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There have been two different airline promotions I have participated in recently that have posted as expected without any intervention from me. I’m not sure that it is normal to be excited when a promotion works the way it should, I mean it should work the it is supposed to, but we all know that many promotions don’t. It is like a breath of fresh air when points that you are expecting from a promo appear in your account without an email, a phone call, or a semi-angry tweet. 😉
US Airways MasterCard 15,000 Mile Bonus:
A few months ago I posted about a targeted offer involving the Barclay’s US Airways MasterCard that awarded 15,000 bonus miles if you spent $1,250 on the card for three consecutive months. For me, the bonus months were February, March, and April. I know others have received a similar offer during other time periods as well. Just as a reference point, I barely used this card before getting targeted for the offer, and had received the card about 3-4 months before being targeted. I have also not used it once since the offer period ended, so maybe I will get lucky enough to be targeted again in the future. It was nice essentially earning 5x on all purchases I put on this card (at $1,250 per month). However, it was a little extra work remembering to use this card each month just until we got to that amount.
When the 15,000 bonus miles appeared in my account within the last couple weeks it was a very nice little bonus, and it certainly made the extra budgeting logistics worth it. I’m more than happy to pull that card out for some use anytime they want to reward me with some bonus points for doing so. If you have this card, keep an eye out for a similar offer. At least in my case the offer was very straight-forward and posted perfectly.
United “Explore the World” 25,000 Mile Bonus:
Another targeted offer I participated in was the United “Explore the World” promotion that awarded me 25,000 bonus MileagePlus miles if I flew four round trips on United between 4/15 – 7/15. Many were targeted for this bonus, but there were different version of the promotion out there. I received the most generous of the available options. I was the only one if my family who was targeted. I fly United with decent regularity, but have no elite status. My husband actually has a similar United flying pattern (though with slightly fewer flights) and was not targeted. This promotion actually worked out more generously than I expected, so I have no complaints. 😉 The bonus miles posted quickly and painlessly. This is in very stark contrast to the “Months of Miles” promotion that United ran last year. I only wish this promotion was open to everyone! You can get more details about this promo and the experiences others have had with it on Flyertalk.
I know I have a tendency to talk about some promotions or offers that didn’t work as intended, so I wanted to make sure and point out two that worked very well. Have you participated in either of these promotions and had similar results?