We all know we get one point or one mile when we use our points earning credit card to make a purchase. But if you use cards like Chase Sapphire you can get additional bonus points for an airline ticket purchase, pay for a hotel stay, pay for your restaurant bill or pay for any travel-related items. There are also other ways to get additional bonus points by enrolling in the points card dining program or making a portal purchase.
But if you look the majority of our purchase is from brick and mortar store which restricts us to only one point/mile per dollar spent. Is there a way to increase getting more than a point/mile per dollar other than the one described above for our purchases at the brick and mortar store?.
An option is available for increasing the United Milage Plus Points at some brick and mortar store. This option is good if you are enrolled in the United Milage Plus program and you want to get more than one point/miles per dollar spent at various stores.
United Milage Plus plan introduced an app “United Mileage Plus X” for Android/iOS last year which you can use to get additional points for some of your everyday purchase.
You download the App from Apple iTunes or Google Play store based on the phone you use. After download open, the app sign on with your United Milage Plus account user id/password. Use your Chase United Mileage Plus Card assuming if you have one and register with this app for your brick and mortar purchase. If you do not have Chase United Milage Plus Card you can use any other Mileage/Points earning card with this App. The advantage of using the Chase United Milage Plus Card with this app is, you will get 25% bonus points on top of any additional points awarded for your purchase.
Using this App you can see the stores in your area that offers the list of additional points for your purchase. For example, you will get 5 miles per dollar spend at Papa John’s or 4 miles per dollar spend at Panda Express.
You may wonder how can we use the App to pay for the purchase, after making the purchase just key in the amount due for the purchase, this app will generate a Gift Card by using the credit card registered with this application. You will be using the gift card generated by the App to pay for your purchase. Simply show your phone to the cashier, the cashier will just scan the barcode available in the gift card that appears on the screen and uses the gift card for the purchase transaction.
For example, you will earn 75 miles for $15 spent plus a bonus of 25% mile if you use your Chase United Mileage Plus card to generate the gift card and pay for services at Papa John’s. If you have not used this App, you would have earned only 15 miles for the purchase when you use your credit card to pay for the food at Papa John’s.
Using the United Mileage Plus X app, you can generate multiple points/miles per dollar on various brick and mortar stores. Please note this app does not include some of the places you frequently visit like grocery stores or gas station. But this app does contain restaurant and other brick and mortar stores.
Also, this App contains online stores like ebay.com and amazon.com which gives 2 miles per dollar spent compared to 1 mile you will normally get if you use this card directly on the website.
Please note the App generate a gift card using the “United Mileage Plus X” App, you will not get the extended warranty protection offered by the credit card as you are using a gift card to purchase your item.
Update: Just found out, when you use this App for the first time you will get 500 bonus United Mileage Plus Miles, you will get the bonus miles even if you spend $1 using this App.
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