Update, 10/28: Just a few more days to take advantage of this great offer!
Lie-Flat 3 cabin first class seats between JFK and LAX for under $600 round-trip or to Hawaii for under $800 is a bargain for luxury travel!
I was instantly able to pass 50K miles back and forth between my wife and I, effectively buying 100,000 miles for $1,135.
Originally posted on 10/03:
Through 10/31 when you share up to 50,000 USAirways miles with a friend USAirways will double the transfer. The cost to share 50,000 miles is $567.50. So if you transfer 50,000 miles to a friend he will wind up with 100,000 miles instantly in his account and you will have effectively purchased 50,000 miles at a cost of $567.50 or 1.135 cents per mile.
Of course you can then share 50,000 miles right back to where they started or to another account where they will again turn into 100,000 miles for the same cost. However receiving accounts are limited to a maximum of 50,000 bonus miles during this promo period.
The transaction is processed by a 3rd party, so you will unfortunately not earn 5+ points per dollar for airline spending by using your Freedom card. Though you may be able to send a secure message to ask for Chase to honor that anyway…
Don’t have USAirways miles? You can transfer 40,000 Starwood Starpoints to anyone’s USAirways account and they’ll receive 50,000 miles and then be able to start generating miles for just 1.135 cents per mile. Starpoints can take anywhere from 2-9 days to transfer to USAirways.
Accounts need to be open for at least 12 days before they can share miles, but there’s plenty of time to open ac account and still get in on this promotion.
USAirways is a Star Alliance member, so you can book award travel across dozens of partner airlines. You need to call USAirways to book Star Alliance award travel as it can’t be booked online. You can search for saver availability on Star Alliance airlines with more robust websites like United.com and Aeroplan.com and then call USAirways to book flights.
USAirways allows 3 day holds on award flights (which can even be extended for another 3 days every time you make a small change) so you can first put a flight on hold and then purchase miles.
USAirways miles require activity every 18 months to keep them alive and this will count as activity of course to extend your miles.
Bear in mind that USAirways does charge a number of fees that you may not be used to if you use United miles, however they do not collect any fuel surcharges. Award fees include $150 to change dates (free with United 21 days in advance), a mandatory award ticketing fee of $25-$50 depending on your destination, and a $75 fee for booking award travel within 21 days.
USAirways also requires round-trip award travel whereas United allows for one-way award travel. USAirways does allow for a free stopover.
Even with the added restrictions though, buying miles for just 1.135 cents each is a great deal as there are plenty of redemption bargains:
-A First Class United PS flight with lie-flat seating from JFK-LAX or JFK-SFO is 50,000 USAirways miles, or $567.50. United charges 70,000 miles for domestic First Class on 3 class aircraft.
-A First Class United 777 flight with lie-flat seating from Houston-Honolulu (3 class service begins 11/04/12 and availability is excellent) is 70,000 USAirways miles, or $794.50 at 1.135 cents per mile. United charges 100,000 miles for First Class to Hawaii on 3 class aircraft.
-Award tickets to Israel are the same as with United, 80,000 in coach or 120,000 in business. Star Alliance nonstop options from North America include Air Canada from Toronto, United from Newark, and USAirways from Philadelphia. A coach ticket would be the equivalent of $908 and a business ticket would be the equivalent of $1,362 at 1.135 cents per mile.
-A business class ticket to Asia is 90,000 USAirways miles and a first class ticket is 120,000 USAirways miles. Compare that to 120,000 or 140,000 United miles that would be required for business or first. A business ticket would be the equivalent of $1,012.50 and a first class ticket would be the equivalent of $1,362 at 1.135 cents per mile.
Plus you can even stopover in Europe on the way to Asia for free for as long as you want, or you can even stopover in multiple cities as long as you are in the additional stopover cities for less than 24 hours.
-A business class ticket to Australia or New Zealand is 110,000 USAirways miles and a first class ticket is 140,000 USAirways miles. Compare that to 135,000 or 160,000 United miles that would be required for business or first. A business ticket would be the equivalent of $1,248.50 and a first class ticket would be the equivalent of $1,589 at 1.135 cents per mile.
Plus you can even stopover in Europe or Asia on the way down under for free for as long as you want, or you can even stopover in multiple cities as long as you are in the additional stopover cities for less than 24 hours.
-USAirways award charts can change at any time.
-USAirways agents are fairly incompetent, so it may take a few phone calls to book what you want.
-USAirways is seeking to merge with AA and if that does wind up happening they will leave the Star Alliance and join OneWorld.
Will you be buying miles this way? Find any other great uses? Post a comment!