US Airways is offering a targeted bonus of up to 100% additional miles when you buy miles through August 22.
The offer is targeted, then you go to the buy miles page you have to enter your account information to see whether you’re being offered a bonus. (And there may be other, smaller, bonuses targeted to some accounts.)
If the offer is available to you, buying miles at a 100% bonus means buying them at a cost of 1.88 cents per mile.
US Airways is almost always selling miles on the cheap, which is to say at a price higher than I’m willing to pay but much lower than the ‘retail’ price that almost never prevails.
- As far as I know, crazy as it sounds, the Federal Trade Commission never launched an investigation of US Airways Dividend Miles for deceptive marketing practices?
They claim to be offering a 100% bonus — meaning getting twice as many points as ‘usual’ — but since they offer it pretty much all the time it is the usual.
Their 100% bonus on shared miles used to be one of the best deals out there. Even with a very large mileage balance with both US Airways and American AAdvantage I jump on buying miles at 1.1 cents apiece. Last month their transfer miles bonus got a bit more complicated and also more expensive.
Of course US Airways miles aren’t as cheap as they used to be or even as cheap as they used to be.
And you can’t get 90,000 mile Hong Kong awards in business class anymore. But now that those are 110,000 miles, you might as well go for first class which is just 120,000 miles roundtrip. Hard to argue first isn’t worth it, for just 5000 miles more each way.
Still, US Airways 100% bonus on purchased miles used to be a fantastic deal — when the miles were cheaper and the award chart was cheaper.
And buying miles from US Airways is cheaper than buying the miles from American, even though US Airways miles should become American miles sometime next year.
It may be a strategically valuable play for some, but is not for me.
US Airways mileage purchases are processed by points.com which means they don’t show up as airfare, and thus don’t earn bonuses from credit cards like Chase Sapphire Preferred (double points) or American Express Premier Rewards Gold (triple points) that bonus airfare spend.
Riddle me this: Why does US Airways continue selling miles for less than 1.9 cents, when American won’t drop down that low? And when United won’t come close, either. Why is it that so few programs are willing to match US Airways’ pricing on miles? And yet they’ve been doing this for years, it’s not as though it’s a one-time test, it’s clearly part of the program’s strategy. Curious.
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