The maximum number of bonus miles awarded is 50,000 with this promotion, and accounts have to be at least 12 days old in order to purchase miles.
Back in October US Airways raised the price of miles from 2.75 cents to 3.5 cents apiece. That had been an increase over the previous 2.5 cent price.
Buying US Airways miles used to be an amazing deal, not just because miles were 2.5 cents apiece three years ago but also because award chart prices were lower.
US to Europe at 80,000 miles roundtrip in business class, with a 100% purchase bonus (which seems to be going on more often than it isn’t), and a 2.5 cent per mile price plus tax meant you could buy that ticket for a bit over $1000. That tax ticket is around $1900. Huge jump!
And of course award availability was better in the depths of the Great Recession than it is today.
But it’s still a deal, especially for topping off towards an award, even at nearly 1.9 cents a point all-in inclusive of tax.
There’s no question that the annual US Airways Grand Slam can acquire miles more cheaply, and so can signing up for the churnable US Airways Mastercard with 40,000 bonus miles after first purchase. But buy miles is instant.