Buying miles and points can represent a great deal, especially for premium air travel. Loyalty programmes tend to organise these sales as discounts or offer a bonus on miles purchased. United MileagePlus has launched its latest sale on purchased miles, valid through May 27, 2022.
Through May 27, 2022, 11:59 PM Central Time, United MileagePlus is offering a mystery bonus/discount on purchased miles. Different accounts might have different promotions. For instance, I see an up to 40% discount on the purchase of points on my account the purchase pr.
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 85% bonus, I see the ability to buy 174,825 miles at the price of 2 US Cents per purchased mile (INR 1.58 per mile), which is slightly higher than usual, given the USD/INR is working against the rupee at the moment.
Note that United MileagePlus limits members to purchasing 175,000 MileagePlus miles per account per calendar year, including the bonus that is being offered. 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 Points.com and not directly by the hotel or airline. However, you will almost always pay in USD/EUR/GBP and not INR. So, the best cards to earn a bonus are Citi Prestige and American Express Platinum Charge Card, as these cards offer an international spend bonus. Beyond these, you might want to look at any card which provides a reduced foreign exchange spend conversion or one where you want to meet any minimum spend requirements.
Is it a good deal to use United Miles for buying flights?
While there is a bit of variability in the redemption of miles, MileagePlus redemptions represent a good deal.
- India – USA Business Class travel starts at 90K miles
- India – Japan Business Class travel starts at 60K Miles
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.
United MileagePlus is offering a discount on purchased miles, with up to a 100% bonus. With this mystery bonus applied, MileagePlus miles can be acquired for US Cents 1.98/ INR 1.57 each. The promotion is valid for the purchase of miles till May 27, 2022 (11:59 PM Central Time) or May 28, 2022 (10:29 AM).
Do you plan on buying United MileagePlus miles with this mystery bonus?
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