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US Airways is starting off the month with three different promos:
- First, they are offering a 50% bonus on gifted/transferred miles. In other words, if you gift 10,000 US Airways miles to a family member, they will receive 15,000 miles instead of just 10,000. This sounds great, but remember all the costs involved with transferring US Airways miles. From their website, “Miles are shared for $0.01 per mile plus a processing fee of $30 and a tax recovery charge of 7.5%.” That means that getting a 50% bonus for sharing miles is the same as buying those additional miles for over 2.2 cents per mile, which is not a good deal in most situations. I will be sitting this one out as some of their other buy miles promos in the past have been much better. In fact the one offered last October was twice as good, and I did participate at that time.
- US Airways is also now offering 250 bonus miles for every trip booked on their site with a MasterCard through 10/31 for travel through 12/31. At least one segment must be on US Airways or US Airways Express metal. You do need to register for this promo. This isn’t a life altering promo, but some extra miles for something you were going to do anyway is always nice. Thanks to View From the Wing for the head’s up on this one!
- Finally, US Airways is offering a 50% bonus on hotel points transferred into US Airways miles from all of their hotel partners except for SPG. No registration is required. Just click on a hotel logo on this page, log in to your account and convert your points to miles from April 1-30, 2013 (eligible activity date by 4/30: Eligible activity date is based on the date the qualifying partner records the mileage transaction, and not necessarily the date on which the transaction occurred). Dividend Miles members will earn only one bonus when they transfer hotel points into Dividend Miles during the promotion.
Here are the participating partners and example transfer rates with the total including the 50% bonus in parenthesis:
Best Western: 5,000 points to 1,000 miles (1,500 miles)
Choice Hotels: 5,000 Choice points to 1,000 dividend miles (1,500 miles)
Club Carlson: 2,000 points to 250 miles (375 miles), 50,000 points to 8,000 miles (12,000), 100,000 points to 18,000 miles (27,000 miles)
Hilton: 10,000 points to 850 miles (1,275 miles)
La Quinta: 6,000 points to 1,000 miles (1,500 miles) or 10,000 points to 2,000 miles (3,000)
Marriott: 10,000 points to 2,000 miles (3,000 miles), 20,000 points to 5,000 miles (7,500), 125,000 points to 50,000 miles (75,000)
Priority Club: 10,000 points to 2,000 miles (3,000 miles)
Wyndham: 8,000 points to 3,200 miles (4,800 miles), 17,500 points to 7,000 miles (10,500), 30,000 points to 12,000 miles (18,000 miles)
I will likely transfer in some of my remaining Wyndham Reward points during this promo as that transfer rate is not bad at all (especially considering how inexpensively I bought the points during previous year’s Daily Getaway Deals). If you have other hotel partner points sitting around without a use then this can be a good time to at least get something for them before they potentially expire. Here are a couple of relevant posts on US Airways hotel partners (here and here) that I wrote when the 2012 Grand Slam didn’t happen. Transferring now can be smart if you want to use the miles while US is still a members of Star Alliance, or if you are building in anticipation for them joining OneWorld with the AA merger. Do be aware that there is some strange wording in the terms that indicates a 4/10/13 deadline. This is likely a misprint, but something to keep an eye on.
Any of the promos look interesting to you?