My 2017 2nd quarter MileagePlus X earnings

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I’ve written plenty about the MileagePlus X app here and here, and highlighted how it’s one of the main points in the case of choosing United over Delta and American.  It just makes it that much easier to accumulate United miles!I posted my 2017 1st quarter earnings here, and now it’s time to post my 2nd quarter earnings. I use my United MileagePlus Business card for MileagePlus X purchases, which mostly encompass retail, dining, and online shopping among others.

The Numbers

At the end of the 2nd quarter of the year, I stand at 2,482 earned miles.  I spent  $823 in order to earn these miles, indicating a ratio of 3 miles/$. But the earnings don’t stop there, because this total doesn’t include the credit card spend itself.  So for the sake of this post, let’s assume that I earned 1 mile/$ on the MileagePlus card I used.  This would bring the total earnings to 3,305, which improves my earning ratio to 4 miles/$.   That’s a win!

Things to keep in mind

  • If you hold one of United’s Chase co-branded cards, you earn a 50% bonus on the amount of the transaction, as you can see on the picture above.
  • For most of my earnings here I used merchants with 2 miles/$ earning rate, there are some that consistently are at 5-6 miles/$, and from time to time there are increased offers.  Make sure to capitalize during those occasions.
  • You can link multiple credit cards to the MileagePlus X app to maximize your earnings and/or diversify.  See some ideas of cards with which you can double dip here.

We barely did any shopping this quarter and mainly earned these on coffee.  If we do more shopping in the coming quarter the earnings will multiply. Many stores earning rates are higher than that of Starbucks. Obviously, don’t alter your spending habits just to use the app, use it for your normal and expected purchases.  I estimate earning somewhere around 15k United miles by the end of the year.  Add to that 20k miles from reaching spending thresholds on each my Business and Personal MileagePlus cards.  That’s 35k easy miles for regular spending.

This ability, among the other many methods, to earn miles toward travel with United makes exploring the MileagePlus program a must. For those who can’t or don’t want a credit card at the moment, have you looked into United’s new prepaid card? It may provide a good opportunity for some modest, yet steady miles earnings.

9 thoughts on “My 2017 2nd quarter MileagePlus X earnings

  1. my app worked fine for a couple of years. the last few months it keeps showing an error message. when i emailed them they wrote back to say i needed to be physically in the US (i was in california). then they wrote that i should avoid using it for two weeks. it’s been more than that and it still doesn’t work despite me signing out/in, uninstalling/reinstalling the app, etc. i’m writing this here hoping that somebody else had a similar issue and managed to resolve it. i have leaving miles on the table!

    1. Can you share the error message? I’ve had a couple of issues here and there (nothing major), but never anything permanent like you. What a bummer!

    2. I have had exactly the same problem. I’ve contacted United Mileage Plus X multiple times and they gave me the same answer. I’ve tried deleting and then restoring the app, changing the password – no luck. I called and there is no one to talk to on Mileage Plus’s end. I’m really disappointed.

  2. So I noticed for some purchases it doesn’t make sense to use it over the Sapphire Reserve card. Uber for example will only give you 45 United miles, where as the sapphire would be more of a benefit of 105 miles (3x points for taxis). I’m assuming that uber counts the same as taxis for sapphire, but I’m not sure. But other purchases such as Amazon would be a great way to boost your miles. Really just a numbers game at that point.

    1. David, you’ve got that right. I don’t use MPX for everything. I, too, crunch numbers as often as I can to make sure I’m getting the best return. I personally find often that some cash back offers through RetailMenot or other similar channels will beat the MPX UA miles return, and so I go that route. It’s just sweet to have the option and where there isn’t a better option, this is a great one!

      1. I couldn’t agree more, very sweet to have the option. I’ve had the app for years but never really used or understood it. Honestly I forgot all about it until I read your post. I’ve already used the app twice now where it made sense, and now I’m sure I’ll use it a lot more. Thanks for the great post!

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