United Airlines Offer To Buy Miles At 40% Discount – 3 Days Only

by John Ollila on March 12, 2013

United just emailed out an offer to purchase up to 100K miles at 40% off of the usual price. This offer is only valid for 3 days and expires on march 14 at 11.59PM CDT. This offer doesn’t appear to be targeted unlike the similar offer in February. You can make the purchase using this link.

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You can get the maximum 40% discount IF you are buying more than 50K miles.

The price of the United mile, when purchased in greater than 50K miles lot, is 2.26 cents each. United has been selling unlimited award miles for 2.1 cents by taking advantage of the Award/Premier Accelerator that I have previously written about.

If you are not sure if buying miles makes sense for you, there is a piece that I wrote about this subject “When Does It Makes Sense To Buy Airline Miles”.

Conclusion

I value United miles higher than US Airways or American Airlines ones. This is mainly due to numerous connection options, flexible routings, number of Star Alliance carriers and stopovers.

You can have a double open jaw + stopover in return itineraries. I am also a huge fan of being able to book most of the award itineraries online at United.com without having to call reservations.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

  • Promotional offer valid until 11:59 p.m. CDT on March 14, 2013

  • To take advantage of this offer, you must use the order links on this page.

  • Prices include a 7.5% excise tax

  • Purchase between 10,000 and 49,000 miles and receive a 25% discount or purchase 50,000 or more miles and receive a 40% discount

  • 10,000 mile minimum purchase required for discounted rate and after that miles are available in increments of 1,000

  • Discount can be used multiple times while the promotion is valid

  • Purchase up to 100,000 MileagePlus Personal miles or Give Miles per account per calendar year

  • Credit card will be billed immediately for purchase

  • Program fees and mileage rates subject to change

  • Discounted pricing will automatically display when using the links on this page

  • Allow 48 hours for miles to post to MileagePlus account

  • Personal Miles and Give Miles are non-refundable

  • If you have questions or concerns about this offer, please email custserv@ualmiles.com for assistance

  • All MileagePlus Program Rules and terms and conditions apply

  • Miles accrued, awards, and benefits issued are subject to change and are subject to the rules of the United MileagePlus program. United may change the MileagePlus program including, but not limited to, rules, regulations, travel awards and special offers or terminate the MileagePlus program at any time and without notice. Bonus award miles, award miles and any other miles earned through non-flight activity do not count or qualify for Premier® status unless expressly stated otherwise. United and its subsidiaries, affiliates and agents are not responsible for any products and services of other participating companies and partners. Taxes and fees related to award travel are the responsibility of the member. The accumulation of mileage or Premier status or any other status does not entitle members to any vested rights with respect to the program. United and MileagePlus are registered service marks. For complete details about the MileagePlus program, go to www.united.com.

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  • Tony

    Somehow, the link is not working.

    • http://loyaltylobby.com/ John O.

      Just double checked and is opening just fine for me.

      • peter

        Thank you for your comments. It is very useful to review my current idea pertaining to buying mileage.

  • Navman

    Is this a good deal?

    • http://loyaltylobby.com/ John O.

      If you use them for business or first class awards, the value IS there.

  • Tony

    This seems like a complete rip-off. I just did an award flight search – during off-peak times, you can fly from BOS to Thailand for 64K miles R/T ($900 to buy ticket) or to Sydney R/T for 80K ($1,300 to buy ticket). Why would I ever need to spend $2,257 for 100K when you can just buy a ticket anyway for at least 33% less cost?

    • http://loyaltylobby.com/ John O.

      Buying miles rarely make sense if you would use them for economy class. If you normally pay for business class, buying the miles and using them to “purchase” the flights can yield significant savings.

  • Bob

    can you sign up a brand new account and take advantage of this offer? (not 12 day limit like for US airways)

    • http://loyaltylobby.com/ John O.

      No hurt trying.

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