Buying US Airways Dividend Miles for low-cost Oneworld flights

Buying US Airways Dividend Miles for low-cost Oneworld flights

NOTE: US Airways' Dividend Miles program will begin the process of merging with American Airlines AAdvantage from March 28 2015.

As part of this transition, any miles remaining in your Dividend Miles account will be swept across to AAdvantage on a 1:1 basis, and Dividend Miles will cease to exist as a separate frequent flyer scheme.

For more on AAdvantage and on buying miles with AA, read our in-depth guide.

UPDATE | A new US Airways 'buy miles' promotion is underway, paying out bonuses of up to 50,000 Dividend Miles on purchases through November 13, which can be redeemed for travel on Qantas, Cathay Pacific, British Airways and other Oneworld airlines.

The number of bonus miles you earn depends on how many you buy – you'll pick up 4,000 more on 10,000-14,000 miles; an extra 8,000 when buying 15,000-29,000 miles; a 19,000-point boost on 30,000-49,000 miles; 35,000 bonus points when shelling out for 50,000-79,000 miles; or a cool 50,000 miles when buying an even 80,000.

Just 90,000 miles is enough for a return business class jaunt to the likes of Singapore and Hong Kong with Qantas or Cathay Pacific, which comes in at A$2,114.

That's not quite as generous as US Air's last promotion, which allowed the same number of miles to be picked up for around A$1,800, although it still significantly beats the airlines' regular retail fares.

Don't delay – the deal winds up at 4:59pm on November 13 (AEDST). While you'll need to buy your miles before then, they can of course be redeemed for flights after this date.

The article below, while written around a previous promotion offering percentage bonuses, explains more about the process of buying and using US Airways Dividend Miles to book flights with Qantas and Oneworld.

PREVIOUS | America's US Airways doesn't fly to Australia but there are plenty of good reasons to consider bulk-buying miles in its Dividend Miles frequent flyer scheme.

If you like the idea of flying to Asia and back in business class on Qantas, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines or Malaysia Airlines for just $1,900, read on!

Ditto if you fancy a transcontinental trek between Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane and Perth in Qantas business class for an insane $630.

To sum it up in just a few words: you'll be flying business class for not much more than the cost of an economy ticket.

Those are some of the deals available from next month, when US Airways joins the Oneworld airline alliance.

We've previously covered the 'bulk-buy US airline miles' strategy with regard to American Airlines and United Airlines, and US Airways is another one to add to your points portfolio.

Like its counterparts, US Airways often runs promotions offering slabs of bonus miles when you purchase Dividend Miles, which drives down the vital cost-per-mile factor.

US Airways also has a relatively generous 'awards chart' which sets out the number of miles required to fly a certain distance, or between set 'zones', in business and first class.

This includes flights departing from Australia on Oneworld members such as Qantas, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines and Malaysia Airlines, as well as Finnair (which flies from Singapore and Hong Kong) and, from May, SriLankan Airlines.

In addition to that roster, US Airways will also allow its frequent flyers to redeem Dividend Miles on a dozen Star Alliance airlines even after it joins Oneworld on March 31.

As we reported earlier today, an American Airlines spokesperson confirmed to Australian Business Traveller that US Airways "will continue its Frequent Flyer partnership... with Aegean, Air China, Air New Zealand, Avianca, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, TAM, TAP and Turkish Airways."

The spokeswoman also advised that “after US Airways’ entry into oneworld, US Airways will maintain its current award chart” – meaning that the current pricing for Star Alliance awards will also apply to Oneworld redemptions.

Read: US Airways: earn & burn for Oneworld and Star Alliance from March 30

Buying Dividend Miles 

US Airways’ entry into Oneworld is made even sweeter by a current mileage purchasing promotion which offers bonuses of 25%, 50%, 75% or 100% extra miles alongside their usual mileage purchases.

Dividend Miles members need to log into their account to see which bonus they'll get, although very few frequent flyers are scoring the 100% 'double miles' deal.

But if you're among the lucky ones, buying the maximum 50,000 miles will net you a whopping 100,000 miles for just US$1,882 (including all taxes and transaction fees), or A$2,092.

If you don't already belong to Dividend Miles, we suggest you sign up as soon as possible. It's free, but you can only purchase miles if your account is at least 12 days old.

Given that this promotion end on March 26, US time – which is early afternoon on Thursday March 27, Sydney time – you'll just squeak in if you sign up right away!

Redeeming Dividend Miles for Oneworld flights

While redemptions with US Airways are priced as return journeys (with no discounts for one-way awards), there are some terrific value to be had for Australian travellers.

A return journey in business class from Australia to anywhere in Asia comes in at 90,000 miles, or US$1,693 (A$1,883) under the promotion, plus a small amount for taxes and surcharges when the miles are redeemed.

For that outlay, you could see yourself bound for Hong Kong on Qantas’ lush A380 or on Cathay Pacific… also on the menu is Sydney to Tokyo and beyond with Qantas or Japan Airlines, as is Kuala Lumpur and beyond with Malaysia Airlines, provided you're travelling outside of the blackout dates.

Business class on Cathay Pacific's Airbus A330s

Compared to the usual Qantas asking price of A$3,738 for a return business class journey from Sydney, half price travel at the pointy end is just around the corner!

North America

A return trek from Australia to mainland USA will set you back 110,000 miles, so this is a destination best visited if you already have at least 10,000 Dividend Miles in the kitty.

Assuming this, you could boost your 10k balance up to 110,000 miles for less than A$2,100, setting your sights on Los Angeles, Dallas/Fort Worth, New York or any onward destination served by American Airlines or US Airways.

Business class on the Qantas Airbus A380, serving Los Angeles from Sydney and Melbourne

Provided that you can find an award seat on your desired travel dates, that comes in at roughly a quarter of Qantas’ asking price of A$8,485 in May.

Perth

Travellers to Perth are in for a real treat: return business class redemptions can be had for 30,000 miles – currently available for US$564 (AU$628) with the 100% promotion.

Again in May, the best price we could find for this return journey on Qantas was $2,198 – a saving of approximately 70% on the retail fare.

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53 Comments

  • 180mis

    180mis

    14 Mar, 2014 04:21 pm

    thanks for sharing these travel hacks. keep up the great work!

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  • smit0847

    smit0847

    14 Mar, 2014 04:43 pm

    Buy the miles then call up on March 31 and book two J or F award tix on QF SYD-LAX and let us know how you go.

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  • Al Glidden

    AlG

    14 Mar, 2014 05:31 pm

    smit0847, why is March 31 so important here? US Airways has said the OneWorld redemptions can be made from March 31 but, if for some reason like a computer switchover they cannot be loaded until April 2, what is the big drama? I'm happy to buy Dividend Miles and go to the trouble of booking throguh the US website for these low fares but it's not like anybody will be doing so with the expectation that they MUST book on March 31.

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  • smit0847

    smit0847

    14 Mar, 2014 04:29 pm

    I really dislike the direction AusBT is heading....

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  • Mal

    Mal

    14 Mar, 2014 07:17 pm

    And why is that? AusBT is a website for business travellers and frequent flyers, these stories are definitely of interest to frequent flyers like me and because my 'frequent flying' is mostly done for business trips like this let me get a lot more from my limited travel budget. And it's my own money I pay for trips because I run my own business so buying US airline miles means I can fly business class AND pay a lot less than I would usually have to do.

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  • bcworld

    bcworld

    14 Mar, 2014 08:14 pm

    I agree with smit. I don't really understand this change of direction into travel hacking...well I do, it's about grabbing readership and hits by whatever means and crossposting links to articles here elsewhere...I get that.

    This stuff has been going on for years...but recently AusBT has taken to posting each and every travel hack. Some of which are now dead.

    I see this is a somewhat professional forum, and I don't think it's the place for this type of content. Now I'm not saying it shouldn't be shared, if you really want information about this you'll find posts by the thousand on FT or AFF...and expert knowledge, not a summary marketing piece that misses out so much key info.

    I feel this type of content here probably attracts too much attention from airlines and alliances.

    Just my opinion...you can vote me down now!

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  • Al Glidden

    AlG

    14 Mar, 2014 09:35 pm

    So your complaints are

    a) AusBT is running stories to "grab readership", ie run stories which are popular with readers. Yes, that is a crime, I can see why you are upset.

    b) "This stuff has been going on for years...but recently AusBT has taken to posting each and every travel hack. Some of which are now dead." Not sure which 'travel hacks' are now dead but I presume you are blaming AusBT for those?

    c) "I see this is a somewhat professional forum, and I don't think it's the place for this type of content." Why not? Don't 'professional' people buy miles from US airlines and redeem them on partner airline flights? I'm sure you and smit0847 do, so are you saying you are not 'professionals'? Or are you suggesting that 'professionals' for some reason should not be entitled to buy US airline miles?

    d) "Now I'm not saying it shouldn't be shared." Well it sure sounds like you don't want it shared.

    e) "if you really want information about this you'll find posts by the thousand on FT or AFF...and expert knowledge, not a summary marketing piece that misses out so much key info." So you do want it shared but only among a very tiny and very select group of people, the 'in' crowd, because people who don't belong to AFF or FT don't deserve to know about it? I am also not sure what 'key info' is missing from this article, care to enlighten us or is that a secret too?

    f) "I feel this type of content here probably attracts too much attention from airlines and alliances." Aha, I think this is what it comes down to. You're afraid that airlines and alliances will take away your special little tricks because they read about them on AusBT. That's insane. You think that airlines and alliances are not already reading AFF and FT? AFF has an official QF representative 'Red Roo' on the forum! UA has an executive who is active on FT. I would suggest that most airlines are also 'watching' these forums if not actively taking part.

    To summarise, what you don't like is that AusBT is writing stories which people find useful and want to read, because those are 'secrets' you think should be known only to the select few because 'professionals' and basically everybody else does not deserve to know your little 'tricks'.

    Did I get that right?

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  • Chris Chamberlin

    ChrisCh

    14 Mar, 2014 11:11 pm

    Hi bcworld,

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the direction of AusBT – I certainly appreciate you taking the time to do so.

    We're not transitioning into a 'travel hacking' site at all (and let's face it, this has an almost 'unethical' connotation)... our focus remains on business travellers (included self funded road warriors) – showing what's available for Aussies, and how to improve their travel experiences on the whole.

    Often, we'll do that by profiling the latest lounge or hotel, while sometimes it's by way of a flight review... here, we've crunched the numbers and have found a sweet spot in the US DM program for Aussie travellers, and we thought we'd share it for the benefit of our readers.

    You'll never see us covering mistake fares and that sort of thing – we intentionally leave these to the domain of the online communities (at least while they last)... our coverage extends only to the official perks, benefits and uses of airline programs.

    For example, in this case, the mileage purchase promotion is being actively promoted by US Airways (heck, they helped by providing us with information, and they're even running a daily 'lottery' of bonus percentages – encouraging members to visit the 'buy miles' page on a daily basis)... we're just showing members how they could spend their newly-acquired miles, as that's one thing that airlines aren't too good at promoting with such a sale.

    In reference to your "some of which are now dead" comment, I assume you're referring to the ability to buy Alaska Airlines miles... we're told that this is to eliminate international credit card fraud, owing to a miniscule .05% of Alaska Airlines' MileagePlan transactions having been charged to international cards last year.

    If you were talking about the United or American Airlines mileage promotions, these were set as limited time offers from the airlines (as they always are)... they're no longer available simply because the promotion end date has passed. However, the ability to buy miles in these programs hasn't been taken away...

    Anyway, I return to what I said at the beginning – our focus continues to be on business travellers, as opposed to 'travel hacking'.

    With self-funded entrepreneurs in mind, we share great deals like this to give start-ups a helping hand with their travel expenditure.

    Many of us know how time consuming and expensive it can be to get a business off the ground, especially when there's costly travel involved... on that basis, if a business owner needs to visit a client in Perth on a day trip, why not pay a touch more than a regular economy fare and make it a return business class journey (as detailed in this article)?

    Time spent on board can be much more productive – there's more space to work and relax, so whether you're on your laptop or catching some shut-eye, you're putting that investment to good use, and it's arguably a good business decision.

    Sure, these offers aren't just limited to business owners (many business travellers still like to go away for the weekend!), but hopefully that example helps to provide even a little insight into why we publish stories like this from a business travel perspective.

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  • bcworld

    bcworld

    15 Mar, 2014 09:36 am

    Thanks for your detailed response Chris. I don't intent to respond to Al's diatribe in detail but suffice to say that my use of the word 'professional' to describe the level at which AusBT operates has absolutely no implication on who I believe is entitled to take up miles buying offers...I have no such beliefs. As for FT and AFF having tiny readership cliques compared to AusBT...well I have my doubts about that in the case of FT in particular.

    Extrapolating your idea of the business owner saving a few bucks. What if the business owner stockpiles miles and uses them to pay for staff travel? Sounds good, but your business owner might very quickly find their account with zero balance and in audit with US's virtually impossible to contact audit team.

    If US maintains its current rules your business traveller might find themselves having to throw away the return portion of the ticket if the client requires them to change dates.

    These are the types of things that I feel need to be pointed out in the article. We have the good news, but what are the cons?

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  • PLATY

    PLATY

    15 Mar, 2014 11:40 am

    "...What if the business owner stockpiles miles and uses them to pay for staff travel? Sounds good, but your business owner might very quickly find their account with zero balance and in audit with US's virtually impossible to contact audit team..."

    Businesses can buy miles on some FF programs at great discount (based on volumes purchased). 

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  • David Flynn

    David

    15 Mar, 2014 02:20 pm

    Hi bcworld... just to add something here, I'm unsure of the origin of your reference to "FT and AFF having tiny readership cliques compared to AusBT...well I have my doubts about that in the case of FT in particular". I can't see any reference to site 'readership' in previous messages.

    But FWIW, I actually don't believe in comparing 'readership' numbers in this instance because AusBT and FT/AFF have very different types of readers and there are also different value judgements placed on how readers are best measured.

    AusBT is much more mainstream and is closer to a 'news' site, while FT/AFF are more deeply niche and as forums serve more of a 'community/social' purpose.

    (As a news site I suspect AusBT would have more visitors per se than AFF, but definitely not FT, however the multi-threaded social aspect of a forum would give AFF a much longer time-per-visit, which is another useful metric in measuring 'readership'.)

    I've always felt that the relationship between professional publications/news sites and deeply expert community sites is complementary rather than competitive.

    (That was certainly the case when I was editing PC magazines and working with Whirlpool, there was actually a very good relationship and crossover there, and I know it benefitted Whirlpool in quite a few ways.)

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  • Chris Chamberlin

    ChrisCh

    15 Mar, 2014 03:55 pm

    Hi again bcworld,

    Those questions on business owners are very valid and relevant here, so it's great that you've asked them.

    While we can't include every possible detail and caveat in the article, we try to give users the tools to take things the rest of the way – although if there's something major that really should be pointed out, we'll do so whenever possible.

    For example, we included information about blackout dates and that users should check the availability of Qantas awards to North America, if that's how they were planning to redeem their miles.

    On your question of using miles for employee travel, the US Airways policy (as found on the US Air website under 'Transferring awards') is:  "You can use your miles to book an award ticket for someone else. Just provide the passenger name(s) when you make the reservation."

    I'd be quite surprised if accounts were locked by an "impossible to contact audit team" when users are simply redeeming awards in accordance with the published program functionality, although it sounds like you might have experienced this personally (or know somebody who has), so in that case, I'd be very interested to hear about the experience.

    (Fair enough if the airline is strict with points brokers buying points and subsequently selling 'retail fares' to customers while secretly redeeming points in the background, but for general travel redemptions, I can't see what the issue would be.)

    You also mentioned having to throw away the return flight in the case of a date change. I can definitely see your point here – US will change partner award reservations for a US$150 fee before travel has commenced (or can cancel the ticket for the same price and return the miles to your account), but won't change them after you've taken the outbound flight.

    That's something I considered including, and probably would have if the 'discount' over the retail fares were smaller – say, 25%. Given that the 'discounts' mentioned were all much greater than this (in one case up to 75% off), even if travellers had to occasionally change their return flight after arriving at a destination (rather than making the change before travelling), they'd likely still come out ahead overall if using miles for more than one trip.

    Looking at the US Airways website, the 'membership guide' is nearly 3,400 words alone (and that's just the user-friendly page, not the T&Cs), while this article is around 850 words – including pricing examples and quotes.

    Without pushing the article into the 'too long/didn't read' category, there is only limited space for us to include mileage rules and other fees... with that in mind, we choose the most important details for inclusion, and give the reader enough information to do their own homework beyond this.

    Intentionally excluded from the article were details on what happens to miles on the death of a member, what happens when flights are cancelled by the airline and 'quick-ticketing fees', amongst many other things to keep the article at a readable (and reasonable) length.

    if readers are going to shell out thousands of dollars to buy miles in an airline program that they've only just joined, you'd expect them to at least do a little research of their own – not only to determine if the deal is useful to them, but also if the US DM program as a whole is right for their current situation and travel needs.

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  • gumshoe

    gumshoe

    14 Mar, 2014 05:42 pm

    How often does US Airways hvae promos like this?.

    How many miles would it be for HKG to NYC?

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  • Mal

    Mal

    14 Mar, 2014 06:55 pm

    Gumshoe, I think the American airlines do these around the beginning of the year and middle of the year, twice a year? I might be wrong but when they come up they are worth getting as long as you can be flexible in when you want to fly. The award seats are not always available, it depends on the route and time of year. As Chris says in the article it is all "Provided that you can find an award seat on your desired travel dates". I think you would find lesser availability on the most popular Qantas international routes but for SYD-PER for instance it's not bad although their seats are pretty bad on those A330s. Probably more availability on CX flights to HKG, especially SYD-HKG eith four flights daily!

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  • gumshoe

    gumshoe

    14 Mar, 2014 07:30 pm

    Yes aware of award seats shortage just wondered if it was same ax CC like 145K miles.

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  • JAF

    JAF

    14 Mar, 2014 11:24 pm

    If i purchase these points would i be able to use them on an upgrade for a QF flight already booked from Dallas to Sydney?

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  • Chris Chamberlin

    ChrisCh

    14 Mar, 2014 11:58 pm

    You won't be able to use these miles to upgrade on Qantas flights unfortunately JAF.

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  • gumshoe

    gumshoe

    15 Mar, 2014 09:48 am

    Rater than calling AA, would the miles required on CX be same as AA?, like HGK/ORD/HKG  is 145K miles in J on CX.

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  • bcworld

    bcworld

    15 Mar, 2014 09:55 am

    Under current rules HKG-NYC-HKG is 90k US miles in J.

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  • TheRealBabushka

    TheRealBabushka

    15 Mar, 2014 02:07 pm

    Can someone tell me what the big fuss is? I'm lost and confused... I hope it's not some middle aged man getting hot under the collar - that's reserved for the idiots on talk back radio.

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  • Al Glidden

    AlG

    15 Mar, 2014 03:03 pm

    I think the 'fuss' is that some people for some reason they have not yet explained are fixated on March 31 availability of OneWorld flights for US Airways Dividend Miles, and others are uhappy that AusBT is publishing what they call 'travel hack' articles on things that they like knowing about and using but want to keep from everybody else.

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  • williamsusanto

    williamsusanto

    16 Mar, 2014 11:13 am

    March 31 is US tax time. that s why

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  • dscorpcom10

    dscorpcom10

    16 Mar, 2014 02:32 pm

    On a related issue, For those of you who thought you may have missed out on Alaska Airlines buying miles deals because they won't accept non- North American credit cards anymore,I bought my last lot of FF miles using a debit card!

    RSo next time they have a bonus offer available, try a debit card.

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  • gumshoe

    gumshoe

    16 Mar, 2014 03:33 pm

    Was it an OZ debit card or a USA tone o buy AS miles?, my understanding is the AS miles processed by points.com  will not accept any foreign cards as of 1st March last, they can tell by the 2nd & 3rd numbers on any card which country it is.

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  • dscorpcom10

    dscorpcom10

    16 Mar, 2014 03:40 pm

    An Aust debit card issued by a credit union was used for the purchase 

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  • gumshoe

    gumshoe

    16 Mar, 2014 03:59 pm

    What date afer March 1st?.

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  • dscorpcom10

    dscorpcom10

    16 Mar, 2014 04:15 pm

    Last Fri 14 Mar

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  • gumshoe

    gumshoe

    16 Mar, 2014 05:58 pm

    Wonder why pointrs.com didn't recongnise the country code as OZ because that is the decider.

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  • williamsusanto

    williamsusanto

    16 Mar, 2014 11:20 am

    US  airways Dividend miles is always generous specially compare to aussie one. You can travel rtw with business class redemption award for less. check the mileage chart.

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  • Jason

    cooper81

    17 Mar, 2014 06:29 am

    AusBT please DO continue with tips on how we can make the most of our miles with airlines.  I am OneWorld Platinum with BA and spend a massive amount annually with them - yet they make it extremely difficult to 'reward' myself with free flights.  So, provided it's legal I welcome ANY and ALL tips on how I can maximise my use of miles.  Many Thanks!

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  • Natalia Matronitsky

    Natasha

    19 Mar, 2014 06:46 pm

    Cooper81,  +1!!!  Thumbs up! Also, look at Avianca LifeMiles, probably cheapest option.

    Can anybody please clarify on your comments re Alaska miles - I just bought mine on 15/03 using Maquarie credit card without any problems, and my patient tryed first time, was rejected because of OZ card, I told her to try again, and second time she was lucky with the same card...

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  • gumshoe

    gumshoe

    9 May, 2014 02:49 pm

    Cooper 81

    AS stopped all non residents of USA, Canada from buying miles on March 1st last, no notice and no warning since, this week had a change of heart and now can buy again with OZ CC's.

    Promo is back on can buy miles with up to 35% for free.

    Currently I'm in Europe  thanks to Aslaka Ailines miles.

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  • Danny123

    Danny123

    9 May, 2014 02:18 pm

    Great article, keep up the great work. 

    I'm keen on looking for flights from Oz to Europe for a trip in J class.

    Stupid question I'm sure as I'm a newbie, how does one look up flights for these reward flights which I can use the miles on? Via US airways website, partner airline websites or phone (also what number)?

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  • Chris Chamberlin

    ChrisCh

    7 Aug, 2014 11:48 am

    Hi Danny123,

    Sorry, just noticed your question. If you're having trouble locating awards on the US Airways website, they can always be booked over the phone by calling +1-800-428-4322.

    (That's an American number, not a '1800' number in Australia, so unless you have international calls included in your phone plan, you might find it more cost effective to use Skype for the call.)

    -Chris

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  • eight10man

    eight10man

    10 May, 2014 01:41 am

    I tried buying 30k US miles today (+ 30k bonus) and all seemed to work through checkout using PayPal. I accepted payment using Australian AMEX through PayPal.

    But.. Never got a confirmation email nor from US Airways, nor from PayPal, that the card was charged. No miles are thus far added to me account.

    But if I want to purchase miles again in a second try, the maximum amount of bonus miles to be had maxes out at 20k. So it seems US (or Points.com?) did register my first attempt, and limits bonus a possible second attempt..??

    Any idea what's next, and why??

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  • gumshoe

    gumshoe

    10 May, 2014 04:50 am

    Think youll fimd its about 24 hours till approved.

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  • inzaghi1230

    inzaghi1230

    15 Jul, 2014 09:03 am

    Hi there,

    I understand Qantas does code share with Fiji airway. So can I get US airway points to redeem ticket to fly from Auckland to Nadi? And how much tax and fuel charges will Qantas charge? Thanks heaps.

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  • flyingroo82

    flyingroo82

    29 Jul, 2014 11:16 am

    Thanks for the great tip. Can you provide more details as to how they select which members get the new bonus? I have just logged into US Airways site and no bonus has been given :(

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  • bcworld

    bcworld

    29 Jul, 2014 11:44 am

    No one knows the answer to that. There is no apparent pattern to it. 

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  • Bryley Sadler

    Bryleyks

    3 Sep, 2014 01:22 pm

    I received an email this morning, Us airways are offering 100% bonus points to everyone., it shows on their website without logging in as a member so I assume its available to everyone (who has been a member for 12+ days)

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  • nix584

    nix584

    7 Aug, 2014 11:21 am

    Can someone provide some assistance for me here? BNE is my home airport. When i signed up I could only select SYD as my home airport. When I try to book an award flight, ASP is the only Australian airport available to select from the list. Is there a way around this?

    The US booking engine isn't near as user friendly as the AA one...

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  • Chris Chamberlin

    ChrisCh

    7 Aug, 2014 11:47 am

    Hi nix584,

    If you're having trouble locating awards on the US Airways website, they can always be booked over the phone by calling +1-800-428-4322.

    (That's an American number, not a '1800' number in Australia, so unless you have international calls included in your phone plan, you might find it more cost effective to use Skype for the call.)

    -Chris

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  • MissBasset

    MissBasset

    13 Sep, 2014 11:10 am

    Avianco (Star Alliance) is currently running  a similar 100% bonus deal for purchases up to 75000 miles. Redemption rates on long-haul flights are pretty good. Has anyone here had dealings with this airline program? I am a little nervous about jumping in and buying the max points. (Offer is valid until 30 September, although to qualify you need to have signed up before 2 Sep.)   Appreciate any feedback.

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  • Chris Chamberlin

    ChrisCh

    13 Sep, 2014 02:39 pm

    Hi MissBasset,

    I've written a similar guide for Avianca LifeMiles which you might find useful. A number of users have also shared their experiences in the comments section at the bottom.

    -Chris

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  • MissBasset

    MissBasset

    13 Sep, 2014 03:47 pm

    Thanks so much for that pointer Chris! I have looked over your guide thoroughly, including subscriber feedback, and can certainly make use of it on LHR trips in 2015, but probably not US travel.  Seems like Avianca put on bonus points promotions more often than some of the others. As there is a maximum miles buyup allowed on a calendar year basis, now seems a good time to max out for 2014.

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  • therealqueen

    therealqueen
    Banned

    29 Oct, 2014 07:51 am

    Has anyone actually been successful with us airways points purchase. For some reason the system told me wasnt able to purchase.

    those of you who have ys air ffp is your postal address australia or usa ?

    Thanks

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  • gumshoe

    gumshoe

    29 Oct, 2014 08:42 am

    Need to be a member for 12 days first.

    If not try different CC.

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  • MissBasset

    MissBasset

    31 Oct, 2014 03:12 pm

    I bought max miles on last promotion. I used my Citibank Debit card connected to a US based account so I was able to buy at the US price that US Air work on. (Created the US a/c when the Aussie was buying $US 1.06 a while back~ has proven a good move!)

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  • gumshoe

    gumshoe

    18 Nov, 2014 03:54 pm

    Yes got the max using Amex card, suggest try a different CC.

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  • Bryley Sadler

    Bryleyks

    18 Nov, 2014 03:03 pm

    New promotion released: From November 13 to November 30, 2014, you'll earn up to 45,000 bonus Dividend Miles® when you buy miles for yourself, or add up to 45,000 bonus miles to your purchase when you gift miles to a friend or loved one.

    That's a total of up to 125,000 Dividend Miles – our best offer ever.
    Buy or gift
    Bonus
    10,000 – 19,000 miles
    3,000 bonus miles
    20,000 – 29,000 miles
    4,000 bonus miles
    30,000 – 39,000 miles
    10,000 bonus miles
    40,000 – 49,000 miles
    15,000 bonus miles
    50,000 – 59,000 miles
    20,000 bonus miles
    60,000 – 69,000 miles
    30,000 bonus miles
    70,000 – 79,000 miles
    35,000 bonus miles
    80,000 miles
    45,000 bonus miles

     

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  • MissBasset

    MissBasset

    18 Nov, 2014 03:43 pm

    A new DM promotion started 13/11/14 ending 30/11/14. Max. buy 80000 miles with 45000 miles bonus. Very good deal if you need more miles for a trip.

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  • bcworld

    bcworld

    18 Nov, 2014 04:02 pm

    It's certainly not a very good deal in historical terms...the cpm just keeps going up and up as we move towards the FF program merger with AAdvantage. However yes, the potential is still there to get a heavily discounted fare. Those buying now to use later need to look very closely into the rules of the AA program that will apply to their miles in a few months time...many routings will suddenly be significantly more expensive, even if there is no award chart devaluation as part of the merger.

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  • MissBasset

    MissBasset

    18 Nov, 2014 04:15 pm

    Historically, no, but this is what's on the table now. I should add that the miles should be used soooner rather than later, with a trip/date in mind. These are definately not miles to put away for later! The AA merger is not a positive for DM holders overall.

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