This morning, we published a post about big increased payouts at some popular retailers through the United MileagePlus shopping portal. The star of the show was Staples offering 10 United MileagePlus miles per dollar. Unfortunately, it was very short lived. Shortly thereafter, people began reporting that the rate had dropped to 2 or 3 miles per dollar (depending on whether or not they held a Mileage Plus credit card). Wondering if there had been a mistake, we reached out to a representative of the shopping portal and they confirmed that they will honor 10x for those orders received between midnight and 10am. I believe that the Mileage Plus shopping portal runs on Central Time, though it wasn’t immediately clear.
Of course, if your order did not meet portal terms (i.e. you ordered something that was excluded based on the terms), you won’t likely receive help getting credited. Still, it’s nice that they intend to honor it for those who purchased expecting a full payout. The same should hold true for Macy’s and other stores that were offering increased payouts. You can’t win ’em all, but in this case at least some readers probably earned a nice return this morning.