Many of us received an email from United in the past day announcing something called Small Business Network and getting 1000 bonus miles enrolling the program and earning at least 100 miles from network partners. You can access United’s website for this product here.
Thing to note here is that enrolling to MileagePlus Small Business Network opens a new account to the “small business” that is not tied to your personal account. Miles from this small business account can be used the same way and using the same award chart, as miles from personal MileagePlus accounts.
For now, this MileagePlus Small Business Network is nothing more than a online cash back shopping mall that gives you some miles for the purchases.
There are couple of merchants such as UPS and Chase’s credit card processing arm that gives you some miles for using their services. All the others can be found from the usual cash back websites and I always rather put cash to my pocket than more miles into my account, as long as the number of miles earned is not competitive compared to the cash back amount.
It might make sense to sign up for this service and use one of the partners to get the bonus miles. Will certainly do this.
They have to revamp the program and offer more incentives IF they really want small business to sign up for it. At its current form, I don’t see any benefits over using the usual cash back sites such as Ebates, MrRebates, TopCashback etc.
Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:
This account will be separate from personal MileagePlus member accounts. Subject to terms & conditions and program rules.
*Enrollment bonus terms and conditions
- To qualify for 1,000 mile bonus, prior to 11:59PM CENTRAL on August 17, 2013, a business must:
- Enroll in MileagePlus Small Business Network
- Complete qualifying earning activity for 100 miles or more with Small Business Network partners
- Member must be a business that is duly organized and validly existing in the United States under the laws of the jurisdiction of its organization
- Offer subject to terms & conditions of the MileagePlus Small Business Network
- Bonus offer available one time per member account
- Earning points in connection with United PerksPlus will not count as qualified earning activity toward earning the enrollment bonus.
Miles accrued, awards, and benefits issued are subject to change and are subject to the rules of the United MileagePlus program. Please allow 6-8 weeks after completed qualifying activity for bonus miles to post to your account. 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.