Buy United Miles With Up to an 100% Bonus, Just 1.75 Cents Per Mile

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This United MileagePlus Miles Purchase promotion has ended, however, you can still purchase MileagePlus Miles.

United just launched its latest buy miles sale, allowing MileagePlus members to buy United miles with up to a 100% bonus. If maximized, you'll effectively pay as little as 1.75¢ per mile—which is the best rate we've ever seen United sell miles.

Buy United miles with a 100% bonus

United Buy Miles Key Terms

  • Promotion is valid through October 27, 2020, 11:59 p.m. CST
  • Minimum purchase is 2,000 miles
  • To receive a 100% bonus, you must purchase at least 40,000 miles
  • The bonus percentage depends on the number of miles purchased
  • You can purchase a maximum of 175,000 miles per year (including bonus miles)
  • Purchased miles may take up to 48 hours to post to your MileagePlus account
  • Purchased miles do not count toward MileagePlus Premier status
  • Miles are nonrefundable
  • United miles do not expire

MileagePlus members will receive the following bonuses when purchasing United miles:

  • 5,000 to 14,000 miles: receive a 30% bonus
  • 15,000 to 39,000 miles: receive a 50% bonus
  • 40,000 miles or more: receive a 100% bonus

Buy United miles with a 100% bonus

Who Should Buy United Miles?

If you've read any of our latest posts regarding mileage sales, then it should come as no surprise that we do not recommend buying miles without a specific plan to use them. This is particularly true now while the world sits in anticipation of when we'll be able to travel again, and financial uncertainty affects many of us—United included.

However, there are a couple of exceptions. Buying miles can make sense if you have a specific redemption in mind, and it would cost less to buy the miles than it would cost to buy the flight.

With this promo, the bonus percentages allow members to buy United miles at these prices:

  • 30% bonus is approximately 2.69¢ per mile (not good at all)
  • 50% bonus is approximately 2.33¢ per mile (not horrible, but still expensive)
  • 100% bonus is approximately 1.75¢ per mile (great price for the right redemptions)

Bearing in mind that United recently devalued its MileagePlus program. But even after this devaluation, the new unpublished United partner award chart includes the following award prices:

  • Los Angeles (LAX) to Porto (OPO) for 77,000 miles in business class
  • New York (JFK) to Cape Town (CPT) for 88,000 miles in business class
  • San Francisco (SFO) to Tokyo (NRT) for 121,000 miles in first class

If you qualify for the 100% buy miles bonuses, you could buy the miles necessary for these redemptions for:

  • Las Angeles (LAX) to Porto (OPO) — $1,365 in business class
  • New York (JFK) to Cape Town (CPT) — $1,540 in business class
  • San Francisco (SFO) to Tokyo (NRT) — $2,135 in first class
Buying miles can present incredible savings compared to the cash price for the same flight.

There are a lot of situations where the cost to buy a ticket could be far more expensive than buying miles with this bonus. This is especially true with one-way tickets that often cost more than half the round-trip price.

Maximize Your Purchase

United miles purchases are processed by Points.com, so your purchase will not qualify for any standard travel category bonus. However, if you happen to hold a United co-branded credit card, purchasing miles will qualify as a United purchase, earning the appropriate multiplier. Just make sure to select the “MileagePlus Visa” option from the dropdown list.

If you don't hold a United co-branded card—or you'd simply prefer to collect another award currency—then your best options are to use the purchase to meet a minimum spend requirement, or use a card optimized for everyday spending. Two of our favorite everyday spending cards include the The Blue Business® Plus Credit Card from American Express and Citi® Double Cash Card.

Other Ways to Get United Miles

If you're not in a bind for time and looking to build your stash of United miles, a better method might be through earning a sign-up bonus on a United co-branded credit card. The United℠ Business Card currently comes with a signup bonus of 75,000 after $5,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening.

United℠ Business Card
United℠ Business Card
Annual Fee$0 intro annual fee for the first year, then $99
Welcome Bonus Limited-time offer: Earn 75,000 bonus miles after $5,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening.
  • Limited Time Offer: Earn 75,000 bonus miles after qualifying purchases, plus $0 intro annual fee
  • Receive 5,000 bonus miles each anniversary when you have the United Business Card and a personal United credit card
  • Free checked bag - save up to $140 per roundtrip (terms apply)
  • Earn 2 miles per $1 spent on United purchases, at gas stations, office supply stores and more. Plus, you'll earn 1 mile per $1 spent on all other purchases.
  • Earn 2 miles per $1 spent at restaurants including eligible delivery services
  • 2 United ClubSM one-time passes at account opening and on each anniversary over a $100 value per year
  • Earn a $100 United travel credit after 7 flight purchases of $100 or more each anniversary year
  • Add employee cards at no additional cost - miles earned from their purchases accrue in your account and you can set individual spending limits on each card.
  • 2x on United purchases
  • 2x on local transit and commuting- including train tickets, taxicabs, mass transit, tolls and ride share services
  • 2x at gas stations, restaurants and office supply stores
  • 1x on all other purchases

Additionally, don't forget that United is a 1:1 transfer partner for Chase Ultimate Rewards. This means that points earned on cards like the Chase Sapphire Reserve® or Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card can be converted to United miles if you need a top-up for a redemption.

Bottom Line

For the majority of people, buying miles probably doesn't make sense right now—even at the best rate ever offered. Nevertheless, after witnessing a bunch of negative news about United recently, it is nice to see something positive.

Are you planning to buy United miles through this promotion?

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    Peggy Driesen says:

    It’s sure come in handy to purchase a few miles when you’re just short of an award milestone for another ticket!
    Too bad it’s so hard to go anywhere right now!

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    I was about to jump all over this as I am looking for a business class Lufthansa flight from ATL to FRA. However, there are NO Lufthansa flights at all! Only partner flights. Is this to do with COVID? Any ideas when Lufthansa will start flying FRAATL again?

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      Ugh! The route cancellations due to COVID have been so frustrating. At this point, the ATL-FRA route is relaunching on March 1, 2021 – using an Airbus A340-300.

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    This is great! I’m flying to New York soon and I’ll use these points to book it!

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    Juan Ignacio says:

    Good deal, Star Alliance has the best airlines’ network. I wish they did the same with AA.

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    The only time I would buy miles is if I needed to top off my account for a international premium saver award.

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    It looks like UA is at least releasing more award seats, which could justify buying miles a little more.

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    This is a good deal however not sure when will it save to fly

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    Earn more miles with your own United credit card 🙂

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    85% more miles is seems good offer, but i have saw a deal to get 100% bonus miles. Isn’t it ?But for now UA are expiry now. That’s would be good to buy some miles.

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    Brilliant news. 85% bonus is really a good deal even though I am not able to fly at the moment.

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    Yeah. I have use UA to redeem a economic class from Tokyo to Tahiti , it’s a long time trip and Tahiti so beautiful that i’d like to go there once again. UA miles easy to use and can be use for expensive trip. Just use 900$ to have return economic to enjoy 3000$ flight ticket.

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    Facundo Pramparo says:

    This looks like a very good deal. I wish they did the same with AA.

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    While united miles are great (probably the best out there), there’s little use for this at the moment as i don’t see myself flying anytime in the future. Real bad timing.

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    Manuel Varela says:

    I think if you get the 100% extra it’s a good deal. I’m really considering buying some miles, although I don’t really know when I’ll be able to travel. Hope that AA announce something similar. Thanks as usual!

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    IMHO UA miles lost their value quite a bit and a 100% bonus doesn’t cut it anymore.
    They need to provide at least 120% bonus to make me think about purchasing their miles once again.

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    Isabela Tiffy says:

    Awesome deal! It’s so cheap price to buy UA miles and I don’t need care it’s will be expiry and UA mile very useful to go to many place and have no oil fee. Thanks for this news.

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    I just don’t see myself doing this. There are too many other ways to get United points. Even for quick top ups, it still might be better to buy some gift cards that you’d use anyway through the UnitedPlus X app.

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    This is best deal I’ve seen from United. I think Delta had something similar earlier. It would be great Air Canada has something like this.

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    thank you for posting. i need some more united miles.

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    Why would you consider buying UA Miles when the current Lifemiles offer, is a far better value?

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      Great question! The LifeMiles offer is certainly excellent. However, there are some award travelers that don’t feel comfortable learning another program or may feel uncomfortable buying LifeMiles since Avianca is in reorganizational bankruptcy. Personally, I’d be going for the LifeMiles. But we want to let our readers know about all of the potential offers out there.

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    Sadly did not get targeted. Love my United miles thou!

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    This is a really good deal, specially with the 100% bonus. Compare this with the value of the credit card miles and you will see. There are plenty of United award seats to Europe in the next 12 months and spending $1400 on a one-way Polaris business class ticket next summer to Europe is a great deal. Too bad it is targeted and I was not targted 🙁

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    I think they will devalue their program again

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    I’d like to buy some miles. Excellent.

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    Hernan Paponi says:

    United as many others are in big problems during these days. I hope the industry can survive the shutdown we all are in. We’ll regret When many of these companies desapear from business or stop Flying to certain places. Hope these promotions help them to Keep in business.

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    Michaelj1 says:

    1.75 per mile is not going to do it for me.

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      JT Genter says:

      Fair enough! Buying miles isn’t going to make sense for a lot of travelers, but we want to share these deals since some travelers do get value out of them!

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    Rodrigo Fraiman says:

    I red that United Airlines miles doesn’t expire.
    Is a temporal decisión or something permanente for ever?

    Thanks

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      T&C always say they can change the terms at any time, for any reason. This is undoubtedly a “perk” that is being used since travel is so risky now. Once it rebounds, I’m sure more strict policy (and expiration dates) will follow suit. They can use your $ that you spend on miles now and ultimately give you something that “will” expire later.

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    MARIA ANA LARRERE says:

    Many thanks for your help. I am glad to hear that United miles does not expire. I think that considering the situation about COVID 19, it would be nice that Aadvantage could postpone the expiration date of our miles. As a traveller I really appreciate what AwardWallet does for us.
    Many thanks for your help! Maria

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    The best rate I´ve seen so far during this time. If you´re planning a trip after the pandemic it´s worth buying.

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    Maybe not the right time for investing money in airlines just to avoid surprises but after this period it´s a good option.

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    Happy to read the United miles will not expire anymore, but I think that they would sell miles at a cheaper rate during this pandemic.
    However, airlines won’t be back to normal operation until the end of this year so It is kind of difficult to buy miles as they might change the terms at any time. Let’s see.

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    What is the best rare anyone has seen on buying united miles???

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    Airlines won’t be back to normal operation until the end of this year. Would avoid buying miles as they might change the terms at any time to reduce risk of filing bankruptcy.

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    Manuel Varela says:

    Ok now this is a good promo! I think United it’s a very big company and will not have big problems after COVID19 so it’s a good option.

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    Even though the miles don’t expire, with the current world crisis there is, buying big amounts of miles doesn’t seem like a smart choise. I will wait on this one.

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    Florencia says:

    I agree that this is not the time to buy miles, even with a specific plan to use them. What happens if the company goes bankrupt? Unfortunately no one is exempt, not even United.

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    i would think that they would sell miles at a cheaper rate during this pandemic. it doesnt make sense to me. im glad they dont expire though.

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    bulstrode says:

    Thought a lot, for sure it’s risky – but decided to try

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    Leonardo Ostropolsky says:

    Happy to read the United miles will not expire anymore!!! Delta does it for so long!
    Thanks

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    Florencia says:

    It is sad, but in this context I would not buy tickets or miles from any airline. many do not survive the covid crisis.

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      I would be blown away if any of United, American, Delta, or Southwest didn’t survive all of this. Airlines are kind of like truckers, without airlines America stops.

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        I agree that they’ll survive, but I wouldn’t buy miles at this time, especially from UA who have shown themselves to be bad actors in regards to their FFP.

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    Karina Cesar says:

    Normally I wouldn´t recommend to buy miles, but with a 75% bonus it could be a good deal

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    Maryjane says:

    I agree that I would not give United my money at this time. (Despite the fact they need it.) I’m going to keep earning Chase UR points and use those if I have an opportunity for a miles redemption on United.

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    Juan Ignacio says:

    Great opportunity, more than ever when UA miles doesn¡t expire anymore.

    Hope all airlines do something similar… so they could store up some money.

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    Absolutely agree. Hard to trust United now (not that they had much to begin with).

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    I wouldn’t purchase any airline miles speculatively in this situation. No one knows if these airlines will survive.

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    With the difficulties I’m having getting a refund for a united ticket… no thanks!! How an airline treats a customer during these difficult times is very telling of where my first choice for travel partners will be… and it’s NOT united. There is NO WAY i’m giving United more $$ for them to hold with devaluing mileage as it is. I moved my primary mileage earning to Alaska Airlines 5+ years ago and haven’t looked back since.

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    Not even interested this time around! Just too much hassle with United over getting my last tickets during pandemic refunded and reimbursed!

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    This is a good way for United to store up some more cash to weather the Covid slowdown. Hope this works.

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    One would assume UA would sell miles at a cheaper rate than usual these days, but selling them at a higher price is quite puzzling.

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    They very much need the extra cash, so I wonder why they launched a targeted offer.

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    Glad to hear that the United Miles don’t expire anymore, I’m a hoarder!