United is back with another mileage sale and this time it's a targeted promotion with different bonus offers for different Mileage Plus members. My promotional offer was a 60% bonus and the other accounts I control all got the 60% bonus offer too but the nature of the promotion suggests that there are better (and possibly worse) deals out there too.
United MileagePlus has been running its current sale for a couple of weeks and today is the last day to take advantage of the offer if it's one that makes sense for you. In short, the airline is offering MileagePlus members the chance to buy up to ~174,500 miles at 2.25 cents per mile.
United's last mileage sale ended on 1 March and it hasn't taken the airline long to come back with another attempt at tempting travelers into buying its currency. The last points sale offered up miles at around 2.03 cents each so let's take a look at what this latest promotion is offering.
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United MileagePlus is currently selling miles with a bonus of up to 85% and an annual purchase limit of 175,000 miles. This isn't the best deal we're likely to see United offer this year but, as the math will show, there are definitely going to be times when miles purchased in this sale will save you money.
United Airlines has just launched a pretty fantastic set of discounts for anyone looking to use their MileagePlus miles to get to Tahiti. For today only (February 8 2019) MileagePlus members can book roundtrip Economy Class travel to Tahiti from just 42,000 miles.
There are few things that annoy me more in the miles & points world than loyalty programs who don't play fair and right now United MileagePlus is being extraordinarily underhand in the way it's treating its members. United is a member of the Star Alliance so it should be possible to use United MileagePlus Miles to book most award types for travel on its fellow Star Alliance member airlines...but that's not the case right now.
United Airlines has announced the relaunch of its MileagePlus X app which can be used to earn miles on everyday purchases and can be a powerful tool for anyone looking to boost their MileagePlus balance.
Let's be honest and open about this - Basic Economy fares are a rip-off. Airlines would love for us all to blindly believe that Basic Economy fares are just super-cheap, no-frills fares brought in to compete with the low-cost carriers...but they're nothing of the sort. Basic Economy fares are no cheaper than the cheapest fares that were around before Basic Economy was even a thing - they just come with considerably fewer benefits. Remember that the next time you read about an airline CEO telling us all how Basic Economy is great news for the budget traveler.
Golf isn't exactly one of the cheaper sports to play and I know a lot of people who donate a significant portion of their income to indulge their passion so it's going to be a bonus for some that you can now earn United Miles in four different golfing ways.