Go to Europe in business class for $1030!

And in this case it’s as easy as outright buying miles. USAirways is currently offering a 100% bonus on all purchased miles. Miles usually cost 2.5 cents each to purchase plus a $30 transaction fee, so that means in this case buying 80,000 miles would cost $1,030. Now that’s what I call a steal, considering that 80,000 miles will get you a business class ticket to Europe on Lufthansa or Swiss, for example. You can have up to 50,000 miles doubled (for a total of 100,000 miles).

Given their favorable reward chart, this is a way to get to wherever you want to go for cheap in first or business class.

(Tip of the hat to Gary)

Filed Under: Advice, Awards
  1. Thanks for the correction, DiscoPapa. Shame on me, I was thinking of the Aeroplan reward chart. Forget that, we’ll now be stuck in business class. 😉

  2. If I were to buy 54k to add to my 36k orphans, it would cost me $782. Can I pay in coins? 😀

  3. Don’t forget the 7.5% federal excise tax. I bought 100,000 miles for $1,373.75 today to top off my account at 160,007. I immediately purchased 2 business class tickets on UA/LX from NA to Europe for $190/each in taxes. Sweet deal! I can’t wait to try LX’s new A333.

    Oh, my poor lonely 7 miles….

  4. So just to be clear, if I can find award availability via ANA tool, I am pretty much guaranteed a hassle-free booking with US?

  5. @ DiscoPapa — And I appreciate it!

    @ boxo — LMAO, if only….

    @ Gene — That’s a fantastic deal.

    @ Oliver — Yep, no games, no blocking, no nothing. What you see is what you get.

  6. @Oliver — That is my understanding and personal experience with three international business class bookings through US.

  7. Here’s an easier way. Iberia is currently offering 2-for-1 business class. In some cases it can work out to be around the same.

  8. > What you see is what you get.

    Unless, of course, US goes Ch.7 before the ticket is used. I don’t think the “no service received, so refund my money” argument is going to work with Visa/Amex when you buy miles.

  9. @lucky — When does US Air “pay” the partner arline for the award ticket? When you reserve it (like you would if you were paying with cash) or when the flights are completed? If the latter and if US went Ch.7, would you expect their partners to honor award tickets?

  10. @ nun — I totally loved the idea, until you started mentioning Iberia. 😀

    @ Gene — The airlines are compensated for award tickets after travel is completed, and sometimes even quite a while after that. Frankly I don’t see ANY legacy going Ch. 7, as I think a takeover/merger is much more likely, in which case your trips would be safe.

  11. @lucky — I’m not sure that makes me feel any better. Oh well, it’s a risk I was willing to take. I’m certainly not going to lose any sleep over it.

  12. @MatthewLAX — WOW, I would nexer have guessed that NZ flew that route. I may need to burn some bmi miles on this route.

    Any more unexpected routes on *A carriers with nice premium products? I’ve got tons of bmi miles to burn.

    This is an excellent example of where lucky’s new pay service could add value.

  13. Haven’t found that information in the award chart, is 80k for the return flight or ow? Sorry, this question may sound stupid for you guys but I’m not familiar with US carriers… LH explicitly tells on the award chart everything being ow. Thanks, Dave

  14. Thanks for the answer. With a test booking I discovered that it’s 80k one way but with mileage saver tariff rt with 60k-80k is possible. Cheers, Dave

  15. @ Dave — If you’re looking at usair.com, you’re just seeing availability on US flights. If you call them they’ll have MUCH more availability, since you can redeem on Star Alliance partners, which are also going to provide a much better in-flight experience.

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