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As you may have already heard, some US Airways MasterCard holders have received a very nice surprise in their inbox in the form of a targeted promotion that awards as many as 50% of redeemed miles back, up to 30,000 miles. I have seen versions that award 10%, 25%, or 50% of your Dividend Miles back when you redeem at least 20,000 miles for an award trip. You need to redeem between October 1 and November 30, 2013 for travel before March 31, 2014 and you can get up to 30,000 miles back.
Of course, as with all targeted promotions, some folks get left out of all the fun. In this case, I was one of those that were not targeted for the promotion, but that isn’t stopping me from having fun brainstorming about what I would do if I was targeted for the 50% back version (what else are you going to do while watching cartoons with a sick kiddo?!). To check and see if perhaps you overlooked this promo in your own inbox, the subject line was “Get More for your Miles: Limited- time Offer”. Thanks to the Mommy Points readers who sent me a copy of their targeted offer!
Here are a few ideas that I would have to consider if I had been targeted:
North America – Europe Off-Peak for 15,000 miles RT:
During the off-peak time of January 15 – February 28, you can fly on US operated flights for 35,000 miles RT in economy. When you knock off 5k miles for using a US Airways credit card on a US operated flight, you are down to 30,000 points. Once you get 50% of those miles back you are down to 15,000 miles to fly round trip to Europe! That is a crazy price to experience such a great part of the world.
North America – North Asia in Business Class (with free stopover in Europe) 60k miles RT:
You can fly in business class all the way to North Asia (with a stopover in Europe) for just a few more miles than a RT domestic first class award normally costs. Since this promotion is also valid with US Airways partners, there should be pretty good availability on a variety of good carriers for this journey.
North America – South America Off-Peak in Envoy Suites (Business Class) for 27,500 miles RT:
Going all the way to South America and back in an Envoy Suite on the off-peak times of February 3 – 13 & March 17 – April 3 for just 27,500 miles is absolutely spectacular! The normal price is 60,000 miles during the off-peak times, then subtract 5,000 miles for having the US Airways card (since it has to be on US metal anyway for the off-peak price), then take into account the 50% rebate you will get on your miles and it is just 27,500 miles for a lie-flat bed to South America! Note that the regular low price for this route is 100,000 miles!
North America – Hawaii 20,000 miles RT:
You can fly round trip on US Airways partners from North American to Hawaii and back for just 20,000 miles in coach! If you can find availability at the low level on US operated flights then you can knock that total down to 17,500 round trip! If you want to fly in first it will cost you 50,000 miles on US Airways partners or 45,000 on US operated flights.
Between the continental US, Alaska, and Canada for 10,000 miles RT:
If you find availability at the lowest level on US operated flights, you can fly RT around the US (other than Hawaii) and Canada for just 10,000 miles round trip for each ticket. That is insane, and super helpful for many families. If you fly on US partners like United, then it will cost you just 12,500 miles for each ticket.
Those are a few of my ideas, but I would love to hear from anyone who was targeted for this promo to know how you plan to maximize its value!
If you are curious, here are the terms and conditions:
Offer is valid for select US Airways Dividend Miles MasterCard cardmembers and is not transferable. You will receive 25% of all miles redeemed during the promotional period back in your Dividend Miles account, for a maximum bonus of 30,000 bonus miles. You must redeem a minimum of 20,000 miles for award travelbetween October 1, 2013 and November 30, 2013 for travel completed before March 31, 2014. Award travel on US Airways, US Airways Express and any other partner airlines qualify for bonus. Miles used for mileage upgrades also qualify. If you do not redeem at least 20,000 miles you will not be eligible for this offer. Miles must be redeemed from eligible primary cardmember’s Dividend Miles account in order to receive bonus. Your US Airways Dividend Miles MasterCard account must be in good standing. Miles used during periods when your account is delinquent, your balance exceeds your credit line or your account is otherwise not in good standing as defined in your Credit Card Cardmember Agreement do not qualify for this offer. Your 25% miles back award will appear on your Dividend Miles account 3-4 weeks after travel has been completed. Offer expires November 30, 2013. Travel must be completed before March 31, 2014. Bonus miles do not count towards Preferred status.