Through May 31, 2013, US Airways is offering up to a 100% bonus on the purchase of Dividend Miles. Rather than offering a straight 100% bonus they’re offering tiered bonuses, with the 100% bonus only going to those that purchase at least 30,000 miles:
- Buy/gift 5,000 – 9,999 miles, get a 25% bonus
- Buy/gift 10,000 – 19,999 miles, get a 50% bonus
- Buy/gift 20,000 – 29,999 miles, get a 75% bonus
- Buy/gift 30,000 – 50,000 miles, get a 100% bonus
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%, and in April they offered a 50% bonus on shared miles. So this promotion is actually the first non-targeted buy miles 100% bonus promotion of the year.
Anyway, 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 remains just 90,000 miles in business class, so if you outright buy those miles through this promotion you’ll pay $1,700, which is really good. 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.