Want to fly to the US or Europe on Business and First Class for the price of an economy ticket? How about flying around the world for a fraction on the price?

With US Dividend Miles programme – you now can. I am flying to the US at the moment via Asia all on Business and First Class flights. How much you ask? Less than $1500 AUD. This ticket if bought outright would cost at least $20,000.

US Dividend Miles is part of One World Alliance (previously part of Star Alliance). With the rewards chart – to fly to North America on Business is 110,000 Miles return. To Fly to Europe is 140,000 Miles return.

Now how do you obtain these points? You can't earn them through Amex or any credit cards here in Australia. So what you need to do is buy the miles

Below are the details:

  1. Sign up for a US Dividend Miles account.
  2. You need to wait 12 days before you can buy, receive or share miles.
  3. If you buy 50,000 miles outright – it will cost you around $2,200 AUD. You don’t want to do this. You want to buy the points when they are on special. There are regular promotions where if you buy 50,000 miles – you receive another 50,000 miles. That would be a total of 100,000 miles. You now need only another 10,000 miles. So your total cost to buy the points could be about $2,500 AUD. Add Tax of about $300 – and to fly to the US would cost you about $2,800 AUD on Business Class. Not bad as an economy ticket in high season can cost more than $2,000 AUD
  4. The best way to buy the points is through the “Share” promotion. These promotions do not happen as regularly as the above – but it involves sharing points with another account holder, and them sharing it back. By doing this – it is only costing $650AUD for 50,000 miles. So if you need 110,000 miles – then the cost would be $650 x 2 = $1300. Add another 10,000 miles – cost maybe $150. Then add tax:

$1300 + $150 + $300 (tax) = $1750.

This is about the same cost as an economy ticket in low-mid season. In the Frequent Flyer Circles – this is the Holy Grail of points/miles promotions

With Share promotions you can only do it once per promo. So it could take a year to accumulate the points.

Tips and Tricks

  1. Sign up for a US Dividend account for each one in your family. Yes – even your toddlers.
  2. When there is a share promotion – “share” the miles.
  3. By the time you decide where to fly – you will have enough points to decide where to go.
  4. You are allowed one stop-over to your destination. A stopover is defined as being in a city of more than 24 hours.
  5. You are allowed multiple lay-overs in cities when transiting to your destination or stopovers. A layover is defined as under 24 hours. So you can have a quick visit to Singapore or Seoul to soak in a bit of the culture and food. This way you get to visit many more cities on your itinery.
  6. Make sure you research availability for flights and if there are award seats available. You can do this on the following tools:
    1. Qantas website
    2. Asia Miles website
    3. British Airways website
    4. Japan Airlines website
    5. Cathay Pacific Websites.
    6. When calling US Dividend agent  - you will have all the flight numbers, dates and times ready to provide to them.

If you are serious about flying business/first class and never want to fly cattle class again – the US Dividend Miles Programme is suitable for the luxury traveller but wanting only to pay economy price tickets.

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