New United Mile Play offer: check if you’re targeted (travel by 1/31/22)

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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, Nick had one incredibly generous offer (he needed to book 3 trips of $250 or more to earn 23,000 bonus miles).

Earlier this year, I was targeted for an offer that was just as generous as Nick’s was on a bonus miles per dollar basis, but only required one flight rather than three, although the number of bonus miles awarded was lower as a result. With this latest round my offer isn’t as compelling.

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.

United Mile Play

The Deal

Key Details

  • Must register prior to booking
  • Must complete travel by January 31, 2022.
  • See below for full tips and details

Quick Thoughts

I’d seen people mention recently that they’d been targeted for a new Mile Play offer. I therefore checked to see if I was targeted a week or two ago but didn’t have any offer showing. However, I received an email from United about it yesterday and sure enough – there was now an offer there. If you weren’t targeted recently, it’s worth checking again in case you now have a Mile Play offer.

This time around, my offer is to book two trips each costing $250+ and travel by January 31, 2022 and I’ll get 5,300 bonus miles. During previous promotions, Nick 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. That means that I could simply book two one-way $250 flights to earn the bonus miles.
  4. Check the terms for minimum fare. My offer requires a minimum fare of $250. The spend requirement likely differs depending on your targeted offer, but note that for my offer the fare must be a minimum of $250 prior to taxes. Last year, Nick wrote about how he managed to snag a fare that was almost exactly the right price by forcing United to show him a specific fare class. If you’re 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 have less experience with vouchers, it’s worth noting that when you use a bump voucher to book, you get credit as if it were a fare you paid with your money. A couple of years ago, Nick booked a couple of his flights with bump vouchers and even got bumped again and received a bump voucher on one of the trips he took to trigger the Mile Play 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, Nick’s qualifying flights credited 2-3 days after he flew. Once he completed all activities, his Mile Play bonus miles posted within a week of his 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’m not going to be flying anywhere in the next couple of months, so I’ll be giving this a miss.

What kind of offer did you receive?

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dizzy

nada

Sco

I got 24,000 miles for 4 trips of at least $150 each.

I actually have 4 UA flights already booked before the end of the year, but two of them are only $50 fares, and on the other two the price has gone up so much since I booked that it’s not worth cancelling and rebooking.

Karen

just booked a flight this morning, now find out my DD will get 2500 miles for 1 flight, have to cancel and rebook.

Karen

Too bad the price of the flight went up $23 between this morning and now 🙁

J J

8,800 for a $500 premium seat

Sam

My offer is 2 trips of at least $300 each to get 24,000 points. Not bad.
I already have two trips booked each costing more than $300, but I would have to cancel them and rebook to qualify for this offer, which is probably worth doing. Rebooking wouldn’t make me ineligible, would it?

Vince

2 flights, each at least $200, 6500 miles.
Yawn.
It really only works if you were going to travel w UA anyway, but then again does it? you have to register before the flight is booked and I would venture to guess most people travelling prior to 9/30 likely have their flights set, especially if paying by cash.
who knows what algorithm they use to differ the offers so so much

John

No current offers for me. General member,no status..

jeph36

First time in awhile I got an offer for either of us. 5600 bonus miles for a flight of$200+ for me, nada for her. Probably will not use it, but decent bonus regardless.

Kosta

I got this…

Book and take a trip in a premium seat 2 times to get 8,000 bonus award miles.
Registered April 30, 2021
Ends June 13, 2021
*Each purchased fare must be a minimum of $25 to qualify

Premier 1K member + Chase explorer card holder if that makes any difference…

Adam

4 flights >$25 earn (kinda funny) earn 5,000 miles. Data point: Premier Platinum

Back in the old world offered book 4 flights >$500 receive 45k miles (or close to that from what I recall) but failed to complete that “play” oh well.

Last edited 8 months ago by Adam
Jay

3 x $150 = 17,000 miles.

M M

3x flights ($250+ each) for 20k miles

J P

1 flight with fare greater than $25 (not typo) for 5,000 miles

M D

Same! No United Status, but am somewhat surprised how attainable it is.

Greg The Frequent Miler

Nice!

Roy

3 flights of $300 for 25k miles

Stvr

This is such a tone deaf promo to roll out right now. Cringeworthy

jeph36

Zilch for me, and I did not check for P2. I am not sure if it is better to get nothing or a really great offer but with no intention of using it. My 2nd-to-last flight was on UA MKE-ORD-LAS back in March, so I do occasionally fly them.

Buzz

1 flight for $150. 2500 miles.

NK3

I have 1 trip with a fare of at least $225, get 2600 miles. Such random numbers.

Daniel

I got 3 trips for 15,000 bonus award miles; min of $125 each
United Silver

Good to know on the one-ways, thanks for the tip!

abc007

2500 bonus miles. Minimum $150.

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.

TommyK

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

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)

V S

$350 spend, 5900 miles.

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!!

LarryInNYC

1 x $250 = 2,900 points.

WR2

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

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?

Daniel

no status

3 trips, $275 min, 17k miles

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.

Peter

2 Trips > $450 for 28K miles

kim

1 trip >$750 10,000 miles

JB San Diego

Homme don’t play that! ;- ]

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?

WR2

One trip >$250, get 8200 miles

KC Rippstein

4 trips $275 each = 41K miles

Nick Reyes

Wow. That’s the biggest over I’ve ever heard of from Mile Play.

KCqueso

Yeah, at first I about tripped! Wish I needed to travel that much by the deadline.
I have an offer right now (expiring tomorrow) to buy United miles for up to 50% off, putting them closer to 1.88.
Decisions, decisions!

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.

KLUE

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

KLUE

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

Jim

Mine shows nothing

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.

John

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

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

Ricecakes

Two flights of $200 each for 12K miles

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.

Billy Bob

Same from Marriott – but I got one trip any class 12000. I just flew with them overseas – maybe that’s why?