Usually I don’t write about targeted promotions because, well, they’re targeted. If you were targeted you’d know about them, and if you weren’t targeted you’d just feel bad about yourself.
Anyway, both United and US Airways started sending out emails for some ridiculously lucrative targeted promotions yesterday, and they’re so generous that I can’t not write about them.
United sent out an email to select members offering double redeemable miles for all roundtrip flights for the rest of the year. The major restriction is that only tickets booked after October 1 qualified, and that a maximum of 50,000 miles could be earned through the promotion. You’ve gotta wonder if this is a response of sorts to the promotion that US Airways published earlier this week, also offering 50-100% bonus miles on flights. If so, here’s to hoping that American one ups them and offers double miles for the rest of the year for everyone…
Meanwhile US Airways sent out an offer to select US Airways MasterCard cardmembers, offering a 10-50% discount on award redemptions made before November 30, 2013, for travel until March 31, 2014. For the 50% refund offer that a reader sent below, you have to redeem at least 20,000 miles and can get back a maximum of a 30,000 mile rebate. The best part is that even awards booked on partner airlines qualify. So this would lower the cost of a US to North Asia via Europe award in business class to just 60,000 miles. That’s crazy, especially in conjunction with the 100% bonus on shared miles right now, whereby you can generate miles for roughly 1.1 cents each.