Chart: Do what they say, and get up to 110,000 bonus US Airways reward miles

October 01, 2011
Fares from Washington DC:

    If you do all of the affordable transactions in the chart below, you will earn at least 100,000 miles, which is good enough for a business class ticket to Europe, South America or Asia. Be sure to check the promotion FAQs first.

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    # of Hits possible

    US Airways-branded Visa or Mastercard

    If you already have it, it’s free! You earn a hit by purchasing something with the card. If you want to sign up for a new card, you get another hit. There are five types of cards, and each earns a unique hit: US Airways MasterCard, US Airways Business Card, US Airways Visa, US Airways Visa Business Card and US Airways debit card.

    $0 (not including what you actually buy with it!)

    5

    Super Shuttle

    Enter your US Airways number when making any Super Shuttle reservation.

    Varies (typically $15-30)

    1

    US Airways Dividend Miles Shopping Mall

    Purchase anything via the US Airways Shopping Mall link and earn a hit. A cheap option is a $1 pack of pens from Staples via this link and earn one hit: http://usairways.skymall.com/.

    $1+shipping/tax

    1

    Hotel Stays

    Most travelers will have at least one hotel stay between now and the end of the year. For each stay at Best Western, Carlson Hotels (Radisson), Choice Hotels, Hilton Worldwide portfolio of brands, Hyatt, InterContinental Hotels, Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, WORLDHOTELS and Wyndham Hotels Group, earn one hit (max six).

    Varies (typically $80-$200 each)

    6

    Car Rentals

    Rent a car (even if you do not need it, but do it if you can find a cheap deal) at Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz, National, Sixt and Thrifty. Each time counts as one hit (max six).

    Varies (typically $20-50 each)

    6

    Transfer hotel points to US Airways

    Transfer points from various hotel programs to your US Airways account. The value is not the best, but each transfer from these programs counts as one hit. Only one hit per hotel company is allowed, and a minimum of 850 miles must be earned in your US account to count as a hit. These include Best Western Rewards, Choice Privileges, Hilton Hhonors, Hyatt Gold Passport, InterContinental Hotel Group (Priority Club), Marriott Rewards, Radisson (Club Carlson), Starwood Hotels (SPG) and Wyndham Rewards. Transfer points at www.usairways.com/convertmiles.

    Typically free

    10

    Buy miles

    Buy miles to add to your account. The minimum amount of miles to buy is 1,000. Purchase miles here: http://www.usairways.com/en-US/dividendmiles/programdetails/purchasemiles/buymiles.html.

    $29.56

    1

    Buy US Airways Preferred elite status

    Earn 1 hit for buying up to Preferred status (especially beneficial if you have US Airways flights coming up and want the chance at complimentary upgrades or free checked baggage). More details can be found here: http://www.usairways.com/en-US/dividendmiles/preferred/buy-up-to-preferred.html.

    As little as $249

    1

    Share miles

    Another easy one. Share miles from your account with someone else. The minimum amount of miles to share is 1,000. While AirfareWatchdog typically advises against sharing miles (since you can buy them for a cheaper price), this is still an easy and affordable way to get a hit in this promotion. Share miles with someone here: http://www.usairways.com/en-US/dividendmiles/programdetails/purchasemiles/sharemiles.html.

    $40.75

    1

    Transfer miles

    This is different than sharing miles and transferring points from hotel programs directly. This hit is for using Points.com specifically to move other airline or hotel miles into your US Airways account. AirfareWatchdog typically advises against doing this since the transfer is rarely 1 to 1 and often deflates the value of your miles. But, in this case, it is an easy and affordable way to earn a hit in this promotion. Sign up and register your hotel and airline accounts to transfer from one program into US Airways Dividend Miles. Only one transfer is needed; be sure to exchange points only, not trade them. www.points.com.

    $0

    1

    Magazines for Miles

    Redeem existing US Airways miles for a magazine subscription. The cheapest one is a measly 400 miles and earns a hit! www.magsformiles.com

    $0

    1

    Dividend Miles Dining

    Eat at participating restaurants and earn miles for each dollar spent. See restaurants here: http://usairways.rewardsnetwork.com. If not a member, join here for a mileage bonus: http://usairways.rewardsnetwork.com/bonus.htm.

    $0 (not including your actual meal cost, but it could be as little as $1)

    1

    SkyMall

    Buy a useless item from the SkyMall catalog and enter your US Airways mileage number. Unless you need something from there, choose something cheap like this cat collar: http://www.skymall.com/shopping/detail.htm?pid=203202814&c=10720.

    $2.97+tax/

    shipping

    1

    1-800-Flowers

    Buy flowers or a gift for someone as needed. The cheapest thing to purchase is a stuffed animal for $14 inclusive of shipping. It can be purchased here: http://ww30.1800flowers.com/product.do?baseCode=29232&dataset=10150&cm_cid=d10150.

    $13.99

    1

    Biscoff cookies

    Purchase something from Biscoff; Biscoff cookies are often served on US Airways, Delta, and Continental flights. The cheapest option is $12.95 for two jars of spread made with Biscoff cookies, and it can be purchased here: http://www.biscoff.com/DirectionsWEB/webcart_itemBuy.php?itemid=0814

    $12.99

    1

    TrackItBack

    TrackItBack sells packs of stickers to place on mobile devices offering a reward if someone returns it to the website. They return it to you, and it keeps you from having to reveal any personal details on your phone. The cheapest option is for a cell phone or laptop lost and found pack for $24.95; it can be purchased here: https://www.trackitback.com/portal/cart?page=details&pid=118.

    $24.95

    1

    FTD.com

    Buy more flowers for friends or family. The cheapest thing to buy is a teddy bear for $30.98 inclusive of shipping: http://www.ftd.com/7331/catalog/product.epl?product_id=BB55.

    $30.98

    1

    Telefora

    And yet again, more flowers! The cheapest thing to buy is the Make a Wish bouquet: http://www.teleflora.com/flowers/bouquet/make-a-wish-167864p.asp. It sells for $44.98

    $44.98

    1

    Network Solutions

    Sign up for a basic email account for at least two years with Network Solutions. It is a great way to earn miles even if you do not plan on using the account. Signing up earns an additional 1,000 mile bonus. It can be purchased here: http://www.networksolutions.com/email-account/compare-email-accounts.jsp.

    $37.98

    1

    US Airways Dividend Miles Search Toolbar

    Download this search toolbar for shopping and complete three searches that lead to purchases and earn one hit. Install the toolbar here: http://usairways.skymall.com/site/usairways/toolbar.

    $0

    1

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