Earn Bonus United Miles For Apple Purchases Today

Filed Under: Great Deals, United

Online shopping portals can be a great way to pick up additional miles & points for purchases you’d make anyway. Just for following a specific link you can earn bonus points in addition to the ones you’d earn anyway for credit card spend. Whenever I make an online purchase I always check to see which shopping portal has the best bonus.

Apple is a retailer that generally doesn’t discount much, though today there’s an opportunity to score quite a few miles on an Apple purchase.

Today only (Wednesday, August 1, 2018), United MileagePlus Shopping is offering 6x miles per dollar spent on Apple purchases. This is a significant increase over the usual single mile per dollar offered for Apple purchases through the portal.

The terms on this offer are as follows (note that quite a few products are excluded):

Please note these terms & conditions: Rewards are issued by this site, not Apple. Newly released products may not be eligible. Additional products not eligible are: gift cards, gift wrap, Bose products, and expedited shipping. Apple sells and ships products to end user customers only; you may not purchase for resale. Eligible only to a customer for up to five (5) units per eligible product, except iPhone, in which case only two (2) units within a thirty-day (30-day) period are eligible. Employee Purchase Plan sites are not eligible. EPP purchases are not eligible. Apple Developer Programs are not eligible. Not eligible on purchases made with coupon or discount codes that are not found on this site. Not eligible on gift cards, gift certificates or any other similar cash equivalents.

This offer can be stacked with the current promotion being offered for all purchases through MileagePlus Shopping. Through August 19, 2018, you can earn up to 3,000 bonus miles for purchases made through the MileagePlus Shopping. Specifically, the bonus tiers are as follows:

  • Spend $150, earn 500 bonus miles
  • Spend $350, earn 1,500 bonus miles
  • Spend $600, earn 3,000 bonus miles

That means a $600 purchase would earn you 6,600 MileagePlus miles, which is 11 miles per dollar spent, not including the miles you earn for credit card spend. That means including credit card spend you could earn over 12 miles per dollar spent.

Bottom line

It’s pretty rare to see bonuses this good for purchases of Apple products, given that it’s not a brand that discounts much. If you’re in the market for any Apple products, I’d seriously consider buying today under this offer. Just be sure you’re aware of the excluded products, since there are quite a few. These offers are fairly rare, though not completely unheard of — for example, last week for one day American offered five miles per dollar spent with Apple.

Does anyone plan on buying Apple products during this promotion?

  1. I’ve mentioned this before but this is not a smart way to earn points. You are getting 3,000 points that may be worth, at most, $60? If you but Apple products from a variety of on-line stores you can often get the product w/o paying any taxes, free shipping, and usually a discounted price which exceeds the value of the points.

    On a Macbook Pro you can easily save $200 + no taxes.

    This is just a way to chase points and not save you any money and you sure aren’t helping your readers by suggesting this as a good idea.

  2. Despite Rich’s comment, if you are a Wisconsin resident you can also make a direct purchase thru Apple and pay no tax on a purchase up to $750 and pay no sales tax as the state has no tax days from August 1st thru August 5th!
    So you could take advantage of both thru midnight tonight!

  3. @rich

    Incorrect on so many counts. With 6x points how can you only get 3,000 points? That’s $500, which is pretty hard to accomplish. In your example, a Macbook Pro can easily go north of $2,000, which would be 12,000 points, or $240 according to your valuation.

    Apple offers free shipping as well.

    Also, right now Apple has the Beats education promotion, which offers a discounted price and a free pair of Beats.

    All of that added together handily beats whatever online retailer you might be referring to.

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