The US Airways Dividend Miles frequent flyer program offers domestic and international flights at reasonable mileage rates. Dividend Miles expire if an account is inactive for 18 months.

For the Infrequent Flyer, most of the value of this program comes from the US Airways Dividend MasterCard issued by Barclays which awards enough miles for two free domestic round-trip tickets after your first purchase with no annual fee for the first year.

US Airways and American Airlines are currently in the process of merging the two airlines. Eventually that should mean that you'll be able to combine your Dividend Miles with your AAdvantage Miles, but that capability probably won't emerge until at least 2014. In the meantime, I expect the Dividend Miles program will continue to operate as usual and I don't believe that the Barclays credit card offers listed below will suddenly disappear, though we are already seeing the offer terms changing with the waived annual fee options disappearing.

Earning Dividend Miles

  • Apply for a US Airways MasterCard from Barclays (see below)
  • Starwood Preferred Guest points can be transferred into Dividend Miles accounts at a ratio of 1:1 in any amount over 2,500 points (1,500 points for Gold SPG status; no minimum for Platinum SPG status). For every 20,000 points transferred, SPG will transfer an additional 5,000 Dividend Miles. 
  • Chase Ultimate Rewards points may be transferred into Dividend Miles at a 1:1 ratio in 1,000 point increments if you own a Chase Sapphire or Ink credit card.
  • Points may be transferred from most hotel chains. These transfers are probably not worthwhile unless you are trying to reach a goal for your Dividend Miles or need to redeem some hotel points that might otherwise expire.
  • The Dividend Miles StoreFront allows you to earn bonus miles by shopping with specific online retailers. Be sure to check other shopping portals to make sure you are getting the best return for your spending.
  • The Dividend Miles Dining program allows you to earn miles when you link your credit card(s) and use them at specific restaurants.
  • The DMDailyDeal is a Groupon-like program that offers discounted deals every day. You will earn 5 miles per $1 spent on these promotions.
  • The US Airways website promotes various other ways to accumulate Dividend Miles.

Redeeming Dividend Miles

  • Award flights on US Airways start at 25,000 miles round-trip. There is no option to book one-way awards. If you have the US Airways Premier MasterCard you receive a 5,000 mile discount off award flights booked with US Airways.
  • shows how Dividend Miles can be used to book free one-way awards by adding a stopover onto your other award reservation.
  • Dividend Miles can also be used to book flights on other airlines including Star Alliance partners Adria, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian Airlines, AviancaTACA, Blue1, bmi, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EgyptAir, Ethiopian Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Swiss, TAM Airlines, TAP Air Portugal, Thai Airways, Turkish Airlines, and United. 
  • Dividend Miles can be use to subscribe to newspapers or magazines.

US Airways Premier MasterCard from Barclays

  • 35,000 bonus miles after the first use of your card. Read the Terms and Conditions link on the application to verify the bonus miles and that the annual fee is waived for the first year. 
  • 1 mile for every $1 in balance transfers in the first 30 days, up to 10,000 miles (0% interest for 15 months, 3% transaction fee)
  • 5,000 mile discount off of every reward flight booked with U.S. Airways
  • 2 miles for every $1 spent on U.S. Airways purchases; 1 mile for every $1 spent elsewhere
  • One complimentary U.S. Airways Club pass
  • $89 Annual Fee waived for the first year.
  • Read more about applying for credit cards with Barclays.
  • Barclays has been known to send out additional mileage earning opportunities to cardholders. These have included bonus miles for reaching monthly spending thresholds and extra miles for shopping through the US Airways shopping portal. Keep an eye on your e-mail if you own this credit card. 
  • You should be able to re-apply for this bonus offer after by waiting 6 months after closing your previous account.

US Airways Premier Business MasterCard from Barclays

  • 25,000 bonus miles after the first use of your card
  • 1 mile for every $1 in balance transfers in the first 30 days, up to 10,000 miles (0% interest for 6 months, 3% transaction fee capped at $100)
  • 2 miles for every $1 spent on U.S. Airways purchases
  • 1 mile for every $1 spent elsewhere
  • One complimentary U.S. Airways Club pass
  • $79 annual fee
  • Read more about applying for credit cards with Barclays.

Updated 6/12/13

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