Did You Know That United MileagePlus Has Great Personalised Bonus Offers?

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It struck me earlier that despite being a big fan of United Miles, I don’t think I’ve ever written about the excellent personalised bonus Miles promotions offered by United MileagePlus. These promos are a great reason to sign up to MileagePlus (and to keep an eye on your email spam folder!).

The bonuses vary, but the basic idea is that there are various spending thresholds and you get more Miles for spending more. What is interesting is that the spend thresholds are actually relatively low, for example here’s my most recent offer:

$350 is currently worth about £270 and I value 9,900 united Miles at roughly £150, so my offer represents a very substantial rebate.

That said, it’s important to note a couple of limitations:

  • The “fare” is the base fare of the ticket plus carrier-imposed surcharges, excluding any government-imposed taxes and surcharges
  • Tickets purchased in Basic Economy (N fare class) are not eligible for this promotion.

Even with those caveats, this is the sort of deal that could certainly persuade me to book with United rather than another airline, assuming the fare wan’t too different from the competition.

If you’re wondering whether United Miles are any good, the answer is yes, but they do require a fair bit of attention to really get the most out of them.

Bottom line

Signing up to United MileagePlus only takes 30 seconds and you might receive a great bonus offer for your next paid flight/s.

Have you taken advantage of these bonus offers before?


For this promotion, only dollars spent on the “fare” on eligible flights operated by United® and United Express® will qualify toward meeting spending milestones. Certain specialty tickets, including but not limited to unpublished, consolidator/bulk, group, tour and opaque fares, will not be counted towards spending milestones. Dollars spent on tickets purchased for flights operated by Star Alliance™ member airlines or a United MileagePlus® partner airline with tickets issued by United (ticket number starting with “016”) will not qualify for this offer. The “fare” is the base fare of the ticket plus carrier-imposed surcharges, excluding any government-imposed taxes and surcharges. For tickets purchased in a currency other than U.S. dollars, we will convert the purchase to U.S. dollars using an industry standard exchange rate and then calculate the number of miles you will earn. Please note that the price displayed when purchasing a ticket on united.com includes up to a 7.5% U.S. Federal Transportation Tax on the base amount of the fare on itineraries wholly within the United States. This tax also applies to certain itineraries between the United States and Canada or Mexico. You will not earn Premier® qualifying dollars (PQD) or award miles for the full amount of the displayed price for these itineraries because the U.S. Federal Transportation tax is not eligible to earn PQD or miles.

For this promotion, rewards will be awarded for each spending goal that has been met, subject to the terms and conditions. Bonus awards may be earned only once. Partial bonuses will not be awarded for members who don’t reach a goal. All calculations made in connection with this offer will be made by MileagePlus in its discretion and considered final.

  1. Only original offer recipients can register for and participate in this promotion.
  2. Registration is required by July 17, 2018. Only tickets purchased and ticketed after registration and within the ticketing dates will qualify.
  3. Ticketing and travel dates: On or after registration date through July 31, 2018.
  4. Tickets purchased in Basic Economy (N fare class) are not eligible for this promotion.
  5. Offer is not valid on government fares.
  6. Qualifying flight activity must be posted to the member’s MileagePlus account in order to qualify for this offer.
  7. Flights on award travel tickets and other tickets that do not earn Premier qualifying credits do not qualify for meeting the requirements of this offer.
  8. This offer is not combinable with non-combinable offers.
  9. Bonus award miles are redeemable miles and do not count toward Premier status. Miles earned do not qualify for class-of-service bonus miles, Premier bonus miles or promotional Premier qualifying miles.
  10. Bonus will post to your MileagePlus account six to eight weeks after the promotion ends on July 31, 2018. Qualifying spend will be calculated using the originally ticketed fare and/or fare classes and Economy Plus® purchases, as applicable, and subsequent changes to any fare and/or fare classes as a result of itinerary changes, complimentary or paid upgrade, purchase of travel products (including but not limited to United ClubSM, Premier Access®, Award Accelerator®, Premier AcceleratorSM), irregular operations or otherwise will not be considered.
  11. Dollars earned toward this promotion will count as Premier qualifying dollars (PQD) toward MileagePlus Premier status qualification, but do not guarantee status. All other requirements must be met for the applicable Premier status.
  12. E-Ticket purchase is required. Service charges for ticketing with a United representative in the 50 United States, District of Columbia and Canada are $25 by phone, $30 at a City Ticket Office and $35 in person at the airport. Ticketing charges may vary outside of the U.S. and Canada and based on MileagePlus status level. The ticketing service charge does not apply for tickets purchased on united.com. Service charges are subject to change without notice.
  13. Offer is subject to change without notice. Other restrictions may apply.
Miles accrued, awards, and benefits issued are subject to change and are subject to the rules of the United MileagePlus® program, including without limitation the Premier® program (the “MileagePlus Program”), which are expressly incorporated herein. Please allow 6-8 weeks after completed qualifying activity for miles to post to your account. United® may change the MileagePlus Program including, but not limited to, rules, regulations, travel awards and special offers or terminate the MileagePlus Program at any time and without notice. United and its subsidiaries, affiliates and agents are not responsible for any products or services of other participating companies and partners. Taxes and fees related to award travel are the responsibility of the member. Bonus award miles, award miles and any other miles earned through non-flight activity do not count toward qualification for Premier status unless expressly stated otherwise. The accumulation of mileage or Premier status or any other status does not entitle members to any vested rights with respect to the MileagePlus Program. All calculations made in connection with the MileagePlus Program, including without limitation with respect to the accumulation of mileage and the satisfaction of the qualification requirements for Premier status, will be made by United Airlines® and MileagePlus in their discretion and such calculations will be considered final. Information in this communication that relates to the MileagePlus Program does not purport to be complete or comprehensive and may not include all of the information that a member may believe is important, and is qualified in its entirety by reference to all of the information on the united.com website and the MileagePlus Program rules. United and MileagePlus are registered service marks. For complete details about the MileagePlus Program, go to united.com.

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