Today marks the 18th year of my marital bliss and like any decent fellow I thought to surprise my wife at work with flowers to acknowledge her sacrifice. I figure it would be a nice change of pace for her day in between operating rooms and surgeries that typically take up her time.
So with flowers ordered a few days in advance, the surprise was set and I spent this morning waiting for her to let me know that the bouquet had arrived. So at about midday, they finally show up and we exchange a few messages (Me in the blue):
Typically when an occasion requires flowers I always suggest we do it through United Mileage Plus because of the huge multipliers you get for ordering flowers using FTD, etc. through the MileagePlus shopping portal. But in this case I ordered them from a local florist who I know and trust not to screw up something like flowers for an anniversary. So sadly no 20x miles from United for a way overpriced handful of flowers from an FTD dealer.
However, it does put a smile on my face that my wonderful wife, in midst of talking about our anniversary, is concerned about how many miles I’ll earn for celebrating it. I’m pretty lucky! 🙂
United has made their first ‘Mileage Sale’ a decent one for 2017. Mileage Plus members can earn between 25% and 75% in bonus miles with their purchase, depending on the amount of miles purchased. The sale runs through January 23.
Here is the breakdown:
If you buy between 10,000 and 14,000 miles you’ll earn a 25% bonus of additional miles (equating about 2.8 cents per mile).
If you buy between 15,000 and 29,000 miles you’ll earn a 50% bonus of additional miles (equating about 2.3 cents per mile).
If you buy between 30,000 and 85,000 miles you’ll earn a 75% bonus of additional miles (equating about 2 cents per mile).
Remember that you can buy 150,000 miles a year (including the free bonus amount), and that ‘clock’ has reset to zero for everyone so you can back the truck up and load up 150k miles once again this year.
And of course you know that the best place to use these miles is for those First and Business Class Seats on Lufthansa, SWISS, Brussels Airlines, and Austrian!
When you first bring up the Mileage Plus purchase screen, you’ll see an offer for only 50%, but when you log in you should see the 75% offer available.
UPDATE: Some of you have shared that you are being limited only to 50% bonus for purchases. This may be as a result of United targeting certain members for a 50% or 75% bonus. Here is an image from my own transaction, showing that I would receive a 75% bonus:
Need those extra few miles for a Lufthansa First Class Ticket?
Until May 27, United’s Mileage Plus is offering a bonus of up to 100% of award miles purchased for your account. The sale is tiered whereby you will get a 25% bonus for buying between 5000 and 19000 miles, a 50% bonus for buying between 20,000 and 39,000 miles and a fantastic 100% bonus for buying 40,000 or more miles. Keep in mind you can buy up to 150,000 miles per year per account.
At the most lucrative level, the 100% bonus tier, you’ll wind up only paying 1.88 cents per mile (including taxes). Well below the threshold for what is considered a good deal.
Until April 25, United is offering Mileage Plus members the opportunity to top off their account balances with a fairly attractive miles sale. The sale is tiered, so the more miles you buy, the greater your discount.
Purchasing between 5000 and 9000 miles will earn you a 20% mileage bonus (3.1 Cents Per Mile including taxes).
Purchasing between 10000 and 19000 miles will earn you a 40% mileage bonus (2.8 Cents Per Mile including taxes).
Purchasing between 20000 and 80000 miles will earn you an 80% mileage bonus (2.1 Cents Per Mile including taxes).
As you can see, the best option is at the 20,000+ mile purchase level. The deal is not necessarily the best that’s ever existed but if you are short a few miles for that Lufthansa First Class ticket, this kind of a sale is an economical way to fill the gap.
You can buy up to 80,000 miles (plus the 80% bonus) with this specific sale with an annual limit of 150,000 miles that can be purchased.
Miles do not count towards status level, they are strictly award miles.
There’s one more day left to take advantage of United’s offer to buy miles for as low as 1.9 cents per mile (CPM). The raw number is actually about 1.7 CPM but when you factor in the taxes/fees it adds a couple of tenths.
The discount is based on the amount of miles purchased and is tiered as follows:
Buy 5,000 – 9,000 miles: Get 25% bonus
Buy 10,000 – 29,000 miles: Get 50% bonus
Buy 30,000 – 75,000 miles: Get 100% bonus
It’s once you buy 30,000 miles or more that you’ll get the CPMs under .02 cents, which makes it a very attractive opportunity to top off your balances.
Keep in mind that you can buy up to 150,000 miles a year, so if you have any room left, then you might want to take advantage of this deal.
And you know the best way to spend them right? 😉 I’m thinking Lufthansa First or Business Class award bookings!
H/T: View From The Wing