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.
On Friday I wrote about a promotion that Accor is running in which members of its Le Club AccorHotels loyalty program can earn 4x the normal number of United MileagePlus miles for stays booked and consumed by 28 February 2018. The promotion requires registration but is very simple and is predicated on the fact that, for a limited time, Le Club AccorHotels points will convert to United MileagePlus Miles at a ratio of 1:2 (the usual conversion rate is 2:1). As I showed on Friday, this can be a very good deal if you're a MileagePlus Miles collector but it now looks as if Accor has made the promotion significantly better.
Accor Hotels is the hotelier that is best known for brands such as Sofitel and Grand Mercure at the more upscale end of the market, Novotel in the middle of the market and Ibis in the budget range... but its reach is far greater than that. The group completed the acquisitions of the Fairmont and Raffles hotel groups in late 2015, it purchased OneFineStay in April 2016 and it's slowly building up a pretty impressive footprint across the globe (although it's still very "Europe heavy").