Through their “Summer Blockbuster” promotion, US Airways is offering a 50% mileage bonus on hotel stays, car rentals, and the conversion of points to miles. Registration is required and the promotion runs through July 31.
So the place this promotion really shines is the conversion of Starwood points to US Airways miles. When you transfer 20,000 Starwood points you always get a 5,000 mile bonus, so that means transferring 65,000 Starwood points would typically get you 80,000 miles. Now you can add 50% to that for a total of 120,000 miles, enough for a first class ticket to North Asia.
Given US Airways’ very liberal routing rules (they allow you to route from the US to Asia via Europe, for example) and lack of Starnet blocking, this is quite a value.
That means my 200,000 Starwood points translate into three first class tickets to Asia or Europe. Now that’s kind of tough to beat. And this promotion is rather timely for me, as I was about to transfer Starwood points to Air Canada’s Aeroplan program.
(Tip of the hat to Gary)