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Purchase United Miles Up To 40% Discount Through February 17, 2014

by on February 11, 2014 · 12 comments

in Buy Miles Promotions, United

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Now through February 17, United is offering a discount of up to 40% on purchased miles. As usual, it’s a tiered bonus that depends on how many miles you purchase. You must buy at least 15,000 miles and when you buy 15,00-39,000 miles you get a 25% discount, and when you buy 40,000 miles or more, you get a 40% discount. You can buy up to 150,000 miles per account per calendar year.

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United miles normally cost 3.5 cents apiece plus 7.5% tax, but if you get the 40% discount, you’ll be paying closer to 2.26 cents per mile. To put that in context, if you were to buy 50,000 miles for a roundtrip domestic business class award, you’d be paying $1,130, which might be worth it if you were going to book those super-expensive transcontinental routes. However, if you bought a ton of miles and used 25,000 of them for a roundtrip domestic economy award, it would be like paying $565 for that ticket, so I would suggest really crunching the numbers here, not least of all because United’s award mileage devaluation recently went into effect and your miles won’t get you nearly as far these days – especially on United’s partners.

Also beware per the conditions of the sale that miles can take up to 48 hours to process. On the positive side, unlike many other mileage purchases, these ones are processed directly by United, so they should count like airfare purchases and qualify for category spending bonuses if you use a card like the Sapphire Preferred, Premier Rewards Gold or Arrival.

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  • Scott

    Obviously the miles don’t count as PQM, but since the purchase is processed directly by United, will it count toward the new PQ $ requirements?

  • Jules

    +1 Scott’s question – it is not at all clear if this or other UA miles promos (like Premier Accelerator) count toward PQD.

  • BLI

    When do we lose the ability to book USAirways flights using United miles on United.com?

  • thepointsguy

    March 30 will be the last day.

  • thepointsguy

    No, they won’t. We wrote about PQD’s here: http://thepointsguy.com/2013/07/determining-what-spending-counts-toward-uniteds-premier-qualifying-dollars/

    According to United, The only non-ticket purchases that may earn Premier qualifying dollars (PQD) in 2014 are Economy Plus purchases, meaning baggage fees, United Club membership fees, change and cancellation fees will not apply

  • Alex

    How many miles are earned if charged on a United Club Card? 1.5 or 2.0? Thanks

  • Dick A

    United is my selected airline partner on my Amex Platinum card, wouldn’t this be a good use for that $200.00 credit?

  • WalshB

    Got my wife to join the program and her purchase did not go through, so this offer not for new member ??

    WalshB

  • Nelson

    Your account needs to be 10-14 days before you purchase points.

  • Nelson

    To purchase 150,000 miles will cost in excess of $3,386 US Dollars, and that remains 20k short of a return J seat to Europe because recently United hiked up its redemption, an additional 20k costs about $US564.
    But United caps purchases to 150k points per calendar year. So you can’t buy the additional points, unless you funnel it through cards.
    I’m not saying that $3950 USD (approx $AUD4370) is not a good deal for return J between AUS-EU, but it is on the upper end of the scale.

  • Arielle

    the normal price for 150,000 miles to purchase is over $5,000 regularly — not a bad deal

  • Maria Chang

    If you don’t have miles for premium ticket but want to safe, you can also buy or exchange miles on a forum like this: http://tripmakler.com/miles/

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