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US Airways’ Buy-Miles Bonus Is Back for November

US Airways’ Buy-Miles Bonus Is Back for November

For the umpteenth time, US Airways is reprising its recurring bonus for purchased miles. It’s an oldie, but still a goodie.

Offer Details

Between November 1 and November 30, Dividend Miles members will earn a 100 percent bonus on up to 50,000 miles purchased for their own accounts or as gifts for other Dividend Miles members.

Miles normally sell for 3.5 cents each, plus a 7.5 percent tax-recovery charge. The bonus effectively halves that, to about 1.9 cents per mile.

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 it was originally rolled out three years ago, the combination of increases in the price of miles and higher award prices has diminished this promotion’s potential, as discussed in detail here.

Nevertheless, purchasing discounted US Airways miles and redeeming them for premium-cabin international flights on Star Alliance airlines can still make for outsized value opportunities.

While that business-class award ticket to Europe now costs 100,000 miles instead of 80,000, a paid business-class ticket on Lufthansa between Los Angeles and Frankfurt, for example, would cost $11,140 for mid-November travel. So in this case, you’d be buying a $11,140 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.

Reader Reality Check

Have you taken advantage of this offer in the past? How did you use the purchased miles?

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