and then use miles to upgrade to business and do so only one way? Wife and I want to go biz for the honeymoon!

  • Elteetrav

    Hasn’t the EVA partnership ended?

  • thepointsguy

    Yes

  • thepointsguy

    Nope- you need to book a business class award if you want to fly business with miles. No upgrading award tickets unless you get really lucky

  • Agent Provocateur

    I believe the Eva partnership ended on 5/14, and round-trip business awards on oneworld partners to North Asia is now 110K miles. Speaking of which, is it possible to buy 50K+50K on this promotion and then buy another 10K just regular purchase so that I can reach 110K? The rules seem unclear as to whether there’s a 50K purchase cap per year.

  • alex

    I thought Eva is no longer partnering with US Air as of few days ago? Even if they still do partner, isn’t it 110,000 miles for Business class to North Asia from the US?

  • miffSC

    Yes – you can buy the extra 10K miles. The 50K limit is simply for the bonus miles only.

  • miffSC

    Yes, you can purchase an economy ticket and upgrade it with miles, although it is not a very cost efficient use of your miles. You will need at least 30K miles for each upgrade plus a copay of around $300-500 per ticket. As Brian says, you would be much better off booking a roundtrip business class ticket – or book a one way business leg and purchase a one way economy for the return.

  • Ben D

    Would it be a good plan to pick up the miles now for a future trip (like next year sometime)? I’m hoping the great redemption levels to S. Africa hold.

  • Diotallevi

    I love this promo, although it’s not as good as it used to be. I’ve been buying and hording these miles since 2008 and have used them to book 10 ANA business class tickets from IAD or NYC to NRT over the past few years, saving me tens of thousands of dollars in value. Used to be a 90K star alliance award to Japan from the US, now it will be a 110K one world award ticket. Looking forward to trying JAL for the first time next year, though I’ll still use SPG and MR points to transfer to ANA for their business class awards, which start at only 75K. ANA is also now only one of 6 five star airlines.

  • HusbandTravelsTooMuch

    Does it increase your status with OneWorld or just give you the points?

  • thepointsguy

    These are not elite miles.. just regular redeemable miles

  • AA and USAir

    I just signed up for the AA Advantage Citi card where you spend $10K in 3 months and get 100k miles. If I buy the 50k usair miles and get 100k miles for ~$1,881, will those miles be added to my AA 100k mile account? Since AA acquired Usair?

  • STEVE

    cant find where to look for availability….any clues….at least previously you could look at united or aEROPLAN.
    HELP PLEASE….

  • TEX

    Looks like it’s been extended until 31st May!

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