US Airways 100% Bonus Shared Miles Promotion Live

Yesterday I wrote about US Airways’ 100% bonus on shared miles promotion, which they’re bringing back this week only. This is the single most lucrative promotion in the industry for purchasing miles.

As I explained yesterday, the promotion isn’t targeted, though your US Airways account has to be at least 12 days old to take advantage of this promotion (that applies both to the account gifting the miles and the account being gifted the miles).

This is very similar to the promotion they ran for the first half of October, which was essentially an opportunity to generate US Airways miles for ~1.1 cents each, assuming you had a starting mileage balance.

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The only difference between this promotion and the last one is that this time around they’re offering tiered bonuses based on how many miles you share, as follows:

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So to get the 100% bonus you have to share between 30,000 and 50,000 miles. During the October promotion sharing any number of miles (up to 50,000) would trigger the 100% bonus. The cost to share miles is one cent per mile, plus a 7.5% tax, plus a $30 transaction fee.

What this means is that if you transfer 50,000 miles from one account to another you’d pay a total of $567.50, and that account would then have 100,000 miles. So basically you “generated” 50,000 miles at a cost of $567.50, which is just ~1.13 cents per mile.

50,000 miles (pre-bonus) is the most number of miles you can transfer into a single account during the promotion. That means you can transfer 1,000 miles into an account 50 times, 25,000 miles into an account twice, or 50,000 miles into an account once — the choice is yours. You can transfer as many miles as you’d like out of an account, though. Furthermore, even if you took advantage of the October promotion you’re still eligible for this one.

To put the value of this promotion into perspective, US Airways charges just 90,000 miles for business class from the US to North Asia, and you can route via Europe with a stopover there. So if you can generate miles at 1.13 cents each, that’s the equivalent of paying ~$1,000 for such a ticket. For tips on booking such a ticket, see this post.

This is absolutely as good as US Airways promotions to purchase miles get, and a rate at which I’d speculatively purchase miles even without an immediate use, despite the number of devaluations we’ve seen lately. Eventually these will become American miles at a 1:1 ratio, though we could see an award chart devaluation before that option becomes available.

As a reminder, sharing of miles is processed by points.com, meaning this wouldn’t qualify as airfare spend for the purposes of your credit card.

I just shared miles twice through this promotion, and the transfer occurred instantly for one account, while it hasn’t gone through yet for the other account, so it may take 1-2 days as it did for some accounts in the last promotion.

In both cases I shared 45,000 miles at a cost of $513.75, meaning I generated miles for ~1.14 cents each. 45,000 miles converts into 90,000 miles, which is enough for a business class award between the US and North Asia… as of now.

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Happy sharing!

Comments

  1. Has any airline screwed around more in the redemption arena? Has any airline made you jump through more hoops to get redemptions that are available through all of their partners? Am I the only one who swore off buying US Air miles?

  2. If only we were targeted for buying miles during the November promo. Don’t have any US miles in our two accounts and don’t feel like transferring 40K SPG points 🙁

  3. Do you think it would be wise to speculatively transfer in the hope of redeeming for an award trip to Asia for the end of the following year knowing that it wont be bookable until the beginning of February?

  4. @ Chris — I’d say so. Even if US Airways were to devalue their award chart, at the rate of 1.1 cents per mile it’s tough to go wrong. I wouldn’t necessarily count on redemption costs remaining exactly the same, but even with a devaluation this is still a spectacular rate.

  5. Is there any way to take advantage of this with no Dividend Miles (but I do have an account that’s been active for a while)?

  6. I gave 50,0000 miles to my girlfriend and she gave me 50,000 back. The problem is US Air charged a $37.50 tax recovery fee to both. WE live in Hawaii not Canada

  7. @ Neal — Yep, that’s the standard charge. You pay one cent per mile, plus a $30 transaction fee, plus a 7.5% tax recovery fee.

  8. “The recipient of the share transaction will also receive the bonus miles.”

    The fine print reads the above. Are they saying the sharer and the recipient both receive bonus miles? I’m a touch confused because of the word “also”.

    Thank you for writing this, Lucky!

  9. If heading to Asia via Europe, how long could I stay in Asia (Taipei) before coming home to the US? Is there a max?

  10. @ GF — No, you can only share as many miles as you have. You can purchase miles first and then share, but that’s about your only option.

  11. if i already had someone transfer me 50k (i now have 100k), can a second person also transfer me 50k (me netting 200k)?

  12. I was in a hurry to snatch the 50K bonus miles that ended on 12/06….guess what, I just did it – ON 12/07! I such a dum a**. Paid $567 to transfer 50K miles from my wifes account into mine. I feel bad and will get yelled at tonight by wife.

    I wonder if I can reverse the transaction or should I should I just eat it take the 50K miles I got????

  13. Hi there- so if I don’t have any miles in my account. It’s crazy to think that if I sign up for the credit card, make one purchase- I will have the 35k miles in my account by the time the promo is over on the 20th, right?

    Is it terrible to spend the $1800 to get the 100k miles to go to south africa in April!?

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