US Airways offering targeted 100% bonus on purchased and gifted miles through July 31, 2013

It’s the beginning of the month, which means it’s time for a new US Airways promotion on purchased, gifted, or shared miles. This month they seem to be offering a targeted 100% bonus on purchased or gifted miles, which expires on July 31, 2013.

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Of the accounts I manage over half of them are eligible. I’m not sure what the qualification criteria is, though all of the accounts I manage that have purchased miles so far this year seem to be eligible. You can see if you’re eligible for the promotion by logging into your Dividend Miles account here.

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For a bit of context, in January they offered a 100% bonus on purchased miles targeted exclusively to those that purchased miles in 2012, in February they offered a targeted 100% promotion as well, in March they offered a “mystery” bonus of up to a 100%, in April they offered a 50% bonus on shared miles, in May they offered a 100% bonus on purchased miles for everyone, and in June they offered a 50% bonus on shared miles.

For those targeted, through this promotion miles can be purchased for ~1.88 cents each including tax. You can purchase a maximum of 100,000 miles through this promotion (50,000 base miles and then 50,000 bonus miles), and Dividend Miles accounts have to be at least 12 days old to be eligible for this promotion.

This can be a great deal if you have a specific mileage redemption in mind, and can be an even better deal if you’re just topping off a mileage account. Flying from the US to North Asia via Europe costs just 90,000 miles in business class, so if you outright buy those miles through this promotion you’ll pay $1,700, which is an amazing value. See this post for basics on redeeming Dividend Miles and this post for how to plan a 90,000 mile business class award to Asia via Europe.

Comments

  1. “purchased or shared miles”

    No, it’s purchased or gifted. A difference.

    I wanted shared this month! Bah!!!!

  2. I am aware that stopovers aren’t allowed on single-zone awards, but is it possible to book a single-zone open jaw award?

    Specifically, would DEL/BLR-SIN-KUL-SIN-CMB be allowed at 30 000 miles in C? Would it be worth the extra 10 000 miles to get SQ regional F on DEL-SIN + The Private Room access?

  3. Should be “gifted” in this sentence, too. “This month they seem to be offering a targeted 100% bonus on purchased or shared miles, which expires on July 31, 2013.”

  4. @ Bjørn — Open jaw should be fine, and I’d definitely say it’s worth a 10,000 mile premium to fly first class on Singapore.

  5. Does US Airways allow one way awards for half the redemption cost. Thinking of going to Asia vs Europe, and flying back AA via the pacific.

  6. Does US Airways allow one way awards for half the redemption cost. Thinking of going to Asia via Europe, and flying back AA via the pacific.

  7. Here is a question for you. I fly almost exclusively American Airlines. Since all frequent flier accounts will merge down the line, does it make sense to buy as many US Air miles as I can with this promo knowing they will really become American Airlines miles down the line?

  8. @ Dave — You’d be buying miles at 1.88 cents each, and that’s just not a rate at which I’d speculatively purchase miles when you don’t know what the award chart of the new airline will look like. I value American miles at 1.8 cents, so unless I had a specific redemption in mind with US Airways this isn’t a rate at which I’d purchase miles.

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