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From US Airways, Bonuses Galore

From US Airways, Bonuses Galore

In the run-up to completing its merger with American, US Airways has shifted into full-out promotional mode, with no fewer than three bonus offers recently launched.

More is always better. But from a value standpoint, quantity here trumps quality.

MasterCard Bonus

Dividend Miles members will earn 250 bonus miles for each usairways.com booking completed by October 31 and charged to a MasterCard. Travel must be on US Airways — no partner airlines — and must be completed by December 31.

Registration is required.

The bonus is a modest one, but it’s a cinch to earn. So why not?

Hotel-Points Transfer Bonus

Between April 1 and April 30, program members can earn a 50 percent bonus when transferring hotel points into their Dividend Miles accounts.

The bonus does not apply to Starwood points-to-miles transfers.

Transfer rates vary from hotel chain to hotel chain. Marriott points, for example, normally transfer to US Airways at a rate of 10,000 points for 2,000 miles. With the bonus, the 10,000 points would net 3,000 miles instead.

Points-to-mile transfers rarely deliver great value, even with a bonus. But for those already planning such a transaction, the bonus certainly improves the value proposition.

Shared Miles Bonus

Between April 1 and April 30, Dividend Miles members will earn a 50 percent bonus on miles shared with other members, up to a maximum of 25,000 bonus miles. (The bonus goes to the recipient, not the donor.)

The normal mile-sharing price is 1 cent per mile, plus a $30 processing fee and 7.5 percent “tax recovery charge.”

The bonus takes some of the sting out of paying for the privilege of giving away your own miles, but such transactions should always be approached with skepticism.

It’s worth remembering that eventually US Airways accounts will be merged with American accounts, so miles earned in either program will ultimately reside in a single account.

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  • airish

    The headline should read: “From US Airways, Crappy Bonuses Galore.” If three qualifies as “galore,” that is.