I’ve written before about using MileagePlus shopping offers with the real motive of ‘purchasing’ UA miles, and I’ve compared that to straight up purchasing miles through United’s MileagePlus program. Although not regularly, at times I have used both of this methods to bulk up my United MileagePlus miles balance for different reasons. Well there’s a sale of up to 40% bonus currently available, but is it worth it?
This is what the offer looks like:
Given that I’ve written within the past 5 months about 67% and 80% offers, this one certainly isn’t one of the best. So if you don’t have any upcoming travel plans, then there’d be no need to spend the money, as you can probably earn those miles without spending this much by using a combination of the tools available to earn miles and points. Also, keep on the watch for MileagePlus Shopping earn rates, as it’s not uncommon to see offers that will provide you with the ability to ‘purchase’ the miles at close to 2 cents/mile. If you can wait, then wait. However, there may be some situations that could warrant this purchase. For example:
- You’re a number of miles short to book a ticket for an upcoming trip that’s fast approaching. This could be a great way to pay little $ for an expensive seat on a plane.
- You have a 0 balance of miles or points to transfer, and need to purchase a ticket soon. Again, check all your options before you do this, but it’s likely that it’ll be less expensive to purchase the magazine subscriptions via the shopping portal that add up to the desired amount of miles, than straight up paying for the ticket.
Warning: If you’re intending to fly in economy class, you might be better off paying for the ticket than spending the money to attain miles to get an award ticket this offer.
Will you purchase UA miles leveraging this 40% bonus miles on miles purchases offer or will you wait for a better deal?