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Over the last few days I have seen reports on Flyertalk and Milepoint that some US Airways MasterCard customers were getting targeted for a Summer Promotion for 5x miles on their spending at gas stations, drug stores, and amusement parks – up to a 2,500 bonus miles. I figured that since I had just recently finished my targeted promo of 15,000 bonus miles after spending $1,250 per month for three months that I had been left out on this promo. However, a nice little email popped up in my inbox today that indicated I had indeed been on the coveted “targeted” list for this promo as well! My only use of this card has been for the initial purchase to get the 40,000 mile sign-up bonus and then when I was targeted for the 15,000 mile promo (that posted without intervention and on-time).
We don’t have an amusement park visit on the horizon, and I don’t really visit drug stores with much regularity (though I could make a stop in order to purchase gift cards to other stores), but we do buy gas. Lots of gas. My husband does many hundred miles per week for work, so gas is a necessary evil in my house. Since this promo awards a maximum of 2,500 miles, I’m assuming that means that the first $500 of purchases in these categories will earn 5x miles. It takes my family about a month to rack up $500 in gas expenses, so we should be able to max out this promo by the end of July or early August. Of course, the third quarter Chase Freedom Visa bonus 5x categories are gas stations and restaurants. So, what we will do is start off with restaurant charges going to the Freedom card (instead of the Sapphire Preferred card where they normally go to earn 2x) and gas station purchases will go on the US Airways card until we hit $500 on that card. Once we hit $500 on the US Airways card in gas station purchases, we will then shift those purchase to the Chase Freedom card until we hit $1500 for the quarter in combined restaurant in gas expenses. Then, restaurant expenses will go back to the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card for 2x and gas purchases will go back to the Ink Bold for 2x.
I know this sounds a little bit complicated, and if you are new to miles and points, don’t feel like you have to use so many different cards for various purchases. However, once you have been in the miles and points world for a while it makes sense to get as many points as possible for each purchase. I hate just getting 1x for a purchase, in fact as I explained in this post, I almost never earn just 1x for a purchase since I take advantage of online shopping portals and credit card bonus categories. I’d say my average is closer to 3x for purchases. I do hope to actually tally that up at the end of 2012 and find out for sure. My average could be higher than that, or it could be slightly lower, but I don’t think it is significantly lower than 3x.
If you have the US Airways card, were you targeted for this promo? What are your spending patterns like on the card? What is your strategy to maximize some of the bonus spending categories this summer on some of your cards?
Terms and Conditions for the US Airways 5x Summer Promo:
This bonus offer is for select US Airways Dividend Miles MasterCard cardmembers and is not transferable. Qualified cardmembers who register by July 20, 2012 will earn 5 bonus miles for every one dollar ($1) in new purchase(s) at gas stations, amusement parks and drugstores (that are not later returned or rescinded) that post to their account between July 1, 2012 and September 30, 2012 up to a maximum of 2,500 bonus miles. Eligible gas station, amusement park and drugstore purchases are defined by merchant category codes. Each merchant designates a category code to assign purchases at its establishment. Although most gas station, amusement park and drugstore purchases will use merchant category codes selected for this offer, it is possible that some gas station, amusement park and drugstore companies have designated a merchant category code that is not classified as a gas station, amusement park or drugstore. To be eligible for this offer, the cardmember’s account must be open and in good standing and they must have registered for this promotion by July 20, 2012. Purchases made during periods when the cardmember’s account is delinquent, their balance exceeds their credit line or their account is otherwise not in good standing as defined in the Credit Card Cardmember Agreement do not qualify for this offer. The bonus miles will appear on the cardmember’s statement up to 6-8 weeks after the end of the promotion.
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