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You’d be buying miles for roughly 2.15 cents a piece.
Airlines have been more and more aggressive with their mileage sales. AA basically offers their miles at “discount” every month, and Alaska runs a quarterly sale that drops their miles down to roughly the same price that United is currently offering theirs. Why? They make an insane amount of money doing it. We’re talking 8 figures a year. Their hope is that you’ll burn your miles redeeming for silly things like non-saver level domestic economy seats. We know better – we aim to lie flat and sip champers like ballers 😉
It’s no surprise that United has had some very attractive mileage sales in the last year, and this is one of the better deals we’ve seen ( I believe the best was last year at 100% bonus). I’d never advocate buying miles speculatively becuase you never know what airlines may/may not do with devaluation. Case in point, look at the fiasco with Alaska this past week and the temporary restriction on close-in bookings. With that said…if you have a redemption in mind and you’re short…this is an attractive level to pick up some miles.
Until March 9th, buy United miles with a 75% bonus. AND enter to win 1M miles.
Buy over 30k miles & get 75% bonus
148,750 miles will set you back about $3200 or $0.0215 per point.
Some of the best redemptions are on their partners flying to Europe and Asia.
SAS at 70k
EVA at 80k to Asia. One of the best business class products out there.