New United Mile Play offer: check the United app (travel by 5/10/20)

The latest United Mile Play promotion has been released, whereby you can earn bonus miles for completing a minimum number of trips. These offers are targeted and likely tvary significantly. Last year, I had one 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; hopefully yours is better. See the key tip under “Quick Thoughts” for how to make sure you maximize this promo.

The Deal

  • 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)

Key Details

  • Must register prior to booking
  • Must complete travel by May 10, 2020
  • See below for full tips and details

Quick Thoughts

This time around, my offer is to book 3 trips and travel by May 10, 2020 and I’ll get 2,500 bonus miles. Over the past few quarters, I’ve decreased from earning 22,000 miles to 5,600 mimles to now 2,500 miles — offers really range. A few things to know about the Mile Play promotion:

  1. 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.
  2. Prior bookings do not count. As noted in #1 above, you must register prior to booking.
  3. 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.
  4. Check the terms for minimum fare. My last couple of offers required my trips to be a minimum of $250 each, but this time it requires a minimum fare of $225. 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 $225 prior to taxes. Last year, I wrote about how I managed to snag a fare that was almost exactly the right price 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.
  5. 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. Last year, 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.
  6. Must travel on United and United Express to qualify. Flights on Star Alliance partners do not count.
  7. 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?

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Nick Reyes is a (fairly) regular guy with an animalistic passion for maximizing the value of miles and money to travel the world in comfort and style. There is little in life that he loves more than finding a fantastic deal and helping you shop smarter & harder to achieve your travel dreams.

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Kalboz
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Kalboz

Comped Silver here from Bonvoy Titan, and here’s my offer:

Purchase & fly in Economy Plus 1 time to get 2,000 bonus miles.

Ricecakes
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Ricecakes

Two flights of $200 each for 12K miles

John
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John

My offer is 3 flights at $300 each for 19k miles.

I’m United 1k if that makes any difference.

bryan
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bryan

One more tip – booking through the chase UR portal (as awful as it is) also counts as a paid booking. It might not be the best use of points, but it’s always an option.

My offer was 4 trips at $350 each for 9,500 miles.

Jim
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Jim

Mine shows nothing

KLUE
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KLUE

Mine: book one flight of more than $275, get 11k miles.

KLUE
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KLUE

I have zero status and took one United flight in past year.

Wes
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Wes

2 trips of $300 or more, 20k miles. I have no status and fly United about once a year. Do not have united credit card either.

KC Rippstein
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KC Rippstein

4 trips $275 each = 41K miles

WR2
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WR2

One trip >$250, get 8200 miles

Peggy
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Peggy

It’s infuriating to me that they still want you to earn miles when the whole program changes next year! I wasn’t going to tap on the app because it automatically registers you, but I did for the post here: 1 trip of $225 for 3,300 miles. My trip next week to Singapore will requalify me for 2020 Silver status, so I don’t need the miles. Just last night I booked a trip to use up my remaining miles, so I’m done. Do we even know if we’ll be able to earn free trips under the new system?

JB San Diego
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JB San Diego

Homme don’t play that! ;- ]

kim
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kim

1 trip >$750 10,000 miles

Peter
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Peter

2 Trips > $450 for 28K miles

jeph36
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jeph36

2x trips of >$225 each for 2500 miles for me. I just booked a UA one-way flight a week ago and another one this morning. However neither was for >$200 so it would not have mattered anyway. And for 2500 miles I am not going to do anything special, but I registered anyway in case something unexpected happens.

Daniel
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Daniel

no status

3 trips, $275 min, 17k miles

JAMES
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JAMES

My offer, book and fly one trip, minimum $ 200 get 5,300 miles. I need to use up my Travel Fund of $ 136 by the end of March anyway, so this is timely.

I don’t see it mentioned, but is there any requirement that you must book thru the app to get the promotion bonus?

WR2
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WR2

2 trips >=$175 to get 14k. Not bad.

LarryInNYC
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LarryInNYC

1 x $250 = 2,900 points.

Jay
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Jay

WoW, looking at some of the comments, the payout is nice for many.. Im a 1K and take about 3-4 trips a month and i have a measly take 4 trips for atleast $450 each and get 4800 miles!!

I will definitely hit 4 trips with the min spend on each trip.. but 4.8k miles for it.. comeon United!!

V S
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V S

$350 spend, 5900 miles.

Sean
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Sean

2 date points:
3 trips >$200 for 4,700 miles (general member, almost at silver for 2020)
2 trips >$200 for 2,500 miles (silver)

TommyK
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TommyK

10k for one trip, >$300. I haven’t flown United in a decade.

flybyFIRE
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flybyFIRE

I didn’t even know this was possible but….
book 2 premium tickets above $2,000, get 120,000 miles!!

I lost GS this year, so I’m guessing that has something to do with it.