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If you’re in the market to buy frequent flyer miles, no company has offered better deals, more consistently, than US Airways.
The company’s recurring 100 percent bonus offer for purchased miles has been a perennial favorite of mileage-buyers looking to purchase miles on the cheap and redeem them for expensive premium-cabin flights.
Not surprisingly, it’s back.
For the month of August, Dividend Miles members will receive bonuses when purchasing miles, as follows:
Miles normally sell for 3.5 cents each, plus a 7.5 percent tax-recovery charge. The bonus, at 100 percent, effectively halves that, to about 1.9 cents per mile.
The bonus applies to miles purchased for one’s own account or as a gift for another Dividend Miles member.
If you’re not already a Dividend Miles member, note the following: “Dividend Miles accounts less than 12 days old are not permitted to Buy, Share or Gift miles.”
Deal or No Deal
Since US Airways began offering buy-miles bonuses several years ago, the combination of increases in the price of miles and higher award prices has diminished the promotion’s potential value.
Nevertheless, purchasing discounted US Airways miles and redeeming them for premium-cabin international flights on Star Alliance airlines can still make for outsized return-on-investment opportunities.
While that business-class award ticket to Europe now costs 100,000 miles instead of 80,000, a paid non-stop business-class ticket on Lufthansa between Los Angeles and Frankfurt, for example, would cost $9,013 for mid-August travel. So in this case, you’d be buying a $9,013 ticket for $1,881, the price of 100,000 miles including the bonus.
Your mileage may vary, of course. And you’ll have to work around the capacity controls imposed on the award ticket. But done right, this promotion still delivers.
Another consideration: Looking ahead to the post-merger consolidation of the American and US Airways programs, any miles credited to a Dividend Miles account will eventually become American AAdvantage miles.
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