UPDATE: The miles have already posted to my MileagePlus account, so mark this one as “Confirmed”.
Here at One Mile at a Time, we like miles and points. But we really like FREE miles and points.
Right now you can get 750 free United miles just for joining MyPoints. It literally takes about 1 minute. That’s obviously not enough to get you a first class award seat, but hey, every mile counts.
And if you’re just starting out, it’s a good way to get the stone rolling.
How Does This Work?
Click the registration link. You should see this.
Then provide some basic info, like your name, date of birth, gender, and United MileagePlus number. You should see this screen:
Once you’ve registered, the final steps are even easier:
- Wait for the activation email to show up, probably in your spam folder
- Click the link in the email to activate your account
- Wait 6-8 weeks for the miles to hopefully appear
Note that there is a possibility that this promotion is targeted for United MileagePlus credit card holders. That said, the link seems to work for everyone.
What is MyPoints?
MyPoints is a shopping portal of sorts that lets you earn points for a variety of activities. I’ve never used it, and don’t really know much about them, but they seem to have been around since 1996. Even this FlyerTalk thread about MyPoints goes back to 2002.
They’ve been known to run sign-up promotions for new members before.
Is This Worth My Time?
That’s a reasonable question. I value United miles at close to 2 cents each and think they are the most valuable miles among the three legacy frequent flyer programs. (I can hear Ben furiously typing his rebuttal to that statement already….)
At 2 cents per mile, the signup bonus is worth $15. And it takes about a minute. I don’t know about you, but I wish I had a way to scale this such that I could earn $900 / hour.
Additionally, any activity will reset the expiration date of your miles. So if you have United MileagePlus miles at present, this is a good way to extend the clock 18 months.
Can I Earn More Miles?
You can earn an additional 1,000 United miles by completing a purchase of $25 within the first 30 days.
Assuming you value United miles like I do, that means you’ll get a rebate worth about $20 after you spend $25. Not a bad return, but probably more effort than I’ll put into it.
Will They Spam Me?
But considering that the first activation email actually ended up in my Spam folder, I’m confident that Google’s priority inbox will take care of it for me. Or I imagine you can change your preferences.
Have you ever used MyPoints?
(Tip of the hat to Wandering Aramean)