1. 83,871 American Airlines miles for $3 Navigation Mount
Update: The links in the post below have been fixed to reflect the normal amount of miles earned.
Frugal Travel Guy posted a link to a FlyerTalk thread where folks were buying $60 headphones from the AAdvantage shopping portal in the hope of getting (what was obviously a mistake) 83,871 AAdvantage miles.
View From The Wing later found a $4.96 charger which also promised 83,871 miles, and a poster from FlyerTalk found a $2.97 navigation mount which also came with 83,871 miles.
This made for an entertaining afternoon, but I’m venturing there is absolutely NO way that American Airlines or Verizon is going to give anyone 83,871 miles for their purchases!
This is clearly a mistake and the most likely outcome is either cancelled orders or refunding the purchase price. I don’t recommend purchasing any of these items, unless you’re looking for some entertainment!
2. US Airways 100% Bonus For Buying or Gifting Miles
US Air is again offering a 100% bonus on buying or gifting miles up to September 15, 2011. You can buy 100,000 US Air Dividend Miles for ~$1,478 all inclusive, or 1.48 cents per mile.
As View From The Wing points out, the 100% bonus applies to only increments of 10,000 miles.
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
This means that if you buy 19,000 miles you will get only a 10,000 mile bonus. But if you buy 20,000 miles you will get a 20,000 mile bonus.
US Airways has these 100% bonus deals quite often, and I’ve analyzed previous versions of the deal.
In general, use US Airways Dividend Miles for:
1) Business Class or First Class tickets to destinations outside the US. It costs 90,000 miles to travel to North Asia (South Korea, Japan, China etc.) through Star Alliance partners, and 100,000 miles for a business class award to either South America or Europe through Star Alliance partners.
2) Economy travel for expensive last minute ticket purchases or complex itinerary to remote airports with a stop over or open jaw (where you fly in to one city and fly out of another city).
Tip: If you do decide to buy US Airways miles, you may want to wait until September 1, 2011.
That’s because US Airways has its “Grand Slam” promotion, where you can earn miles by performing different activities (such as staying in hotels, or purchasing items from the Dividend Miles shopping mall).
Last year, we earned 114,654 US Airways Dividend Miles each for an incremental cost of $625!
Buying miles has counted as an activity in previous Grand Slams so you should wait if you plan to participate in the Grand Slam promotion later this year. The Grand Slam should start on September 1, but the 100% bonus is available until September 15, 2011.
(Hat Tip to View From The Wing)
3. British Airways 50% off Economy and Premium Economy
Up to August 12, British Airways is offering 50% off on redemptions for Economy and Premium Economy (World Traveler Plus) award seats.
In general, you shouldn’t redeem for coach awards on British Airways because they charge a lot of fees and surcharges which makes the award a poor value. The Points Guy has analyzed a few redemption options on his blog which help illustrate the options available.
However, it may make sense to redeem your British Airways miles for:
1) Expensive one way tickets, last minute tickets or tickets to expensive destinations
3) Premium Economy redemptions
And if conserving cash is important, than this is probably one of the best times to redeem for any British Airways economy or premium economy award, since redeeming for fewer miles will take a bit of the sting out of the high fuel surcharges.
(Hat Tip to The Points Guy)
4. Delta 100% bonus on purchased or transferred miles
Delta has also jumped on the 100% bonus bandwagon, and is selling SkyMiles for 1.88 cents per mile with a limit of 60,000 SkyMile purchased per year.
However, as One Mile at a Time points out, the better deal is to transfer miles at a cost of ~1.1 cent per mile. You are limited to transferring 150,000 miles per year, but you can transfer only 30,000 miles at a time.
Delta miles are rightly called “SkyPesos,” because it is almost impossible to get a domestic US award at the low level, as it is to get award seats to generally everywhere else. In general, you are better off with US Airways miles than with Delta miles.
However, Delta miles are terrific to fly to Bora Bora or to Australia in Business Class for 150,000 miles, not to mention to Europe in Business Class for 100,000 miles if you’re lucky to live in New York or Washington, DC where the availability through Air France is good.
So you could go to Bora Bora or Australia for ~$1,600 in business class or to Europe for ~$1,100, which is quite the deal. As always, I wouldn’t recommend purchasing miles unless there was a specific award you were looking to top off.
(Hat Tip to One Mile at a Time)
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