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

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

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United just relaunched its Mile Play promotion. With the promotion, you can earn bonus United miles for completing individually tailored tasks. Typically, United sets the goals/tasks based on your flying history with United. With the reduced level of flying over the past two years, you may find your current offer quite generous as United tries to tempt you back into flying with them more regularly.

The Mile Play promotion is targeted. That means you will need to log into your United account to see what tasks United set for you. One thing to note is that this is not a universal promotion. Not all MileagePlus members will receive an offer every time the promotion is updated.

United Mile Play promotion banner

United Mile Play General Key Terms

  • You need to register for the promotion by September 30, 2022.
  • All promotion activities must be completed by September 30, 2022.
  • Only activities booked after registration are eligible for the promotion.
  • Allow six to eight weeks after the end of the promotion for the bonus miles to post to your account.

Example Mile Play Promotions

The goals for individual Mile Play promotions will vary by individual United MileagePlus accounts. 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 — like this Mile Play promotion offer that I was targeted for:

United Mile Play offer

If you fly United more often, you might get a more demanding offer. For example, this United Mile Play offer from a previous version required me to fly United twice — paying at least $150 each — to earn 5,900 bonus miles:

United Mile Play example offer

The specific terms and conditions are listed at the bottom of the offer. One example from this time around:

  • Member must register for this promotion on or prior to September 30, 2022.
  • Only transactions initiated after registration and completed on or prior to September 30, 2022 will qualify toward satisfaction of the offer requirements.
  • All flight activity for applicable Trip must be complete on or prior to September 30, 2022.
  • Each Trip must have a fare (as defined below) equal to or greater than $150.

For the purpose of these offers, a “trip” is defined by United as follows:

“Trip” is defined as each unique travel itinerary as documented by United with a confirmation number.

So, you can book a trip as two one-ways to get two qualifying trips for the sake of this promotion. Just make sure that you meet the minimum cost to make it a qualifying trip.

Related reading: The Ultimate Guide to United MileagePlus

United Mile Play Promotion Restrictions

Although the offer seems 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.

United Mile Play no bonus offer

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 United credit cards that can turn your everyday purchases into miles.

United℠ Business Card
United℠ Business Card
Annual Fee$99
Welcome Bonus Earn up to 150,000 bonus miles. Earn up to 150,000 bonus miles. Earn 75,000 bonus miles after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open. Plus, earn an additional 75,000 miles after you spend $20,000 total on purchases in the first 6 months your account is open..
  • Earn up to 150,000 bonus miles. Earn 75,000 bonus miles after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open. Plus, earn an additional 75,000 miles after you spend $20,000 total on purchases in the first 6 months your account is open.
  • Receive a 5,000-mile "better together" bonus each anniversary when you have both the United℠ Business Card and a personal Chase 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 Club℠ one-time passes per year, and priority boarding privileges.
  • Get one-year complimentary DashPass, a membership for both DoorDash and Caviar that provides unlimited deliveries with $0 delivery fees and lower service fees on eligible orders. After that, you are automatically enrolled in DashPass at the current monthly rate. Activate by 12/31/24.
  • $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

If you are just a few miles short of a specific redemption and don't hold a united cobranded credit card, you still have options to boost your mileage balance. You can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to United. Transfers are done at a ratio of 1:1 with a minimum transfer of 1,000 points. Typically transfers happen instantaneously.

Our Take

If you are a United member, it only takes seconds to register and check your offer. On the one hand, your offer may be average. However, you may be nicely surprised to see that you have been given an attractive proposition. If that is the case and you typically fly with other airlines, you may find that switching one or two flights over to United to earn bonus miles is an easy win. Regular united fliers, on the other hand, may find their assigned task list more extensive and expensive.

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  • I saw mine and I would have to book and take 2 trips by the 30jul but I would only get 4k bonus miles? I rarely fly UA so the bonus is enticing but not enough to make me pay the higher fares they have.

  • fernando pojaghi says:

    Gracias por la publicación. Revisé mi cuenta de United y no soy elegible para esta oferta. ¿Será porque solo vuelo Economy básica?

  • “Thanks for your interest”. No offers here either 🙁

  • Gonna give it a try and see if I get any offers!

  • United promotion seems pretty good if you expect to be flying during the offer period.

  • I do often get this from UA but I live in an AA hub, therefore, I usually fly AA. I have never taken advantage of this promo, yet. I like that they are still offering this and thinking out of the box to increase ridership.

  • Here’s the message I received when I tried to register:

    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.

  • No offers. 🙁

  • Harvey Kwan says:

    Not eligible for this promotion, located in NY

  • None for me either. I guess not flying UA for years plays into it.

  • 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

  • Are children’s Mileage Plus accounts from promotions in general? Their accounts get a “Your account does not qualify for these offer” type message instead of “You have no offers” message.

    • I haven’t heard any specific info about accounts in a minor’s name being excluded from promotions, but it’s certainly possible. It might also be that the promo requires you to meet some spending / flying threshold that your kids just haven’t met.

  • Kripal Singh says:

    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.

    Explore

  • Bill from Maine says:

    1 flight nets me 9300 miles.

  • 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 united.com 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.