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Timing purchases with big mileage payouts can make sense in some situations, and right now there are some genuinely big United MileagePlus payouts via the MileagePlus X App! I love using this app to earn bonus United miles instantly while eating out and shopping at participating retailers. It may sound like extra work, but it really is super easy and the miles post instantly.
It is common to earn .5 – 5 United miles per dollar via this app at places like Panera, Old Navy, Panda Express, Cheesecake Factory, JCPenney, Bed, Bath, and Beyond, TJ Maxx, Pottery Barn, and more. However right now lots of retailers and restaurants are awarding up to 10 United miles per dollar spent via the app in order to try and get your Father’s Day dollars! Remember that not only do you earn the potential 10x miles per dollar, but those with a United credit card get a 25% bonus on the miles earned via the MileagePlus X App!
As always, this also stacks on top of the miles you will earn from paying with a rewards earning credit card. For example, Domino’s Pizza is awarding 10x miles per dollar for paying via the MileagePlus X App as shown below. If you had your Chase Sapphire Reserve linked to the App to earn 3x on dining you would earn a cumulative total of 13x miles and points for your pizza purchase! If you also happen to have a United credit card (you don’t have to use it to pay), then you earn 12.5x miles from the app + the 3x points paying with your Sapphire Reserve, for a total of 15.5x miles and points per dollar!
The downside to using the app is that you are essentially purchasing an electronic gift card via the app when you pay, so you won’t have any price or purchase protections when paying with the gift card the way you would with a credit card. This means I wouldn’t use it for any purchases where you would need some of those coverages. However, for something like your evening pizza purchase you probably don’t need any purchase protections, so the app would be a great choice to pay and earn miles.
Here are some retailers that are awarding 10x United miles per dollar through June 18, 2017:
- Old Navy
- Banana Republic
- Morton’s Steakhouse
- Dave and Buster’s
- McCormick and Schmick’s
There are other retailers that aren’t quite to 10x, but that are paying out more miles than normal such as Bass Pro Shops, Chili’s, and more.
Were you able to earn lots of United miles via this MileagePlus X promo?
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