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United Airlines is currently running a targeted promotion where select MileagePlus members can earn double miles on their travel for qualifying flights now through January 31, 2015.

United Airlines sent out a targeted promotion to some MileagePlus members for double miles.
United Airlines sent out a targeted promotion to some MileagePlus members for double miles.

With this offer, targeted members can earn up to 50,000 bonus miles. Qualifying fare classes include F, A, J, C, D, Z, P, Y, B, M, E and U. You must register prior to booking to be eligible to earn the double miles, and you must fly on a United or United Express operated flight, meaning codeshare flights will not count.

Only base award miles qualify for earning double, so you won’t get a bonus on any miles earned through elite status or for a premium fare class. The bonus also doesn’t apply to Premier Qualifying Miles, so this won’t help you reach elite status any faster than normal.

I haven’t seen an offer for double miles from United in several months. It’s unfortunate that this bonus is targeted, and it’s not clear what criteria United used to distinguish between MileagePlus members. Check your email to see if you were selected, or just try to register and see what happens. The offer clearly specifies that only original recipients are eligible, but it’s always possible that you were selected and just didn’t receive the invitation.

Were you targeted for this offer? Let us know!

United MileagePlus® Explorer Card

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.

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More Things to Know
  • Special offer: 50,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open
  • Check your first bag for free (a savings of up to $100 per roundtrip) when you use your Card to purchase your ticket
  • Enjoy priority boarding privileges and visit the United Club with 2 one-time passes each year for your anniversary
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Earn 2 miles per $1 spent on tickets purchased from United, and 1 mile per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Your miles don't expire as long as your credit card account is open, with no limit to the number of miles you can earn
  • Use your miles for any seat, any time, on any United-operated flight at the MileagePlus Standard Award level
  • $95 annual fee
Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
16.49% - 23.49% Variable
Annual Fee
$95
Balance Transfer Fee
5.00%
Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit

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