Star Alliance turned 15 this year and airlines like Air Canada have been offering bonuses based on the number of Star Alliance carriers one flies. Now, US Airways is offering up to 25K bonus miles for flying on six partner airlines.
The number of bonus miles you can earn is staggered:
1. 3 partners = 2500 bonus miles
2. 4 partners = 5000 total bonus miles
3. 5 partners = 15000 total bonus miles
4. 6 partners = 25000 total bonus miles
You need to register for this offer that is valid through December 15, 2012, and have at least one qualifying flight on US Airways in order to be eligible for this bonus.
Thing to note here is that not all the fare classes on partner airlines are eligible for mileage credit. You have to make that you have booked an eligible class to qualify for the credit and later for this promotion.
If you are crediting fights to US Airways and have fight coming up on Star Alliance carriers, it might make sense to participate to this promotion. Just make sure that the fare class on the Star Alliance carrier is eligible for credit on US’ program. Eligible fare classes vary from program to program.
It is nice to see carriers having promotions that are tied to the 15th anniversary of the alliance.
Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:
*Registration required. Registration begins on September 10, 2012 and will continue until December 15, 2012. All travel must take place between September 10, 2012 and December 15, 2012. All Dividend Miles terms and conditions apply. US Airways reserves the right to interpret and apply promotion rules. This promotion is not a game of chance, lottery or contest. The mileage amount earned is cumulative; the maximum miles an individual can earn in this promotion is 25,000. The bonus miles awarded are not Preferred-qualifying miles, however flight miles earned on Star Alliance partners are Preferred-qualifying. At least one US Airways flight must be flown September 10 – December 15, 2012 and each carrier is counted only once during the promotion period. For example, multiple segments flown on United only count as one partner. Once bonus miles are earned, the miles will post 7-14 days after flight activity is completed, however flight miles earned on partner airlines will take longer. Only segments in an eligible mileage accrual class will be counted toward the promotion, award tickets will also not be counted. Members may only participate in the promotion with one Dividend Miles account. If a member is found to be participating with multiple Dividend Miles accounts, all bonus miles earned from the promotion will be forfeited and removed from the member’s account. Retro requested miles will count toward the promotion if requested before June 15, 2013. US Airways is not responsible for the quality or delivery of goods and/or services provided by Dividend Miles partners. All Dividend Miles partner terms and conditions apply. Flight purchases can be made on usairways.com. Your Dividend Miles number must be entered at time of booking.
US also has a frequently asked questions on their website about this promotion:
Frequently Asked Questions
Star Alliance Mileage Promotion answers
What is the Star Alliance Bonus Miles promotion?
This is a flight promotion that gives Dividend Miles members bonus miles for flying on qualifying Star Alliance partner flights. The more partners you use, the more miles you’ll earn.
Who can participate?
Anyone who has a US Airways Dividend Miles Account and registers for this promotion can participate.
How do I register?
Registration begins on September 10, 2012. To register go to usairways.com/star25k
I didn’t find out about this until after the promotion began, can I still register and participate?
Yes. Registration must be completed before December 15, 2012.
If I register after September 10th will I receive credit for partners flown since then?
Yes, once registered, all mileage accrued on qualifying Star Alliance partner flights from September 10th – December 15th will be counted.
What does “qualifying flights” mean?
Travel must be on revenue tickets using booking codes that qualify for receiving miles. If you’re unsure if the booking code qualifies, please view the Star Alliance carriers page and choose the airline you flew on.
Does my flight on US Airways need to be on the same PNR as the Star partner flight(s)?
No. You need fly at least one US Airways segment during the promotion period, but it does not need to be on the same PNR as the Star partner flights.
If I fly on three star Alliance partners, US, LH and UA. Why wouldn’t I receive bonus miles on all three?
US does not count as a partner. However, in order to receive bonus miles on LH and UA a US flight must be flown.
When will the bonus miles post?
Your bonus miles will post about 7-14 days after your flight but the flight miles from the Star Alliance partner may take longer. The mileage postings are cumulative so when you fly 2 partners you will see 500 miles added to your account and when you fly another partner (for a totally of 3 partners) you will see an additional 2,000 miles added to your account (for a total of 2,500 bonus miles), etc.
Will I receive retro bonus miles?
Yes, members who are registered can earn the bonus miles via retro mileage requests up to 6 months after the promotion period ends (June 15, 2013)
Do the bonus miles count toward Preferred status?
No, bonus miles earned in the promotion do not count toward Preferred status, however the flight miles earned on Star Alliance partners do.
What is the total amount of bonus miles that I can receive?
A member can receive a maximum of 25,000 for traveling on 6 or more Star partners.
Will I receive the bonus miles if my PNR contains travel on both non-Star and Star partners?
Yes, a PNR with both non-Star and Star partners will be eligible for the promotion. Non-Star partner flights do not count toward the promotion.
Are bonus miles awarded by segment?
No, each airline code is counted only once for the entire promotion period (multiple segments on the same airline count as one airline).
What if my trip starts on December 13th but doesn’t end until December 20th, will I receive bonus miles for the Star partner flight on December 20th?
You will only receive bonus miles on qualifying flights between September 10th and December 15th. Any flight after that time will not receive bonus miles.