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Through February 16, 2015 you can currently purchase United miles with up to a 50% discount. This is a targeted promotion where some accounts received a 30%, 40%, or 50% discount offer. Aside from the targeted component, it is also a tiered promotion, so the more miles you purchase the higher the discount:
- Purchase between 10,000 and 19,000 miles, receive a 20% discount
- Purchase 20,000 miles or more, receive a 30% discount
- Purchase between 15,000 and 29,000 miles, receive a 25% discount
- Purchase 30,000 miles or more, receive a 40% discount
- Purchase between 15,000 and 39,000 miles, receive a 25% discount
- Purchase 40,000 miles or more, receive a 50% discount
Out of the 8 accounts I checked, only one had the higher 50% discount. It might be due to the fact that this account flies with United quite often and the others are not nearly as loyal.
You will need to enter your United number and pin/password here to check to see the offer you received.
Overall, this is not a promotion where I would purchase miles speculatively, however, you might see that it makes sense for a particular award or to top off the number of miles required in your account to redeem for a free flight.