$50 for 20,000 miles - worth it?

 
Old Feb 22, 11, 1:15 pm
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$50 for 20,000 miles - worth it?

Excuse me for the complete "noob" question with what I'm guessing is an obvious answer, but I have the opportunity right now to purchase 20,000 miles for $50. Would you consider this worth it if you're primarily doing international travel? Right now I have ~55,000 miles and I'll be getting 30,000 more shortly, so this means that I'll have either 85,000 miles or, for another $50, 105,000 miles.

I'll be quitting my job in a few months to spend a year or two traveling the world, so on one hand I'm budgeting my money very carefully, but on the other, I can certainly use the miles (IF I can use them internationally with ease) as I'll be doing a lot of flying.

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Old Feb 22, 11, 1:17 pm
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Yes, that's a great deal. 20k can get you a roundtrip intra-asia, among other things.
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Old Feb 22, 11, 1:17 pm
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UUMMM Yeah, I'd do it, no question. My only cavaet would be is it of legal means? Wouldn't want to get caught holding the bag.
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Old Feb 22, 11, 1:23 pm
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Yeah I'd do it in a heartbeat. I don't suppose the deal is publicly available?
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Old Feb 22, 11, 1:46 pm
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ABSOLUTELY YES. Sorry for the ALL CAPS, but this is really a no brainer for me.
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Old Feb 22, 11, 2:05 pm
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Thanks for the boost of confidence, guys - I'm going with the extra miles. I primarily use AA miles and haven't had any experience booking with United Miles so, as noted, I haven't had time to see how usable the United miles were overseas. whistler814's comment about the miles being good for a round trip intra-asia flight sealed the deal for me.

FYI - yes it is legal and yes it is public (of sorts). I recently got the Chase Continental card with the 25,000 enrollment, 5,000 additional card-member, and $50 sign-up bonus and was able to get the 50,000 enrollment instead if I gave up the $50 sign-up bonus (effectively buying 20,000 points for $50).^
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Old Feb 22, 11, 2:42 pm
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It is great deal to get 20.000 miles for $50.

Here is the UA/StarAlliance award chart you can see where your miles can take you ;-) Do plan ahead and check frequently to get the seats for the places you want to go.


http://content.united.com/ual/asset/Award_Chart.pdf
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Old Feb 22, 11, 2:45 pm
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No brainer.

Ask yourself this .... 20,000 miles is "most of" a domestic Y ticket, which probably would cost you several hundred dollars.

Or, 20,000 can be an upgrade or an occassional award flight for short-distances. Can any of those be bought for $50.

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Old Feb 22, 11, 2:48 pm
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Originally Posted by High PSI View Post
...I recently got the Chase Continental card with the 25,000 enrollment, 5,000 additional card-member, and $50 sign-up bonus and was able to get the 50,000 enrollment instead if I gave up the $50 sign-up bonus (effectively buying 20,000 points for $50).^
Cool deal. ^ Any public link?
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Old Feb 22, 11, 3:06 pm
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Definitely. I've bought last-minute round trip award tickets (US domestic) with 10,000 miles and $80.00 A/I. That could net you two round trip tickets for a total of $210 (or $105 each), which is pretty good for one of the majors. YMMV.
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Old Feb 22, 11, 3:18 pm
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It's so worth it that it's too good to be true. Do you have a link, is this a promotion, or is this an exclusive offer from a nigerian millionaire who posted on eBay? Seriously.
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Old Feb 22, 11, 3:20 pm
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Any public link?
Originally Posted by Pat+ View Post
Do you have a link
I take it you didn't read Post #6? It's just the two CO credit card offers. Though if you real MilesBuzz!, you'll see that it's possible to get the 50K and the $50...
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Old Feb 22, 11, 3:31 pm
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$50 for 20,000 miles is well worth it!
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Old Feb 22, 11, 4:15 pm
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I would buy 20,000 UA miles for $50 on every day that ends in a Y
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Old Feb 22, 11, 4:28 pm
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Originally Posted by High PSI View Post
Excuse me for the complete "noob" question with what I'm guessing is an obvious answer, but I have the opportunity right now to purchase 20,000 miles for $50.
Welcome to FT. The answer is YES. A fairly good and conservative estimate is that 1 mile = 1 cent (although it's open for debate), so 20,000 miles for $50 is the same as $200 for $50.

If the deal is something that others can get in on, I'm sure that plenty of others would be very grateful for the link.
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