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 (as they did in early April), which is the best promotion of all.
May Buy Miles promotion
Well US Airways just announced their May Buy Miles promotion, which runs from May 3 through May 25, 2014. This month they’re offering a tiered bonus on the purchase of miles, whereby the mileage bonus you earn varies depending on the number of miles you purchase.
The tiers are as follows:
- Buy 10,000 to 19,000 miles, get 50% bonus miles
- Buy 20,000 to 29,000 miles, get 75% bonus miles
- Buy 30,000 to 40,000 miles, get 100% bonus miles
While the promo page seems to suggest the bonus only applies for the purchase of up to 40,000 miles, the 100% bonus actually applies for up to 50,000 miles. So you can purchase a maximum of 100,000 miles per account at a cost of ~$1,880.
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 as follows:
- 50% bonus: ~2.82 cents/mile
- 75% bonus: ~2.35 cents/mile
- 100% bonus: ~1.88 cents/mile
Of course the best deal by far is if you’re purchasing 30,000 or more miles, as that brings down the cost to 1.88 cents per mile.
Award redemptions now that US Airways is in oneworld
US Airways joined oneworld about a month ago, which is a huge transition. I’ve done what I can to cover most aspects of redeeming US Airways miles for travel on oneworld, including:
- US Airways OneWorld Award Routing Rules
- Comparing Award Charts: American And US Airways
- US Airways Award Stopover Rules And OneWorld Hubs
- Changing US Airways Star Alliance Awards To OneWorld
- US Airways Dividend Miles Earning Rates For OneWorld Carriers
- US Airways Flights Bookable Using British Airways Avios
- US Airways Not Adding Fuel Surcharges To British Airways Award Tickets
There are just so many great opportunities to redeem US Airways miles for first and business class on oneworld carriers. You can fly first class from the US to Asia via London in British Airways, Cathay Pacific, and/or Japan Airlines first class for just 120,000 miles roundtrip.
You can fly first class to Australia via Asia for just 140,000 miles roundtrip. You can fly business class to Africa for just 110,000 miles roundtrip.
Really, the key advantage to US Airways miles over American miles is US Airways’ routing rules. American has extremely strict routing rules, while US Airways doesn’t. Add in their lower award costs, and there’s quite a bit of value to their program.
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.
I wouldn’t speculatively purchase US Airways miles at ~1.88 cents each. That’s a high rate at which to speculatively purchase miles, and it won’t be long before they devalue their chart, in my opinion.
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 their miles might just be worth more than they were when they were still in the Star Alliance.
Of course the Share Miles promotion was much more lucrative since it was essentially an opportunity to generate miles for 1.1 cents each. That being said, taking advantage of that promotion required a starting mileage balance, which I realize not everyone had.
Will you be taking advantage of US Airways’ (up to) 100% bonus on purchased miles?
Terms & conditions
Here are the full terms & conditions for the Buy Miles promotion:
Offer available for purchases made between May 3, 00:00:01 PT and May 25, 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. For Gift purchases, bonus will be awarded to the recipient. All miles purchased beyond this limit will not be eligible for a bonus. 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/dividendmilesfor details.
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.