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On my daily visit to united.com I noticed a box on their homepage advertizing 10,000 MileagePlus miles for those switching to Energy Plus. I am somewhat familiar with mileage bonuses for switching energy providers, but I hadn’t remembered seeing one on the homepage for a while, so I clicked out of curiosity.
The offer on the home page (that I haven’t been able to replicate) was basically for 10,000 MileagePlus miles if you switched to Energy Plus for at least two months, and lived in one of the following states: Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Texas. It provided an additional 2,500 mile bonus if you had the MileagePlus credit card.
Energy Plus advertizes no cancellation penalties, monthly service charges, or switching fees. It also lists a 8.9¢ per kWh* price for the Texas offer. Better yet, this Flyertalk thread shows how to potentially easily turn this offer into 25,000 miles for doing the same thing if you live in certain states. So, some minor hassle of switching energy providers, and two months at a somewhat higher kWh then I normally have in exchange for 25,000 United miles. Worth it?
Maybe. Be aware that on the offer I viewed for Texas, the kWh price listed is only for the first month. The second month’s price “may change in subsequent months at the sole discretion of Energy Plus Holdings LLC”. Some reports on the FT thread above indicate that the user actually saved money and earned miles by switching to Energy Plus, and some reports indicate much higher rates than their previous provider as well as the hassle of dealing with deposits. Others go as far as using words like “scum and scam” to describe Energy Plus.
I personally value 25,000 United miles in the range of $375 – $500, so some overcharging and some hassle factor can be accounted for and the deal is still “worth it”. I have not personally decided to pull the trigger on this as I just don’t want to deal with switching energy providers when there are easier ways to rack up miles, but on the other hand 25,000 miles is a pretty substantial number. It isn’t impossible that I would do this if I got bored one day and couldn’t come up with an easier way to get a chunk of miles, but that day is not today.
Have you earned miles via switching energy providers? If so, how was your experience?