How I made 1800 United Miles from $75 in online shopping. Debit cards OK!

United 1500Check your email for one from United Mileage Plus Shopping titled “Earn 1,500 miles simply by shopping”.  If you have it like I did then you have been targeted for a special promotion for extra miles.  This promotion is only open to those who received the email.  If you didn’t receive the email, sign up for mileage plus shopping so you can get the next one! The promotion gives you 500 United miles after you make a $25 purchase, then 1000 miles when you make two more purchases totaling $50 more. This ends up being 24 Miles per dollar on these purchases which is pretty awesome! All of the purchases have to be made by November 11, 2013. Here is how I am going to maximize it:

  1. Click through the United Mileage Plus Shopping page to K-Mart and buy one physical $25 gift card using my Chase Sapphire Preferred that I have registered with Plink.  You can use your debit card if you don’t have a miles earning card yet.  This will give me 25 UR points for the purchase plus 100 United Miles for the 4 miles per dollar plus 500 Miles for the first bonus plus $1.25 in Plink points.kmart mileage plus
  2. One day later I will buy two physical $25 Kmart gift cards in separate transactions, again with my Chase Sapphire Preferred.  For each purchase this will give me 25 UR Miles, 75 United Miles, and $1.25 in Plink points.  I will also get the 1000 bonus United Miles.
  3. Keep in mind that you can do this even if you only have a debit card and still get the 1800 United Miles and the Plink points.

This means I will receive a total of 1800 United Miles, 75 UR Points and $3.75 in Plink points for $75 in purchases.  I will receive even more miles and points when I use the gift cards at Sears or K-Mart.  What a deal! I love this game!

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Author: John Butler

I live in Miami Beach but love travelling all over the world.