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Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available – United MileagePlus Explorer Card
Finding that your United mileage balance is well short of what you need for a dream vacation? If you’re lucky, you’ll be one of the 100 MileagePlus members who end up with a seven-digit balance thanks to United’s Billion Mile Giveaway.
Starting Monday, each eligible purchase made on a Chase-issued MileagePlus credit card will earn one entry into United’s contest to give away a total of 1,000,000,000 miles. The contest runs through September 30, so you might want to make your United MileagePlus Explorer credit card your primary card for the next two months.
In total, there will be 140,100 prizes given away — with a combined total of 1,000,000,000 miles:
- 100 grand prizes of 1,000,000 United miles + $7,500 cash to cover taxes on the prize
- 10,000 first prizes of 25,000 United miles
- 130,000 second prizes of 5,000 United miles
It’s interesting to note that there’s also an alternative method of entry, and it doesn’t require mailing letters. Starting August 1, log onto the Billion Mile Giveaway website and manually fill-in your information to get a free entry into the contest. There’s no limit to the number of free entries you can get, but you must be a United MileagePlus member to enter. Also, the terms & conditions require that “each entry must be manually key stroked.”
Not a cardholder? The current United MileagePlus Explorer sign-up bonus is currently 40,000 United miles after you spend $2,000 in the first three months. In the past, the sign-up bonus has jumped to 50,000 miles or even a targeted offer of 70,000 miles. However, if you’ve got an upcoming trip, the other cardholder benefits — such as free first checked bag, priority boarding and two free United Club passes — might make it worth applying now.
What would you do with 1,000,000 United miles?
NEW INCREASED OFFER: 60,000 Points
TPG'S BONUS VALUATION*: $1,200
CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 2X points on all travel and dining, points transferrable to over a dozen travel partners
*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.
- Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
- Chase Sapphire Preferred named "Best Credit Card for Flexible Travel Redemption" - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, June 2018
- 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
- 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, 60,000 points are worth $750 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
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