3 Days Only: Earn 5x United Miles on Apple Purchases

Dec 12, 2018

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From time to time, electronics shoppers get rewarded for their patience with an elevated portal earning rate. For anyone looking to make a holiday purchase with Apple, Wednesday’s a great day to pull the trigger.

For three days only, United’s MileagePlus Shopping portal is offering 5 miles per dollar spent on Apple purchases. You’ll need to begin your shopping session by clicking the portal link here.

Many of Apple’s latest products are eligible for the bonus, including the iPhone XR, XS and XS Max. There are exclusions to note, however, including the new the iPad Pro, new MacBook Air and new Mac Mini. Bose products, gift cards, gift wrap developer products and shipping costs are also not eligible for mileage earning. If you are shopping for the whole family, note that you are generally limited to earning rewards on up to five of the same product type within 30 days, but that limit is just two for iPhones.

I have been leaning toward pulling the trigger on a new iPhone as my big Christmas gift (to myself), and based on TPG’s valuations, that really big purchase would earn 6,745 United miles worth about $94. Portal earnings accrue in addition to any points or miles earned from credit card spend. Right now United is also offering 500 bonus miles for those who spend $200 or more via the portal through Dec. 16. This means the total mileage haul would actually be around 7,245 United miles plus those earned on the credit card used for the purchase.

(Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)
(Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)

When making a large electronic purchase, such as an Apple product, be sure to use a credit card with purchase protection and extended warranty benefits. While benefits vary from card to card, you may have success getting compensated if your product gets damaged or destroyed during the coverage period — TPG‘s Emily McNutt was able to get a $399 credit from her Platinum Card® from American Express to cover damage to her Apple Watch, for example. And we were able to get coverage from our Ink Business Preferred Credit Card when Josh’s new iPhone took a swim in the lake within 120 days of the purchase a couple years ago. That card also has some pretty solid built-in phone protections if you pay your monthly bill with the card.

And regardless of when you’re looking to make a purchase, be sure to check out your favorite loyalty program’s shopping portal before you add a product to your card — you’ll earn bonus points for purchases you were already planning to make, in addition to the points and miles you’ll earn with your card.

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