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United credit card holders: Earn bonus miles with the Mile Badge Game promotion

Sept. 28, 2022
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United credit card holders: Earn bonus miles with the Mile Badge Game promotion
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If you have a United Airlines credit card, there's a new promotion where you might be able to earn thousands of bonus miles.

This is a targeted promotion, and the number of miles you can earn — as well as how you earn them — will vary depending on which credit card you have. Let's take a look at the United Mile Badge Game to understand how you can earn these bonus miles.

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United Mile Badge Game promotion

This promotion requires that cardholders complete selected activities to earn virtual badges for bonus miles. Registration is required, but not all cardholders will be able to enroll since this promotion is targeted. At this point, we have seen offers for the following United cobranded credit cards:

If you did not receive an email about the promotion, you can check your eligibility by trying to enroll here, using the last four digits of your credit card number and your United MileagePlus account number. Among TPG staff members, we have seen offers to earn up to 9,250 bonus miles. We also received an email from a reader saying he could enroll his United Presidential Plus Card to earn up to 26,500 bonus miles.

The information for the Presidential Plus card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuers.

ZACH GRIFF/THE POINTS GUY

Qualifying activities

Your bonus miles-earning activities will vary depending on which United Airlines cobranded credit card you have. However, you will likely see some of the following:

  • Earn bonus miles after making a set number of purchases on your card: 250 bonus miles after using your card 15 times, 500 bonus miles after using your card 30 times, or 750 miles after using your card 45 times.
  • Make five purchases with your card in a digital wallet to earn 500 bonus miles.
  • Book a flight with Money + Miles to earn 500 bonus miles.
  • Add an authorized user to earn 250 bonus miles.
  • Use the Chase app to earn 250 bonus miles.
  • Use your eligible card for a foreign purchase and earn 250 bonus miles.
  • Additional mystery bonuses will be available in November and December.
  • Additional bonus miles for completing five, seven and nine different activities.
  • Sign up to receive United Airlines offers by email and receive 250 bonus miles.

All activities are restricted to the period of Oct. 1 to Dec. 31. Cardholders will also see bonus miles available for spending thresholds. We have seen the following offers:

  • Earn 1,000 bonus miles after spending $600 on your card.
  • Earn 4,500 bonus miles after spending $4,500 on your card.
  • Earn 4,000 bonus miles after spending $6,500 on your card.

Related: How to get maximum value from the United MileagePlus program

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Is it worth it?

Most of these activities should be easy to accomplish for most people. These activities can net bonus miles on top of your everyday earnings. Before making purchases, be sure to compare what you can earn through this promotion to our guide to bonus-earning categories, since other cards in your wallet may provide a better rate of return.

However, the spending thresholds are a different story. TPG values United miles at 1.21 cents each. Depending on your bonus offer from the Mile Badge Game, you may receive as much as a 2% or as little as a 0.7% return on spending. Other cards in your wallet likely earn at better rates than this.

Related: Maximize your airfare: The best credit cards for booking flights

Bottom line

United's Mile Badge Game offers targeted cardmembers the ability to earn bonus miles by completing certain activities and earning badges — including bonuses for earning multiple badges. Many of the activities should be quite simple to complete, assuming you can enroll in the promotion. However, the earning rates for the bonus spending requirements are not that great, so consider whether you could earn more valuable rewards by using a different credit card for your purchases during the promotional period.

Enrollment for the promotion is live now, and qualifying activities take place Oct. 1-Dec. 31.

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TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
4 / 5
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Rewards

2 - 10X points
10XEarn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel
5X5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel.
2X2 Miles per dollar on every purchase, every day

Intro offer

75,000 bonus miles
Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel

Annual Fee

$395

Recommended Credit

740-850
Excellent
Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

Why We Chose It

The Capital One Venture X card is one of the best all-round travel credit cards ever launched. Not only is it offering a tremendous welcome bonus, but cardholders can earn tons of miles on everyday spending and receive a 10,000-mile anniversary bonus to boot. Its annual fee is $395, but cardholders can count on up to $300 in statement credits toward travel booked through Capital One Travel each year and other valuable benefits like access to Priority Pass lounges and Capital One’s own growing family of airport lounges.

Pros

  • Excellent welcome offer worth 75,000 miles after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months.
  • Up to $300 in annual travel statement credits toward bookings make through Capital One Travel.
  • 10,000 bonus miles (worth $100 toward travel) each account anniversary.

Cons

  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on all other purchases
  • Unlimited complimentary access for you and two guests to 1,400+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and our Partner Lounge Network
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
  • Named editors' choice for "Best New Credit Card of 2021" by The Points Guy
  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023
Best card for premium perks while traveling
TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
4 / 5
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Rewards Rate

10XEarn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel
5X5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel.
2X2 Miles per dollar on every purchase, every day
  • Intro Offer
    Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel

    75,000 bonus miles
  • Annual Fee

    $395
  • Recommended Credit
    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    740-850
    Excellent

Why We Chose It

The Capital One Venture X card is one of the best all-round travel credit cards ever launched. Not only is it offering a tremendous welcome bonus, but cardholders can earn tons of miles on everyday spending and receive a 10,000-mile anniversary bonus to boot. Its annual fee is $395, but cardholders can count on up to $300 in statement credits toward travel booked through Capital One Travel each year and other valuable benefits like access to Priority Pass lounges and Capital One’s own growing family of airport lounges.

Pros

  • Excellent welcome offer worth 75,000 miles after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months.
  • Up to $300 in annual travel statement credits toward bookings make through Capital One Travel.
  • 10,000 bonus miles (worth $100 toward travel) each account anniversary.

Cons

  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on all other purchases
  • Unlimited complimentary access for you and two guests to 1,400+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and our Partner Lounge Network
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
  • Named editors' choice for "Best New Credit Card of 2021" by The Points Guy
  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023