Extended: PayPal Promotion Offers $15 Back After United In-Flight Purchase Extended: PayPal Promotion Offers $15 Back After United In-Flight Purchase

Extended: PayPal Promotion Offers $15 Back After United In-Flight Purchase

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PayPal just extended its promotion valid on all domestic United flights to get $15 cashback when using the PayPal QR code for an in-flight purchase. This promotion is valid until September 30, 2022.

It's unclear if this promotion works for everyone, but it's definitely worth a try. If you want to see this offer, you'll be able to find it within the PayPal app in the special promotions tab.

Let's look at how the promotion works.

United In-Flight Promotion from PayPal

Banner image from PayPal advertising United in-flight promotion

PayPal has recently made QR codes available to use on domestic United flights, and there's a promotion to get people to start using them. You can earn $15 cashback when making your first eligible in-flight purchase before September 30, 2022. PayPal QR codes can be used even if you don't have internet, i.e. if you haven't purchased in-flight WiFi. However, you'll need to activate the feature before your flight when you do still have internet.

You will receive the $15 cashback into your PayPal account as soon as your device is connected to the internet. Each person can only claim this offer once.

How to Activate the PayPal QR Code

PayPal screenshot showing where to create the QR code

  • Open your PayPal app and click on the three cards in the bottom right corner.
  • Scroll down and select “In-person & QR code purchases” in the Preferences section.
  • Select which backup payment method to use when making QR code purchases.
  • You will now be able to make your United in-flight purchase with the PayPal QR code. Simply go to “In-Flight Purchase” and then “Pay Now” to show the PayPal QR code for the flight attendant.
  • If the United in-flight purchase is refunded, results in a failed capture, or otherwise does not complete before midnight on September 30, 2022, that purchase will not qualify for the $15 cashback from this PayPal promotion.

Terms and Conditions

  • Participants must be a resident of the 50 U.S. states or Washington, D.C., have a valid PayPal account, and be 18 years old or older.
  • Eligible purchases are only on United Airlines or United Express flights within the US.
  • Eligible purchases do not include purchases made through PayPal checkout, purchases made without the PayPal QR code, charitable donations, purchases made with PayPal.me, purchases made with any PayPal credit card, or purchases made with any currency other than USD.
  • See the PayPal website for full terms and conditions.

Screenshot showing the final payment screen to make in-flight purchase with PayPal on United flight to get $15 from the promotion

Our Take

If you have a domestic United flight before September 30, 2022, this is a nice promotion to take advantage of with PayPal. If you're planning on booking a United flight, don't forget to register for the just-launched United Mile Play promotion to potentially earn bonus miles.

There doesn't seem to be any minimum purchase to claim your $15 cashback. Don't forget you will also receive 25% back on in-flight purchases when using a United credit card to pay.

Will you have a flight you can take advantage of this promotion on?

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