LAST CALL: United Airlines MileagePlus Buy Miles 85% Bonus Until September 24, 2020

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United Airlines launched a buy MileagePlus offer the other week that ends this Thursday. You can check your bonus or discount offer on United’s website here (often personalized offers)

United Airlines has promotions monthly for buying miles, but they all max out at a 100% bonus or a 50% discount (the same offer because United limits the number of miles one can purchase per year, including any possible bonuses to 225K).

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

Note that previously the yearly maximum for buying United Airlines miles has been 175,000. It seems that this has now been raised to 225,000.

Price at 85% bonus:

The cost of a mile under 85% bonus offer is 1.89 cents each. The purchase page now allows you to use payment methods that you have previously used with the airline (no need to reenter them).

Does it make sense to purchase the United miles?

If you use them for international business or first-class tickets between expensive city pairs, 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).


It can make sense to buy if you can redeem for an international premium cabin award. You can always redeposit the miles (with or without a fee) if there are travel restrictions or bands in place or last-minute other changes.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

  • Promotional offer valid until 11:59 p.m. CT on September 16, 2020.

  • Bonus miles count toward the 225,000-mile annual limit per account.

  • You may purchase up to 225,000 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

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