Up to 50% Bonus on United Miles + How to Get Them Cheaper

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United Airlines is offering up to a 50% bonus on purchased miles until March 23rd, but even if your account is selected for the full 50% bonus version of the offer the miles are still pretty pricey.

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If you get a 50% bonus on purchased miles at those prices, it brings the price to about 2.33 cents per mile, which is certainly above the price at which I would be interested in buying miles.  The only exception would be if you needed to top off to an award threshold immediately and didn’t have any Ultimate Reward points or similar that you could transfer into your account.

Get United Miles Even Cheaper Than a 50% Bonus:

Even if you didn’t have any points you could transfer into United, you can still likely buy miles for less than this sale by taking advantage of the “Award Accelerator” option that should display on any United flights you have booked.  There isn’t one set price per mile for award accelerator rates, but the ones I have in my account right now go as low as 1.9 cents per redeemable mile as shown below.  If you add the “Premier Accelerator” option to have the purchased miles also count toward elite status the price will be much higher.

United Mileage SaleEven at 1.9 cents per miles I would not be a buyer unless you had an immediate need.  Otherwise, you will be better offer earning miles by looking into the current 50,000 mile sign-up bonus on the United MileagePlus Business Credit Card or focus on earning Chase Ultimate Reward points you can transfer 1:1 into United as needed.

Make no mistake, airlines sell these miles (even at a discount) in order to make some extra cash, so you need to be very sure about how you plan to use the miles to make sure you are coming out ahead in the deal.

Terms and Conditions for Up To 50% Bonus on United Miles Sale:

Promotional offer valid until 11:59 p.m. CT (Chicago local time) on March 23, 2015.

  • Miles are available in increments of 1,000 up to a maximum of 100,000 miles, and in increments of 5,000 up to a maximum of 150,000 miles.
  • Purchase up to 150,000 miles per account per calendar year.
  • Displayed miles include all bonuses.
  • Price displayed on this page does not include any fees or taxes.
  • Credit card will be billed immediately upon purchase.
  • Mileage rates and other fees and offer terms are subject to change.
  • Allow 48 hours for miles to process and post to your MileagePlus account.
  • Miles are nonrefundable.
  • Purchased miles do not count toward MileagePlus Premier® status.
  • All MileagePlus Program Rules and terms and conditions apply.
  • GST/HST is charged to Canadian residents.
  • Credit card will be billed immediately upon purchase.
  • Powered by Points to purchase United MileagePlus miles. Transaction will appear as ‘Points United Miles’.

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