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Back in May, United launched a new business program called the Small Business Network, where small businesses can earn bonus United miles when shopping at the program’s network partners. Small Business Network members can earn award miles for day-to-day spending, like paying utilities, buying office supplies or for shipping packages, etc. Basically, it’s an online shopping portal for small businesses.
Until August 17, 2013, the program is offering new members who enroll and earn 100 miles on purchases 1,000 bonus miles. Earning rates vary and can be anything from 1-10 miles per $1 spent, to 75 per car rental with Avis or Hertz to individual bonuses worth well over 1,000 miles.
Some other ideas for earning 100 bonus miles include shipping a package with UPS, spending $100 with Staples.com or at the Apple store, or earning 10 miles per $1 spent with Vertical Response, which is a company that helps small businesses manage their email lists.
This program is separate from United’s PerksPlus business frequent flyer program, and is intended for small business owners or those who work in small businesses. However to join it’s a pretty informal process since they do not ask for a tax ID number, so anyone can join this as long as you consider yourself a sole proprietor.
The account you create is basically just an additional MileagePlus account, only it doesn’t tie up with your personal one. It’s intended for small business owners to be able to use it to book work travel for themselves or their employees, though it should work pretty much like any other MileagePlus account.
Because of that, this might not be your primary means of earning United miles, but like business frequent flyer programs it can still be a good way to rack up a lot of miles on small business purchases and to take advantage of category spending bonuses as well as double dipping on your purchases and travel.
Here are the rest of the terms and conditions:
This account will be separate from personal MileagePlus member accounts. Subject to terms & conditions and program rules.
Enrollment bonus terms and conditions:
To qualify for 1,000 mile bonus, prior to 11:59PM CENTRAL on August 17, 2013, a business must:
Enroll in MileagePlus Small Business Network
Complete qualifying earning activity for 100 miles or more with Small Business Network partners
Member must be a business that is duly organized and validly existing in the United States under the laws of the jurisdiction of its organization
Offer subject to terms & conditions of the MileagePlus Small Business Network
Bonus offer available one time per member account
Earning points in connection with United PerksPlus will not count as qualified earning activity toward earning the enrollment bonus The standard sign-up offer for these co-branded cards is 30,000 miles after you spend $1,000 in the first three months, so the current bonus is a significant step up. TPG values United miles at 1.5 cents apiece, so this 50,000-mile sign-up bonus gets you $750 in value.
Miles accrued, awards, and benefits issued are subject to change and are subject to the rules of the United MileagePlus program. Please allow 6-8 weeks after completed qualifying activity for bonus miles to post to your account. United may change the MileagePlus program including, but not limited to, rules, regulations, travel awards and special offers or terminate the MileagePlus program at any time and without notice. Bonus award miles, award miles and any other miles earned through non-flight activity do not count or qualify for Premier® status unless expressly stated otherwise. United and its subsidiaries, affiliates and agents are not responsible for any products and services of other participating companies and partners. Taxes and fees related to award travel are the responsibility of the member. The accumulation of mileage or Premier status or any other status does not entitle members to any vested rights with respect to the program. United and MileagePlus are registered service marks. For complete details about the MileagePlus program, go to united.com.
The standard sign-up offer for these co-branded cards is 30,000 miles after you spend $1,000 in the first three months, so the current bonus is a significant step up. TPG values United miles at 1.5 cents apiece, so this 50,000-mile sign-up bonus gets you $750 in value.