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This is the first in an occasional, tongue-in-cheek, series on lame offers, be they from frequent flyer programs, credit cards, or anything travel. It is just too dull to only focus on the mega-offers, every hobby can do with a bit of perspective and fun.
I received an offer in the mail for my Chase United MileagePlus Explorer card, a generally pretty good card, proclaiming “Earn 50% More Miles Now Through 2/28.”
Sounds good, similar to an offer last year, then I opened it up the full detail (bold emphasis added), “Now through 2/28/2013, you’ll automatically earn 50% more miles on every $1 you spend above $1,000 each month on non-United purchases, up to 50,000 miles.”
The nice thing is that no registration is required, but that $1,000/month minimum is steep for such a small bonus. Perhaps United is churlish after the 5,000 mile bonus intended for Central America cardholders in the fall?
Update: and “The bonus offer does not apply to purchases that earn more than 1 mile in the rewards program, specifically: purchases made directly from United.”
Readers, send me any lame offers you want to share and shame.