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MileagePlus X – Shopping App to Earn Additional Award Miles [ARCHIVE]

MileagePlus X – Shopping App to Earn Additional Award Miles [ARCHIVE]

Old Nov 24, 14, 9:41 am
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MileagePlus X – Shopping App to Earn Additional Award Miles [ARCHIVE]

Hi everyone,

We wanted you to be among the first to know about MileagePlus X – a new mobile app for iOS and Android devices, where you can earn up to 2, 3 or even 4 award miles per dollar when shopping at participating merchants.

Today, we’re releasing a special preview of the app to select MileagePlus members. If you’re in this group, here’s what you need to know to get started:

Set it up
You can download MileagePlus X now on the App Store for iOS devices, and on Google Play for Android. Then, log in using your MileagePlus account information (note: this step will only work for those in the “sneak preview” group). The app will automatically sync with the payment cards stored in your MileagePlus account.

Use the app
You can use MileagePlus X to search for the nearest local and national stores with mileage earning opportunities, based on your location. At check-out, simply enter the total price of your items into the app, to purchase an electronic gift card that can be scanned in the moment by the cashier.

Earn more miles
You’ll earn miles based on the total dollar amount of your purchase, times a multiplier that will vary by merchant. But the earning doesn’t stop there. United MileagePlus Credit Card from Chase cardmembers can earn a 25% bonus on the miles awarded by MileagePlus for purchases made through MileagePlus X—in addition to the miles already earned from using your card.

Please see the United Hub for more information on MileagePlus X, as well as the full, official terms and conditions at this link. Later today, we’ll send an invitation email to members in the preview group, and will look to expand in the coming weeks.

-UA Insider
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Old Nov 24, 14, 9:56 am
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I'm not in the preview group, but just looking through the list of merchants, some really nice offers in here. Cool that it can be used in regular stores, though the process seems a bit convoluted (purchase an instant gift card through the app, then have them scan it - seems the opposite of the user friendliness of Apple Pay, which Chase is also pushing hard).

It's going to take some comparison shopping to see whether MileagePlus shopping is a better deal for some purchases. Some, like Lowe's, are .5X in the app but 2X on mp shopping. Banana Republic though is 2X in the app vs 1X in MP shopping.

So let's say you use the MP Club card, which earns you 1.5 points per dollar:

Regular shopping today, $200 at a store with a 2X multiplier:

Currently: 300 miles

Now: 300(Chase)+400(MPX)+25%(175) = 875.

That's pretty good, assuming I'm doing the calculations correctly.
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Old Nov 24, 14, 9:58 am
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Looking at the T&C this is only available to residents of the US
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Old Nov 24, 14, 10:36 am
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I'm in the preview group! Looking forward to exploring using it.
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Old Nov 24, 14, 10:45 am
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Originally Posted by lax2jfk2lax View Post
I'm in the preview group! Looking forward to exploring using it.
As am I
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Old Nov 24, 14, 11:09 am
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Another word, a powerful new way for UA to earn extra $ by selling miles

I thought the $ based RDM would slow down mileage inflation, this might make the inflation worse and by people who don't fly much.
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Old Nov 24, 14, 11:14 am
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I think this completes United's transformation from an airline to the 21st Century equivalent of "S&H Green Stamps". Perhaps they can just sell their transportation assets to Delta and be done with it.
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Old Nov 24, 14, 11:14 am
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Very neat but can you buy the gift card for the amount you'd like ahead of time or does it have to be at purchase?
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Old Nov 24, 14, 11:21 am
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Originally Posted by 787fan View Post
But at the same time, wouldn't you lose some merchant category bonuses ?

If your card gives 3x points for dining, you'll only get 1x point from the "cert" you buy from the app ?
That's what I was thinking. My main card is a Chase Marriott because points count toward lifetime status, and other reasons. There are point multipliers for certain categories such as travel. I assume buying a gift certificate won't qualify for a bonus, unless it's recognized as UA and categorized as travel.

For me, more RDMs aren't really that valuable, so that plus the category bonuses, plus the extra hassle at payment makes this an easy decision to avoid, at least for now.
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Old Nov 24, 14, 11:33 am
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Oh looks like its for immediate purchases only. So at the cashier we have to type in the amount and hope the scanner works. Eek
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Old Nov 24, 14, 11:39 am
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This seems kinda klunky and like it may add an extra step or some additional time at the register?

I was hoping it would be like the LevelUp app where your QR code is linked to the CC you have on file and they just scan that.
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Old Nov 24, 14, 11:40 am
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I was not included in the group.
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Old Nov 24, 14, 11:41 am
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Let me download, install, and log-in, so I assume I'm in the group.

Interesting list of merchants.

Only merchant lower than 2 miles/$ is Lowe's.

Lots of Houston-focused restaurants (Several Landry's empire including the Kemah Boardwalk and Pleasure Pier).

Can see myself doing this at non-restaurants. Why not?
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Old Nov 24, 14, 11:42 am
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Not in the group. Oh well.
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Old Nov 24, 14, 11:45 am
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I'm not in the initial group. Don't like the sharing on a public board and then asking people to download the app (to help them build up their number of downloads to make it a reputable app) and then trying to log in to only find out I can't since my account wasn't selected. Seems like something interesting and can give UA props, but why not just send an email message to those accounts that were selected instead of posting on a general board something that isn't ready for the general public

I opt we change the thread title to "Sneak Preview for Select UA Members of MileagePlus X"
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