us airways

Breaking News: US Airways Not Offering 100% Bonus

We never thought we’d see the day, but it looks like US Airways Dividend Miles that are bought or shared will not earn a 100% miles bonus for the time being. The most recent promotion, a 100% bonus on purchased miles, which had followed a promotion offering a 100% bonus on shared miles, which had followed earlier, similar promotions, ended last Friday after being extended by a week. The points world of course expected an announcement from the airline regarding another extension of that offer or a new 100% bonus offer, but no such announcement came.

We wouldn’t get too concerned over this “loss,” however, as there are rumors that US Airways plans to celebrate the arrival of this Thursday with a brand new 100% bonus miles promotion. Also, these promotions never have been and never will be a good deal. To summarize our feelings, we wrote a haiku:

us airways haiku

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The Week in Review

Once again, U.S. Airways Dividend Miles are on “sale” with a 100% bonus on purchased miles. As usual, there are posts from a few blogs that conclude it is a good deal if it “fits your travel needs.” We take this to mean that you only want to book roundtrip, you do not want to fly Lufthansa first class, and you are not savvy enough to figure out any of the much better ways to get miles.

An anonymous Points Envy fan and part-time Denny’s manager spotted blogger Mommy Points eating at Denny’s for the eighth time in a week. Family and friends are growing increasingly concerned about an apparent Grand Slam addiction.

The other Grand Slam

American Airlines has publicly apologized for its loose seats and general existence by offering double miles or something. Our status is good for life, so we didn’t bother reading the details, but see here and here for more information.

A Los Angeles resident was officially excommunicated by the FlyerTalk gods for admitting on the popular miles discussion forum that he redeemed 50,000 MileagePlus miles for a roundtrip LAX-SFO flight in economy class. Points Envy agrees with this decision.

We gave our assistants a week off and 70,000 Ultimate Rewards points each to take a vacation. Below is a picture of them on a beach in Cancun sporting the sexiest swimwear we’ve ever seen.

Even on vacation, they’re workin’ it for us

Last but not least, Points Envy was interviewed on Million Mile Secrets this week. MMS readers agreed it was Daraius’ best post yet.

First class cabin, first class shirts

Have a great weekend and, as always, enjoy a glass of champagne on us!


Business Cents: Potential US Air-AA Merger

The travel world is abuzz with speculation about a potential merger between US Airways and American Airlines after the following domains were purchased anonymously:

  • american-usairways.com, .net, and .org
  • americanairlinesusairways.com, .net, and .org
  • americanusairways.net
  • usairways-american.com, .net, and .org
  • usairwaysamerican.com, .net, and .org
  • usairwaysamericanairlines.com, .net, and .org
  • usandaa.com, .net, and .org
  • aadvantageofus.com, .net, and .org
  • advantageofus.com, .net, and .org
  • oneworldoneairline.com, .net, and .org

Some see this as incontrovertible evidence that the two legacy carriers are headed for a merger, but here at Points Envy we question how serious they could really be if they aren’t even going after the best URLs. If it were up to us, our new airline would go with something more like one of the following:

  • proudtobeanairline.com
  • godsairline.com
  • airpatriot.com
  • usaaa.xxx
  • suckitunited.net
  • suckitdelta.com
  • flyingfasterandbetterthanallotherairlines.com

At the time of posting, Points Envy was able to verify that the above domain names were still available. If you’re an enterprising cybersquatter looking to cash in on the impending merger, you’re welcome.