Now this is what I call a promotion. US Airways is offering Dividend Miles members that register double elite qualifying miles and double redeemable miles for travel between April 13 and June 15. A ticket is only eligible for this promotion if you register before you book your ticket, and of course only travel on US Airways counts (as opposed to their partner airlines).
This is huge news. I wasn’t expecting a legacy to have this type of promotion so early in the year, but US Airways is always full of surprises. If US Airways miles couldn’t usually be had for about a cent a piece I might actually be tempted to fly them during the promotional period and pick up some status, but the other benefits they offer just don’t justify mileage running on them when I could just outright buy the miles for less.
Of course the big question is whether the other legacies will match this promotion in any way (in particular by offering double elite qualifying miles). While I’m not as confident one way or another as I’ve been in the past, I’m going with yes. I fully expect we’ll see another legacy match, and then the rest will quickly follow. I wouldn’t be surprised if all the airlines only counted future travel for this promotion, though. In the past, after a letter campaign to the airlines, they have often switched the terms to allow previously booked travel to qualify, but I have a feeling they won’t this time around.
For what it’s worth I’ll be holding out for another week or so before I book any more tickets…
Oh, and by the way, I’d actually prefer to see United not match the double elite qualifying miles promotion. With unlimited domestic upgrades there are just too many 1Ks. I’d much rather see them offer a double redeemable miles promotion.