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What is a good value to buy UA miles?

Discussion in 'questions. answers. conversations.' started by uela2, Jun 10, 2019.

  1. uela2

    uela2 New Member

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    What is a good rate to buy UA miles for international travel (2 in business and 3 in premium economy)?
     
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  2. Gaurav

    Gaurav Well-Known Member

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    Any rate that is affordable to you and gives you a discount over the cash price while factoring in the loss of mileage earned.
     
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  3. David W

    David W Well-Known Member

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    UA is having a sale on miles at the moment, with a 100% bonus on purchased miles. This represents the best rate at which UA offers the miles.

    https://onemileatatime.com/united-buy-miles-promo/

    Personally, for travel on UA or other Star Alliance partners, if there is saver award space available, LifeMiles may be a better option.
     
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  4. David W

    David W Well-Known Member

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    Consider the number of miles you need to purchase for each ticket, and how much you save compared to buying a cash ticket (also factor in what miles you may earn from buying a cash ticket). If buying miles comes out cheaper than a cash ticket, go for it. Depending on the route, you'll save more money using miles for business class rather than prem econ
     
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    MidSouth Skier Well-Known Member

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    But of course make sure there's saver space available on the routes you want, especially if you must fly on specific dates. We never recommend buying miles without a specific redemption in mind. But to David's point, a friend of mine bought enough miles for a first class ticket more cheaply than he could have purchased a business class ticket with cash. (This was on AA/Cathay but the point holds regardless of the airline.)
     
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