It’s the beginning of the month, which means it’s time for a new US Airways promotion on purchased, gifted, or shared miles. This month they seem to be offering a targeted 100% bonus on purchased or gifted miles, which expires on July 31, 2013.
Of the accounts I manage over half of them are eligible. I’m not sure what the qualification criteria is, though all of the accounts I manage that have purchased miles so far this year seem to be eligible. You can see if you’re eligible for the promotion by logging into your Dividend Miles account here.
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%, in April they offered a 50% bonus on shared miles, in May they offered a 100% bonus on purchased miles for everyone, and in June they offered a 50% bonus on shared miles.
For those targeted, 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 costs just 90,000 miles in business class, so if you outright buy those miles through this promotion you’ll pay $1,700, which is an amazing value. 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.