April 4, 2018
Sale: Buy United Miles for 1.88 Cents Each

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United airlines is offering up to a 100% bonus on purchased miles for today only. The promotion is valid until 11:59 PM CT on April 4, 2018. The bonus is tiered as follows:

  • Buy 5,000-19,000 miles, get a 25% bonus
  • Buy 20,000-49,000 miles, get a 50% bonus
  • Buy 50,000-75,000 miles, get a 100% bonus

The price per mile drops to 1.88 cents if you purchase between 50,000-75,000 miles. You can purchase up to 150,000 United miles per year (including the bonus). So if you max out the promo and purchase 75,000 miles, you’d get an additional 75,000 bonus miles and hit your annual cap of 150,000 miles.



The miles should post to your account within 48 hours, though in my experience it’s always been instant. Also keep in mind that United sells miles through points.com, so the purchase will not code as travel for credit card purposes. You’ll want to use a credit card which maximizes everyday spending, like the Chase Freedom UnlimitedSPG American ExpressBlue Business Plus etc.



Does it make sense to purchase United miles at this price? It depends. MileagePlus offers some great ways to redeem miles for premium travel. For example, you can redeem 110,000 miles for an ANA First Class flight from the US to Japan. Purchasing those miles would cost $2,068. The retail price of that ticket is over $13,000! That said, I wouldn’t purchase miles without a specific redemption in mind since there’s always the risk of United devaluing its frequent flyer program.

 

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