The bounty from US Airways in my email inbox this week has been great. OK, so it really was only two emails, but they are both pretty impressive deals. And one of them even seems to be real; the jury is still out on the second.
The first deal is a one year US Airways Club membership for $259. The US Airways Club membership gets you nearly the same benefits as a United Airlines Red Carpet Club or Continental Presidents Club membership, namely access to a world-wide network of airport lounges. But the US Airways version is only $259 for the year while Continental and United charge more than to $500 for the same benefit. This sale is valid through April 7, 2011; sign up here.
There is some confusion in the actual pricing – the email says the $50 activation fee is included in the $259 rate while the website says it is extra – but either way it is a pretty good deal.
From the email:
From the website:
The second offer is even more tempting for me: absolutely free, unsolicited, no strings attached points in the Dividend Miles program.
I have no idea why US Airways is giving away these points. It doesn’t seem that 1,000 points is really enough to sway loyalty and get someone back to the program, but I was certainly happy to have some free activity on my account that would extend the life of my points that are otherwise expiring at the end of this month.
The catch, of course, is that they points are not actually in my account. The email subject is pretty explicit about the points: "They’re waiting in your account!" is what it says. But there is nothing new in my account. I got that email on Monday and called on Tuesday to ask where the miles were. I was told I had to wait 24 hours. When I mentioned to the agent that these points would save my other points from expiring he suggested that I pay $25 rather than wait for the points to post. Maybe this is an elaborate ruse to squeeze $25 out of me. I doubt it, but not so much that I’m willing to discount the theory completely.
So, two great promos if they actually come through. But, as is sadly all too typical these days, the execution on both programs pretty much sucks. Such is life.
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