(Posted: Aug 18, 2010)
Buy or gift 1,000 to 9,000 miles and receive a 25 percent bonus. Buy or gift 10,000 to 24,000 miles and receive a 50 percent bonus. Buy or gift 25,000 to 39,000 miles and receive a 75 percent bonus. Buy or gift 40,000 to 50,000 miles and receive a 100 percent bonus.
Alternatively, you can choose to earn 1,000 elite-qualifying miles for every 10,000 miles you purchase for yourself, up to 5,000 elite-qualifying miles.
Miles cost $.0275 per mile (plus taxes) and there is a limit of 50,000 miles per transaction.
For example, you can purchase 40,000 miles for $1,182.50 (including taxes) and you'll receive 80,000 miles, which is enough miles for a roundtrip, off-peak flight from the U.S. to Europe in business class (60,000 miles if you fly between Jan. 15 and Feb. 28) or a roundtrip coach flight at the lowest level from the U.S. to the Middle East.
Bonus miles will be awarded on purchases of up to 50,000 miles and your account must be open for at least 12 days before you can buy or gift miles. Mileage purchases are nonrefundable.
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