US Airways offering up to a 100% bonus on purchase of Dividend Miles through August 31, 2013

It’s a new month, which means it’s time for a new “buy miles” promotion from US Airways. Through August 31 they’re offering tiered bonuses on purchasing or gifting Dividend Miles, as follows:


Dividend Miles ordinarily sell for 3.5 cents each plus a 7.5% tax. That means if you’re purchasing between 10,000 and 19,000 miles you’re paying ~2.51 cents per mile, if you purchase between 20,000 and 29,000 miles you’re paying ~2.15 cents per mile, and if you purchase between 30,000 and 50,000 miles you’re paying ~1.88 cents per mile. As always, Dividend Miles accounts have to be at least 12 days old to take advantage of this promotion. US Airways mileage purchases are processed by, so wouldn’t be categorized as airfare spend for the purposes of your credit card, for what it’s worth.

This can be a great deal if you have a specific mileage redemption in mind. 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.

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, in June they offered a 50% bonus on shared miles, and in July they offered a targeted 100% promotion.


  1. Every time they do this, I cringe at possible devaluation. Would be a great time to devalue when they do the merger…

    That being said, I may jump on this. Recently did the Australia redemption routing with stopover through Bangkok thing (good sweet spot) and it was an amazing value if done at 1.88 cents/mile.

  2. I have been following your blog for a long time. A quick question, I am planning a round-trip from europe (Zurich) to north Asia( Beijing) via (USA, stopover), I wonder what is best frequent program (or anyone allow this route) to use for redeeming this type of award flight.
    Thanks, lucky.

  3. @ Yang S — There’s not any program that will allow you to route from Europe to Asia via the US. The best you could do is book through a program that allows one-ways, like United, and then book it as three one-ways. That being said, you’re almost better off booking that as two trips if you really want to go to the US and Asia.

    Good luck!

  4. I have read and re-read the offer and I don’t see an advantage to gifting miles over
    just buying the miles outright. Is there a difference?

  5. @ George — There isn’t. The only benefit to that is that it allows you to exceed the 100K limit. You can both buy and gift miles for the same account and be eligible for the bonus in both cases.

  6. Hi Lucky,

    Just to make sure, i could get 200k miles for one account then? Buy 50(+50 bonus) and gift 50(+50 bonus)?


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