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US Airways’ 100% Bonus for Purchased Miles Is Back

US Airways’ 100% Bonus for Purchased Miles Is Back

One of the most popular promotions of recent years has been US Airways’ 100 percent bonus for purchased miles, an offer that effectively cuts in half the cost of buying frequent flyer miles, from 2.75 cents to 1.38 cents each.

It obviously worked well for US Airways as well, because the airline has reprised the offer multiple times, in various permutations.

And—good news for their customers—the airline today reprised the offer for the nth time.

Offer Details

Through September 15, Dividend Miles members will earn a 10,000-mile bonus for every 10,000 miles purchased, either for their own accounts or as gifts for others, as follows:

  • Earn 10,000 bonus miles for buying 10,000 – 19,000 miles
  • Earn 20,000 bonus miles for buying 20,000 – 29,000 miles
  • Earn 30,000 bonus miles for buying 30,000 – 39,000 miles
  • Earn 40,000 bonus miles for buying 40,000 – 49,000 miles
  • Earn 50,000 bonus miles for buying 50,000 miles

A maximum of 50,000 bonus miles may be earned. Members’ accounts must be at least 12 days old before they’re allowed to buy or gift miles.

Deal or No Deal

As always with this offer, the math can be compelling.

Including the bonus, 100,000 miles will cost $1,375.

In US Airways’ program, 100,000 miles are enough for a business-class award trip between the U.S. and Europe.

For comparison, a business-class ticket between New York and Frankfurt in early September would cost between $3,329 (on Delta) and $6,132 (Lufthansa).

So in this case, buying the miles instead of buying a ticket would yield savings of between 59 and 78 percent.

True, we’re comparing a revenue ticket to a restricted award ticket. Due to limited availability, the award ticket is likely to require an additional measure of persistence or flexibility, or both, to book. But with such outsized savings at stake, the extra effort may be well worth making.

Reader Reality Check

Have you taken advantage of past US Airways buy-miles promotions? What did you use the miles for?

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  • Kevin

    I took advantage of the last two deals to purchase 50k miles each time with a 50k bonus. I frequently fly to Asia, and these miles save a bank load of money over purchased business or first class tickets on Singapore, Thai or ANA flights.

  • Jim

    I have taken advantage of the US Airways promotion many times. I recently flew from Russia to New York (via LOT to Warsaw and Frankfurt) and enjoyed Sigapore Airlines business class service (LH codeshare) from FRA to JFK. The return flight will be via Lufthansa business class on the A380 and I am looking forward to that. The retail price of the ticket was $7877. A couple of months ago flew CO business class to Dublin and returned from Dublin to London business class on BMI (layover in London) and flew LH business class from London to New York via Munich. Purchasing miles can provide excellent value and availability has been good.

  • HPR21950

    I took a repositioning cruise in April, 2011. I used a 100,000 point US Airways Business Class redemption on Lufthansa from Barcelona – Munich- Chicago to return home. The transatlantic portion was on a Airbus 340-600, and was great ! Retail price of this ticket was $5,600, aroud $4,200 more than purchasing the points. What a value !

  • Archon

    One of the unsung uses of these 2-for-1 sales is flights between the US & Canada. I will be flying between Seattle & either Halifax or Saint John (NB) in March, probably on Air Canada, and the savings are truly significant even for economy award tickets.