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Thanks to Duc1986d on MilePoint for pointing out that it is possible for some to get 1,000 United MileagePlus miles by registering their Chase United MilagePlus Explorer card with the United MileagePlus Shopping Portal.
Technically the terms say that you need to have received an email from MileagePlus Shopping to be eligible for the bonus offer.
Terms & Conditions: Offer valid thru 7/31/12. To qualify for the 1,000 bonus award miles offer, you must register your MileagePlus Credit Card in the MileagePlus Shopping program during the time of this promotion. The maximum number of bonus miles that can be awarded to each qualifying member through this promotion is 1,000 bonus miles. This bonus offer is available only for members who received an email from MileagePlus Shopping. The bonus award miles will post to your MileagePlus account within 8 to 10 weeks after the promotion end date.
I do not recall receiving an email from MileagePlus Shopping (though it is always possible I overlooked it), and yet it let me register and said I would receive the 1,000 miles, so who knows. It is also reported on the MilePoint thread referenced in the first sentence that older Continental OnePass cards also seem to be working for the purposes of this promo.
I got the initial 1,000 mile registration screen to appear on both my husband’s and my accounts, but it only let me actually register our MileagePlus card on my account. We both are authorized users on the card, but perhaps it didn’t like the same credit card number on two accounts. Or, perhaps there was some other issue at play that prevented his registration. Unless you received an email targeting you for this promotion there is no guarantee the 1,000 miles will post to your account, but it appeared to work when I registered. We’ll see if the miles eventually post. Can’t hurt to try!