Would you be willing to pay about $1000 for a restricted inventory seat in business class between North America and wither Europe or Asia (Japan, China, Korea)? Many folks would leap at that opportunity – the price is phenomenal. Heck, it isn’t always even possible to find coach tickets that that price point. Well, if you’re willing to take a bit of a risk with US Airways right now, such a ticket could be yours.
When the airlines start offering great deals to buy miles outright it always raises a red flag. They are desperate for cash and aren’t particularly afraid to show it. So US Air’s current 2 for 1 promo on buying miles is certainly both tempting and a bit scary. Scary because there is always the risk that you won’t be able to redeem the miles and they go bankrupt and the tickets aren’t honored (a small risk, but a risk nonetheless). And ridiculously tempting because the redemption rates they offer with their partners in Star Alliance are really quite reasonable.
For 80-90,000 miles it is possible to issue a reward for business class between North America and either Asia or Europe. And you can fly on their partners. The likes of Swiss or Austrian to Europe or ANA to Asia come into play in a hurry. Lufthansa or United are options, too. Lots of fun to be had, and all for the low, low price of about $1,000. Oh, and you have to find available seats on those flights. The promo is limited to the first 50,000 miles you buy so don’t plan too many trips, but getting one for that price is really not a bad deal at all.
Sometimes the points game isn’t all that much fun. But right now it has a lot of potential if you’re willing to make a bit of an investment.
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