US Airways 100% Buy Miles Bonus Through July 31, 2014 (Targeted?)

Update: It appears as if this offer may be targeted, so different people are getting different bonus offers.

US Airways seems to run some sort of promotion on the purchase or sharing of miles almost every month. Often it’s just a straight 100% bonus on purchased miles, sometimes it’s a tiered bonus, and sometimes they offer a 100% bonus on shared miles (which used to be the most lucrative promotion by far, though during the last round of this promotion they raised the cost).

July Buy Miles promotion

Well US Airways just announced their July Buy Miles promotion, which runs through July 31, 2014. This month they’re offering a straight 100% bonus on purchased miles, regardless of the number of miles purchased (up to 50,000 miles).

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You can earn 100% bonus miles on up to 50,000 purchased miles, for a total of 100,000 miles.

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The cost to purchase miles through this promotion

The cost to purchase US Airways miles is ordinarily 3.5 cents each plus a 7.5% federal excise tax, or a total of ~3.76 cents each. So through this promotion the cost to purchase US Airways Dividend Miles is ~1.88 cents per mile.

Buy Miles promotion restrictions

Your account has to be at least 12 days old in order to take part in this promotion. That’s the most major restriction. So if you sign up for an account now you can still take advantage of this promotion before it ends.

US Airways mileage purchases processed through points.com

For what it’s worth, US Airways doesn’t process mileage purchases directly. Instead they’re processed by points.com, meaning they don’t qualify as airfare in terms of credit card spend.

Bottom line

I wouldn’t speculatively purchase US Airways miles at ~1.88 cents each. That’s a high rate at which to speculatively purchase miles.

That being said, there are so many amazing oneworld award redemption opportunities using US Airways miles. If you can plan a trip soon I think this could definitely make sense.

Will you be taking advantage of US Airways’ 100% bonus on purchased miles?

Terms & conditions

Here are the full terms & conditions for the Buy Miles promotion:

Offer available for purchases made between July 7,​ 00:00:01 PT and July 31, 2014, 23:59:59 PT. All purchases are non-refundable. Bonus miles will be awarded upon completion of the transaction. The maximum number of Buy and Gift Bonus miles that can be received by one member for this offer is 50,000 bonus miles. All miles purchased beyond this limit will not be eligible for a bonus. For Gift purchases, bonus will be awarded to the recipient. All transaction inquiries must be submitted to US Airways Dividend Miles within 90 days from end of promotion. Offer is subject to change. Offer cannot be combined with any other offer. Share transactions are not eligible for bonus. Only purchases made online are eligible for the bonus. Please note that Dividend Miles accounts less than 12 days old are not permitted to Buy, Share or Gift miles. For Gift and Share transactions, the recipient account must also be 12 days old. All US Airways Dividend Miles terms and conditions apply. Visit usairways.com/dividendmiles for details. This offer is valid only for the email recipient only, it is not transferrable.

Miles are sold for $0.035 per mile plus a tax recovery charge of 7.5%. GST/HST will be charged to Canadian residents. Miles purchased through Buy, Share or Gift Miles do not count towards Dividend Miles Preferred status. All other Dividend Miles Terms and Conditions apply. Miles may be used based on award availability at the time of booking. Please note that Dividend Miles accounts less than 12 days old are not permitted to Buy, Share or Gift Miles. All purchases are non-refundable.

Comments

  1. I tried several times to go through your link to buy miles but it would not work. Then I went directly to US Airways and there was no offer. It does say this offer is exclusively for you and cannot be transferred to another. Maybe it is due to your status with US Airways ? Thanks Benjamin. I enjoy your posts. If you are in Florence, Italy, and have some free time, we would be happy to take you to dinner and show you around.

  2. Ben – I think the bonus, regardless of what the email said, may still be a tiered bonus. At least, that is what I got when I clicked through. I checked my, my husband’s and a friend’s account and they all offer the tiered bonus only.

  3. 100% bonus is live for me. I’m a US elite. Not sure if that has any impact. I might buy points to top off for an award booking. Decent deal, for sure.

  4. Ben, you say wouldn’t speculatively purchase US Airways miles at $1.88 cents each, but that “there are so many amazing oneworld award redemption opportunities using US Airways miles. If you can plan a trip soon I think this could definitely make sense.”
    My husband and I will be going to Europe in May/June 2015 – and we received this offer. We probably won’t finalize the details of our trip until the latter part of 2014 or the beginning of 2015. In this case, do you think it would make sense to purchase the 50,000 miles to get 100,000?

  5. @Lynn: CAUTION! As the two airlines integrate, I’d highly recommend against buying miles to sit on for a while. Especially as you enter a new calendar or fiscal year. Earn and burn, do not hold onto AA or US miles right now, too risky!

  6. @ Lynn — In your case I probably wouldn’t. If you only plan on finalizing the trip later in the year, it’s very likely we’ll see the same promotion again between now and then.

  7. If I need say 120K miles for return trip, I can buy 50K get bonus so becomes 100K then buy another 20K without bonus so total of 120K miles required.

  8. Hey Lucky,
    can you use the ANA-tool for searching divided miles award space on non-ow partners such as CA? And how high are the fuel surchages?

  9. @ Kevin — Yes, you can use the ANA tool to search Star Alliance award space, and if it’s an airline US Airways still partners with, then availability should match. There should be no fuel surcharges for Air China.

  10. While USA residents think these US Airways miles are expensive should try Australia, max can buy is 20K and double the price.

    Pity I didn’t get this new offer.

  11. Didn’t realize it was targeted, did get the 100% offer, have bought miles in the past year. My last offer a few months ago was tiered and I didn’t buy then. Now, I may top up to sort out an award just not sure where I want to go – good problem to have

  12. Hi Lucky,

    What would generally be the taxes and fees if redeeming for a first class roundtrip between North Asia and Europe without involving British Airways or Finnair?

  13. @ Norman — Assuming you avoid European cities with expensive taxes (like London and Paris), it should be under $200 including the $50 processing fee.

  14. Hi Lucky,

    Thanks for the reply. What about transiting through London then? I’ll need to spend a night there each way but the transit time should be less than 24 hours.

  15. Hi Lucky,

    Let’s say I already have an itinerary on hold for return trip to LHR, in order to minimize the taxes should I add segments so that LHR won’t be the destination but a transit point? And am I allowed to make such changes(I’m redeeming US Airways miles)?

  16. Hi Lucky,

    The plan is to transit only, but when I got the itinerary on hold I wasn’t 100% certain of where to go to as destination, had a few countries to choose from within Europe, and that’s why I’m temporarily having LHR as the destination.

    The question I want to ask is that is it allowed to change the destination once the itinerary is placed on hold. (currently I have HKG-LHR-HKG, which I now want to change into HKG-LHR-BGO(openjaw) CPH-LHR-HKG. The transits both way are overnight but under 24 hours)

    And, I can only get BA service on the added segments(LHR-BGO/CPH-LHR), would it be feasible to do it with BA imposing fuel surcharges?

  17. @ Norman — Yes, you can change the destination even when it’s on hold. You would just pay fuel surcharges for the segments on British Airways, which shouldn’t be too much for a shorthaul flight.

  18. Hi Lucky

    Thanks for your help. Unfortunately still ended up paying ~$760 of taxes and fees. Asked the supervisor and was told most of it are airline imposed fees with no breakdown.

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