Up To 40% Discount On Purchase Of United MileagePlus Miles

Through 11:59PM CT on February 17, 2014, United is offering up to a 40% discount on the purchase of MileagePlus miles:

  • If you purchase 15,000-39,000 miles you receive a 25% discount
  • If you purchase 40,000-150,000 miles you receive a 40% discount

This sale comes just shortly after United massively devalued their award chart last week, so it’s even less valuable than it would otherwise be.

Miles ordinarily cost 3.5 cents each plus a 7.5% federal excise tax. If you max out this promotion you can purchase 150,000 MileagePlus miles for $3,386.25, which is ~2.26 cents per mile.


Mileage purchases can take up to 48 hours to post, and are processed directly by United, meaning they should qualify as airfare spend for the purposes of your credit card.

Anyway, it’s worth being aware of this promotion, but my guess is that it won’t be of interest to most.


  1. Is it too late to buy PQM’s to boost my status from last year? I remember the cut off date being sometime in February.


  2. *Purchase* UA miles?!

    AAAAAH HA HA HA HA HAAAA! I’m laughing so hard I can taste my own bile…!

    You’re the funniest, Ben! Never change!


  3. Hmm… You can pick up cheaper UA miles from brokers. They used to go for about 2.3 cents pre-devaluation but I just checked one site and they dropped the price to 2 cents.

  4. Well my wife and I only use UA miles for either long haul or overseas flights in business or first. So a BusinessFirst ticket between LA and JFK runs around $3,000 – $3,500. For approx. $3,400 I can buy three trips worth of miles at 50,000 miles per round-trip. Makes sense to me for what I do.

  5. IvanY;
    Is BuyAirlineMiles.com legal?
    My guess is that if you ask the airlines they would say no.
    Can they just close my account?
    By the way, united airline miles are 2 indeed cents

  6. @ Rami – I think that airlines frown on are things like running a booking service out of your FF account or just booking awards for other person on one-off basis. In this case, the miles aren’t coming from another UA account; depending on airline they are either coming from American Express Membership Rewards or Chase Ultimate Rewards. So I’d imagine it’s people whose accounts are being used to transfer points from who are at risk but I am not aware of any incidents. Before I got Amex MR and Chase UR myself, had used that service to put a bit of miles in ANA account (to use their search tool) and keep my UA miles fresh.

  7. I have about 13,000 in my MileagePlus account. Buying 17,000 miles for $479 would get me enough for a saver award from Europe in coach. I’ll probably app for a MileagePlus or Sapphire Preferred later this year to get to 60,000+ United Miles. United Miles still seems like a good way to get around provided you redeem on United metal

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