United is once again selling miles with attractive bonuses……
This time, it’s a fairly straight forward bonus grid. Purchase between 5,000 and 24,000 miles and get a 35% bonus. Purchase between 25,000 and 85,000 miles and get a 75% bonus.
Obviously the better ratio is for the larger purchase….
Buying 24,000 miles for $840.00 will earn you a total of 32,400 miles which boils down to 2.59 cents per mile.
Maxing out at 85,000 miles for $2975 will earn you a total of 148,750 miles which equates to 2 cents per mile. There is a bit of tax involved as well, so your CPM (cents per mile) value comes down a little bit.
The sale runs through July 3, 2017, so if you’re short a few miles in your UA account for that Lufthansa First Class seat, here’s a good opportunity to address that problem…..
Lufthansa Group Airlines has launched a group wide Business Class fare sale for travel to the USA from Zurich, Vienna, and Rome.
Fares are amazing. You can fly to the East Coast for only $1600. The same goes for most midwest destinations as well. Surprisingly, you can fly from Vienna or Rome to the West Coast for only $1400!!!
The fare is valid for travel on all LH Group airlines (yes, including Brussels), as well as on United and Air Canada. The fare seems to cover travel dates until year end. I did notice however there are a few pockets where the fares are valid for travel on Thursdays-Sundays, mostly on Vienna flights to the East Coast.
The fares book into deep discount ‘P’ class and require either a 6 night stay, or just a Saturday night stay, making this a very attractive deal. I’m not sure when the sale will end, it may be a very temporary 24 hour ‘Flash’ offer.
United is at it again with another edition of their MileagePlus Miles Sale.
This time, you can earn up to 50% more miles when you buy miles for your account. The bonus is incremental based on the amount of miles you purchase.
If you buy between 5,000 and 35,000 miles you’ll earn a 25% bonus.
If you buy over 35,000 miles you’ll earn a 50% bonus.
At maximum bonus levels, you’ll be buying miles for 2.3 cents per mile (including the bonus miles). Not a bad deal if you need to top off your account or are missing a few miles that are keeping you from that enjoyable Lufthansa First Class seat!
The promo started yesterday and continues through May 22. You can buy up to 150,000 miles for your account each year (including bonus miles credit).
Back in February, United launched one of their better miles purchase deals by offering Mileage Plus members up to 80% more miles when buying miles for their accounts.
The clock runs out on this deal at midnight on April 20, so theres still time left for those procrastinating about the purchase.
Based on feedback received from readers, it seems that few MP members are getting the 80% offer when they log into their account, but most are seeing bonus levels of 50-75%, which still makes for an attractive deal. Attractive because of the the fun things you can do like use those miles for First or Business Class tickets on Lufthansa, or Business Class tickets on SWISS, Austrian, and Brussels.
Use this link to be taken to the Promo’s home page. You’ll be asked to log into your Mileage Plus account, at which point you’ll see what bonus you qualify for.
My wife forwarded me an email earlier today that she received from United giving her the opportunity to earn up to an 80% bonus for miles purchased into her Mileage Plus account. Good news indeed! It’s one of the best offers that I think I’ve ever seen from UA. Her offer was interesting because everywhere else I look, I only saw a 75% bonus maximum. She backed up the truck and bought her full allotment for 2017.
When I logged into my account to purchase miles, I was offered a 75% discount for the same promo so it may be that your mileage bonus may vary based on your status level or length of MileagePlus membership.
Regardless, when an opportunity comes along that offers more than a 50% bonus to buy miles for MileagePlus, it’s usually a fairly good value considering the redemption opportunities that exist for Lufthansa, SWISS, Brussels, and Austrian.
According to the fine print, it looks like this promo is in place until April 20, 2017.