What is the best way to use these? I only have about 24K points, but I'd like to use them up....
I could buy something from their store, or is there a way to transfer them to another points program, or get gift cards?
In general, UAMP is a dead end program (not implying UAMP is a bad program). There are tons of ways to transfer in, but very little (if any) way to transfer out (with the merging with CO-OP, I don't know if that would allow you to transfer to AX/*wood/etc.).
Anyway, you can get merchandise, hotels, car rentals, magazines, all sorts of stuff (I don't know if 24K is enought for all of those). But more info can be found here:
Agree, it's not very good value to use these to purchase merchandise. If you have a CO account with any miles, you can tranfer your UA miles into that. I'd probably try to earn another 1000 miles just by shopping through Mileage Plus Mall, but failing that, I'd purchase the miles so I could use the 25,000 miles for an award ticket.
Are there any 22.5k awards in the chart? The presence of one-way awards makes 24k worth much more than on, say, Delta.
The easy answer is to go eat a meal or do something else to nudge it up to 25k. Of course then you could argue that you should go a little further and get some sort of longer-haul one-way.
I actually do quite a few 12.5k/25k awards for Canada. From my hometown we never have decent fares so it's a pretty good place for miles. Alaska's a nice call too, although won't award availability be tight in the summer?
I've got over 130,000 miles between my account and my wife's account. Unfortunately the rewards there are horrible, there's no straight up gift cards or anything from what I can find. Aside from flights, what's the best way to spend these points?
I'm very disappointed because I look at Southwest and other credit cards with rewards programs that will just give you gift cards.