United Airlines has launched a new Sale to buy MileagePlus miles at a 100% bonus until September 28, 2021.
United Airlines has promotions monthly for buying miles, but they all max out at a 100% bonus or a 50% discount. The airline has increased the number of miles you can buy in a calendar year from 175,000 to 250,000.
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 1.88 cents each.
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.
Last year, United stopped publishing award charts but recently launched a website that featured award deals (read more here), and Star Alliance charts are now gone (read more here). In addition, many awards have become way overpriced in the number of MileagePlus miles required (read more here).
It can make sense to buy miles if you redeem them for an international premium cabin award, and you can always redeposit the miles (with or without a fee) if there are travel restrictions or bans in place or last-minute other changes.
This is the lowest price that United sells its miles. I would not buy, however, until you have an immediate use for them because future value without published award charts is unclear.
Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:
Promotional offer valid until 11:59 p.m. CT on September 28, 2021.
Purchase up to 175,000 miles per account, per calendar year.
This is an exclusive, non-transferable offer for the intended recipient only and may not be forwarded.
Credit card will be billed immediately upon purchase.
Mileage rates and other fees and offer terms are subject to change.
Allow 48 hours for miles to process and post to your MileagePlus account.
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.
QST is charged to Quebec residents.
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