Flash Sale: Purchase United Mileage Plus miles with up to 100% Bonus Miles (or a 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 December 31, 2023, 2359 hours Central time. United is offering up to a 100% bonus on purchasing miles in this tiered round of the promotion. The other offer rolled out is a 50% discount, which amounts to the same thing.

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

Through December 31, 2023, 11:59 PM Central Time, United MileagePlus is offering a tiered bonus/discount on purchased miles. The promotion offers up to a 100% bonus at the top end of the promotion. The other version of the promotion offers a 50% Discount, which will lead to the same thing.

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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. For those who received the 50% discount offer, the tiering is as follows:

  • Buy 5,000+ miles, get 20% discount
  • Buy 20,000+ miles, get 35% discount
  • Buy 70,000+ miles, get 50% discount

With the 50% discount, one can buy 175,000 miles (with a 50% discount) at the price of 1.88 US Cents per purchased mile (INR 1.56 per mile).

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Note that United MileagePlus limits members to purchasing 175,000 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 Points.com and not directly by the hotel or airline. However, you will almost always pay in USD/EUR/GBP, 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 is offering 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 December 31, 2023 (11:59 PM Central Time) or January 1, 2024 (10:29 AM IST). Crunch the numbers before you buy.

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

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  1. @Ajay have tired with 6-7 different cards and also the call center though it seems they are unable to charge the card when you make a miles booking from India..

  2. Hi Ajay,

    Previously, I saw that redemptions from India to Europe was showing award tickets availability but since a month its not showing so !

    Would you please guide hoe to use the united points to book a ticket to europe as i had some transferred from axis and then bought the shortfall but now can’t find a redemption !
    Thankyou for the great work all around !

  3. I am unable to make payment for united mileage tickets online since it shows a error while processing indian credit cards… how are you managing to book?

  4. hi, with miles offers I’ve generally seen you compare the mile cost to the cash cost of a business class ticket. But I assume most of your readers may still fly economy (as do I). Do these offers not make sense for economy tickets?

    • @Akshay, in today’s scenario, even with Economy Class tickets internationally, you will come out ahead I believe. Business Class of course becomes much more affordable with the buy miles scenario. Hope that helps.

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