UPDATE: United Airlines MileagePlus Buy Miles 100% Bonus Sale Through May 14, 2020 (Now For Everyone)

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United Airlines launched last week a MileagePlus buy miles sale that comes with a 100% bonus. Now, this offer has been opened for ALL members (previously targeted) through May 14, 2020. You can check your bonus or discount offer on United’s website here.

United Airlines has promotions every month for buying miles, but they all max out at a 100% bonus or a 50% discount (the same offer because United usually limits the number of miles one can purchase per year, including any possible bonuses to 175K).

You can access and see your bonus on United’s website here.

Price at 100% bonus:

The cost of a mile under this offer is 1.75 cents each.

United no longer charges “Tax recover fee” on miles purchases.

Does it make sense to purchase the United miles?

If you use them for international business or first-class tickets between expensive city pairs, then the answer is likely yes. United stopped publishing award charts last year but recently launched a website that featured award deals (read more here), and Star Alliance charts are now gone as well (read more here).


This is the lowest price that United has sold its MileagePlus miles members ever. Not sure what is “Tax recovery fee” is that they have charged previously but which is now gone.

Buying United miles can still make sense if you use them towards expensive premium cabin international awards.

We weren’t aware of last week that this MileagePlus miles sale was targeted and not open for everyone. United has now decided to open it up for all wishing to buy some.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

  • Promotional offer valid until 11:59 p.m. CT on May 14, 2020.

  • Bonus miles count toward the 175,000-mile annual limit per account.

  • You may purchase up to 175,000 miles per account per calendar year.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The credit card used in the transaction will be billed immediately upon purchase.

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

  • Miles purchased 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’.

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

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