Four Days More: Purchase United Mileage Plus miles with up to 100% Bonus Miles / 50% Discount

Buying miles and points can represent a great deal, especially for premium air travel. Loyalty programmes advertise these sales as discounts or bonuses on purchased miles. United MileagePlus has launched its latest promotion on purchased miles, valid through February 24, 2024, 2359 hours Central time. United is offering up to a 100% bonus on purchasing miles in this round of the tiered promotion. The other variant of the promotion rolled out is offering a 50% Discount, which is the same thing, basically.

Buy United MileagePlus Miles with up to a 100% Bonus or a 50% Discount.

Through February 24, 2024, 11:59 PM Central Time, United MileagePlus is offering a tiered bonus on purchased miles. The promotion offers up to a 100% bonus at the top end of the promotion. The 50% discount version is also working out to the same price; it’s just a different way of putting it up. These are the highest bonuses/discounts that United offers.

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It usually costs 3.5 US Cents per purchased mile when you buy United MileagePlus miles, apart from a 7.5% excise tax charged in the US.

With the 100% discount, one can buy 200,000 miles (including a 100,000 bonus) for USD 3,762.50, a rate of USD 1.88 cents per MileagePlus mile (or INR 1.56)

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Note that United MileagePlus limits members to purchasing 200,000 MileagePlus miles per account per calendar year, including any bonuses being offered. This is the maxed-out version of the offer for you. If you are buying United miles, it can take up to 48 hours for them to post to your account.

Which credit card should you buy United MileagePlus miles with?

Typically, these point purchases are processed through and not directly by the hotel or airline. However, you will pay in USD, not INR. So, the best cards to earn a bonus are Citi Prestige, Axis Reserve or American Express Platinum Charge Card, as these cards offer extra points on international spending. Beyond these, look at any card that provides a reduced foreign exchange spend conversion or one where you want to meet minimum spend requirements.

One of the great features of United Mileage Plus is that United does not pass on fuel surcharges to customers. Another great feature is the fact that United MileagePlus miles don’t expire. So, you get to keep your miles no matter what. And you can use them on Star Alliance member airlines for redemption.


United MileagePlus offers a bonus on purchased miles, with up to 100% miles bonus or a 50% Discount. With this sale, MileagePlus miles can be acquired for US Cents 1.88/ INR 1.56 each at the top end. The promotion is valid for the miles purchased till February  24, 2024 (11:59 PM Central Time) or February 25, 2024 (11:29 AM IST). Crunch the numbers before you buy.

Do you plan on buying United MileagePlus miles with this promotion? 

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  1. Hi Ajay ,
    Have been asking your advise about this for a log time now.. please revert on whether united mileage has stopped redemption from india to europe ?

    • @aka, apologies if I missed out on answering before. I just checked and all sorts of routes were available. Air India, LOT Polish and others.

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