US Airways offering a 100% bonus on purchased miles for the month of June!

US Airways has just announced that they’ll be offering a 100% bonus on the purchase of Dividend Miles for the entire month of June.

US Airways usually sells miles for 3.5 cents each, so through this promotion you’re paying 1.75 cents per mile, plus a 7.5% federal excise tax, for a total of ~1.88 cents per mile. You can earn a maximum of 50,000 bonus miles through this promotion (for a total of 100,000 miles), and your Dividend Miles account has to be at least 12 days old in order to participate.

Now, US Airways did raise the cost of purchased miles from 2.75 cents per mile to 3.5 cents per mile late last year. And back when they sold them at the old price, the promotions were almost always as straightforward as this one, without any further requirements. However, since then almost all the double miles promotions have come with fine print, like the bonus miles only posting weeks later, only earning double miles for a smaller amount, etc. So it’s actually telling (and refreshing) that they’re going back to the old model of selling miles.

The best value on the US Airways award chart remains for travel between the US and North Asia for 90,000 miles in business class or 120,000 miles in first class, given that they let you route via Europe. Through this promo you’d basically be paying ~$1,700 plus tax for a business class ticket to Asia (with a stopover in Europe, if you’d like), which is a spectacular deal.

So while I recently valued US Airways miles at 1.5 cents each, that’s not to say you shouldn’t take advantage of this promotion. This is an instant way to get 100,000 miles, which is especially useful for those with immediate travel plans or those that don’t have the ability to sign-up for credit cards.

Comments

  1. And of course if you can catch a off-peak award to Europe for 55k (w/ US credit card) this even gets better. Pretty much $1K for a business class redemption to the EU. (If you are willing to go in Jan or Feb)

  2. Can u give a sample 120k first class north Asia routing with stopover in Europe from Lax?

  3. @ Michael — In theory (pending availability) LAX-FRA-NRT-MUC-LAX.

    @ BBTBphile — Sure, as long as the ticket is used within a year the stopover can be for as long as you’d like.

  4. It seems to me that a US North Asia award to Hong Kong with a European stopover, combined with a UA C South Asia award, and/or some Avios for shorthaul Europe travel (AB/BA/IB), that you could do quite a lot of traveling for not a lot of miles.

  5. Too bad US seems to blocking/”not seeing” a lot of space. I agree, though, 120K F to North Asia is astoundingly great. From LAX to HKG and back, I got to experience the FRA FCT, Swiss F, and Thai’s F suites.

  6. Lucky, is it possible to route from South Asia (Singapore) to Europe via the US for the 110,000 in first or 90,000 in business? And how accurate would find space using the United award search be?

  7. Lucky, is it possible to route from South Asia (Singapore) to Europe via the US for the 110,000 in first or 90,000 in business?

    And how accurate would find space using the United award search be?

  8. Alex: possible, yes, because US Airways reps aren’t known for consistently enforcing rules.

    However, the program rules say “no”.

    http://www.usairways.com/en-US/dividendmiles/programdetails/memberguide.html

    Travel between Europe and Japan/North Asia/South Asia/Australia/New Zealand is not permitted via North America.

    Also: Lucky, are you sure that’s a legal itinerary? LAX is considerably farther from FRA/MUC than NRT, which would seem to invoke….

    Travel from North America to Europe is not allowed via Asia.

    The trick is to use HKG. (A lot of West Coast USA destinations have this “problem” where North Asia is closer than Europe, thus making US redemptions into Europe trips, not North Asia trips).

  9. If you purchased 50,000 miles in their last promotion earlier this year (and received 50,000 bonus miles), are you still able to purchase 50,000 miles now and get another 50,000 bonus?

  10. Lucky, you are forgetting the 30$ service fee, which adds another 0.06 cpm real cost is 1.94125 cpm
    I think of it now as 1.95c, almost 2c, while it was 1.478 or 1.5c approx in the past

  11. I just did a IAD-PEK-SHA-HKG-BKK-FRA-IAD booking for 120k in biz. The HKG and BKK stops are overnight so not counted as stops. If I could remove the BKK segment then it will drop to 90k

  12. “The best value on the US Airways award chart remains for travel between the US and North Asia for 90,000 miles in business class or 120,000 miles in first class”

    Too bad US seems to be blocking all LH F (LX F doesnt seem to be available)which leaves mostly UA international F.

  13. @ Alex — You can’t technically do that, unfortunately. Aside from Lufthansa first class award space, you should have access to most of the same space you find on the United website.

    @ JDR — Yep, sure you sure can.

    @ Josh G — I’d say so, since it has been a while since they’ve devalued their chart.

    @ ffI — Since when is there a service fee with US Airways miles? I think you’re thinking of Delta miles.

    @ Mike S. — Yes, though you can always fly Asiana or Thai first class from Europe to Asia.

  14. So if I buy these with my USAirways credit card, I *do* get the miles for that and the additional miles for it being a USAirways purchase, right? That would add another 100% bonus if they do not disqualify it.

  15. @ T.Rob — You don’t, unfortunately. The purchase is processed by points.com, so you don’t earn bonus miles as if it’s a US Airways purchase.

  16. Hi Lucky, I am seriously considering making a purchase with the intention of traveling to PEK and/or HKG in business class with a stopover in Europe. My question is – I am based in Toronto. Am I allowed to start and end my journey in Canada instead of the US? Thanks, Joseph

  17. What’s the best way to earn US miles through CC spending if you don’t want forex fees? I spend about 11 months outside the USA due to work and am frustrated that all US airways cards and transfer partners like SPG Amex have forex fees. Is there any way to do this? I know Marriotts travel packages can be lucrative, especially with a transfer bonus of 50%. However that’s a minimum of 270k points and I can only manage 150-200k per year. Any other options?

  18. @ Lee — Unfortunately the Marriott card would have been my only reasonable suggestion, since there are no other lucrative transfer partners with decent values. That being said, if you don’t mind me asking why are you set on earning US Airways miles as opposed to other points currencies? If I had a lot of CC spend I wouldn’t be trying to earn US Airways miles.

  19. It’s because I’m currently based in Australia for work, and this is where the US Airways redemption chart really shines. We fly back once a year for Christmas, and 110k US miles for a business class ticket is better than anything else I’ve found so far. United is 135k each and others that I’ve seen are similar. We typically just buy miles during 100% bonus promotions, but I’m just wondering if there was a better way. For now the CC spend we do have gets transferred to Hyattor Southwest (we dont care about flying economy for very short flights like SFO to LAX). I can’t see myself earning 270k UA miles every year for the two of us.

  20. @ Lee — Ah, makes sense. While I have no inside knowledge, just keep in mind that there’s a very good chance the US Airways award chart will be devalued sometime soon. It has been several years and with the rate at which they’ve been selling miles I have to imagine it will happen sooner rather than later.

  21. What’s this about US Air blocking access to awards on Lufthansa First? How about LH Biz? When did that start? I had always thought – at least in previous year – that access to Lufthansa premium class awards to Europe was one of the major benefits of Dividend Miles. Please don’t tell me that’s gone. Boo hoo.

  22. @ Larry — They’re blocking all Lufthansa first class, though business class is available as usual. They’ve been blocking transatlantic first class on Lufthansa for at least a couple of years so it’s nothing especially new, though now they’re blocking all routes. It’s still usually possible to get a manual sell, though.

  23. @ adamu — In regards to what? One benefit of Hong Kong is that it’s considered North Asia despite how far South it is, so you can get it for only 90,000 miles in business class or 120,000 miles in first class.

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