United Airlines is again offering bonus miles of up to 50% when you purchase miles through MileagePlus website. The 50% bonus miles is offered when you buy 35k miles or more miles.
50% Bonus Miles on Purchased Miles
United Airlines several times a year runs a sale which gives out bonus miles on top of any purchased miles. When you buy miles during the bonus offer, you bring down the overall cost of miles purchased. Typically United Airlines sells each mile at 3¢, but when it runs the mile sale, you can get miles for as little as 2¢.
I do not recommend a speculative purchase of United miles just because they are offering a bonus. But if you are planning for a near-term feature travel and you are short of miles now it is one of a good time to top of your United mileage balance for your immediate feature trips.
The bonus offer is available until midnight central daylight time on May 22, 2017. You are eligible to purchase a maximum of 150,000 United miles per the calendar year.
How much bonus can I get?
The bonus is awarded based on the number of miles you purchase from United Airlines. To get a bonus you need to buy a minimum of 5,000 miles, and for that, you will get a bonus of 25% miles. To get a 50% bonus miles, you need to purchase a minimum of 35,000 miles.
|Miles Purchased||Bonus Miles|
|2000-4000 miles||No Bonus|
|5000-34000 miles||25% bonus|
|35000-100000 miles||50% bonus|
How much will it cost to buy the miles?
If you are planning to purchase 100,000 miles, you will get a bonus of 50,000, and you receive a total of 150,000 miles in your account for a cost of $3762.50. The purchase of 100,000 miles will work out 2.5¢ a mile which is not a great deal compared to United prior mile sale of 2¢ per mile.
|Miles Purchased||Miles Received (including bonus miles)||Cost||Miles per ¢|
The United miles are worth around 1.5¢ per mile book value and more than 5¢ usage value if you use the miles to purchase a premium class ticket.
Terms and Conditions from United website
- Promotional offer valid until 11:59 p.m. CT on May 22, 2017.
- Miles are available in increments of 1,000 up to a maximum of 100,000 miles.
- Bonuses will be calculated on a per transaction basis only.
- The bonus amount applicable to a transaction is shown in the chart. Transactions may not be aggregated to calculate the bonus.
- Bonus Miles will be credited to the recipient’s account when the transaction is complete.
- Bonus miles count towards the 150,000 miles annual limit per account.
- Purchase up to 150,000 miles per account per the calendar year.
- Credit card will be billed immediately upon purchase.
- Mileage rates and other fees and offer terms are subject to change.
- Allow 48 hours for miles to process and post to your MileagePlus account.
- Miles are nonrefundable.
- Purchased miles do not count toward MileagePlus Premier® status.
- All MileagePlus Program Rules and Terms and Conditions apply.
- GST/HST is charged to Canadian residents.
- Powered by Points to purchase United MileagePlus miles. The transaction will appear as ‘Points United Miles.’
- Pricing is only available for purchases made through buymiles.mileageplus.com.