One of the easier ways to earn a modest amount of miles is 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. It’s not the most glamorous way to earn miles, but they can add up.
I particularly like to use the shopping portals when there are bonus offers available, such as the one United is currently running. This one, called the May Bonus, awards 500 bonus miles for spending $200 between May 16 and May 26. And of course, that’s in addition to whatever miles you’d normally earn from the individual retailers.
United makes the offer easy to find, as you are accosted with it as soon as you visit the United shopping portal. They also might try to sell you a vacuum cleaner…
The bonus miles you earn is based on the cumulative amount you spend during the period. That means you don’t need to spend $200 with a single retailer to earn the bonus, but rather can spread the shopping around a variety of merchants.
Ben values United miles at 1.4 cents each, which I think is a bit low, but he’s the boss so we’ll go with it. That means you’ll be getting an extra $7 rebate on your $200 purchase, or about 3.5%.
Here are the full terms and conditions:
During the “May Bonus” bonus campaign, which runs from 5/16/17 through 5/26/17 at 11:59:59 pm ET (the “Bonus Period”), Member will earn a one-time bonus of 500 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 based on Member’s cumulative qualifying purchases made during the Bonus Period: Earn 500 miles for qualifying purchases of at least $200 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. Void where prohibited by law.
United is offering a 500 mile bonus for spending $200 at their online shopping portal through May 26. While this isn’t terribly exciting, if you were going to do some shopping anyway, it’s a nice bonus. Or if you were deciding between United’s portal and another portal, this could tip the scales.
Are you planning to take advantage of this offer?
(Tip of the hat to Mommy Points)