Buy United MileagePlus Miles Up To 35% Off

Through 11:59PM CT on Monday, May 19, 2014, United is offering up to a 35% discount on the purchase of MileagePlus miles.

The bonus is tiered, with the following discounts:

  • Buy 5,000 to 24,000 miles and receive a 20% discount
  • Buy 25,000 miles or more and receive a 35% discount

With a 20% discount you’re looking at a purchase price of ~3.01 cents per mile, while with a 35% discount you’re looking at a purchase price of ~2.45 cents per mile.

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On paper that’s definitely not a good deal, especially since United devalued their award chart in February, which greatly impacted premium cabin redemption costs on partner carriers.

That being said, everyone has to do the math on these promotions for themselves. If you’re 25,000 miles short of an aspirational award it could make sense to purchase miles, and if that’s the case you might as well take advantage of a promotion like this.

Lastly, it’s worth noting that United processes mileage purchases directly, so purchasing miles through this promotion would qualify as airfare spend for the purposes of your credit card.

Here are the full offer details:

  • To take advantage of this offer, you must use the order links on this page.
  • Minimum purchase of 5,000 miles required for this promotional pricing.
  • Buy 5,000 to 24,000 miles and receive a 20% discount, or buy 25,000 miles or more for a 35% discount.
  • Miles are available in increments of 1,000 up to a maximum of 100,000 miles, and in increments of 5,000 up to a maximum of 150,000 miles.
  • Purchase up to 150,000 miles per account per calendar year.
  • Displayed price includes all discounts and taxes.
  • Credit card will be billed immediately upon purchase.
  • Mileage rates and other fees and offer terms are subject to change.
  • Allow 48 hours for miles to process and post to your MileagePlus account.
  • Miles are nonrefundable.
  • Promotional offer valid until 11:59 p.m. CT (Chicago local time) on May 19, 2014.
  • Purchased miles do not count toward MileagePlus Premier® status.
  • All MileagePlus Program Rules and terms and conditions apply.

Comments

  1. wow… even after the promo the price is more than double the miles are worth (on a good day)… i wonder if they’ll find any suckers.

  2. Thank you for this Lucky! I am 20k short from an aspirational award and am debating whether to transfer UR points to my MP account or to just buy 20k ($602). Due to the tier pricing, 25k cost $611 so I will most likely do that if I choose to take advantage of this promotion.

  3. Joey – how much do you value your Chase UR points at? If it is the same or less than the $611 that you are considering paying for 25,000 UA miles (2.44 cents per point), it would be worthwhile to save your cash and transfer your UR points over instead. You can also earn more UR points relatively easily via credit card spend or sign up bonuses.

  4. @Jon — That’s my problem. I really don’t have a set monetary value on my Chase UR points (or perhaps I’m too lazy to calculate it.) I am saving my UR points up at the moment hoping to earn 200k by the end of this year. Since this promo ends on May 19th, I’ll need to go over my strategy again over the next few days to see what’s best for me. Thank you Jon for your input!

  5. @ Joey – if you wanted to save $200+, you can buy UA miles from a third-party (they, in turn, transfer miles from UR into your account). Before I had CSP, I did that once to prevent miles from expiring but YMMV.

  6. It is also worthwhile to determine what the cost of your trip would be if you paid cash instead of flying on miles. The purchase price of extra miles would be less than buying a ticket. That is some solace. Really depends on how much time you have to accrue miles before your planned trip.

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