US Airways 100% bonus on purchased miles is back

US Airways is once again offering a bonus on purchased miles through September 15. This time it’s not a flat 100% bonus. Instead, the more miles you buy, the bigger the bonus. The earnings are as follows:

Buy or Gift 1,000 – 9,000 miles and get a 25% Bonus
Buy or Gift 10,000 – 24,000 miles and get a 50% Bonus
Buy or Gift 25,000 – 39,000 miles and get a 75% Bonus
Buy or Gift 40,000 – 50,000 miles and get a 100% Bonus

While US Airways has offered better promotions in the past, their promotions are almost always a great deal. Miles are 2.75 cents each, so with a 100% bonus you’re looking at under 1.4 cents each. That makes a business class award to Europe around $1,500 with tax. Not bad at all!

(Tip of the hat to Gary)

Comments

  1. Right, I accounted for that. 100,000 miles at 1.375 cents each is $1,375, plus about $125 in taxes comes out to $1,500.

  2. Not quite ; there are those federal excise taxes as well, right? So a business ticket is now $1,700 which isn’t too different from what I was paying ex-London Heathrow back in 2008 and 2009 when the ecnoomy was very weak. And those fares were mileage and status accruable on British Airways back then…

  3. @ AJ — Yar, you’re absolutely right! Shame on me, as I just bought some US Airways miles during the last promotion to top off my account, so I should have known. Yeah, for 100,000 miles it’s about an extra $100 in federal excise taxes. So for transatlantic business it’s not *that* great of a deal, but I’d argue for first class to Asia via Europe (maybe even with a stopover), it’s a pretty damn good deal. 😀

  4. I agree lucky; vagabonjim’s definition of opportunity cost notwithstanding, I don’t value a first-class ticket like that above $2,500 anyway. (Maybe I don’t value my comfort highly enough? Or maybe I forget the last time I flew in Y?) So yeah, I definitely buy and use US Airways miles, but at the end of the day I think that promotions like Hyatt’s BWB generate greater value than the US Airways purchases. That said, the TIB promo was truly exceptional and I worry that we won’t see anything like it for a while longer. And US Airways does have some exceptionally lax routing restrictions (I’ve gotten a RTW before abusing their US to Europe via Asia routing)….

    And then when my brother in Manhattan wants to come home to California, being able to book a ticket at the last minute without paying those extortionate prices for PS service is also great… (May I also ask, does anyone [sane] actually pay $5,000 for UA ps rt in F?)

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