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United’s buy miles promotion is back this week, with the chance to earn a bonus of up to 80% on your purchase. (Earlier this month, American also offered a deal with a bonus and discount on purchases, which will be active until mid-November.) This United promo will expire tomorrow night, Friday, October 23, at 11:59pm CT — and here’s a breakdown of the offer:

Buy/Gift Bonus
5,000 – 19,000
25% bonus
20,000 – 29,000
50% bonus
30,000 – 80,000
80% bonus

Keep in mind that United has an annual limit of 150,000 miles, and that bonus miles count toward this limit. The full 80% bonus requires a minimum purchase of 30,000 miles (with a 24,000 bonus), which costs $1,128.75, including taxes and fees. If you go for the maximum (80,000 + 64,000 bonus) allowed by the promotion, you’ll spend $3,010.00 after taxes and fees.

The latest buy miles promotion from United is only available for a short time.

Is it Worth it?

TPG currently values United miles at 1.5 cents per mile. If you’re buying from the top tier, you’ll end paying about 2.1 cents per mile in value, which isn’t a fantastic deal, but worth a consideration. If you’re at the lower tier, though, you’ll pay even more, at 3 cents per mile — a pretty poor value.

Singapore Suites on the A380.

However, if you have a particular redemption in mind, such as Lufthansa or Singapore in first class, this promotion might be worth it. As with many of these buy miles deals, the offer isn’t quite lucrative enough to make the decision a no-brainer, but under the right circumstances, value could be found.

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More Things to Know
  • Start with 30,000 bonus miles after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening
  • Check your first bag for free - save up to $100 per roundtrip
  • Enjoy priority boarding privileges and visit the United Club with two one-time-use passes every year
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Earn double miles on tickets purchased from United, and 1 mile per $1 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 flight
  • $0 intro annual fee for the first year, then $95
Intro APR on Purchases
Regular APR
16.49% - 23.49% Variable
Annual Fee
$0 intro annual fee for the first year, then $95
Balance Transfer Fee
Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit

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