US Airways Companion Certificate ?s_Merry Christmas!

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  1. nolamom

    nolamom Silver Member

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    I am starting to feel better about my 40K US Airways miles (all Via the Barclay card) since seeing some mileage deals from PHL to Europe for this fall via *Alliance. I found out about this deal after clicking through on the UA/Mileage Plus page to * Alliance offers.

    Am thinking about paying full fare + free annual companion certificate to get me/hubby from SFO-PHL, and then using my current mileage for the PHL-CDG leg?

    Two questions:

    1) Does anyone have any feedback on the US companion certificate restrictions? Extra fees? Blackouts? Is is fairly easy to redeem?

    2) I need to get hubby some * Alliance eligible miles via a credit card with low spending requirements. Suggestions? Maybe he should just get the US Air card and then I can buy him some miles -- I understand they have a good purchase rate, but not sure how long that lasts.

    I really appreciate the patience from seasons pros on this site. Merry Christmas milepoint folks!

    Nolamom (whose NOLA daughter is here at home!)
     
  2. sharonheb

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    I too would like to know the answers. BTW, Merry Christmas to you too, Nolamom! ;)



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  3. JetsettingEric
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    Blackouts are listed on the certificate itself, make sure you have it as you'll need to mail it in. They are easy to redeem, just follow the rules, $250+ ticket.

    I'm confused about your trip. Are you booking an award trip from PHL-CDG? If so, why not book SFO-PHL-CDG, it would cost the same, but subject to availability.

    I would caution against booking separate tickets for this trip, unless you have a long layover. If you book it as one ticket: SFO-PHL-CDG, if you're SFO-PHL is delayed, US is still responsible for getting you to CDG. However, one separate tickets, US got you to your destination of PHL and you "missed" your CDG flight because you didn't get there in time.

    For the credit card, it depends on what you need and what spending requirements are considered low. The Chase Sapphire Preferred card will get you 50,000 miles with no annual fee after $3,000 spend. The US card is great, and if you husband gets it, he will also get another companion certificate for you to use.
     
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    I'm just curious about what deals you found exactly? August is most certainly high season -- at least as far as US is concerned -- and award tickets will run you anywhere from 100-175k miles a seat on Envoy.

    I do see a couple of Y options late in the month, at 60k miles + $136, but that's on the 28th. And I'm not going to argue about cabin choice because people do it all the time, but SFO-PHL-CDG is a very, very long route to be in the back of the bus.
     
  5. rookie10

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    here are the blackout dates for 2012 for the companion certificate. Jan 7,8, Feb 17,16 Mar. 11,17,18,24,25; Apr 1, 15; May 25; Jun 29,10; Jul 1,8,29; Aug 5,12; Nov 25,26; Dec 21,22,23,26,27,30
     

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