For the next few days until the 28th you can purchase United Miles with a 100% bonus which can be good for cheap Star Alliance flights.
For reference here are the other guides that I’ve already written:
- Guide to Purchasing Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Miles for Cheap Business Class Flights
- Guide to Purchasing Virgin America Points for Cheap Business Class Flights
- Guide to Purchasing Hilton HHonors Points for Cheap Hotel Nights
- Guide to Purchasing IHG Rewards Points for Cheap Hotel Nights
- Guide to Purchasing SPG Points for Cheap Starwood Hotel Nights
- Guide to Purchasing Hyatt Gold Passport Points for Cheap Hotel Nights
- Guide to Buying United Mileage Plus Miles for Cheap Star Alliance Flights
Latest United Airlines Mileage Plus Purchase Promotion
I don’t purchase points or miles when there isn’t a promotion as it very very rarely makes sense so all of the guides featured above fit around the idea that you purchase when you get more for your money.
These promotions are pretty regular so even if you miss (or have missed) this one they’ll be another don’t worry.
The current promotion seems to open to all members, unlike some of the previous targeted offers. The promotion is pretty generous compared to some previous ones. This time they are offering a 100% bonus on miles purchase in the following ratio:
- Buy 5,000 – 19,000 miles | Get a 25% bonus
- Buy 20,000 – 39,000 miles | Get a 50% bonus
- Buy 40,000 – 75,000 miles | Get a 100% bonus
If you purchase the full 150,000 it works out as – $2,821.88 USD or 1.88 cents each (with the tax included).
To purchase click the link below:
I wouldn’t advise purchasing these speculatively as the purchase amount is a lot even with the bonus, remember that you’ll still need to redeem the miles.
Using United Airlines Mileage Plus Miles for Cheap Business/First Class Flights
Similar to purchasing American Airlines AAdvantage Miles there are some bargains to be had.
This is the award chart for Star Alliance partners which includes the likes of Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, and ANA:
If you’re looking for the full chart including the other award options then check out the United site here:
There are good options available for flyers in the South Asia Region which includes Singapore and Malaysia (all one-way)
- Flights to Australia/New Zealand – 30,000 Business Class and 40,000 First Class
- Flights to Oceania – 40,000 Business Class and 60,000 First Class
- Flights to the US – 80,000 Business Class
So a return flight to Australia or New Zealand would work out as $1128 for Business Class and $1,504 First Class. That’s significantly cheaper than paying the asking price of around $2,400 and $4,500 respectively for the same flights.
The main issue is going to be that unless there is a miles bonus (rather than a discount) you’d have to top-up your account with another 10,000 miles for a return flight.
You can purchase the miles here:
Finding Redemption Availability
Don’t forget that anytime you buy miles you are running the risk that you can’t redeem them. United lets you search for awards before you purchase – use it!
Unfortunately for those that want to redeem United Airlines Mileage Plus Miles on SQ note that they can’t be seen or booked online – you have to call in. In addition you’ll never see the same space on KrisFlyer as the agents will be able to book through United.
It’s also very hard if not impossible to redeem for First/Suites on SQ with these miles, but easier with Thai and other Star Alliance carriers. Lufthansa has the annoying habit of only releasing space two weeks ahead.
If you’ve got some tips to share about using United Airlines Mileage Plus Miles then let everyone know!