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If you’re looking to earn some extra United MileagePlus miles, these two current offers could definitely be worth your while. One lets you earn 750 free United miles, while the other gets you a 50% bonus on purchased United miles.

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750 United MileagePlus Miles

The first offer is from the MyPoints shopping portal, which allows members to earn MyPoints currency which can be redeemed for a number of different things, such as travel and merchandise. If you sign up now, you’ll earn 750 free bonus United miles. Even though that isn’t enough for a free flight, you’ll extend the expiration of your miles for 18 months, and you’ll be 750 miles closer to an award.

50% Bonus on Purchased United Miles

United is also offering MileagePlus members a 50% bonus on purchased miles. You can log in to your MileagePlus account to find out whether you’ve been targeted for the promotion, which is available through July 30, 2015.

United miles normally cost 3.5 cents apiece, but the price goes down to 2.33 cents per mile with this offer. According to TPG’s monthly valuations, United miles are worth 1.5 cents each, so with this promo you’re paying at best 0.83 cents per mile over that value. I wouldn’t recommend using this promotion to buy miles speculatively, but if you have a specific redemption in mind and the numbers work out, go for it. Beware that miles can take up to 48 hours to process, and note that you’re limited to buying 150,000 miles per year.


Unlike many other mileage purchases, these ones are processed directly by United, so they should count as airfare purchases and qualify for category spending bonuses if you use a card like the Chase Sapphire Preferred or the American Express Premier Rewards Gold card.

If you’re looking for ways to boost your MileagePlus account further, The United MileagPlus Explorer Business card is currently offering a sign-up bonus of 50,000 miles after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first three months.

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Named Best Credit Card for Flexible Travel Redemption - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, July 2016
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards
Intro APR
Regular APR
16.49% - 23.49% Variable
Annual Fee
Introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, then $95
Balance Transfer
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