Last Chance: US Airways, LifeMiles And Amazon Payments

There are a few important deadlines approaching which I figured I’d post a quick reminder of, since I assume some of you will want to take advantage of them:

Last day to purchase US Airways miles with 100% bonus

Today is the last day to purchase US Airways miles with a 100% bonus. Originally the promotion was supposed to run through September 30, though they extended it through today, October 12, 2014.


Usually that’s not really noteworthy, since historically US Airways has had some bonus on the purchase of miles just about every month. However, according to Gary, US Airways will be changing the way they sell miles going forward. While we don’t know what exactly that entails (an annual limit on the number of miles you can purchase, raising the cost of purchasing miles, etc.), if you want to buy miles for ~1.88 cents each, this is apparently your last chance.

This would be a good opportunity to “right size” accounts so that you have the number of miles needed for your desired redemption. As a reminder, this is a tiered promotion, whereby the percent bonus you earn depends on the number of miles you buy, as follows:

  • 1,000-9,000 miles = 25% Bonus
  • 10,000-19,000 miles = 50% Bonus
  • 20,000-29,000 miles = 75% Bonus
  • 30,000-50,000 miles = 100% Bonus

The promotion expires at 11:59PM PT tonight.

LifeMiles devaluation October 15

For the past couple of years, LifeMiles has been one of the best programs for booking premium cabin Star Alliance award tickets, given that they allow one-way redemptions and don’t impose fuel surcharges.

They’re unfortunately making a couple of changes to the program, which started with them raising the cost of purchased miles by 10% at the end of last month.

The even bigger change is that they’re devaluing their award chart for travel booked as of October 15, 2014. So you have until Tuesday to make a booking under the old award chart.

For more on these changes and tips on the best redemptions to make by Tuesday, see these posts:

I still have a sizable LifeMiles balance, so sure am trying to lock in some dates for ANA first class awards, given how much award space they’re releasing and what a great value it is.


Last day for free miles with Amazon Payments

One of the easiest ways to “manufacture” spend has been with Amazon Payments. They let you send $1,000 per month to someone else without a fee, and the best part is that you can fund it by credit card. I suspect the reason they were so generous is because they were trying to steal market share from Paypal, though I guess that strategy is no longer paying off for them.

Unfortunately that’s finally coming to an end, and today is the last day to send $1,000 without a fee using Amazon Payments.

Which of the above three are you planning on taking advantage of before their respective deadlines?

Happy maximizing!


  1. For those booking economy class tickets: You can actually go to places like La Paz or Lima or Quito for 13.000 miles oneway as long as it is operated by Avianca and available. For places like La Paz, United or Delta charge 30.000 miles oneway. Great value.

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