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US Airways is offering a 100% bonus when purchasing US Airways miles for those who are a US Airways credit card holder. US Airways runs this type of promotion quite often and it is a great way to get US Airways miles for cheap. This is also a way to speculatively purchase American Airline miles as you’ll be able to transfer US Airways miles to AA miles at some point. With this promo, you can purchase up to 50,000 miles with the 100% bonus.
Should you take advantage of this promotion?
While there is no cut and dry answer, this promotion could be great for some of you. Those who primarily redeem for domestic travel will most likely not see the value, but for those that desire business and first class on international flights, this could be a great deal!
Typically, miles are sold for $0.035, but with this promotion you can think of each mile costing $0.0175. If you go all in, the 100,000 miles will cost you $1,881.25. These 100,000 miles can be used for a round-trip business class ticket from the US to Europe. Purchasing this ticket will typically cost you at least $3,000 (on the super conservative side). Remember though, you will not earn miles when redeeming, so there is that opportunity cost as well.
You can check out the US Airways award chart here to see the number of miles needed for each route. Also remember that with the US Airways branded credit card (which you must have to take advantage of this offer) you’ll get 5,000 miles off your round-trip flight. Award seats are capacity controlled, so just make sure to look up seat availability prior to purchasing any points.
I actually have yet to purchase US Airways miles during this promotion, as I personally do not like buying miles speculatively without a specific redemption award in mind (unless I can purchase them for really really cheap!).
Remember, US Airways will be leaving Star Alliance and joining OneWorld in March 2014.
You can purchase miles here – you will need to enter your US Airways number to verify your eligibility and will need to pay for your purchase with your US Airways credit card.