Because I have 100,000 miles to play with, I would transfer another 20,000 points from my Chase Ultimate Rewards account and book a ticket for a companion, be it my mom, husband or a friend. We all have miles in various frequent flyer accounts that we can mix and match and trade points as we see fit.
New to the world of points and miles The Chase Sapphire Preferred Card is the best card to start with. With a bonus of 60,000 points after $4,000 spend in the first 3 months, 5x points on travel booked through the Chase Travel Portal and 3x points on restaurants, streaming services, and online groceries (excluding Target, Walmart, and wholesale clubs), this card truly cannot be beat for getting started!
In August 2021, United Airlines announced the concept of Money + Miles awards, giving members a new way to redeem MileagePlus miles. This redemption option has now been rolled out on a widespread basis, so I wanted to take a look at the value proposition.
In the flight I'm looking for right now, it's exchanging 100 miles per dollar (1 cent/mile). Purchasing the tickets completely with miles is being offered at .915 cents/mile ($390 or 42.6k miles), so it seems on par with typical reward travel, at least in the flights I'm seeing.
The comment about the value increasing as more miles are redeemed indicates to me that this is a similar to Delta's Miles + Cash redemption option, where the pricing keys off the mileage price and the cash component is essentially buying the miles needed to make up for the difference between the award price and the number of miles you're using. Because the miles are being purchased for far more than they're customarily worth (I...
The comment about the value increasing as more miles are redeemed indicates to me that this is a similar to Delta's Miles + Cash redemption option, where the pricing keys off the mileage price and the cash component is essentially buying the miles needed to make up for the difference between the award price and the number of miles you're using. Because the miles are being purchased for far more than they're customarily worth (I think I've seen that DL effectively sells the miles for 2.5 or 3 cents per mile), the less cash you use, the better the value gets. The added wrinkle here is that United lets you select the number of miles to redeem.
Not sure I know of any programs where cash +miles/points is a good value. Usually this appeals to folks who are just trying to save money overall as a one off on their trip and not necessarily the person who saves for a proper award fare. The airlines and hotels offer this as there is a decent market for this out there.
Seems to me to be aimed at people who don't fly frequently and/or don't pay attention to valuations the way your readers do and/or have some United miles but not a lot. A way to get folks to burn low mileage balances. I know people who might only have a few thousand miles, not enough for even a one-way domestic economy flight, who'd be happy to reduce their flight cost somewhat.
Advertiser Disclosure: Some links to credit cards and other products on this website will earn an affiliate commission. Outside of banner ads published through the Boarding Area network, this compensation does not impact how and where products appear on this site. While we do try to list all the best miles and points deals, the site does not include all card companies or credit card offers available in the marketplace. Please view our advertising policy page for additional details about our partners.
The primary Cardmember and one companion traveling on the same reservation will each receive their first standard checked bag free (up to $35 value, each way, per person) on United-operated flights when the primary Cardmember includes their United MileagePlus number in their reservation and purchases their tickets from United with their card.* Same page link to Offer Details For complete details, please visit united.com/ChaseBag.
25% back as a statement credit on purchases of food, beverages and Wi-Fi on board United-operated flights and on Club premium drinks when you pay with your Explorer Card.* Same page link to Offer Details Priority boarding - the primary Cardmember and companions on the same reservation will be invited to board United-operated flights prior to general boarding.* Same page link to Offer Details
After account opening and on each anniversary* Same page link to Offer Details - over a $100 value per year. For an updated list of United Club locations and any temporary closures, please visit united.com
25% back as a statement credit on purchases of food, beverages and Wi-Fi on board United-operated flights and on Club premium drinks when you pay with your Explorer Card.* Same page link to Offer Details
This exceptional group of over 1,000 properties includes many of the world's most exquisite hotels, resorts, lodges and spas, each of which extend you complimentary Cardmember benefits with every stay.* Same page link to Offer Details Make a reservation through the program using your Chase card to receive the following benefits including daily breakfast for two, a special benefit unique to each property, such as a dining or spa credit, complimentary Wi-Fi, a room upgrade, if available, and early check-in and late checkout, if available. Please visit LHRCollection.com for more information.
Pursue more of your passions with United Card Events from Chase. As a Cardmember, you will be delighted with opportunities to purchase private, curated once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Sample select wines and satisfy your palate with culinary events at some of the world's best restaurants, meet a sporting legend or make memories with your family. United MileagePlus Visa Signature Cardmembers may also use award miles to enjoy exclusive experiences, such as winemaker dinners and other unique virtual events. Please visit UnitedCardEvents.com to learn more.
Premier qualifying points (PQP) help you earn MileagePlus Premier status, which provides you with an enhanced travel experience. You'll earn 500 PQP for every $12,000 you spend on purchases with your Explorer Card (up to 1,000 PQP in a calendar year) that can be applied toward your Premier status qualification, up to the Premier 1K level.* Same page link to Offer Details Visit united.com/premier for details about earning Premier status.
MileagePlus members can use miles to book any United-operated flight, any time, with no restrictions or blackout dates.* Same page link to Offer Details For more information, please visit united.com/AirAwards
Your miles can reward you with getaways, unique experiences, or things you love - anything from electronics to dinner at one of your favorite restaurants. Use them for flights on United and other airline partners, hotel stays, car rentals, merchandise, eGift cards and more. Chase Cardmembers can also use miles they've earned with their card to receive a statement credit for United ticket purchases and their annual card membership fee. See united.com/UseMiles for details on using miles.
Get one-year complimentary DashPass, a membership for both DoorDash and Caviar that provides unlimited deliveries with $0 delivery fees and lower service fees on eligible orders. After that, you are automatically enrolled in DashPass at the current monthly rate. Activate by 12/31/24.* Same page link to Offer Details
50,000 Bonus Miles After You Spend $3,000 On Purchases In The First 3 Months From Account Opening. This product is not available to either (i) current cardmembers of this credit card, or (ii) previous cardmembers of this credit card who received a new cardmember bonus for this credit card within the last 24 months. You will qualify for 50,000 bonus miles if you make $3,000 in Purchases within 3 months of account opening. After qualifying, please allow 6 to 8 weeks for bonus miles to post to your account. (\"Purchases\" do not include balance transfers, cash advances, travelers checks, foreign currency, money orders, wire transfers or similar cash-like transactions, lottery tickets, casino gaming chips, race track wagers or similar betting transactions, any checks that access your account, interest, unauthorized or fraudulent charges, and fees of any kind, including an annual fee, if applicable.) To be eligible for this bonus offer, account must be open and not in default at the time of fulfillment. Bonus miles do not count toward Premier status. If your account is not open for at least six months, United and Chase reserve the right to deduct the bonus miles from your MileagePlus Program account.
Earning Miles: Rewards Program Agreement: For more information about the UnitedSM Explorer Card rewards program, view the latest Rewards Program Agreement (PDF) Opens in a new window. We will mail your Rewards Program Agreement once your account is established. If you become a Chase Online customer, your Rewards Program Agreement will also be available after logging in to chase.com Opens in a new window. How you can earn miles: You'll earn miles on purchases of products and services, minus returns or refunds, made with a UnitedSM credit card by you or an authorized user of the account. Buying products and services with your card, in most cases, will count as a purchase; however, the following types of transactions won't count and won't earn miles: balance transfers, cash advances and other cash-like transactions, lottery tickets, casino gaming chips, race track wagers or similar betting transactions, any checks that access your account, interest, unauthorized or fraudulent charges, and fees of any kind, including an annual fee, if applicable. 1 mile: You'll earn 1 mile for each $1 spent. 2 miles: You'll earn 2 miles total for each $1 spent (1 additional mile on top of the 1 mile per $1 earned on each purchase) on airline tickets purchased from United, and on the following purchases made from United: seat upgrades; Economy Plus; inflight food, beverages and Wi-Fi; baggage service charges or other United fees. Other United related purchases, such as United Cruises, United MileagePlus X, DIRECTV and Merchandise Awards, are excluded. United tickets booked through some discount travel websites or as part of a third-party travel package will also not qualify. You'll also earn 2 miles total for each $1 spent (1 additional mile on top of the 1 mile per $1 earned on each purchase) on purchases of United Card Events from Chase and in the following rewards categories: restaurants; hotel accommodations when purchased directly with the hotel. Information about earning/transferring miles to United: Miles earned during a billing cycle will be automatically transferred to United after the end of each billing cycle. Losing miles: You'll immediately lose all miles that haven't been transferred to United if your card account status changes, or your card account is closed for program misuse, fraudulent activities, failure to pay, bankruptcy or other reasons described in the terms of the Rewards Program Agreement. Rewards Categories: Merchants who accept Visa/Mastercard credit cards are assigned a merchant code, which is determined by the merchant or its processor in accordance with Visa/Mastercard procedures based on the kinds of products and services they primarily sell. We group similar merchant codes into categories for purposes of making rewards offers to you. Please note: We make every effort to include all relevant merchant codes in our rewards categories. However, even though a merchant or some of the items that it sells may appear to fit within a rewards category, the merchant may not have a merchant code in that category. When this occurs, purchases with that merchant won't qualify for rewards offers on purchases in that category. Purchases submitted by you, an authorized user, or the merchant through third-party payment accounts, mobile or wireless card readers, online or mobile digital wallets, or similar technology will not qualify in a rewards category if the technology is not set up to process the purchase in that rewards category. For more information about Chase rewards categories, see chase.com/RewardsCategoryFAQs Opens in a new window. 59ce067264