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US Airways “Mystery Bonus” event is ending today (Wednesday March 26), where targeted accounts will get anywhere between a 25% to 100% bonus for purchasing miles. I personally was targeted for the 50% bonus offer. Since it has been common practice for US Airways to run these types of promotions quite often (although with the AA merger that could all change), I would ONLY recommend purchasing miles IF you were targeted for the 100% offer, or if you desperately need the miles right now and purchasing the miles is cheaper than buying the ticket at the current cost.
You are maxed at purchasing 50,000 miles per account and for the purpose of this post, I calculated whether or not this promotion was worthwhile assuming the 100% offer (since that is the only offer I’d really recommend purchasing miles at).
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 3.5 cents, but with this promotion you can think of each mile costing 1.75 cents. 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 if you have the US Airways branded credit card 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.
You can purchase miles here.
Will you be purchasing miles through this promotion, and if so, where will you be flying?!