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US Airways 100% Buy or Gift Miles Is Back Through May 25 2014

by on May 5, 2014 · 24 comments

in Buy Miles Promotions, US Airways

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The famous US Airways 100% Buy Miles bonus has returned now through May 25, 2014.  This promotion essentially allows you to buy or gift miles for 1.88 cents but in order to get the full bonus of 100%, you’ll need to buy 30,000-50,000 miles.

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If you buy 10,000-19,000 miles, you just get a 50% bonus, and if you buy 20,000-29,000 miles, you get a 75% bonus. I’d suggest buying or gifting at least 30,000 miles so you score that lucrative 100% bonus level, but I always max out this bonus by purchasing 50,000 miles to get the full 100,000 miles added to my account. The bonus is coded into the Buy and Gift miles pages so you don’t have to register, just enter your first name, last name and account number.

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. However, with this promo the cost of buying miles drops to just about 1.88 cents per new mile created from the bonus, since you are paying the 7.5% tax, but generating twice the miles. For example, buying 50,000 miles would cost you $1,881.25 ($1,750 pre-tax), and you’d be generating a bonus 50,000 miles for that price (100,000 miles would be in the new account which is enough for a lot of different awards), which can be an great 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. 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 Premier Rewards Gold or 2x on Sapphire Preferred, or 2x on 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.

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 sweet spots – for instance 110,000 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 1.9 cents, the value you’re getting it for is $2090, not far off from 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 we may not see any more of them as the American-US Airways merger process continues.

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  • Guest

    The award chart now shows 110k miles for business class to North Asia

  • Justin

    Planning a trip to Australia in Feb 2015 to visit my buddy in Brisbane. Trying to decide the best way to go here. Might be US Air/OW after all.

  • http://aapltree.wordpress.com/ Mav7

    Any comment on that TPG? Also, do you think award mileage/int’l carrier partnerships change much post -merger?

  • lulu

    I have checked award chart but cannot find “90,000 miles roundtrip in business class to North Asia( (which would include Taipei on EVA and Hong Kong on Cathay)” but 110,000 ? Can you help? Thanks :)

  • lulu

    and how you calculate “Share Miles price of 1.1 cents?” Please advice. Thanks!

  • Mikhail

    the deal they offered in early April was 1.88 cents per mile if you were to buy or gift miles, and 1.1 cents per mile if you were to share miles (buy for someone else).

    it doesn’t look like the option to share miles is open this time around, so you’re stuck buying them at 1.88 cents per mile.

  • Justin

    My browsers hate the points.com redirects too. I can’t tell you how many Tomcat/Apache errors I’ve gotten in all different browsers. Ugh points.com.

  • K2

    What about AAdvantage members? Can we take part in this without creating a Dividend Miles account? I have 200,000 AA mile and would definitely like to pad it with some US Airways miles via this offer. Any advice?

  • farsighted

    I dunno, but I shared 50,000 miles a few weeks ago that got doubled and my husband got 100,000 for the price of $567.50 (including some fees). Now it’s $1877.50 for the same exact thing. They must be joking!

  • thepointsguy

    Aadvantage offers 40% bonuses, which come to over 2.1 cents per miles. This is cheaper and eventually these miles will become AAdvantage, but timing is TBA

  • thepointsguy

    Agreed the share miles deal is better if you know how to maximize it

  • thepointsguy

    It’s 110k- an edit hadn’t taken but has now been fixed!

  • thepointsguy

    Yep – can’t beat 110k biz/140k F

  • K2

    Is it currently possible for members of both airlines to combine miles from each account in order to book award travel?

  • Justin

    Hey Bri do you have a recommended routing for getting down there from our neck of the woods (I’m halfway between PHL and EWR). My buddy’s in Brisbane but he said I can come in pretty much anywhere and they’ll find a way to meet up with us (Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane). From everything I read it seems like it’s best to route through Asia to get down there for 110/140.

  • farsighted

    I didn’t realize “gift” and “share” were two different things! Wow, I’d wait for them to “share” again. Really shouldn’t pay 3.5 cents per mile, that’s absurd. Unless you’re short a few thousand/hundred miles.

  • Ari

    What can you do with 100K or 120K US Airways miles ? How about a first class ticket ? What if you wanted to redeem economy class ? Will they ever be converted to AAdvantage miles so I can potentially redeem them on Etihad ?

  • mpkomo

    because us air will be merging their points program with aa (with no set date, but many believing early 2015), there are only going to be a limited number of these 100% bonus promotions left.

    while you’re right that getting the shared bonus is better, they may not ever offer that deal again (or may a few more times – who knows?). some people might not want to take the chance – or might want to take advantage of every one of these offers before they’re gone for good.

  • Jak

    I keep wondering how US miles will transfer into AA. Obvi we expect 1:1 on the transfer, but I wonder how they may impact AA lifetime miles. If I add 100k miles to US, would be fantastic if they’d add to my AA lifetime balance.

  • Guest

    If I have 0 miles and I would like to do the 110K redemption, how can I get that extra 10K without having to sign up for the credit card? Each account is capped at 50K purchase for the year.

  • Agent Provocateur

    I have a related question – If I have 0 miles and I would like to do the 110K redemption, how can I
    get that extra 10K without having to sign up for the credit card? Each account is capped at 50K purchase for the year.

  • Planetp

    Is this the first time the cost of gifting miles has gone up to match the price of buying miles? Are we seeing the end of the cheapest way to get miles?

  • Diotallevi

    Hey guys, US airways doesn’t fly to North Asia, but American and JAL do. You have to go to this link:

    http://www.usairways.com/en-US/dividendmiles/usemiles/awardchart.html

    and scroll down to the bottom and click on ‘oneworld award travel chart (PDF)’ This will show you the 110K business class roundtrip travel to North Asia. Let me know if you have any other questions.

  • Dottie

    What do you think of the United Miles sale that ends on the 31st?
    Buy 3,000 to 24,000 miles and receive a 20% discount, or buy 25,000 miles or more for a 35% discount.

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