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A Quick Reminder on Why US Airways Dividend Miles Can Be a Great Deal

I’ve been really happy lately with US Airways Dividend Miles because of their redemption values, so I thought I’d spend 3 minutes reminding everyone of why the program can be great.

I’ve recently gotten the US Airways Premier Mastercard (not an affiliate link) for the wife and I because it offers 40,000 US Airways Dividend Miles after your first purchase — no fee, no minimum spend. (A business credit card is also available, but the bonus is only 25k miles with a $79 annual fee not waived). I also transferred Starwood points in to Dividend Miles 2 weeks ago when they offered an 87% transfer bonus. Why?

US Airways has a handful of bargain redemptions (at least compared to other Star Alliance Airlines):

- Off-peak business class awards to Europe, South America or Hawaii on US Airways are 55,000 miles (well, 60,000 but it’s 5,000 fewer miles if you have their credit card). Coach is just 30,000 miles.

- North Asia is 60,000 miles in coach or 90,000 miles in business class on a Star Alliance airline (you don’t get the 5,000 mile credit card bonus unless you fly US Airways, which you won’t be doing to Asia).

- Business class to Australia is 110,000 miles.

- Trips to Africa are 70k in coach and 110k in business.

It’s not too late to buy US Airways miles for about 1.87 cents per mile, which is a good rate to top off with. This deal is good through April 15.

A year ago View from the Wing pulled together a useful overview of the details of the program (helpful for those of you who like to 3-hop through Europe to go to Asia).

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  1. I live in a US Airway hub. In 15 years, I have never been about to use my miles using the lowest award ticket – it always has been using the high. I ranked US Airways below Delta pesos and British Airways Avios pennies.

  2. US Airways waives the telephone booking fee for Star Alliance awards, since partner airlines cannot currently be booked on its website. They do charge a $50 per ticket ‘processing fee’ for international awards. No fuel charges. :!: :!: Be aware.

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