US Airways is offering a 100% bonus on shared miles (miles transferred between accounts) during the month of October. Valid October 1-31, 2012.
You can earn up to 50,000 bonus miles with the offer, which should appear shortly after the transfer transaction is completed.
The cost for this is “$0.01 per mile plus a processing fee of $30 and a tax recovery charge of 7.5%” — transferring 50,000 miles from one account to another will deposit 100,000 in that account at a cost of $567.50, but you can also do this just to top off accounts, or put your spouse or children’s “orphan miles” into your account at a low cost, without actually losing those “orphan” points. You are buying miles at $0.01135 cents per mile.
For example, my teenage son had 9,938 US Airways miles in his account, so for $90 + fees ($30 transfer fee and $6.75 taxes)=$126.76, I was able to “share” 9,000 + 9,000= 18,000 miles into my account. Next, if I want to, I can take that 18,000 and share it with my husband’s account for $180 +$30+ taxes= $210 + taxes, so that his account would have 36,000 miles in it for a cost of approx $345, which is getting him on his way to getting an economy international ticket to Europe on low season (60,000 miles). My husband already has points in his account, so I could buy (“share”) more or less, depending on how many miles he has in his account. I checked his account with Awardwallet, and found that my husband has only 16,800 in his account before this transfer, so to get him an economy class low season ticket to Europe (60,000), he would need 44,000 miles total. So, 16,800+36,000=52,800. To top off the rest of the miles he needs, I would use our SPG Starwood points of 8,000 points (increments of 1000 required).
See how this works? This is a way to make your “orphan miles” (those lonely miles in your frequent flyer accounts just sitting there, with little, to no value) become valuable once again. One account can “share” up to 50,000 miles.
As the post reads:
Limited time offer: Give a 100% bonus when you Share Miles!
Share miles between October 1, 2012 and October 31, 2012 and your friend or family member will get 100% MORE.
Pros about US Airways:
- Premium cabins on Star Alliance partner airlines, and a generally reasonable award chart — in some cases downright generous such as 90,000 miles round trip between the US and Hong Kong, and 110,000 miles round trip between the US and Australia or Africa.
Cons about US Airways:
- No one-way awards at half the cost of round trip.
- No changes to an award ticket once travel has begun.
- Also, US Airways usually can’t “see” Lufthansa First Class award seats and “see” fewer Swiss First Class seats than are actually available (although, both availability is possible but rare, and mostly only close to departure date).
How to Maximize US Airways Dividend Miles
Some people think that US Airways has horrible award availability, but the main problem is their website. It does not show any availability for the other 26 Star Alliance carriers. They have the same Star Alliance availability as United or Aeroplan, it’s just that they don’t show it on their website. You will have to call 1-800-428-4322 to book an award, though they will waive the phone booking fee since partner awards are not bookable online.
I like to use United.com to find the most accurate and up-to-date Star Alliance award availability. In general, any Saver Award on United.com will be bookable with US Airways miles. You just write down the dates and flight numbers that show availability and then call US Airways to book. US Airways will let you put an award on hold, so I recommend holding the award you want before buying the miles.