United Airlines MileagePlus Buy Miles Up To 40% Bonus Through October 16, 2017

United Airlines has launched a new offer for buying MileagePlus miles at up to 40% bonus for purchases made through September 29, 2017. There could be better targeted offers around (United has them every once in a while).

United Airlines Buy MileagePlus Miles October Campaign

United Airlines has promotions pretty much every month for buying miles, but they all max out at a 100% bonus or a 50% discount (exactly the same offer because United usually limits the number of miles one can purchase per year including any possible bonuses to 150K).

You can access this offer and check your bonus percentage on United’s website here.

Bonus table:

United Airlines Buy MileagePlus Miles October Campaign Bonus Amount

Price at the maximum bonus:

United Airlines Buy MileagePlus Miles October Campaign Price

The price of a mile at the 40% bonus when buying the maximum amount is 2.69 cents each.

Does it make sense to purchase United miles?

If you use them for international business or first class tickets between expensive city pairs, then the answer is likely yes (but not at this 40% bonus!).

United Airlines is making some changes to the MileagePlus awards effective November 1, 2017. You can read more about these recent developments here.


United sells MileagePlus miles at 50% off or 100% bonus few times a year. If you don’t need more United miles right now, you can buy them at a lower price at some other time (in few months time).

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

  • Minimum purchase of 5,000 miles required for this promotional pricing.

  • Promotional offer valid until 11:59 p.m. CT on October 16, 2017.

  • Miles are available in increments of 1,000 up to a maximum of 100,000 miles, and in increments of 5,000 up to a maximum of 178,000 miles.

  • Bonuses will be calculated on a per transaction basis only. The bonus amount applicable to a transaction is shown in the chart. Transactions may not be aggregated to calculate the bonus.

  • Bonus Miles will generally be credited to the recipient’s MileagePlus account when the transaction is complete; provided that certain transactions may take up to 48 hours.

  • Credit card will be billed immediately upon purchase.

  • Mileage rates and other fees and offer terms are subject to change.

  • Pricing is only available for purchases made through buymiles.mileageplus.com

  • Miles are nonrefundable.

  • Purchased miles do not count toward MileagePlus Premier® status.

  • All MileagePlus Program Rules and terms and conditions apply.

  • GST/HST is charged to Canadian residents.

  • Powered by Points to purchase United MileagePlus miles. Transaction will appear as ‘Points United Miles’.