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Buy US Airways Dividend Miles with 100% Bonus (Targeted)

by on July 7, 2014 · 7 comments

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US Airways is again offering a bonus of up to 100% on gifts or purchases of Dividend Miles through July 31, 2014, though unlike recent similar promotions, this one is targeted. Check your email for a notice from US Airways to see if your account is eligible. 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

The maximum bonus you can earn is 50,000 miles, so any miles purchased beyond that amount will not qualify. 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.

Earn 1,000 bonus miles US Airways promotion.

Should You Buy?

Of course, if you were already planning to buy US Airways miles and you were targeted for this promotion, you should jump on it. 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, so while most of its Star Alliance partners are no longer available (just Singapore Airlines through the end of July), there are great award redemptions available on its new Oneworld partners like Cathay Pacific and Qantas. For ideas, read my list of the Top 11 Awards To Book With US Airways Miles Now That It Is A Member of Oneworld, or check out TPG contributor Eric Rosen’s report on his recent round-the-world trip to Europe and Asia using just 90,000 Dividend Miles (or 110,000 miles after the recent devaluation).

The decision of whether to purchase miles comes down to 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.

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  • iahphx

    You should point out that this price is significantly higher than previous deals earlier this year. It makes a difference because you used to be able to “buy” miles at 1.1 cents — now it’s 1.88 cents. At 1.1 cents, it’s a no-brainer for just about any travel situation. Now, it’s really only a deal for biz class (not enough savings, if any, for coach travel), and then only if you’re the kind of person who thinks it’s worth $2000 for an int’l biz class ticket. It’s also worth pointing out that it can be hard to find these award seats, particularly on AA and US itself. For most people, I think this is “no deal” at this price. I know I was a regular buyer at 1.1 cents, but won’t buy at the current price.

  • Diotallevi

    I too used to buy this promotion a couple of times a year. That’s when US Airways miles were a little cheaper and it was 90K biz class to Japan on ANA, and after taxes etc. that ticket would cost about $1400, sometimes cheaper than coach. Now the miles are more expensive and that trip is now 110K miles on American or JAL. It’s getting to the point were purchasing 85K Membership Rewards points and transferring to ANA for a biz class ticket is almost the same price. Plus much easier booking the ANA ticket online than calling US Airways, and availability is much better, but you do have there fuel surcharge though.

  • Victor Araujo

    I purchased this promotion twice for 50,000 miles and got the bonus. Combine that with the USAir credit card bonus and I got 240,000 miles for TWO roundtrip tickets from DC to the Maldives in business class. Priced those same tickets out and 2 roundtrip biz tickets would have been $20,000. Sure seems like this promotion is a good deal to me.

  • Annon

    Is there a way to use my US Air miles on British Air? Im trying to book a flight from NY to Toronto and BA is much less miles than US

  • Archon

    @iahphx: I believe the 1.1 cents price point you are referring to was for the SHARE Miles promotion, which required you to have miles in your account already. In fact, I used it to generate enough USDM to take my sister to Tokyo in Business back in April. I’ve been into points & miles for just a couple of years, but have never seen USDM Buy/Gift at 1.1 cents.

  • Sergey

    You can also try to exchange them to BA miles or just sell them on a site like this: http://tripmakler.com/miles/

  • Joe

    If I purchase miles and get the full bonus, can I gift miles to another person and they get the full bonus (their account did not have the offer, whereas mine did)

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