Buy Miles Promotions

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, 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 -> 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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US Airways 100% Buy Miles Bonus Through November 30, 2012

November 1, 2012

Just as the US Airways 100% Share Miles Bonus promo comes to an end, the airline has launched a 100% Bonus on Purchased Miles promo from November 1-30, 2012. There’s no need to register, since this isn’t a targeted promotion, and you’ll receive the bonus automatically on the Buy Miles page. However, there are a […]

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Reminder: 100% Bonus On US Airways Shared Miles Ends October 31, 2012

October 29, 2012

Back when it first launched at the beginning of the month, I wrote about US Airways’ current 100% bonus promotion on shared miles that equates to purchasing miles for roughly 1.1 cents each and why it’s such an amazing deal. This is just a reminder that if you’ve been considering scoring bonus miles this way, […]

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Silly United Buy Miles Promo: Up to 60% Bonus, Maybe

October 17, 2012

Apart from truly lucrative buy and share miles promos like the current US Airways 100% Share Miles promotion, buying miles promos – even with bonuses – tend not to be a great value proposition. Case in point: United’s current “Power to the People” promo where folks who buy miles *might* earn up to a 60% […]

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(Video) Sunday Reader Question: Ways To Use The US Airways 100% Shared Miles Bonus

October 14, 2012

Today I’m answering two question from TPG readers Manav and Stratos who both asked about the US Airways 100% Share Miles Bonus. Manav asked: “As a Star Alliance Gold (United 1K) member, would I get access to the the same inventory when booking an award flight on a Star Alliance partner using US Airways Dividend miles through US […]

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50% Bonus on Purchasing Virgin America Elevate Points Until October 26- Worth It?

October 5, 2012

It seems like October is quite the month for mileage specials with United, American and US Airways all running offers. Virgin America is also running a 50% bonus on purchased miles until October 26, 2012. The Elevate program is a hybrid fixed value/ traditional frequent flyer programs – when you redeem on Virgin America you […]

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40% Bonus On Gift Card United Miles Exchange

October 3, 2012

One little known feature of certain mileage programs is the ability to exchange unused gift cards for frequent flyer miles. United’s MileagePlus is one such program, and right now the program is running a 40% bonus on the miles you receive for these exchanges. Your gift card must have at least $25 of value on […]

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Targeted: US Airways 100% Buy Miles Promotion Until October 31, 2012

October 1, 2012

Earlier today US Airways announced an amazing 100% bonus on sharing miles that equates to purchasing miles at roughly 1.1 cents a piece. I just received a targeted email offering a 100% bonus on purchased miles until October 31, 2012. Normally miles cost 3.5 cents a piece plus tax, but with this promo they come […]

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Finding Value in US Airways 100% Buy Miles Bonus Until September 30

September 17, 2012

US Airways has launched another 100% bonus on purchased miles now through September 30, 2012. This promo isn’t targeted and there is no need to register. You will receive the 100% bonus automatically when you go to the airline’s Buy Miles page. However, one rule they have when buying miles, is that you must be a […]

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40% Discount on Purchased United Miles- Worth It?

September 14, 2012

United is currently offering a 40% discount on purchased miles through September 19, 2012. They’ve run this promotion in the past (and I’ve written with my thoughts on it),  but I’ll recap it again since I’ve been getting a lot of reader emails whether this promotion is worth it or not. Promotion Landing Page With Links […]

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