(EXPIRED) New United Mile Play offer: check if you’re targeted (travel by 6/13/21)

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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 vary significantly. A couple of years ago, 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, though not so bad: I can earn 11,000 bonus miles with 3 trips of $150 or more (keep in mind that a “trip” can be a one-way). See the key tip under “Quick Thoughts” for how to make sure you maximize this promo and see the link under “The Deal” to easily check your offer online (H/T to Dan’s Deals for the link)

The Deal

Key Details

  • Must register prior to booking
  • Must complete travel by June 13, 2021
  • See below for full tips and details

Quick Thoughts

This time around, my offer is to book 3 trips and travel by June 13, 2021 and I’ll get 11,000 bonus miles. Over the past few quarters, I’ve had offers to earn 22,000 miles, 5,600 miles, or 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 $150. 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 $150 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.

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