One Day Left: US Airways 100% Share Miles Promo

Earlier in the week US Airways unveiled their single most lucrative promotion, the 100% bonus on shared miles.

I just figured I’d post a quick reminder of this, since the promotion ends at 11:59PM tomorrow, Sunday, April 13, 2014.

US Airways Buy Miles Promo

As a reminder, through this promotion you earn tiered bonuses on the sharing of miles between accounts, as follows:

  • Share 10,000-19,000 miles and get 50% bonus miles
  • Share 20,000-29,000 miles and get 75% bonus miles
  • Share 30,000-50,000 miles and get 100% bonus miles

The cost to share miles through this promotion is one cent per mile, plus a 7.5% federal excise tax, plus a $30 transaction fee. You can share at most 50,000 miles per transaction before the bonus, meaning with the 100% bonus you could transfer a total of 100,000 miles at a cost of $567.50 (which generates 50,000 “new” miles). The bonus miles post to the receiving account, and a maximum of 50,000 miles can be transferred into an account through this promotion, regardless of how many accounts the points are transferred from (you can transfer as many miles out of an account as you’d like, though).

Accounts have to be at least 12 days old to take part in the promotion, and the sharing of miles can be either instant or sometimes take a day (typically for accounts without much history). Check out my previous post on the promotion for any other questions you may have, or feel free to ask questions in the comments section below.

The one thing that has changed since this promotion launched on Monday is that US Airways did devalue their ultimate “sweet spot” award redemption, whereby they charged just 90,000 miles for business class between the US and North Asia (that award now costs 110,000 miles).

So while I don’t really trust American AAdvantage (or US Airways Dividend Miles, for that matter) anymore, I still maximized this promotion as much as possible. After all, I think loyalty is overrated but miles aren’t. Miles at 1.1 cents are an absolute bargain, and even if they were to devalue their chart by 50% across the board (which I think is unlikely) I would still consider it a good deal.

Have you take advantage of the 100% shared miles promotion, and if not, do you plan on doing so?

Comments

  1. A little confused. My friend sent me 50k (giving me 100k). I sent him 30k back, leaving me with 70k. I have a dummy account that’s been open for more than 12 days. Can I send that account 20k (giving it 40k and capping my bonus send at 50k) and then get 40k back with the 100% bonus for a total of 80k from that account?

  2. @ bill — No you can’t. If you’ve already gotten 50K into your account then you’ve maxed out the bonus, even if the miles would be transferred from a different account this time.

  3. I currently have 50k in my account and my wife has 50k in her account. I send her 50k and she sends me 50k. We will each then have 100k in our accounts.

    Correct?

  4. You can send 50k to dummy account (leaving it with 100k and leave 20k in your account for later transfer for an award if needed, once you have the flights on hold

  5. I don’t have any dummy account but would like to join the promotion. Anyone can help? Thanks.

  6. I’m ready to move on this for a business class trip from Chicago to Auckland NZ. The problem is although I can still use Air New Zealand as a Star Alliance partner to go from LAX or SFO to Auckland, I can’t find an airline to go from Chicago to LAX or SFO that is still one of the short-term star alliance flights. They all seem to be OneWorld (American) and I understand I cannot mix the two alliances on an award flight. Any ideas? Any way to to go east to Auckland instead of west, for 110 miles in business class? Thanks everyone.

  7. @ Fran — You can’t mix Air New Zealand and oneworld, but you can fly US Airways to the gateway city, assuming you can find space.

  8. Wanted to confirm…can you combine BR and QR on a us award ticket, say SFO-TPE-SIN-DPS or do you have to stay within either the partner or OW channel?

  9. @Fran

    you have found biz availability on ANZ across the Pacific??? i haven’t seen that in years!

    which days?

  10. Shared 50k on Saturday to my wife. Still pending on Sunday. I hope it posts before the 11:59pm deadline so I can transfer another 50k back to myself. Any idea how long it takes to post?

  11. @Lantean, – No, I actually hadn’t tried yet, but based on your comment it sounds like I wouldn’t be very successful, so perhaps I should rethink my plan. Thanks for the heads up.

  12. Hi Ben,

    I have a one way Star Alliance award booked last year. Since US Airways in still in partnership with Eva Air, can I add Eva air segment to the award to make it roundtrip? Thanks Ben!

  13. @ Rick — If it has other Star Alliance carriers on it then I don’t think you can add any segments, even if it’s only EVA. I believe you’d have to redeposit and start over, but I could be wrong.

  14. If you have a dormant US account…no activity in several years…can you participate in sharing miles out of it or do they consider this a new account?

  15. Thanks for the reminder. Just sent 50k back and forth between my wife’s and my accounts. Miles + bonus posted instantly in each case.

  16. Did A->B->A transfers; both posted immediately. FYI, if you are logged in already, you may not see the miles — I had to log out and log back in.

    Now, all I need is for LM to go on sale.

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