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Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available – View the current offers here – United Explorer Business Card
United just launched a new version of its Mile Play promotion for MileagePlus members. The program incentivizes targeted MileagePlus members to book and fly a certain number of trips or miles before a specific date in order to earn a targeted bonus.
Offers were just sent out for trips booked and flown now through May 15. Unlike past versions where travelers had just weeks to book and fly trips, at least we are getting two months to take advantage of this offer. To see if you’re targeted this time around, click here and enter your MileagePlus number.
Like normal, the targeted offers range widely from one targeted member to another. TPG‘s Reviews Editor Nick Ellis got an offer for 9,100 bonus United miles that’s achievable in just one trip. It just takes booking one trip of at least $200, purchasing Economy Plus and checking a bag:
A lot of TPGers got a much easier offer: book and fly one trip by May 15 to earn bonus miles. For example, TPG’s Executive News Director Scott Mayerowitz will earn 7,000 bonus United miles for spending at least $175 on one trip:
TPG’s Weekend Editor Jane Frye needs to take just one trip to earn 7,400 bonus miles. Associate Podcast and Video Producer Caroline Schagrin got the same challenge (one trip, $175) but will only be rewarded 4,600 United miles for doing so. TPG’s Steve Skladany did even worse, needing to book and fly one $200+ trip to get 2,500 bonus United miles.
Frequent United travelers got “rewarded” with harder challenges. Houston-based TPG Family lead Summer Hull has to book and take three trips by May 15 to get just 2,500 bonus United miles.
But at least that’s better than what those of us who are loyal to other airlines got. Former AA elite and new Delta loyalist J. Scott Clark, TPG’s Delta guru Darren Murph and — AA top-tier elites — Katie and I were all snubbed:
Whether you were targeted for this promotion or not, you can still stock up on bonus United miles by opening a new United co-branded credit card. Currently, there are three sweet offers:
- The United Explorer Card is offering 40,000 bonus United miles for spending $2,000 in the first three months after opening the card. Plus, you’ll get perks like a free checked bag, priority boarding (even when booking Basic Economy) and two club passes per year. And, there’s no annual fee the first year.
- The United Explorer Business Card offers many of the same perks with a sweet 75,000-mile signup bonus for spending $5,000 in the first three months after opening your account.
- And there’s no reason to pay up to $550 per year for a United Club membership separately. Instead, sign up for the $450 per year United MileagePlus Club Card to get a Club membership plus a 50,000-mile sign-up bonus for spending $3,000 in the first three months after account opening.
While these United co-branded cards are the best for stocking up on United miles, you’ll earn even more miles when you book these flights with The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Prestige (5x on airfare) or the Citi Premier Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card, which each earn 3x on airfare plus provide trip delay insurance.
H/T: Loyalty Lobby
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- Earn 50,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open
- $0 intro annual fee for the first year, then $95.
- Earn 2 miles per $1 at restaurants, gas stations and office supply stores
- Earn 2 miles per $1 on United purchases and 1 mile per $1 on all other purchases
- Free checked bag - save up to $120 per roundtrip (terms apply)
- Two one-time United Club℠ passes each year — more than a $100 value
- Priority boarding for you and companions on the same reservation on United-operated flights
- Employee cards at no additional cost