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US Airways is giving a 100% bonus on miles purchased during the month of December. While I am not taking advantage of this offer, I know that others have liked this offer in the past (of course miles were a little less expensive back then). US Airways typically charges 3.8 cents per mile (including taxes and fees), but with this promo you are essentially only being charged 1.9 cents per mile since you will receive 100% bonus on the miles you purchase. That usually isn’t a good buy if you are planning on doing a domestic coach redemption, but it can be good to either top-off an account that is close to an award threshold, or can be a great value if you are looking to do an international award.
For example, an off-peak award (January 15 – February 28) from North America to Europe in Business on a US Airways flight is 60,000 miles. The cost to purchase 60,000 miles during the 100% bonus would be $1128.75. That is a lot of money in my book, but it is probably much less than it would cost you to purchase a Business Class round-trip ticket to Europe. Of course, if you are flying on miles then you aren’t earning miles, so you may need to factor that into the equation before you decide that buying miles is the right route for you.
To purchase miles you must have had your US Airways Dividend Miles account for at least 12 days, and there will be a maximum of 40,000 miles bonus miles awarded during this promo. Too bad they didn’t bring this promo back during the Grand Slam since purchasing miles counted as a hit!
By the way, if you are interested in the Grand Slam, check back later tonight for a recap of my final Grand Slam mileage count.
Thanks to wheresmybagba on Flyertalk for sharing the news of this upcoming miles sale!