United is out with its latest Mile Play promotion, whereby you can earn bonus miles for completing a minimum number of trips. These offers are targeted and likely to be different for everyone. Last quarter, I had an incredibly generous offer (I needed to book 3 trips of $250 or more to earn 23,000 bonus miles). This time around, my offer is much less generous, but since I have a bump voucher from one of my recent flights and a couple of short trips to book, I will probably trigger my offer again. See the key tip under “Quick Thoughts” for how to make sure you maximize this promo.
- United is out with its latest Mile Play promo whereby customers can earn bonus miles for completing specified activity (see your targeted offer in the United Airlines app)
- Must register prior to booking
- Must complete travel by January 31, 2019
- See below for full tips and details
This time around, my offer is to book 2 trips and travel by January 31, 2019 and I’ll get 5,600 bonus miles. That’s a massive decrease from my last offer, though I didn’t expect to see something nearly so generous again. A few things to know about the Mile Play promotion:
- You must register prior to booking. You can easily register in the United app. Just make sure you are logged in and you should see your Mile Play offer (if you have one) on the “home” screen of the app.
- Prior bookings do not count. As noted in #1 above, you must register prior to booking.
- A “trip” does not have to be round trip. Last time around, I didn’t think I would have enough activity to trigger my offer, but then I realized that I could book a round trip as two separate one-way “trips” to reach the required number of trips. That worked and triggered the offer.
- Check the terms for minimum fare. Both my previous offer and this one require my trips to be a minimum of $250 each. I’m not sure if that is a standard minimum for everyone or not, but of key important is that the fare must be a minimum of $250 prior to taxes. Last time around, I wrote about how I managed to snag a fare that was $251 before taxes by forcing United to show me a specific fare class. If you are looking at trips where your fare is just a little too low to trigger the offer, you’ll want to read that post to see how you can make it work.
- Using a bump voucher counts as booking a paid fare. This will be obvious to those who regularly get bumped, but for those who (like me) have less experience with vouchers, I thought it worth noting that when you use bump voucher to book, you get credit as if it were a fare you paid with your money. On the most recent promo, I booked a couple of my flights with bump vouchers and even got bumped again and received a bump voucher on one of the trips I took to trigger the MilePlay offer. Neither using nor receiving a bump voucher will disqualify your trip.
- Must travel on United and United Express to qualify. Flights on Star Alliance partners do not count.
- Activity posts pretty quickly. The last time around, my qualifying flights credited 2-3 days after I flew. Once I completed all activities, my MilePlay bonus miles posted within a week of my last flight (despite the terms indicating that the miles would post after the promotion end date).
The usefulness of this offer will totally depend on the terms of your offer and your upcoming travel plans. In my case, I have one-way trip I need to book; I’d been intentionally dragging my feet to see if United would run another MilePlay promo (what can I say? they got me with that last one!). Despite the much less generous offer this time around, I’ll likely trigger it again using United’s (bump voucher) money. After ignoring these offers for the past few years, I’m glad to find a couple I can use.
What kind of offer did you receive?