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Thanks to reader Josinel for pointing out that the terms on the (seemingly) awesome offer for the United MileagePlus card that was discovered last week have changed…and they haven’t changed for the better for most of us. The offer was for 5,000 bonus miles after spending $1,000 on your United credit card.
Here is a screen shot I took on Friday of last week of the offer.
Here is a screen shot from a few minutes ago.
Notice that the following language has been added “Eligible credit cards for this promotion are only BAM – Guatemala, Bancolombia – Colombia, Banco General- Panama, Banco Popular – Dominican Republic, HSBC – Panama, HSBC – Costa Rica, ITAU – Uruguay, PacifiCard – Ecuador, Santander- Puerto Rico, Standard Bank – Argentina. Other credit cards are not eligible for this offer.”
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I would not go out of my way to put any additional spending on a United card in order to get the bonus points unless you were actually targeted for this and/or you received an email confirmation after registering for the offer. I never got an email confirming my registration even though it let me register. Additionally, when I try to register now instead of saying “you are already registered”, it says “This offer cannot be registered as it is not valid offer for selected country”.
I pointed out in the initial post that there was some risk with this as I have registered for United promos before that I wasn’t actually targeted for, and while it let me register, it never paid out the bonus.
Interestingly enough, a similar offer for 5,000 United miles after spending $3,000 on the card during the same time frame is not currently displaying the same new terms about cards issued in certain countries. It let me register for that promotion just now without an issue. However, I don’t have a ton of confidence that one will work in the end either unless you were actually targeted…but you never know.
I’d love to hear what others’ experiences have been with this promo – especially if it gave you a confirmation email after registering.