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The MileagePlus X App earns extra miles on in-store and online shopping. It’s been on my list of things to learn since its 2014 launch, and I still haven’t used it. Now that I see AMC Theaters is 5 miles/dollar, I am kicking myself.
Travel Codex and Out and Out have resource posts. In short, the app generates a digital gift card to use at the participating merchant, so you spend a few extra seconds in line once you know the purchase price to generate the gift card. The merchants change earning levels so don’t get excited about the Amazon.com 2 miles/dollar, that is currently only 0.5 miles/dollar.
United Cardmember Bonus
United credit cardmembers get a 25% point everyday bonus. You don’t need to use the United card to trigger the bonus, you can use any credit card for the purchase.
Now, through October 31, 2017, United credit cardholders get a 500-mile first purchase bonus if they have not previously used the app.
The bonus and offer only apply to the primary cardmember.
The offer announcement list news merchants. I can’t tell how new these are. The logos they show are:
- AirBNB – 2 miles/dollar
- Best Buy – 1 mile/dollar
- Brooks Brothers – 1 mile/dollar
- Google Play – 1 mile/dollar
- Home Depot – 1 mile/dollar
Before you run off expecting to manufacture a lot of spend, test out stores and cashiers to see if they will accept a virtual gift card for purchase of gift cards.
You can store and juggle multiple credit cards. For card category bonus purchases, merchants usually are processed as if paying direct.
You can use the MileagePlus X app in conjunction with shopping portals to triple dip along with the credit card rewards.
Extending Mileage Expiration
Miles reportedly post instantly and are a nice way to have mileage activity to avoid expiration. My father’s MileagePlus account needs activity soon and I will sign in as him for a quick purchase.