There’s not an airline out there that sells miles as aggressively as US Airways. This month they’re offering up to a 100% bonus on purchased or gifted miles. For that matter they’ve run a bonus promotion on the purchase, gifting, or sharing of miles every month this year, though the exact terms have differed.
US Airways doesn’t have a cap on the number of miles you can purchase per year, but rather caps the number of bonus miles you can earn per promotion. That’s almost always 100,000 miles, including the bonus. That includes this promotion, on which you can earn a 100% bonus on the purchase of up to 50,000 miles.
Probably the single most valuable award on US Airways’ award chart is for travel between the US and North Asia, which costs just 90,000 miles in business class, and allows you to route via Europe and even have a stopover there, if you’d like.
But I’m also very frequently asked what the best way is to purchase more than 100,000 miles in a single account. For example, business class from the US to Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, etc., costs more than 100,000 miles roundtrip, as does first class to most destinations.
And it’s actually quite easy. I’ve mentioned it in the past, but I still get questions about it frequently, so figured I’d post a reminder. US Airways lets you buy, gift, or share miles. “Buying” miles is exactly what it sounds like — you purchase miles for your account. But it’s gifting and sharing that people often get mixed up. “Gifting” miles is when you purchase miles for someone else, while “sharing” miles is when you transfer your miles to someone else’s account.
So what you can always do is buy miles for your account as you usually would, and then for the remaining miles you may want in the same account, simply purchase them from a different account through the gift miles option. When you go to the gift miles page, you’ll see the form asks you to enter your Dividend Miles account number and the account number for the recipient that will be gifted miles.
Do keep in mind that the promotion this month offers tiered bonuses, and you only get the 100% bonus for purchases of at least 30,000 miles. So if you wanted 120,000 miles in a single account (enough for first class between the US and North Asia, for example), you’d want to use the “buy miles” option to purchase 30,000 miles in the account in which you want miles (for a total of 60,000 miles with the bonus), and then you’d want to use the “gift miles” option to purchase 30,000 miles for the account in which you want the miles (with the other account just being used for the purposes of gifting), for a total of 120,000 miles including the bonuses.
Hopefully that makes sense!