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US Airways 100% Bonus on Purchased Dividend Miles (Targeted)

by on September 2, 2014 · 7 comments

in Buy Miles Promotions, US Airways

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US Airways is again offering a bonus of up to 100% on purchased Dividend Miles now through September 30th, 2014. However unlike some recent 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 1,000-9,000 miles, get a 25% Bonus
Purchase 10,000-19,000 milesget a 50% Bonus
Purchase 20,000-29,000 milesget a 75% Bonus
Purchase 30,000-50,000 milesget a 100% Bonus

The maximum bonus you can earn is 50,000 miles, so any miles purchased beyond that amount will not qualify. Miles normally cost cost 3.5 cents each, plus a 7.5% tax. If you choose to purchase the maximum of 50,000 miles, the cost is lowered to about 1.88 cents per mile.

Earn up to 100% bonus on purchased US Airways miles.

Earn up to 100% bonus on purchased US Airways miles. (Shutterstock)

Worth It?

If you have a specific US Airways award in mind and need miles to top off your balance, then you should consider taking advantage of this offer. However, if you don’t have any specific redemptions coming up, then don’t bother. I currently value Dividend Miles at 1.9 cents apiece; while this offer comes in slightly below that rate, it’s not enough to make buying miles worthwhile just to bank them for later.

US Airways exited Star Alliance and joined Oneworld earlier this year, and 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.

Another thing to keep in mind is that these miles will become American Airlines AAdvantage miles at some point in 2015. US Airways is currently in the process of merging with American Airlines; flyers on both airlines can already earn and redeem miles reciprocally, and the Dividend Miles and AAdvantage programs will eventually merge as well.

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. As a reminder, you can get 5,000 miles off US Airways awards if you have the US Airways Premier World MasterCard, though this benefit is set to expire in 2015.

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  • Nathan Pond

    I was targeted, but my email said I could either buy or gift miles for the bonus. I seem to be the only one targeted here though, my wife was not so we can’t trade gifts.

  • PatMcPSU

    btw the “Buy, share or gift miles” page telling you about the bonus shows a backdrop of London. During the last promotion, it was Dublin. Is it just me, or are they subliminally trying to steer you to destinations with the cheaper airfare?

  • Awwms

    You just buy for yourself and gift to her.

  • J

    really debating buying some. I’m at 40,000 points due to my US airways card…$420 could nab me enough for 2 roundtrips to Europe next Feb. Still confused on dividend mile usage…does calling give you ability to do open jaw? Also does open jaw mean you still have to return to your original airport?

    There is nice availability to my local airport in New Haven but for return back only JFK is available.

  • itworked

    I rarely buy miles.. but I had 40,000 miles to spend on US Airways… and needed 45,000 for an award first class RT flight from DEN-FLL at peak season in March So I did buy the miles today (4,000 + 1,000 bonus)… $150.

    That would usually have been a “crap” decision…but the first class flight would have cost $1100 out of pocket (on any airline)

    Score.

  • bourbonhunter

    if I am a Dividend Miles US Airways MC holder, does anyone know if I can buy now with this offer, and also take advantage of the “Welcome bonus” offer for cardholders? My welcome bonus offer is valid until 12/31. If I could do both, I would get 200,000 miles for $3600, and be able to work 2 roundtrip tickets to Tokyo next spring in JAL first class (a $20k+ ticket last I checked). .

  • Rox

    what is the cost to gift miles and is that better than buying miles, i.e. husband and wife gifting each other miles. Does anyone know?

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