Up to 50,000 US Air (Eventually American Airlines Miles) for ~$568

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US Airways 100% Bonus for Sharing Miles

US Airways is offering a 100% bonus when you share miles, through December 6, 2013.  This is one of the very times when it could actually make sense to share miles!

Note that US Air miles will eventually become American Airlines miles.

Up To 50,000 US Air Eventually American Airlines Miles For 568

Get a 100% Bonus When You Share US Airways Miles

The Bonus

You have to have US Air miles in your account to be able to share with someone else to take advantage of this promotion.  And you have to share 30,000 or more miles to get the 100% bonus.

Sharing the maximum amount of 50,000 miles (i.e. paying to transfer them from your account to someone else’s account) costs ~$568, including a $30 processing fee and 7.5% excise tax.

But the person with whom you transfer the miles would earn an extra 50,000 miles.

So you’ve essentially paid 1.14 cents per mile ($568 / 50,000 US Air bonus miles) for the 50,000 bonus miles which is quite a good deal!

Note that the miles which you share are removed from your account and are transferred (along with the 100% bonus) to your friend or family members account.

Emily and I each shared miles between our accounts for a trip in 2014.

Using the Miles

A great use of US Airways Dividend miles is to use 90,000 miles to fly in Business Class from the US to Asia, with a stopover in Europe.  You can redeem US Air miles for travel on any of the Star Alliance member airlines.

You would pay ~$1,026 if you bought 90,000 miles for a Business Class award to North Asia with a stopover in Europe (subject to award availability & taxes and fees, of course) at 1.14 cents per mile.

Note that the maximum bonus is limited to only 50,000 miles per account with this current 100% bonus promotion.

In contrast, you could pay $4,765 for a Business Class ticket to only Europe on US Air!

Up To 50,000 US Air Eventually American Airlines Miles For 568

Why Pay $4,765 for a Business Class Ticket to Europe When you Could use Miles for Less?

Buying miles to share isn’t such a great deal for domestic coach travel because you’d pay ~$285 for 25,000 miles (25,000 miles X 1.14 cents) which is usually around what a domestic round-trip ticket costs.  And flights aren’t always available when you use miles.

But it could make sense for last minute flights or flights on expensive routes.

This could even be worth it for coach tickets to Europe.  For example, it costs 60,000 miles for a coach ticket to Europe.  It would cost ~$684 to buy 60,000 US Air miles (60,000 miles X 1.14 cents per mile), which is often cheaper than the retail price of a coach ticket to Europe.

For example, you would pay $1,388 for a coach ticket to Europe.

Up To 50,000 US Air Eventually American Airlines Miles For 568

$1,388 for a Coach Ticket to Europe or 60,000 US Air Miles!

However, I wouldn’t buy miles unless you have a trip in mind for the miles because the US Air award chart could change at any time.

Terms & Conditions

The Terms & Conditions say that your US Airways account must have been open for at least 12 days before purchasing miles.  And the offer ends on December 6, 2013 so you can’t take advantage of this deal if you don’t have a US Air account.

But you should sign-up for a US Air account if you don’t have one in case the offer comes around again before the merger.

Each account can earn a maximum of only 50,000 miles as the bonus.

Bottom Line

This is an offer seriously worth considering it you have US Air miles in your account to share.  And if you will use them for award tickets soon!

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19 Responses to Up to 50,000 US Air (Eventually American Airlines Miles) for ~$568

  1. Could you pay for this transaction with a Barclay Arrival card and then request a statement credit using Arrival miles? It seems doubtful that it would be coded as a travel purchase…hm. But that would be slick indeed.

  2. Hi Emily,

    These types of transactions are processed through Points.com so they aren’t coded as travel.

  3. My boyfriend transfered his miles to me yesterday and we were hoping to then transfer 50k back to him; however, the transfer was not instant. Our accounts were opened in October when we both got the US Airways credit card. As of this morning, the miles still haven’t been transfered to my account. I’m hoping to use these miles along with our AA miles to fly business class to Europe in 2015

  4. @Emily – Unfortunately it is coded as a purchase from Points.com so doesn’t count as a travel redemption.

    @Kristin – I’d check again soon. Some folks report a slight delay in getting the bonus miles and some folks get the bonus immediately.

  5. After hearing Lucky at the Chicago Seminars talk about what a great deal this is, I (reluctantly) bought/shared 50,000 miles. At that time, the miles posted instantly. This time, I shared 50,000 with my spouse and in return he shared them with me. Including the US Air CC sign-on bonus from long ago, all put together this gave us 100k points each. The points did not post instantly this time around, however with the assistance of an award booking service (HT Matthew at upgrade.com!!) we have an amazing trip to Europe planned, mostly in business class in autumn 2014. We are thrilled!

  6. I’ve had a United Airways account for a while now, but don’t have any points. Can I still leverage this deal somehow?

  7. I have a mature US Airways account with 50 miles but my wife doesn’t have an account. Can she open an account and I SHARE some of my miles with her?

  8. flyingcturtle

    @leo US airways account has to be open for 12 days before it can share or receive miles.

  9. Hi Daraius,

    Thank you for all of your great tips! I took advantage of the USAirways 100% Bonus promotion the last time they offered it and now enough miles for me and my family to fly roundtrip to Europe in Envoy class (a little over 100,000 miles each).

    I know that you said in your blog to take advantage of the promotion if you are planning to use them for award tickets soon, but we are not going until August 2015.

    2 questions:
    1. Should I transfer more miles during this promotion now to be prepared in case the mileage goes up by the time I can book my award tickets?
    2. Since you have flown Envoy class before, is it worth it to use all our miles to fly in Envoy class, or should we just fly coach and save the remaining miles for another trip?

    Thanks!
    Mitch

  10. Darius, if I book with USAir for a future date but decide to change dates later on,

    1 is it permitable before and during travel
    2. what are the fees involved
    3. if the merge is complete, who would I go to make the change, US or AA ?

    Thanks if you answer

  11. @Dave – You have to have a US Air account with at least 30K points or know someone who does to take advantage of this.

    @Leo – The account has to be open for at least 12 days so your wife’s account will not qualify. But sign her up now for future offers!

    @Mitch Calayo – If this is the 1st time in business it could be worth it for the experience. But flying in coach means that you save your miles for future trips. There is no correct answer and depends on your preferences. You could top off your account with a few miles if you’re concerned about the price increasing.

    @choi – You will have to pay for the changes ~$150 per ticket. Once US Air leaves the Star Alliance, you won’t be able to change flights on Star Alliance airlines on your itinerary.

  12. Cool! Will transfer 30k now. Thanks for the great post!

  13. I transferred 50k to my partner – that got him 140K then 50K back to me for 150K on mine. A total of 120K miles for around 800 dollars. That cost me 1160 ish bucks.

    My 150K will cover our round trip first class to Hawaii and leaves us 90K left in his account for two more first class tickets to Vegas in the fall. Not sure i can beat 1200 bucks for 4 first class round trip tickets! (adding in our miles from the US MC of course :))

  14. Uck, initiated a transfer but it didn’t seem to have gone through immediately. Anyone know how long you have to wait? I’m concerned it may not go through in time to transfer back to the original account…

  15. Thanks for sharing. I just transferred 50,000 miles to my wife’s account and it is already showing up in her account. My question is can I transfer back 50000 miles to my account immediately?

  16. If I share/transfer 50K with someone else, is that person allowed to transfer/share another 50K with me or someone else and if so does the third recipient also get 50K bonus miles?

  17. This has to be one of the best ways to make instant miles, I did this back in Oct between 3 account for a total of 400K miles and just did it again for another $00K miles. Total miles 1.1million in my account, thank you US Airways err I mean AA… Now I need to plan our RTW trip in F for two…

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