United Airlines just sent out an email about their latest targeted MileagePlus miles sale promotion at up to 50% off that is valid until January 12, 2015.
This offer that allows you to buy up to 150,000 miles and the price of a mile purchased under this offer is 1.88 cents each.
Note that I cannot provide a link to this offer, as it has LoyaltyLobby reader’s MileagePlus account number embedded.
United recently devalued their award chart, so you should check the number of miles required for your usual award redemption before going forward with this offer.
United reduced the number of miles required for handful of awards, but greatly devalued most partner awards in business and first class. There can still be instances, where buying miles could make sense.
This is the lowest price that United has been selling miles over the years. Seems that they have become more aggressive how often they have 50% off offers, as they used to be rare.
Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:
Award pricing is subject to change without notice. Passenger is responsible for all taxes, fees, baggage fees and surcharges applicable to award travel, including, with respect to government imposed taxes and fees, passenger facility charges (PFCs) of up to $18.00 per round trip; September 11th Security Fee of $5.60 per one-way trip that does not include a government defined stopover, for awards for air transportation originating at an airport in the US; U.S. segment tax of $4.00 for each domestic segment (take-off and landing); U.S. excise tax of $17.20 for each international arrival and departure in the U.S.; U.S. inspection fees of up to $17.20 for each arrival in the U.S.; and non-U.S. government ticket taxes, fees and airport charges may add up to $265 per ticket as of January 1, 2014. Such taxes, fees and surcharges must be paid at the time of ticketing and are subject to change. Any valid unused award ticket may be returned to the MileagePlus Service Center, for a service charge, up to one year from the date of issue. Award seats are subject to availability and capacity-control restrictions apply.