US Airways offers some of the best off peak awards in the world. During select dates each year, you can fly:

  • Between the United States and Europe for 35,000 miles roundtrip in economy
  • Between the United States and the Caribbean for 25,000 miles roundtrip in economy and 50,000 in business

Plus, US Airways® Premier World MasterCard® cardholders get an extra 5,000 mile discount on off peak awards, so they can fly to Europe for 30,000 miles roundtrip or the Caribbean for 20,000 miles roundtrip. Since the card comes with 40,000 bonus miles after first purchase, the sign up bonus is big enough for two roundtrip tickets to anywhere in the Caribbean that US Airways flies.

Until recently, you could also book:

  • Between the United States and Brazil for 35,000 miles roundtrip in economy and 60,000 miles in business

That deal has come to a sudden and unannounced end. US Airways and American Airlines merged in December, and it doesn’t make much sense for US Airways to fly two flights to Brazil from Charlotte when American Airlines serves 10 destinations in Brazil from Miami.

  • How do US Airways off peak awards work?
  • What’s the evidence that off peak awards to Brazil are finished?
  • What off peak awards remain with US Airways miles?

US Airways Off Peak Awards

US Airways off peak awards must be flown:

  • entirely on US Airways planes (not on any partners, including American Airlines)
  • during select dates (you can fly one way during off peak and one way during normal dates and pay half way between the two prices)
  • to select regions

Comply with those rules and you pay ridiculously low miles prices.

Since US Airways® Premier World MasterCard® cardholders get 5,000 miles off any award that is flown entirely on US Airways planes, and off peak awards have to be flown entirely on US Airways planes, US Airways® Premier World MasterCard® cardholders get 5,000 miles off the already discounted off peak awards.

The Demise of Off Peak to South America

I checked US Airways’ award chart for its own flights yesterday and noticed that no off peak dates were listed for travel to South America.

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The off peak prices are still listed on the chart itself, so I investigated further.

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I went to the wikipedia page for Charlotte airport and found that both US Airways flights to Brazil–US Airways’ only flights to South America–end by January 10, 2015. Unfortunately that’s before the usual off peak dates to Brazil, which were March and May.

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It looks like American Airlines/US Airways decided that flying some daily flight from Charlotte to Rio and Sao Paulo didn’t make sense since American Airlines serves 10 destinations in Brazil from Miami.

That makes plenty of sense to me.

Unfortunately if US Airways planes don’t fly to Brazil, there are no more US Airways off peak awards to Brazil for 30,000 miles roundtrip for people with the US Airways® Premier World MasterCard®.

The 2015 off peak awards to Europe and the Caribbean might be our last chance ever to book US Airways off peak awards. I’m not sure the brand will last until 2016, or even if it does, whether off peak awards will last, since US Airways/American Airlines haven’t been shy about making changes to their loyalty programs lately.

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