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***It appears the free 750 United miles deal has now ended***
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.
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.
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