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Last week United ran a one day sale for the purchase of MileagePlus miles, and now they’re back with another bonus on purchased miles, valid through the end of the year. Through 11:59PM CT on Sunday, December 31, 2017, United is offering a variable bonus on purchased miles, of up to 100%. You’ll have to log into your MileagePlus account through this link to see what offer you’re targeted for.
The promotion is tiered, and assuming you’re targeted for the bonus bonus, you’ll earn miles as follows:
- Buy 5,000-19,000 miles, get a 25% bonus
- Buy 20,000-39,000 miles, get a 40% bonus
- Buy 40,000-69,000 miles, get a 75% bonus
- Buy 70,000-75,000 miles, get a 100% bonus
We don’t ever see bonuses bigger than 100% on purchased United miles, but rather the key variable seems to be how many MileagePlus miles you have to buy in order to unlock the biggest bonus. In this case you need to buy at least 70,000 miles to get the 100% bonus. Here you could purchase a total of 150,000 miles (including the 100% bonus) for $2,821.88, which is a cost of ~1.88 cents per MileagePlus mile.
A member can purchase at most 150,000 miles per year (including any bonuses), and it can take up to 48 hours for purchased miles to post to your account. Personally I value MileagePlus miles at ~1.3 cents each, though there are ways to get more value out of them than that. I wouldn’t recommend proactively picking up MileagePlus miles for ~1.88 cents each, but with a specific use in mind it could make sense to buy miles.
Redeem your MileagePlus miles for travel in EVA Air business class
If you’re looking to earn United miles, MileagePlus is a Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer partner, so you can convert Ultimate Rewards points into United miles at a 1:1 ratio. This is a great use of points earned on cards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card and Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card.
United mileage purchases are processed by points.com, so buying miles wouldn’t qualify as airfare spend. If you do buy miles, you’ll first want to use a credit card where you’re meeting minimum spend, and then use a card that maximizes your return on everyday, non-bonused spend, like the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express, Citi® Double Cash Card, The Blue Business℠ Plus Credit Card from American Express, etc.
Were you targeted for a 100% bonus on purchased United miles?