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Just in time for Black Friday, United Airlines has launched MileagePlus Xa new app for iOS and Android mobile devices that enables MileagePlus members to earn up to 4 miles per dollar for shopping at participating merchants. Presently targeted to select MileagePlus members by email, the free app will be made more widely available throughout the holiday season.

Now in limited release, the United MileagePlus X app will allow you to earn 2-4 miles per dollar at participating merchants.
Now in limited release, the United MileagePlus X app will allow you to earn 2-4 miles per dollar at participating merchants like Gap, Lowe’s, restaurants and more.

If you’ve been targeted for the initial preview of MileagePlus X, you can download the app from the iOS App Store or Google Play for Android, then log in with your MileagePlus account info. The MileagePlus X app will automatically sync with any credit cards already stored in your MileagePlus account.

MileagePlus X includes a search feature that enables you to find merchants that participate in this miles-earning program.
MileagePlus X includes a search feature that helps you find participating merchants.

The MileagePlus X search feature helps you find businesses nearby that participate in the program, such as restaurants, Gap, Barnes & Noble, Lowe’s, and Toys “R” Us. Once you’re at check-out at any participating merchant, enter the price of each of your chosen items into the app to instantly generate a gift card barcode that will need to be scanned by a cashier in order to complete your purchase.

Enter the prices of items you want to purchase from a participating merchant, and the app will generate a barcode that must be scanned by a cashier.

Each MileagePlus X purchase will generally earn between 2 and 4 miles per dollar spent, but if you sync MileagePlus X with United co-branded cards like the United MileagePlus Explorer Card and its business version, or the United MileagePlus Clubyou’ll earn a 25% mileage bonus on purchases made through the app.

Like a shopping portal, the bonus miles you earn are in addition to whatever you would normally earn by using your credit card. However, since you’re really purchasing an electronic gift card, and since that purchase is indirect via the app, it’s not yet clear whether using the app will have an affect on bonus spending categories.

This video from United (which features the same cheerful music you’ll hear on United’s in-flight safety videos) explains a bit more about the MileagePlus X program:

While the purchase process is a bit convoluted, the MileagePlus X app seems like a good way to earn extra United miles for your holiday shopping, so I’ll keep you posted on when the app becomes more widely available. Until then, if you’ve been targeted for MileagePlus X and have tried it out, please share your thoughts!
United℠ Explorer Card

The United Explorer card recently got some enhancements like 2 miles per dollar spent at restaurants and on hotel stays and a $100 Global Entry or TSA Pre-Check Fee credit. The $95 annual fee is waived for the first year.

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More Things to Know
  • Limited time offer! Earn up to 65,000 Bonus Miles.
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
  • Earn 2 miles per $1 spent at restaurants and on hotel stays
  • Up to $100 Global Entry or TSA Pre✓® Fee Credit
  • 25% back on United inflight purchases
  • Check your first bag for free (a savings of up to $120 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
  • Earn 2 miles per $1 spent on purchases from United, and 1 mile per $1 spent on all other purchases
Intro APR on Purchases
Regular APR
17.99% - 24.99% Variable
Annual Fee
$0 Intro for First Year, then $95
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit
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