See How Many Bonus Miles You Can Earn Through the United Mile Play Promotion

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United just launched a new version of its Mile Play promotion. Through Mile Play, you can earn bonus United miles for completing individually-tailored tasks. The offer you receive is based on your flying history with United.

It comes as no surprise that most individual offers will require you to fly a little more than you typically would during the promotion time frame. Since the promotion is targeted, you will have to log in to your United account to see what tasks you have been assigned. But, United doesn't target all MileagePlus members for every promotion.

United Mile Play promotion banner

United Mile Play Key Terms

  • You need to register for the promotion by September 30, 2021.
  • Members must complete all activities by September 30, 2021.
  • Only activities booked after registration are eligible for the promotion.
  • The offer you receive is based on your flying history with United.
  • Allow six to eight weeks for the bonus miles to post to your account.
  • Transaction bonuses will post to your account after each transaction. United will award cumulative bonuses at the end of the promotion.

Example Mile Play Promotions

The goals for individual Mile Play promotions will vary by individual United MileagePlus account. Typically, you will receive something along the lines of “Book and take a trip X time(s) to get XX bonus award miles”. With each offer being tailored, yours will reflect your recent travel history with United. So if you rarely fly United, you may get a bonus for a single flight.

United Mile Play example

On the other hand, If you're a more frequent United customer, you may be asked to book and fly several times to earn a bonus.

If you have some travel plans coming up and have not flown recently with United, it is worth checking out if you are targeted for Mile Play. Since you may find that you have received a lucrative offer as United tries to tempt you back.

Related reading: The Ultimate Guide to United MileagePlus

United Mile Play Promotion Restrictions

Although this offer seems to be widely available, not all MileagePlus accounts will be targeted for the United Mile Play promotion. It is not entirely clear what exactly are the exclusion criteria. However, restrictions may be due to the geographical location of your United account, your mileage balance, or the age of your United account.

Not all members are targeted for United Mile Play tasks

Other Ways of Earning United Miles

While the United Mile Play promotion is a great way to earn bonus United miles, it's far from the only way. Chase offers a full lineup of co-brand credit cards that can turn your everyday purchases into miles. And some United co-branded cards are offering an elevated sign-up bonus:

United℠ Business Card
United℠ Business Card
Annual Fee$0 intro annual fee for the first year, then $99
Welcome Bonus Earn 75,000 bonus miles after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open.
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $99.
  • Receive a 5,000-mile "better together" bonus each anniversary when you have both the UnitedSM Business Card and a personal United credit card.
  • Earn 2 miles per $1 spent on United purchases, dining (including eligible delivery services), at gas stations, office supply stores, and on local transit and commuting.
  • Earn 1 mile per $1 spent on all other purchases. Plus, employee cards at no additional cost - miles earned from their purchases accrue in your account so you can earn rewards faster.
  • Enjoy a free first checked bag - a savings of up to $140 per roundtrip (terms apply), 2 United ClubSM one-time passes per year, and priority boarding privileges.
  • Get unlimited deliveries with a $0 delivery fee and reduced service fees on eligible orders over $12 for one year with DashPass, DoorDash's membership service. Activate by 12/31/21.
  • $100 United travel credit after 7 United flight purchases of $100 or more each anniversary year.
  • 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

Related: How to Earn United Miles

Our Take

If you are a United member, it only takes a few seconds to register to check your offer. You may be nicely surprised to see that you have been assigned an attractive offer. If you fly with other airlines, you may find that switching one or two flights over to United to earn bonus miles is an easy win. On the other hand, if you fly United regularly, your task list will probably be more extensive.

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  • As expected I’m not targeted by this promo.
    Maybe because I’m based in Europe.

  • Unfortunately it look like my account is not eligible 🙁 Perhaps it is because it’s been quite awhile since I have booked a United flight

  • No offers. 🙁 How does the targeting work? I’ve flown 2.5 trips this year on United (and the single one way was in first).

  • Taking 3 trips in the next 60 days will be hard. I definitely travel but have been using Delta much more lately.

  • I love these kind of promotions, that are like a game! It’s really engaging for me somehow!

  • United could spread the love to those currently unable to fly by creating some offers that do not involve flying. E.g. restaurant dining or United GC purchase.

  • Got 10,000 miles, whats this worth in $$ about $150.00?

  • Sadly not available to me for some reason!

  • My offer is worthwhile especially considering that I expect to take a few short business trips in the next few weeks. United has the better schedule for the airports I use. This is a beneficial promotion.

  • gabriel rama says:

    Where I live there are many cases of covid19 and there are restrictions on the departure of flights abroad, as soon as they solve this problem I will travel to the USA, Europe and the Caribbean. Take advantage of these credit card and traveler programs!

  • Maryjane says:

    I completed last quarter’s mileplay so I thought it unlikely that I would get to play again so soon. I was surprised to find an offer of 5500 points after completing three flights. The way it is set up, it makes it doubly important to book one way trips rather than return.

    My offer was not particularly generous, but better than nothing. Especially since my flying patterns will make this one quite easy to achieve. I think it is also stackable with United’s current offer for elites and my United Explorer card’s offer.

  • Keeping my fingers crossed that I will get a targeted offer. I love United..

  • Patricio Chifflet says:

    Hi! It is a great opportunity the fact that United had launched a new version of its Mile Play promotion.
    We will be able to earn bonus United miles for completing our individually-tailored tasks. It motivates us to travel more often with United. Thanks for taking care of your customers!

  • angelo fonseca says:

    The offer is really cool. I’ve never seen anything like this at United. Too bad I’m not targeted.

  • Not targeted again… bummer. 🙁

  • I had known about this new promo. I’ll have to look. Usually they just want me to fly since I haven’t flown UA yet. I wonder how many people are like me, who have gotten all their miles through charges and promos? It is highly likely that I will be not targeted.

  • They really don’t give you a whole lot of time to complete this. As if I can just drop everything and book a flight for two weeks from now. Oh well.

  • I wonder why they have only targeted some members. Although targets may be tailored due to the individual’s profile and flying history, it would have made sense to me to offer everybody a target to encourage more flying.

  • Wow, this United game is way harder to earn points than the AA 40 anniversary game.

  • Mine was having to fly 4 times in the next 2 months. Yeah, highly doubtful that is going to happen. Terrible on United’s part.

  • I got a deal to fly three trips in a premium cabin (each trip requires a minimum spend of $1000) and for that will receive 110,000 miles. That’s a good deal and well worth it to upgrade a standard ticket to first class for all of those extra miles…

  • I had got an offer for PLAY sometime back but did not click on it. Now it does not show up in my account. Maybe it was for something else, but good to know and I will keep an eye for more offers.

  • Well, did not qualify. Wonder, if, it is because I took advantage of the most recent points for sale offer?

  • 3 trips for 5,000 bonus miles. Nope.

  • I got offered a ton of miles, but the tasks are ones that I’d be very unlikely to hit even in normal times — and there’s no way I’ll hit them during a pandemic.

  • Log in to my United MileagePlus account and I don’t have any missions or promotions assigned… 🙁

  • Got targeted for 3300 points after two trips, not a compelling promo. If I were already taking trips, would have gotten it but not really compelling enough. Would have preferred to see some Visa Mileage promo in the MileagePlusX app like last year.

  • Kind of reminds me of the old IHG Accelerate program in a way. Ultimately, any chance for more more miles/points is a good thing though.

  • Bummer not eligible for this promo again… Thank you for the post though!

  • I got and used the first promo- 1 trip 5k miles. This time it’s 2 for 5700k miles. The second is unlikely to happen

  • I saw this and went to see and I didn’t get anything. Oh well. I did discover that MyPoints might be my magic way of earning UA points. Getting points from receipts can add up and a person could get quite a bit built up to redeem.

  • I was not targeted this time around nor the last time either. I would like to know their exact criteria for who would be targeted.

  • Overseas MileagePlus are totally out of luck this time.

  • It will be difficult to respond to this challenge, unless you still travel a lot within the USA for business.

  • I got fly two trips and earn 2500 miles. Each trip has to be 175 dollars to qualify. Not nearly enough to entice me to fly Inited when I need to keep my status on American and Delta. Of course I just found out about a contract in a town that is only served by United, so I might actually achieve this offer in spite of my preferences.

  • I checked my United account and I am not eligible for this offer. Could it be because I only fly basic Economy?

    • Potentially! United doesn’t share how they pick who is and isn’t eligible. So, that could potentially factor in, but we can’t know for sure.

  • Could really use this promo in the UK. I assume it doesn’t apply?

    • I don’t see any geographic restrictions. But, it’s probably going to take a trip to the States to be able to earn any bonuses.

  • Didn’t work for me 🙁

  • No luck! I’ve tried, but it didn’t work.

  • Thanks for your interest.
    Unfortunately, the account number you entered is not eligible for this offer. Please visit to view your account details, book flights, and explore all the ways to earn and use miles.

  • I wasn’t one of the eligible recipients for the MilePlay this time around. I did receive it at least once in the last year or so. Curious about the criteria.

  • No offers. 🙁 Any thoughts or tips on how to get targeted?

    • Long ago, I researched whether or not anything could be done. Unfortunately, I came up with zilch. All we know is that it is based on how you currently fly with them, since that’s the only info they have. And, I doubt anyone is willing to change their flying habits with a carrier just to receive their targeted promotions, especially when you don’t know how exactly to change.

  • Why not all MileagePlus accounts will be targeted for the United Mile Play promotion? I am sad.

  • I got an offer for fly once, get 6,000 miles. Much much better than any UA offer I’ve gotten in the past.