Discover Miles Card $30 Airfare Credit Gift Card

I was surprised when we got back from our trip to Williamsburg, and upon sorting through the mountain of mail, we received a targeted mailer from Discover Miles.

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Purchase airfare with your Discover Miles card from November 15, 2012 – January 31, 2013, and they will mail you a $30 gift card 3-6 weeks after the purchase. Use your gift card to cover the cost of checked baggage fees or any purchase where Discover is accepted.

This is strictly targeted as there is no place to register your card, but I would venture to guess that those that call in MAY be able to have it added to their account.

I would also guess that any purchase from the airlines, as long as it codes as an airline category, should trigger the credit. However, I have not gotten to test out this theory (see below). Another interesting angle would be purchasing miles directly from the airlines.

While, traditionally, not the best value when purchasing miles, knocking $30 off the transaction cost could make a difference in the cost per mile. For instance, US Airways is currently offering a 100% match on miles purchased thru November 30, 2012.

US Airways 100percent Match Buy Miles

The cheapest amount of miles one can purchase is 1,000 + 1,000 match for $37.63 – $30 gift card = (2,000 miles for only $5). That gets the cost down to less than $0.0038 per mile, which is a steal. Now grant it, 2,000 miles is not much, but it could be enough for you to get one step closer to taking that dream vacation. This is also all assuming the purchase triggers the $30 gift card.

I went in to test out the theory, and make the purchase, only to find that US Airways does not accept Discover Card through the purchase miles option. Delta and United were far more expensive, so I did not even bother to run their numbers or to see if they accept Discover. My point is, you may want to get creative if you do not plan on flying and making a purchase by the end of January, but still want to try and take advantage of this offer.

Did you get targeted for this offer, and will you be taking advantage of it?

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4 thoughts on “Discover Miles Card $30 Airfare Credit Gift Card

  1. Ryan says:

    I received this also. Any idea if the credit is per ticket or per transaction? For example, if I’m buying 4 tickets for my family, I’m assuming that if I made 4 separate transactions, I’d get 4 $30 gift cards, but would I get that if I bought the tickets together? I was surprised at the lack of fine print on the mailing!

    • @Ryan: Since there is a lack of terms to reference, I am going to go out on a limb and guess it is limited to one per card. Therefore, it should not matter whether you perform the purchase in a single transaction, or separate, as it will all trigger just a single $30 gift card credit. If somehow has experience otherwise, please let us know. Thanks for your question!

  2. kyle says:

    it worked out that I had bought one way tickets for our flights recently was the best deal for what we were doing (2 travelers) so 4 individual tickets – i had no idea of this promotion but i received 4 separate 30 dollar gift cards – I would imagine if I did all of them in the same purchase (round trip, etc) I would have only received one gift card… this was quite a great surprise!

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