United Airlines’ frequent flyer program MileagePlus is offering a bonus of up to 85% on miles purchases until 21 June 11:59 PM US Central Time (CT).

This is an above-average bonus for United miles, which can be used for cheaper Star Alliance redemptions to Asia and beyond.

This buy miles offer then continues until 2 July, but at a reduced bonus rate of 70%.

This guide covers the latest United MileagePlus buy miles promotions. We also have a dedicated guide on how to buy United MileagePlus miles here.

The current United Airlines ‘buy miles’ promotion

The promotion I’ve been offered is tiered as follows:

  • 5,000 to 14,000 miles: 30% bonus
  • 15,000 to 34,000 miles: 50% bonus
  • 35,000 to 94,000 miles: 85% bonus
United MileagePlus banner for 85% bonus miles promotion until June 21 2020

Your tiers may be different, so log in to your account to see which bonus you’ve been offered.

The top tier will likely drop to 75% following the end of their early bird offer which runs only until 21 June.

Buying the maximum 94,000 MileagePlus miles would yield a total of 173,900 miles including the bonus for US$3,290.00 (includes taxes), equating to a cost of ~US 1.89 cents per mile.

The maximum number of miles you can buy per year is 175,000, including those offered as part of a bonus promotion.

While the current situation with travel worldwide makes points purchases risky and speculative, this is an above average value offer. This may make it worth purchasing miles for a future use.

Example uses of United MileagePlus miles

United MileagePlus no longer offer a fixed mileage chart, which means that pricing for awards even with partners can be variable – either more expensive than they were before (more likely), or cheaper if off-peak (less likely).

Flights to/from Australia on the MileagePlus award chart will typically start from as follows:

DestinationCabinCost from
New ZealandBusiness Class25,000 miles
Rest of OceaniaBusiness Class40,000 miles
South Asia/Hong Kong/JapanBusiness Class50,000 miles
First Class65,000 miles
North AsiaBusiness Class55,000 miles
First Class75,000 miles
Mainland US, Alaska and CanadaBusiness Class90,000 miles
EuropeBusiness Class90,000 miles

Offer history

DateBonus (%)Notes
June 202085price reduced due to changes to US taxes on points purchases
April 2020100highest, three-day flash sale
March-April 202085
February 202085
December 201985
November 2019100highest, four-day flash sale
October-November 201985
September 2019100highest, one-day flash sale
August 201985
July 201975targeted
April 2019100highest, flash sale
March 201967
February 201985
December 201885
November 201870
August-September 2018100highest
July 2018100highest
May 2018100highest, targeted
April 201870
February 201875
December 2017100highest
November 2017 100highest
September 201775
July-September 2017100highest
July 201767
June 201775
May 201750
March 201775
February 201767
August 201667
July 2016100highest
February 201675
December 2015100highest
November 201580targeted
October 201580
September 201575
August 201550
July 201550
June 201530
April 201530
March 201550targeted
February 201530

Summing up

United MileagePlus buy miles promotions can be a great way to accumulate miles for cheap Star Alliance redemptions.

However, it only makes sense to do so when the offer is at least above average, and you have a particular Star Alliance partner redemption in mind.

The other program that you could consider buying points through for travel on Star Alliance is Avianca’s LifeMiles.

And as always, make sure there is award availability for the redemption you are eyeing off.

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Buy United MileagePlus miles with up to 85% bonus was last modified: June 19th, 2020 by Daniel Kinnoch