Last Day: United offering Mileage Plus Miles purchase with a 50% Discount

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 promotion on purchased miles, valid through November 26, 2022, 2359 hours Central time.

Buy United MileagePlus Miles with a 50% Discount.

Through November 26, 2022, 11:59 PM Central Time, United MileagePlus is offering a discount on purchased miles. This is a tiered promotion, where you can get up to 50% discount on the price of purchased miles, depending on how many miles you buy from United Mileage Plus.

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 below:

  • Buy 3,000+ miles, get a 20% discount
  • Buy 20,000+ miles, get a 35% discount
  • Buy 60,000+ miles, get a 50% discount

With the 50% discount, I see the ability to buy 175,000 miles (including the bonus) at the price of 1.88 US Cents per purchased mile (INR 1.54 per mile).

Note that United MileagePlus limits members to purchasing 175,000 MileagePlus miles per account per calendar year, including any sort of discounts or bonuses that are 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, Axis Reserve or American Express Platinum Charge Card, as these cards offer an international spending 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 to buy 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 one way
  • India – Japan Business Class travel starts at 60K Miles one way

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.

Bottomline

United MileagePlus is offering a discount on purchased miles, with up to a 50% bonus. With this flash sale, MileagePlus miles can be acquired for US Cents 1.88/ INR 1.54 each. The promotion is valid for the purchase of miles till November 26, 2022 (11:59 PM Central Time) or November 27, 2022 (10:29 AM IST).

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


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