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.

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United Mile Play Key Terms

  • You need to register for the promotion by November 15, 2020.
  • Members must complete all activities by November 15, 2020.
  • 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 “Earn XX miles for completing a given number of trips.”

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. One 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 intro annual fee for the first year, then $99
Welcome Bonus Earn 60,000 bonus miles after $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening.
  • Earn 60,000 bonus miles after qualifying purchases and enjoy $0 intro annual fee.
  • Receive a 5,000-mile better-together anniversary bonus when you have the United Business Card and a personal United credit card.
  • Earn 2 miles per $1 spent on United purchases, at gas stations, office supply stores, restaurants (including eligible delivery services), and on local transit and commuting.
  • Earn 1 mile per $1 spent on all other purchases. Enjoy no blackout dates - plus, miles never expire for MileagePlus® members.
  • Free checked bag - save up to $140 per roundtrip. (Terms apply.)
  • 2 United Club℠ one-time passes after account opening and on each anniversary* - over a $100 value per year.
  • $100 United travel credit after qualifying purchases, 25% back on United in-flight purchases and priority boarding.
  • 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

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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    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 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.