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United runs a huge operation out of Newark, and I’m always price checking their flights against those at LaGuardia and JFK, because honestly, it’s not THAT hard to get to, especially when you take the train.

(READ MORE: The cheapest and best way to get from Manhattan to Newark Airport)

A United Express Q200 landing at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport. Image courtesy of Jay Bowie.

United’s newest MileagePlus promotion is offering up to a 70% bonus when you purchase miles.

Let’s take a look at what that means in terms of purchase cost.

This is a flash sale and only good for now through October 8th, 2019 (Tuesday), and you can access the promotion here.

The bonus is a tiered bonus

  • Buy 5,000 – 14,000 miles | Get 25% bonus
  • Buy 15,000 – 29,000 miles | Get 40% bonus
  • Buy 30,000 – 102,000 miles | Get 70% bonus

In order to get the maximum number of bonus points, you’d need to purchase 30,000 United miles at minimum and get 21,000 bonus miles, netting you 51,500 miles for ~$1,050. That’s like spending 2.03 cents per point, which is an okay deal, but not one I’d do in most scenarios. Unless I needed to top off my account, I would not speculatively buy points at this level. As a reminder, United lets you buy 175,000 miles a year (inclusive of bonus points), so be careful with this promotion if you’ve already purchased points this year.

As a point of information, the highest bonus I’ve ever seen for purchasing United miles is a 100% bonus, so there are better bonuses out there.

(SEE ALSO: When is buying miles worth it?  Only in these 3 instances)

My recommendation would be to avoid this opportunity unless you need to top up your balance in order to make a redemption. If you do need to get those few extra points, it makes sense to buy at least 5,000 points, as that’s when the bonus point earning kicks in. If you do plan to take advantage of this offer, the link can be found here.

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