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US Airways 100% Buy Miles Bonus Offer Until August 31- Worth It?

August 1, 2013

Last month US Airways ran a 100% buy miles promotion, but it was only targeted to certain Dividend Miles members. This month they’ve opened it up to everyone and the math is still the same- you can buy up to 50,000 miles, so with the 100% bonus you end up with 100,000 miles for $1,881. […]

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Targeted 100% US Airways Buy Miles Bonus July 1 – 31, 2013

July 1, 2013

Although in the past US Airways has run decent bonus promotions on buying and gifting award miles – most recently a 100% bonus in May -  in what could very well be the last such pre-merger with American Airlines promotion, US Airways is currently offering a targeted bonus of 100% for buying or gifting miles […]

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Up to a 50% Bonus on Purchased JetBlue TrueBlue Points

June 26, 2013

Now through July 31, 2013, JetBlue is offering up to a 50% bonus on purchased TrueBlue points. It’s a tiered bonus structure, so the more points you buy, the higher bonus you’ll receive. To participate in this offer, you must login into your TrueBlue account, and click on the option of either Buy Points or […]

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Virgin Atlantic Promo: 25% Discount on Economy Awards- Worth It?

June 4, 2013

Now through June 17, 2013, Virgin Atlantic is offering an award discount promotion where you can book economy award seats for 25% fewer miles than normal. Concurrently, the airline is also offering a buy/transfer/gift miles bonus of 15%. A roundtrip flight from New York JFK or Newark will normally cost you 35,000 miles, but with […]

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50% US Airways Shared Miles Bonus Now Through June 30th

June 3, 2013

Now through June 30, 2013, US Airways is currently offering a 50% bonus on shared miles that equates to spending about 2.15 cents per mile, and the airline is waiving the $30 transaction fee that is normally charged for transferring miles. You don’t have to register for this, just go to the Share Miles page and you’ll see […]

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Up to 30% Bonus On Hyatt Points Purchases Through June

June 1, 2013

Now through June 30, 2013, Hyatt is offering up to a 30% bonus on Gold Passport points purchases. The bonuses are hard-coded into the buy points page, so you don’t have to register, and here’s how the bonus works based on how many points you buy: Purchase 1,000 to 9,000 points and get a 10% […]

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Reminder: US Airways 100% Buy Miles Promotion Ends Friday

May 30, 2013

As a reminder, the US Airways 100% Buy Miles Promotion ends this Friday, May 31st. US Airways is offering up to a 100% bonus on purchased miles, which is limited to 50,000 purchased miles (so 100,000 with the bonus). It is a tiered bonus, so you only get the full 100% bonus if you buy at least 30,000 […]

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Bonus on British Airways Avios Purchases Now Through June 13

May 20, 2013

British Airways has announced that Executive Club members who purchase Avios now through June 13, 2013, will receive a bonus of up to 7,000 Avios. The amount of bonus Avios you receive will be based on the amount you purchase. Purchase 2,000 – 6,000 Avios and receive 100 bonus Avios Purchase 7,000 – 12,000 Avios […]

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Current Buy Miles Promos – 30% United Discount, 30% American Bonus

May 16, 2013

United and American are both currently offering promotions on purchased miles, so I thought I would take a look at each promo and whether they are worth considering. Now through 11:59pm CT on May 20, 2013, United is offering up to a 30% discount on purchased United miles. Here’s how it works, MileagePlus members will save 30% […]

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US Airways 100% Buy Miles Promotion Through May 31, 2013

May 1, 2013

Now through May 31, 2013, US Airways is offering up to a 100% bonus on purchased miles. There is a limit to 50,000 purchased miles (so 100,000 with the bonus). It is a tiered bonus, so you only get the full 100% bonus if you buy at least 30,000 miles. Here’s how it works: Buy/gift […]

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Virgin America 40% Bonus on Purchased Points – Worth It? (Generally, No)

April 30, 2013

Now through May 7, 2013, Virgin America is offering a bonus of up to 40% on purchased Elevate points. While not as generous as last October’s 50% bonus, this could still be something to consider if you’re a (very) few points short of a specific redemption. Buy 500 – 2,000 points to get a 20% […]

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Avianca Lifemiles 100% Purchase Bonus Through April 30

April 9, 2013

Avianca TACA is once again offering a 100% bonus on purchased Lifemiles now through April 30, 2013. You can buy anywhere between 1,000-75,000 Lifemiles to end up with between 2,000-150,000 miles thanks to this bonus, and you will only get the bonus on one transaction. The other thing to note is that this offer is […]

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American Airlines 30% Buy Miles Bonus And 15% Discount

April 2, 2013

Much like its promotion from about a year ago, Points.com is offering two concurrent promotions where you can both get up to a 30% bonus on buying AAdvantage miles and buy them at a 15% discount. The 15% discount is only good from now through 12:00pm noon Central Time April 5, 2013, while the up-to-30% […]

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50% US Airways Shared Miles Bonus Through April

April 1, 2013

While the 100% bonus on shared/transferred miles US Airways offered last October was something to consider since it meant you could essentially buy miles at 1.1 cents each, the airline is currently offering a less-thrilling 50% bonus on shared miles that equates to spending about 2.3 cents per mile. You don’t have to register for […]

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Amex/ US Travel Daily Getaways Deals Returning; Better Late Than Never!

March 19, 2013

For the past couple years the U.S. Travel Association (a non-profit trade association with the sole mission to increase travel to and within the US) and American Express have teamed up with travel providers and loyalty programs to offer some unbeatable deals on travel packages and miles/points. It usually runs in May, but I just […]

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US Airways 25-100% Bonuses On Purchased Miles Through March 31, 2013

March 4, 2013

Much like my posts from last week on the 50% transfer bonus British Airways is offering Canadian Amex members or the 40% bonus offer from Air France and KLM’s Flying Blue program, US Airways is now offering members bonuses of between 25-100% on miles purchased between now and March 31, 2013. Unlike this November 2012 offer […]

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Up to 40% Bonus on Buying Flying Blue Miles – Worth It?

February 28, 2013

Several readers have emailed me this week asking my opinion on the latest Buy Miles bonus offer from Flying Blue (the frequent flyer program of Air France and KLM), so I wanted to take a closer look. In short, the answer is no, but if you care to know why, or see how it may […]

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Maximize Monday: Current Buy Miles Promotions – United, American, US Airways, British Airways and Avianca

February 18, 2013

Update: The current offer for the British Airways Visa is 50,000 Avios when you spend $1,000 in the first 3 months. There are several buy miles promotions from various airlines going on at the moment – including a United 40% bonus that ends today! – so we asked TPG contributor Nick Ewen to run through the options […]

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Buy Elite Miles Promos: A Cautionary Tale

February 6, 2013

TPG reader Ed wrote in the other day about a situation that provides a good cautionary tale as a reminder to us all that you need to read the terms and conditions of any bonus or promotion you plan to take advantage of, or you could be out a lot of money. Ed wrote up […]

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Targeted: US Airways 100% Buy Miles Promotion Until January 31, 2013

January 15, 2013

As the official consolidator of cheap Star Alliance miles (and flexible routing rules) US Airways just launched a new 100% buy miles promotion until January 31, 2013 for those who purchased miles in 2012. I just got the email, though it may be targeted – you should see it when you login to USAirways.com -> Dividend Miles -> Buy […]

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Sunday Reader Question: Is Buying Starpoints With a 20% Discount a Good Deal?

December 9, 2012

TPG reader Sherie asks: “I noticed that SPG is running a 20% off when purchasing points. Is this a good deal? I am SPG Gold and hold the AMEX SPG card as well.” Starwood is offering a 20% discount on buying points until December 14, 2012. The normal price of points is 3.5 cents apiece […]

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Evaluating US Airways vs. Avianca 100% Buy Miles Bonuses For Star Alliance Awards

December 4, 2012

Two Star Alliance airlines are offering 100% bonuses on purchased miles right now raising the question: which miles should you buy, US Airways Dividend Miles or Avianca/TACA Lifemiles? First, let’s look at the two promotions. 1. US Airways 100% Bonus Buy Miles Promotion I’ve written about this promotion a couple times since it was announced […]

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Cheap Business and First Class Deals With US Airways 100% Buy Miles Promo

November 26, 2012

Would you pay ~$2,200 to fly roundtrip business class to Australia or $1,800 for roundtrip business class to Tokyo or $1,000 for roundtrip first class United (on a 3 cabin plane) JFK-Los Angeles or San Francisco? If so, you might want to consider taking advantage of US Airways buy miles promotions, which essentially allows you […]

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50% American Airlines Buy Miles Bonus

November 21, 2012

This is a promo I’ve been meaning to cover for a couple days now, and I know a lot of readers had questions about it, so here’s the lowdown on the American Airlines 50% buy miles bonus. Between now and December 31, 2012, American Airlines has raised the annual limit of purchased miles per account from […]

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