United MileagePlus Selling Miles With 100% Bonus

United MileagePlus Selling Miles With 100% Bonus

Up to a 100% bonus on purchased miles

Starts: September 8, 2021
Ends: September 28, 2021
Deal History
Up to a 100% bonus on purchased miles September 8, 2021 September 28, 2021
Up to a 100% bonus on purchased miles August 5, 2021 August 18, 2021
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Up to an 85% bonus on purchased miles May 11, 2021 May 25, 2021
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United Airlines MileagePlus has just launched its latest sale on purchased points, which is in line with the best offers we see from the program.

Buy United MileagePlus miles with a bonus

Through 11:59PM CT on Tuesday, September 28, 2021, United MileagePlus is offering a sale on purchased miles. Different accounts may be eligible for different offers, so you’ll want to log into your account and see what you’re targeted for.

All the accounts that I manage show a bonus of up to 100%, structured as follows:

  • Buy 5,000-14,000 miles, receive a 30% bonus
  • Buy 15,000-29,000 miles, receive a 60% bonus
  • Buy 30,000-87,500 miles, receive a 100% bonus

If you max out this bonus you can purchase a total of 175,000 MileagePlus miles at a cost of $3,292.19, which is a rate of 1.88 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 promotions on purchased miles quite often, and when the program does, the bonus tops out at 85-100%. As you can see, this is line with the best offers we see from the program.

You can purchase a maximum of 175,000 MileagePlus miles (including the bonus) per account per calendar year. With this promotion, it can take up to 48 hours for purchased miles to post to your account.

United is selling MileagePlus miles with up to a 100% bonus

Should you buy United MileagePlus 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 in the past couple of years:

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

This promotion could make sense for premium cabin redemptions

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 spending.

Therefore I’d recommend using a card on which you’re trying to reach minimum spending, or otherwise, a credit card that maximizes your return on everyday spending. See this post for more on which credit cards are best for buying points.

Citi® Double Cash Card
Learn More Terms Apply. | See Rates & Fees
  • Earn 1% cash back when you make a purchase, earn 1% cash back when you pay for that purchase
  • $0
Chase Freedom Unlimited®
Learn More Terms Apply. | See Rates & Fees
  • Earn 3% Cash Back on Dining
  • Earn 3% Cash Back at Drugstores
  • Earn 1.5% Cash Back On All Other Purchases
  • $0
Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card
Learn More Terms Apply. | See Rates & Fees
  • Earn 2x Venture miles on every purchase
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees
  • Global Entry/TSA Pre-Check Credit
  • $95
The Blue Business® Plus Credit Card from American Express
Learn More Terms Apply. | See Rates & Fees
  • 2x points on purchases up to $50k then 1x
  • Access to Amex Offers
  • No annual fee

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.

Best for beginners Earn 2x points on all travel and 3x points on dining
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
Best for premium benefits Earn 3x points on all travel and dining, plus annual travel credits, airport lounge access, and superior trip coverage and purchase protection
Chase Sapphire Reserve®
Best for rotating bonus categories Earn 5% cash back in rotating quarterly bonus categories, which can be converted to Ultimate Rewards points with a premium Chase card
Chase Freedom Flex℠
Best for non-bonus spend Earn 1.5% cash back on all purchases, which can be converted to Ultimate Rewards points with a premium Chase card
Chase Freedom Unlimited®
Best for business travel Earn 3x points on travel, shipping, advertising with social media, and internet and phone services
Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card
Best for office expenses Earn 5% cash back at office supply stores, which can be converted to Ultimate Rewards points with a premium Chase card
Ink Business Cash® Credit Card
Best for everyday business expenses Earn 1.5% cash back on all purchases, which can be converted to Ultimate Rewards points with a premium Chase card
Ink Business Unlimited® Credit Card

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

Bottom line

United MileagePlus is offering up to a 100% bonus on purchased miles, which has the potential to be a good deal. This is a way to acquire MileagePlus miles for 1.88 cents each — while there are circumstances where that could represent a solid value, personally I wouldn’t speculatively buy miles at that price, and I’d rather transfer miles from Chase Ultimate Rewards.

Do you plan on buying United miles with this offer?

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  1. JohnSF

    I will probably buy some. While it is true that it is getting harder to find a good value redemption on United I like to have United miles for emergencies and backup purposes and I occasionally get what I consider a good redemption out of them.

    Over the summer I had a partner redemption on LX to DBV and there was a schedule change that caused a misconnect in ZRH. I called UA and they...

    I will probably buy some. While it is true that it is getting harder to find a good value redemption on United I like to have United miles for emergencies and backup purposes and I occasionally get what I consider a good redemption out of them.

    Over the summer I had a partner redemption on LX to DBV and there was a schedule change that caused a misconnect in ZRH. I called UA and they were able to open space on a UA non-stop from EWR for 60k miles instead of the 75k partner redemption. Score! Good luck doing that with LifeMiles.

  2. EndlosLuft

    Unless I needed a few miles to top off miles to get an award ticket right away (better be quick thanks to "dynamic" pricing) I would never ever buy United miles. United miles are worth next to nothing to me now with dynamic pricing and especially because I can usually buy an international business class ticket for what United is selling miles on another carrier. The difference of course is that I would actually be...

    Unless I needed a few miles to top off miles to get an award ticket right away (better be quick thanks to "dynamic" pricing) I would never ever buy United miles. United miles are worth next to nothing to me now with dynamic pricing and especially because I can usually buy an international business class ticket for what United is selling miles on another carrier. The difference of course is that I would actually be earning miles in the latter scenario. It used to be worthwhile going out of your way to earn elite status or to accumulate miles in specific programs now that simply isn't the case anymore.

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JohnSF

I will probably buy some. While it is true that it is getting harder to find a good value redemption on United I like to have United miles for emergencies and backup purposes and I occasionally get what I consider a good redemption out of them. Over the summer I had a partner redemption on LX to DBV and there was a schedule change that caused a misconnect in ZRH. I called UA and they were able to open space on a UA non-stop from EWR for 60k miles instead of the 75k partner redemption. Score! Good luck doing that with LifeMiles.

EndlosLuft

Unless I needed a few miles to top off miles to get an award ticket right away (better be quick thanks to "dynamic" pricing) I would never ever buy United miles. United miles are worth next to nothing to me now with dynamic pricing and especially because I can usually buy an international business class ticket for what United is selling miles on another carrier. The difference of course is that I would actually be earning miles in the latter scenario. It used to be worthwhile going out of your way to earn elite status or to accumulate miles in specific programs now that simply isn't the case anymore.

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