US Airways 100% bonus on purchased Dividend Miles is back through June 30

Through June 30, US Airways is once again offering a 100% bonus on purchased miles. As usual, accounts must be at least 12 days old to be eligible and you can buy a maximum of 50,000 miles (which translates to 100,000 miles after the bonus) for just under $1,500.

It has been a while since they’ve offered a “no strings attached” 100% bonus offer, so it’s nice to see it back. Through this offer you’re looking at a business class award to Europe for around $1,500 plus tax, or you’re looking at almost enough miles for a first class award to Asia via Europe (which requires 120,000 miles).

(Tip of the hat to JRL)

Comments

  1. Ben, do you ever buy U.S. Air miles under these promotions for travel. Also, are they still doing Star Net blocking? Last yr after selling a ton of miles cheaply, they were blocking big time on partner flts.

  2. I have had no success crossing continents with Dividend Miles. When going to Europe, they would not allow travel via Asia, even from Hawaii, which is about halfway. They make me travel via North America. Have not tried to Asia via Europe.

  3. 120K to Asia is only for “North Asia” It’s 160K to South and Central Asia. The chart doesn’t seem to indicate via Europe or TPAC though.

  4. How many can you buy? 50k or can you buy 50k twice and get bonus on both so 200k total?

  5. @ John — I really should, though I haven’t up until now because I’ve always earned miles through other means. That being said, this time around I’m seriously thinking of taking advantage of it. They are still blocking, though there are always ways of getting around it.

    @ Carl — Europe via Asia isn’t allowed, though Asia via Europe most definitely is from the continental US.

    @ Glenn — True, though most US Airways agents don’t really know the difference between the two regions.

    @ Ketan — You can purchase a total of 50,000 miles plus the 50,000 mile bonus per account, for a total of 100,000 miles.

  6. US allows you to merge your multiple Dividend Miles accounts. I wonder if this would be a way around the limits, if say you needed 120k so purchased 50k in one account and 10k in another, then merged.

  7. i still fail to see the value in spending $1500 for miles that gets you a $2000 ticket…looking for a debate here…

  8. @ dan — I’m curious, where do you get the $2,000 figure from? I don’t remember the last time I’ve seen a $2,000 business class ticket to Asia, for example.

  9. @dan,

    It really depends on how you value the tickets. I know you can only buy 50K+get another 50K free for about $1500 but consider the possible rewards.

    Last year (December) I cashed in 250K miles for two roundtrip first class awards on Lufthansa. At $1500/100,000 miles the 250K miles would come to a cost of $3750.

    $3750 for two first class tickets from PHX-IAH-FRA on Lufthansa. There is no way you could find the tickets for that cost. I’m guessing business class would cost at least that much.

    I can afford $3-4K for two 1st class tickets to Europe occasionally. I could never afford $20K+ for the tickets.

    Obviously everyone values miles differently. In my case my schedule is pretty flexible and I’ve been able to redeem miles w/o too much difficulty.

    (How my math is correct 🙂 )

  10. @Dan —

    If you truly value a ticket at $2000, and you could get it for $1500, why would you not want to do that?????

    $500 discounts or 25% off don’t just happen everyday!

    And this doesn’t even take into consideration that you’ll get to book a stopover on the award that the $2000 ticket would not allow.

    Conclusion — I don’t see your point.

  11. My understanding is that Star blocking (when you can’t get around it) is to cap US’s quarterly expenditures. My findings are not conclusive, but I’ve found trends of no blocking at the beginning of their fiscal quarters. And like Lucky said, 120k to Asia, is pretty much ALL of Asia because US Agents can’t tell the difference between Mainland China and Chinatown.

    JRL

    P.S. Record time being placed on hold on US Airways while they were pricing my award: 1h 35 min.

  12. @Dan
    Find me a $2000 A/I rev business class ticket from US to Asia, and I’ll start drinking your cool-aide. It’s a 3 minute mile as far as this JewJetter’s concerned.

  13. Would recommend against buy the miles just to have them for future use? I believe they do not expire for 2 years and I could always keep extending the date through their dining program. Any reason not to have the miles as an alternative to One World (which I currently have many miles in)?

  14. @Yaswanth,

    Miles expiring is less of a problem than US Airways changing the amount of miles necessary for awards (i.e., miles devaluation). For example they could easily up the number of miles required from 100K to 110K or more for trips from North America to Europe. It is a huge unknown and one you have to consider.
    (For example Aeroplan just recently changed their awards.)

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