One of the easier ways to earn a modest amount of miles is a via the shopping portals of various airlines. I figure if you’re going to buy something anyway, you might as well earn some extra miles. That said, I admit that my family isn’t always the best at keeping track of this stuff, but we do our best.
At any rate, there is a nice bonus offer available from the United MileagePlus shopping portal. From now until April 14, 2017, you can earn either 300 or 1,000 bonus miles depending on how much you spend. And that’s in addition to whatever miles you’d earn from the individual retailers.
United MileagePlus Shopping spring bonus offer
United makes the offer easy to find, as you are accosted with it as soon as you visit the United shopping portal.
The amount of bonus miles you earn is based on the cumulative amount you spend during the period:
- 300 miles for qualifying purchases of at least $150
- 1,000 miles for qualifying purchases of at least $350 or more
You can only earn either the 300 or 1,000 mile offer, not both. You can, of course, repeat the offer on each of the accounts in your family.
Ben values United miles at 1.4 cents each, which I think is a bit low, but whatever. That means you’ll be getting a $14 rebate on your $350 purchase if you max out the offer. Of course, you’ll also get whatever points you’d regularly earn from the individual retailers, plus the points you’d earn from your credit card.
So while 1,000 miles may not seem like all that much, when taken in addition to the other payouts, it can be pretty decent. This can also be a good way to keep accounts from expiring, especially for the family members who might not fly as much.
Here are the full terms and conditions:
*During the “Spring Bonus” bonus campaign, which runs from 04/02/17 through 04/14/17 at 11:59:59 pm ET (the “Bonus Period”), Member will earn a one-time bonus of up to 1,000 MileagePlus® bonus award miles on qualifying purchases, in addition to the standard MileagePlus miles earned from shopping online through the MileagePlus® Shopping mall. This one-time bonus award will be determined using one of the following tiers, based on Member’s cumulative qualifying purchases made during the Bonus Period: Tier 1 bonus: 300 miles for qualifying purchases of at least $150; or Tier 2 bonus: 1,000 miles for qualifying purchases of at least $350 or more. “Qualifying purchases” do not include returns, cancellations, shipping and handling, taxes, gift card or other cash equivalent purchases, and certain products that are not eligible for bonus miles. Please see the MileagePlus® Shopping mall site for details on product eligibility and other restrictions. Please allow 8-10 weeks after the Bonus Period for bonus award miles to post to your MileagePlus® Shopping account. The Tier 2 bonus provides the maximum number of miles that will be awarded. Void where prohibited by law.
United is offering a 300 or 1,000 mile bonus for online shopping from now through April 14. Although this probably isn’t a deal to get excited about on its own, if you were already planning some purchases anyway, it’s a nice offer. And some bonus is better than no bonus. Also keep in mind that Delta is also offering 1,000 miles for shopping through their portal (in addition to plenty of other activities), so you might want to strategize your spending.
Are you planning to take advantage of this offer?