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There are currently four stackable promotions related to US Airways miles. Combine them to get two roundtrip tickets to Europe for $568.90 all in–only $284.45 per person.

  1. The 100% Share Miles promotion through October 15 that allows you to buy US Airways miles for 1.13 cents each.
  2. The up to 50% rebate on awards that select US Airways Premier World MasterCard holders have been offered.
  3. The standard 5,000 mile discount per person that all US Airways Premier World MasterCard holders get on US Airways awards that are entirely operated by US Airways.
  4. US Airways off peak awards to Europe.

How can you turn those four promotions into two tickets to Europe for $568.90–less than $290 per person!? What kind of deal can you get if you weren’t offered the 50% rebate?

I’ve written about all four promotions separately, but never together. Here are the steps to turn $568.90 into two award tickets to Europe.

  1. Start with two US Airways accounts. The first one must have at least 30k miles in it. The second one must be the account of a US Airways Premier World MasterCard holder who was targeted for a 50% rebate on awards.
  2. Send 30k miles from account one to account two–the account of the person who has the US Airways MasterCard and 50% rebate–for a cost of $355.50. Account two will receive 60k miles.
  3. Redeem two off peak awards to Europe from account two. This will cost the same 60k US Airways miles + $100 in booking fees + government taxes.
  4. Three to four weeks after the trip, 30k miles will be rebated to account two.

The final accounting is that account one has 30k fewer miles than it did before step 1, but account two has 30k more miles than it did. The miles are a wash. This costs none of your existing miles because the 30k mile net cost equals the 30k bonus miles from sharing.

The total cash cost is $455.50 plus government taxes on the award. On an award I just priced from Philadelphia to Madrid, taxes were $113.40 for two people, so the total out of pocket cost would be $568.90 and no miles for two people to get a roundtrip to Madrid.

Philadelphia to Madrid off peak award space for February 2014
Taxes, fees, and cardholder discount shown
Eight day trip for two for under $590 ($213.40 on the booking and $355.50 to get the miles)

I don’t live in Philly, and I don’t want to go to Madrid. What other options are there?

You can start the award anywhere in the US for the same price as long as you find low price economy award space to Philadelphia or Charlotte on US Airways flights.

You can go anywhere in Europe that US Airways flies between January 15 and February 28 at these prices. (May I suggest Southern Europe.) Most US Airways flights to Europe leave from Philadelphia. Some leave from Charlotte.

US Airways international flights from Philly
US Airways international flights from Charlotte

There are also off peak dates to Brazil in February and March, but I didn’t find outbound award space at the off peak price for two people on any of the listed dates. There is return space at the off peak price.

Why not just share 50k from account one to account two and send 50k back like you suggested in your post about the Share Miles deal?

I do think you should max out the sharing promotion by receiving 50k bonus miles in all the US Airways accounts you control–1.13 cents is too good of a price to miss. My example above didn’t max out the Share Miles promotion just to make it easier to follow.

I didn’t get the 50% rebate. How good of a deal is this with a lower percentage?

This is quite a bit worse with a lower percentage, but can still be a great deal. Let’s imagine you got the 25% rebate offer. In that case, two tickets from Philly to Madrid would still be $569 out of pocket following all the same steps, but you’d end up having spent a net of 15k miles also. I value 15k miles at almost $300.

That means you are getting two tickets to Madrid for a shade under $900 in value. Still great, but not as great.

What other things do I need to know?

I left quite a bit of detail out of this post because I’ve already written about the component parts of the deal before. Read these articles to fully understand:

  1. The 100% Share Miles promotion through October 15 that allows you to buy US Airways miles for 1.13 cents each.
  2. The up to 50% rebate on awards that select US Airways Premier World MasterCard holders have been offered.
  3. The standard 5,000 mile discount per person that all US Airways Premier World MasterCard holders get on US Airways awards and off peak awards.

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