United Airlines has launched a new mystery sale to buy MileagePlus miles at an undisclosed discount through December 22, 2022.
United Airlines has monthly promotions for buying miles, but they all max out at a 100% bonus or a 50% discount. In addition, the airline occasionally increases the 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 30% discount:
The cost of a mile under this offer is 2.23 cents each.
Does it make sense to purchase the United miles?
The answer is likely yes if you use them for international business or first-class tickets between expensive city pairs.
United has 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. You can always redeposit the miles (with or without a fee) if travel restrictions, bans, or last-minute other changes exist.
You should not buy miles unless you have either 50% off or a 100% bonus offer.
Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:
- Promotional offer valid between 8:00 a.m. CT on December 5, 2022 and 11:59 p.m. CT on December 22, 2022.
- Promotional offer not applicable to past transactions.
- 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.
- Miles will generally be credited to the recipient’s MileagePlus account when the transaction is complete; provided that certain transactions may take up to 72 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.
- GST/HST is charged to Canadian residents. QST is charged to Quebec residents.
- If you use Powered by Points to purchase United MileagePlus miles. Transaction will appear as ‘Points United Miles’.
- Buying miles counts as a United® purchase when made with your United MileagePlus card. You’ll get the miles you buy, plus miles for every $1 spent.
- Pricing is only available for purchases made through buymiles.mileageplus.com.