US Airways is back with their 100% bonus on purchased miles through September 15. And this time the offer is also available for gifted miles as well (buying the miles and depositing them into someone else’s accout).
This time it’s 10,000 bonus miles for every increment of 10,000 miles that you buy, up to a maximum bonus of 50,000 miles. In other words,
•Buy 10,000 – 19,000 miles = 10,000 bonus
•Buy 20,000 – 29,000 miles = 20,000 bonus
•Buy 30,000 – 39,000 miles = 30,000 bonus
•Buy 40,000 – 49,000 miles = 40,000 bonus
•Buy 50,000 miles = 50,000 bonus
US Airways has been offering some variant of this bonus most of the time since November 2009. It’s what earned Dividend Miles the distinction of being ‘the official consolidator of Star Alliance premium class seats’ because you could buy miles cheaply and redeem them for international premium cabin awards on their partners. And because US Airways will let you put an award on hold for three days without yet having the miles in your account, you can secure the reservation first and then buy the miles (which usually post instantly).
Interestingly, this year US Airways has been varying the offers a great deal. They’ve limited the offer to co-branded credit card holders, they’ve required the downloading of an app, they’ve discounted the purchase rather than awarding bonus miles for instance. Now instead of making the bonus 1:1 for each 1000 miles purchased, they’re incentivizing stretching members towards the next 10,000-mile increment in order to get them to buy more (excess) miles. The data folks must be having a grand ‘ol time in Tempe analyzing member behavior.
Buying 50,000 miles for a bit under $1500 gets you 100,000 miles .. enough for a transatlantic business class award ticket, or enough for business class from the US to China or Japan (with 10,000 miles leftover). Of course many folks already have US Airways miles, and these offers represent a great opportunity to top off towards the next award level. Personally I like doing that only when there’s a specific award I’m redeeming and I need the miles, especially since US Airways has had these offers around enough that they’ve become ‘the new normal’ and I expect this isn’t going to be the last shot to buy miles.
US Airways accounts must be at least 12 days old in order to buy or receive gifted miles, so if you don’t currently have an account but think you might want to use this offer, open one now.