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Buying United Airlines miles

Discussion in 'questions. answers. conversations.' started by surfdoc, May 3, 2019.

  1. surfdoc

    surfdoc New Member

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    United Airlines currently has a 70% bonus on buying miles which makes the average price 2.21 cents per mile. I only buy miles to use on business class flights on United. Is this a reasonable deal to add to my account??
     
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    MidSouth Skier Well-Known Member

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    Welcome @surfdoc - we generally only recommend buying miles if you have an immediate use for them. But that doesn't seem like a great price. Ben only values UA miles at 1.4 cents apiece.
     
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    surfdoc New Member

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    First of all, it is impossible to buy United miles at 1.4 cents or generally for anything less than 2 cents. Second, I have read and been told for business class tickets to Europe miles bought around 2 cents plus your accumulated miles is a good deal. When I might have "immediate" need for miles never allows me or anyone to get this kind of discount. Thus, your reply doesn't make sense to me respectively. ???
     
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    MidSouth Skier Well-Known Member

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    Have you read Ben's page about how he values points & miles? That might be a good place to start. Look under the Start Here tab above.
     
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    70% isnt the best bonus that UA sells miles for, every so often, they sell them with a 100% bonus. However, even then, it's not a great idea to buy miles without a use in mind. United is moving to dynamic award pricing for their own flights, which isn't great.
     
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