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 March 31, 2021.
  • Members must complete all activities by March 31, 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.

Typical Requirements

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 to get XX bonus award miles”:

United Mile Play promotion offer

With each offer being tailored, yours will reflect your recent travel history with United. So if you rarely fly United, you may get a lucrative bonus for a single flight. 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.

Related: How to Earn United Miles

United℠ Business Card
United℠ Business Card
Annual Fee$0 introductory 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.
  • 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 United℠ Business Card and a personal United credit card.
  • Earn 2 miles per $1 spent on United purchases, at restaurants (including eligible delivery services), 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.
  • Check your first bag for free (a savings of up to $140 per roundtrip) when you use your card to purchase your ticket.
  • Enjoy priority boarding privileges and get 2 United Club℠ one-time passes at account opening and each year for your anniversary.
  • $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

Our Take

If you are a United member, it only takes a few seconds to register and 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. Just keep in mind whether you will be able to complete the Mile Play promotions with the travel restrictions currently in place.

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    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…

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    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.

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

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    3 trips for 5,000 bonus miles. Nope.

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    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.

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

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    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.

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    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.

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

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    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

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    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.

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    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.

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    Overseas MileagePlus are totally out of luck this time.

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

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    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.

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

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      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.

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

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      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.

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    Didn’t work for me 🙁

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

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

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    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.

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

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      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.

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

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