- Save 20% when you buy less than 25,000 award miles
- Save 40% when you buy 25,000 award miles or more
As always with United, you can purchase up to 100,000 award miles per calendar year per account.
With this offer you can buy miles at ~ 2.3 cents per mile, which is darned good for United miles considering what they usually ask. I’ve seen sale prices of 2 cents for American miles and a hair under 1.9 cents for US Airways miles of late, but United usually gets more even with its purchase miles promos. Which isn’t entirely unfair since MileagePlus miles for most folks offer the best redemption opportunities.
Here’s the pricing for the top amounts purchasable:
Still, I do not buy miles speculatively. You give up cash now and have to trust that award charts won’t become more expensive and that seats you want will be available.
Instead, I buy miles to top off an account towards a specific award (rather than buying enough miles outright for an award) or because I have a particular use for the miles right away.
If you fall into one of those camps, it’s better to buy miles from United during this offer than at other times.
(HT: Reader John M.)