United MileagePlus Selling Miles With A Bonus

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United Airlines MileagePlus has just launched its latest promotion on purchased miles.

Buy United Miles With A Bonus

Through 11:59PM CT on Thursday, July 16, 2020, United is offering a bonus on purchased miles. Different accounts may be eligible for different bonuses, but the accounts I manage show a bonus of up to 85%.

Specifically, here’s how the bonus for up to 85% is tiered:

  • Buy 5,000-14,000 miles, get a 20% bonus
  • Buy 15,000-34,000 miles, get a 50% bonus
  • Buy 35,000+ miles, get an 85% bonus

With the 85% bonus you can purchase a total of 173,900 miles for $3,290, which is a cost of 1.89 cents per MileagePlus mile.

Other accounts may very well see different bonuses, so you’ll want to see what you’re eligible for.

United offers bonuses on purchased miles with some frequency, and when these promotions happen, the bonuses typically range between 50% and 100%. An 85% bonus is to the higher end of what we see, though we do still sometimes see better promotions.

For example, a couple of months ago we saw a 100% bonus on purchased miles. Furthermore, MileagePlus devalued partner award redemptions in late April, reducing the value of miles.

With this promotion, it can take up to 48 hours for purchased miles to post to your account.

Should You Buy United Miles?

Personally, I value MileagePlus miles at ~1.4 cents each, though there are ways to get more value out of them than that.

Keep in mind that a lot of negative changes have been made to MileagePlus recently:

Nonetheless with a specific use in mind it could make sense to buy miles, either for redemptions on United, or for redemptions on partners.

Which Credit Card Should You Buy United Miles With?

United mileage purchases are processed by points.com, meaning they don’t count as an airfare purchase for the purposes of credit card spend.

Therefore I’d recommend using a card on which you’re trying to reach minimum spend, or otherwise, a credit card that maximizes your return on everyday spending, like the Chase Freedom Unlimited® (review) or Citi® Double Cash Card (review).

See this post for more on which credit cards are best for buying points.

Other Ways To Earn MileagePlus Miles

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.

See this post for the best credit cards for earning United miles.

Do you plan on buying United miles with this offer?

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  1. B.I.G. N. O.

    Honestly who wants to take the miles and can’t travel for a while. Good luck to those people who buys them.

  2. FYI, my dash (no status, no status for the last few years) is showing 100% bonus after 40k. Still not great

  3. I have 100% bonus offer too, provided I buy at least 40k miles. Not worth in current situations. I am sitting on 70k plus miles already (and can get more through my United Explorer and Chase Preferred, if needed) and I am finding it hard to redeem these miles!

  4. Mr Dodgy has an excellent offer for you – buy miles now and get a flight later, very cheap, have a look at the price list – oh, what, there isn’t a price list? So what are they worth? Well, check out what’s available today but of course tomorrow Mr Dodgy will double the prices eh. Hmm forget it

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