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Buy UA miles for 1.66c (Purchase IHG pts w/bonus by 15 June '18 & xfer to UA w/bonus)

Buy UA miles for 1.66c (Purchase IHG pts w/bonus by 15 June '18 & xfer to UA w/bonus)

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Old Jun 13, 18, 11:42 pm
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Buy UA miles for 1.66c (Purchase IHG pts w/bonus by 15 June '18 & xfer to UA w/bonus)

Until 15 June, there's a 100% bonus when buying IHG points. That makes them 0.5c/pt so long as you buy 26k+. (i.e. 52k+ after bonus)

Until 30 June, there's a 50% bonus when transferring IHG points to United miles. You earn 3k UA miles per 10k IHG, instead of the usual 2k. That makes them 1.67c/mile.

Given that 1.86c/mile is about the least UA has charged in recent times during promotions and 2c/mile appears to be the cheapest price when buying additional miles on an existing booking, this seems like a good deal to anyone who was intending to buy UA miles.

There's a maximum of 200k (100k bought + 100k bonus) on the first offer, so that means a maximum of 60k UA miles can be bought this way.
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Old Jun 19, 18, 3:26 pm
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What's the timeline for seeing IHG in your account?

(I topped up because 50k UA seemed more useful than 26k.)
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Old Jun 27, 18, 9:46 am
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What's the timeline for seeing IHG in your account?
I transferred points on June 15, still waiting for them to show up...
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Old Jun 27, 18, 10:36 am
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I transferred points on June 15, still waiting for them to show up...
Yup. I second that.
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Old Jun 27, 18, 2:40 pm
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Originally Posted by i_gtgo View Post
Yup. I second that.
I third that.

Anyone know if IHG matches names when transferring to United? i.e. can multiple IHG accounts fund the same UA account?
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Old Jul 6, 18, 5:35 am
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The base points for the transfer hit my UA account within a week. The bonus points posted separately, within the last few days.
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Old Jul 7, 18, 1:33 pm
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The base points for the transfer hit my UA account within a week. The bonus points posted separately, within the last few days.
Thanks, still nada for me.
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Old Jul 14, 18, 9:08 am
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Bought 100k bonus points on 6/12, transferred 200k on 6/15. It's now 7/14 and still nothing in my united account.

On the plus side, received 20k points rebate from the IHG select credit card.
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Old Jul 16, 18, 11:58 am
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Bought 100k bonus points on 6/12, transferred 200k on 6/15. It's now 7/14 and still nothing in my united account.

On the plus side, received 20k points rebate from the IHG select credit card.
Same here, got the rebate, but nothing in my United account yet (neither base points nor bonus). My wife transferred points as well, closer to the end of the month. Nothing in her United account yet either.
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Old Jul 17, 18, 9:26 am
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Just share my bad experience here:

I called the IHG on June 29 to transfer 170,000 points, and the miles were posted on July 16. No bonus received because the transactions were dated as on July 2 and 3 in my United account activity. I wrote to the United but it refused to give me the bonus b/c the transactions were dated as on July 2 and 3. Called the United today but the first agent had no idea what the offer was and the supervisor never picked up the phone...
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Old Jul 26, 18, 6:07 pm
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I transferred 240,000 IHG points to United on June 21. The points have not shown up in my United account yet.
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Old Jul 26, 18, 10:03 pm
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Transferred 120K Miles 15 june 18 Still no sign !! -so this promotion was a con when you could never have the miles land in your MileagePlus account before the end of the promotion Given it only ran for 1 month
For a limited time, convert your points into miles and enjoy

a 50% bonus : From June 1-30, earn 3,000 United

MileagePlus® bonus award miles for every 10,000 IHG®

Rewards Club points you exchange – that’s a 50% bonus on

top of what you’d normally earn.


and given the 6 weeks or longer it takes for the miles to transfer from IHG to MileagePlus then this was a total scam!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old Jul 27, 18, 9:53 am
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Today marks 6 weeks since I transferred the miles and still nothing in my United account. My IHG account activity shows the transfer was done 6/15.

I called IHG 2 weeks back and they said they transferred the miles and it would take 4-6 weeks. United said they didn't see anything and that it would take 6-8 weeks from the time IHG transferred and not 4-6 weeks. The United CSR also said the bonus miles is based on the time of transfer from IHG, and not the miles posting date.
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Old Jul 27, 18, 5:38 pm
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Today marks 6 weeks since I transferred the miles and still nothing in my United account. My IHG account activity shows the transfer was done 6/15.

I called IHG 2 weeks back and they said they transferred the miles and it would take 4-6 weeks. United said they didn't see anything and that it would take 6-8 weeks from the time IHG transferred and not 4-6 weeks. The United CSR also said the bonus miles is based on the time of transfer from IHG, and not the miles posting date.
I hope so!
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Old Jul 27, 18, 8:22 pm
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Why in the world does this take 4-8 weeks?
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