No Joke, Three US Airways Miles Promos Released Today

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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?


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  1. Hi -would the bonus points count if I transfer in points using Marriott travel rewards? I can transfer in 120k through Marriott travel package. Thanks!

  2. I’m in the same boat that you are. I’ve been stashing points in various hotel programs with an eye towards transfering them during the Grand Slam program. Was hoping that maybe they’d bring back the program to coinside with the beginning of baseball season, but no luck. Do you see any signs of them bringing it back in the fall as an introduction to the new AA?

    • Bunda, I believe so.
      SEE, I had heard rumors, but that was before the AA merger picked up more steam so I don’t know how relevant they still are. Always possible though.

  3. Hmmm I have 200K+ points from the club carlson promotions still and I’m wondering if you think it’d be worth it to transfer them into 54K miles.

    I had originally wanted to convert them to AA miles (36K) for a CX F award but considering US and AA are now going to become one company this may be a way to actually increase that amount of miles and still get a CX award (after a long period of integration I would assume)

    On the other hand I could pay just a couple hundred dollars to reach 300K CC points and turn those into 81K US airways miles… which seems REALLY tempting since I have 0 US miles currently and I’d only be 9K miles to a business class award to North Asia or 29K miles (a card app away) from a business class award to the South Pacific .

    I know it’s all personal preference, but what would you do?

  4. Ken, could always happen in the future, but if it came back that would be a “good problem to have”.
    William, personally I like my CC points for hotel stays. They have some 50k a night properties in Europe that I quite like. However, if you value them more as airline miles then this is probably the time to do it. Seems like that is what you are leaning toward. 😉

  5. Quick question: The terms and conditions for the hotel points transfer promo say that “Dividend Miles members will earn only one bonus when they transfer hotel points into Dividend Miles during the promotion”.
    Does this means that if I transfer in points from two separate hotel programs, that I’ll only receive the 50% bonus for whichever transaction posts first?

  6. I wonder if any of the hotel programs currently have a promotion on purchased points, then , combined with the 50% bonus on transfers, would bring the cost down to below 2cents/mile ??

    Then again, just wait for another 100% buy bonus …

  7. I recall reading somewhere wyndam points transfers in batches of 8000 and even if you request to tranfer more at the same time, only the first 8000 will get a bonus. Can u verify? Will make a big dofference.

  8. Wyndham transfer can be batch of 8K/17.5K/30K. Assuming only one bonus the max that can be earned might be only 18K. Will that be correct?

    Also the terms say “The last date that activity from a qualifying partner can be received by US Airways for bonus miles consideration is April 10, 2013, regardless of the eligible activity date for such activity” – not sure what does it mean. Wyndham site mentions that the transfer can take 6-8 weeks. Another unknown what “processing date” does Wyndham put.

  9. The wyndham site says you can add a quantity to the transfer. Do you think doing 6×8,000 (=48,000) will get 28,800 with the bonus? I’ve got 50k Wyndham points sitting in my account from the Daily getaway last year, and I don’t anticipate using them on hotels. Do you think that will work?

  10. One more offer – not sure if it’s targeted. I received a mailer (and email) saying if I spent at least $750 in each month April, May, June, on my Barclay’s US Airways card, I would receive a bonus 15,000 miles. I signed up for the no-fee chairman’s version with 35k miles, so this essentially makes this card a 50k bonus after 2,250 in spend. Anyone else get the offer?

    • @Dave D – I’ve never gotten any of these promos for 15k miles after spending X amount and I’ve had the card for a year now. I’ve heard of several people getting these targeted promos and wish they’d target me for them.

  11. Valerie, I have heard of it working if processed as a batch from Wyndham in the past. I just launched my own in that manner and will report back…though the process may not be done in time for my report to be helpful.
    Domino, I think the april 10 is a typo from last year’s deadline. The safest thing to do is just launch a transfer now.
    Anne, it has worked for some that way in the past. I launched it that way and will keep you posted.
    Dave, that is a common targeted offer – and a good one. 😉
    Dae, HHonors points really aren’t worthless for most people, but if you only wanted them for some specific aspirational properties then they do have greatly diminished value.

  12. Mike, I had a targeted promo for Q1 with that card, but don’t think I have one right now.
    Ken, they had up to 75% (maybe for elites?) two years ago, but 50% has been the best in two years, so I would guess unlikely.

  13. I think I’ll xfer my wife’s Wyndham points. She has 23,010, so I think I’ll even buy up to 24,010 miles. The Wyndham points are somewhat useless to us as I have 103,000 in my account. Leaving 7000 would be quite worthless, so $11 for an extra 4800 (eventually) AA miles is certainly worth it… assuming it all works right. In the long run this will also save me from worrying about Wyndham’s expiration policy on 2 separate accounts.

  14. Anyone else having problems with the Club Carlson link? I’d hate to go do it “manually” in case US Airways expects the transaction to to be initiated through a certain path.

  15. I got the 15k offer but for me it was $750 in Feb, Mar, Apr. This was after signing up for the card in December. I definitely took advantage of it but it was a little trickier distributing the spend over 3 months. I guess they were clever that way. 🙂

  16. So I transferred 30k Wyndham points to US Air and they’re only showing a 10k point transfer. Not 12k for the base points and not 18k miles with the bonus. Anyone else get jipped on miles with this transfer?

  17. Ok, I think I figured out the confusion. The 10k points was the annual bonus from my Barclays CC and I got the 12k points today from the Wyndham transfer. Now just waiting for the 6k 50% bonus. Just weird that the annual bonus was coded as 50% bonus.

  18. Don’t worry if the bonus miles don’t post right away, from the TOC: Bonus miles will post 6 – 8 weeks from date of transaction.

  19. @ken, my bonus points posted a few days ago.

    Date (4/4/2013), Post Date (05/14/13), Description (HOTEL POINTS CONVERSION 50% BONUS), Miles (1,000).

    • Date = 4/22/2013
      Post date = 05/14/13
      Miles = 60,000
      Bonus = Checked

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