25% Discount On Purchase Of United MileagePlus Miles

United MileagePlus is running one of the most ridiculous promotions I’ve seen in a while. Through 11:59PM CT on December 31, 2014, United is publicly offering a 25% discount on the purchase of MileagePlus miles.


With the 25% discount, you’re looking at a purchase price of ~2.82 cents per MileagePlus mile.


That’s not a very good rate for purchasing miles, though at least it’s valid for several months and there’s not a minimum threshold you have to reach in order to receive the 25% discount (you just need to purchase 2,000 miles), unlike with past promotions. In terms of other promotions they’ve recently offered for the purchase of miles:

But here’s the ridiculous part. United is suggesting this promotion is a way to earn additional miles which can be spent in their Merchandise Awards guide:

Need more miles for products from the Merchandise Awards guide? For a limited time, get 25% off when you purchase award miles.

The graphic for the promotion shows some red headphones, so let’s take a look at them in the MileagePlus mall.

I do see the Beats by Dr Dre Solo2 HD Headphones, which cost 30,400 MileagePlus miles.


How much do they retail for? $166.52 at Wal-Mart.


Yup, you should totally buy miles at ~2.8 cents per mile so that you can redeem them for ~0.5 cents per mile!

Anyway, if you do want to buy miles (hopefully just to top off an account for an international premium cabin award redemption), here are the full terms & conditions:

  • To take advantage of this offer, you must use the order links on this page.
  • Minimum purchase of 2,000 miles required for this promotional pricing.
  • 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 December 31, 2014.
  • Purchased miles do not count toward MileagePlus Premier® status.
  • All MileagePlus Program Rules and terms and conditions apply.


  1. surprised you’re reporting or talking anything United at all after the you-know-what 😉

    but yeah ridiculously horrible offer – I suppose UA is preying and counting on uneducated consumers who dont use the internet to properly price shop around. or perhaps those that still rack up FFMs the old fashioned way and cant possibly redeem for any award flights of any value due to a constantly moving goalpost, so this is one way for them to ‘liquidate’ their nominal stash.

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