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If you get US Airways, promo, and shopping partners in the same sentence then you very much have my attention, so I was eager to check out their newest promotion that involves those three magic words. With this promotion you are granted a bonus of 25% – 100% on miles earned while shopping with some of their partners, based on the number of eligible transactions you have from now until June 23, 2013.
The participating partners are:
Dividend Miles StoreFront, Teleflora, 1800Flowers, FedEx, DM Dining, Vinesse, Wine Insiders, FTD, Skymall
The bonus miles earning structure is:
|Number of purchases||Bonus miles|
|1 – 3||25%|
|4 – 6||50%|
|7 – 9||75%|
|10 – 12||100%|
The Nitty Gritty:
I’ll post the full terms and conditions at the bottom of this post, but there are a few things that jump out at me. You must first register before any transactions will count and those transactions must all have an eligible activity date between April 22nd – June 23rd. You must make purchases via clicking from the US Airways website and enter your US Airways number. Any Dividend Miles StoreFront purchases must total $50.00 or more to be a qualifying transaction – but no other types of transactions (SkyMall, Dining, etc.) have these spending restrictions. This means that purchasing $1 gift cards via the StoreFront won’t increase your transaction count, but that doesn’t mean that $1 Cokes or coffee via the dining plan won’t. I don’t know the absolute cheapest item on Skymall these days, but I do know they have power adapter/converters in the $2 – $3 range (plus shipping).
I have reached out to US Airways via their Twitter team to clarify that if I have 10-12 transactions that I get 100% bonus miles on all purchases – not just purchases #10, #11, and #12. Their team could not get the promo link I sent to work, and did not have any information about the promo (they suggested it was an expired promo). So while my impression is that you get a bonus on all miles earned based on the total number of purchases made, it isn’t overly clear, and I couldn’t get that specifically cleared up quite yet.
Is it worth it?
If you like US Airways miles and you were going to do business with some of these partners anyway, then absolutely register. If you are looking for this to be a Grand Slam replacement, well it’s not. Not even close. I’m going to play with it and think on it more, but even though it is no Grand Slam, I can think of a few handy uses other than just regular shopping and dining.
One obvious use is for those who like to send flowers for Mother’s Day or similar. Let’s say you are a very generous person and have several different “mothers” to send flowers to (wife, mom, grandma, mother-in-law, step-mom, etc.). There is currently an offer for 25x US Airways Miles per dollar with 1-800-Flowers. If you do each of these in separate transactions (do them individually) plus other transactions to get you to the 100% level, then you are raking in 50x on those flower purchases. Even with the Mother’s Day specials that are sure to come out, you aren’t going to beat 50x for online flower ordering. With just a modest bouquet selection, you could easily get to 10,000 miles from a few flower purchases at 50x. Remember that shipping doesn’t typically count toward bonus miles earning.
Another option is to go for the highest payout which is 30x via Webroot. They seem to sell security/anti-virus software for $20 – $30. If you are earning a 100% bonus on 30x that means that even if you don’t want the product, you are basically buying miles at 1.67 cents per mile, which is better than many of the buy miles promotions. It’s not a price that is so cheap that it makes sense for everyone, but it will for some.
A final easy, good option will be if a merchant via their Dilvidend Miles Storefront has a good payout between now and the end of the promotion. I didn’t see anything amazing right now, but if a popular retailer like Sears, Lowe’s, etc., went up to something like 6x then that would basically be doubled to 12x, which is really good. But unless you are in the resell market, for the most part that is only really good if you were going to make those type of purchases anyway.
I will be playing with this promo (once I get the terms clarified), and while this is no Grand Slam, I’ll share what I do and you can play along if it makes sense for you.
Terms and Conditions:
Registration is required for this promotion. Registration begins on April 22, 2013 and ends on June 23, 2013. Only miles earned after registration and between April 22, 2013 and June 23, 2013 qualify (“Eligible Activity Date”). 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.
All Dividend Miles terms and conditions apply. You must be subscribed to US Airways e-Statement, You must be subscribed to US Airways e-Statement or Earn More Miles emails in order to register for this promotion.If you are not currently subscribed, we will automatically subscribe you using the email address you provide when registering. You may opt out of these emails at any time. This promotion is not a game of chance, lottery or contest. It is open to all Dividend Miles members except where prohibited by local law. Members may only participate in this promotion with one Dividend Miles account. If a member is found to be participating with multiple Dividend Miles accounts ALL bonus miles earned from this promotion will be forfeited and removed from the member’s account. Miles do not count toward Dividend Miles Preferred status. US Airways is not responsible for the quality or delivery of goods and/or services provided by Dividend Miles partners. Participating partners and partner offers are subject to change without notice. This offer subject to change without notice. Offer excludes any partner sweepstakes offers.
Earning bonus miles
Bonus miles will be awarded to registered Dividend Miles members as a percentage of total miles earned from qualifying partners via a tiered structure. Tier structure is as follows:
Qualifying Activity 1 – 3 = 25% bonus miles
Qualifying Activity 4 – 6 = 50% bonus miles
Qualifying Activity 7 – 9 = 75% bonus miles
Qualifying Activity 10 – 12 = 100% bonus miles
Qualifying Dividend Miles StoreFront transactions must also meet a minimum purchase amount of $50.00 to be deemed an eligible transaction. Bonus miles are in addition to miles awarded by Dividend Miles partners. In order to earn a bonus, a valid Dividend Miles number must be provided to the qualifying partner. Use of a partner without earning Dividend Miles will not count as a bonus. To earn a bonus, Dividend Miles members must click on partner offers through the US Airways website or request Dividend Miles when making a purchase. Transactions must have an Eligible Activity Date between April 22, 2013 and June 23, 2013 to qualify for the bonus. DM Storefront miles will be posted within 10 weeks after promotion end date of June 23, 2013. All bonus miles will be posted on September 8, 2013 and will be awarded based on the Eligible Activity Date, not the date in which the transaction occurred.
US Airways assumes no responsibility for how qualifying partners count qualified transactions or record eligible activity dates; some partners record Eligible Activity Dates based on completion of the required activity (for example, delivery of the item purchased including delivery of flowers). You must check with the participating partner to confirm how the partner records Eligible Activity Dates and what counts as a qualified transaction. The last date that activity from a qualifying partner must be received by US Airways for bonus miles consideration is September 7, 2013, regardless of the Eligible Activity Date for such activity. Please note that some partner’s products and/or services are not available in all states.
- Wine Insiders
- Dividend Miles StoreFront
- DM Dining