15,000 MileagePlus miles with the United credit card

For a few months now, the United Airlines MileagePlus Amex credit card (issued by MBNA) has had the unique distinction of being the only UK airline credit card with NO sign-up bonus!

Things are improving, though.  Via this link, you can now earn 15,000 bonus United miles when you take out their card.  The card is free and you only need to spend £300 within 60 days to trigger the bonus.

The offer runs until 30th November.

As United is a Star Alliance member, you can redeem miles on Lufthansa, Swiss etc as well as United itself.  Here is a PDF of their award chart with Star Alliance awards on page 3.

A one-way business class award to the Middle East is 27,500 miles, so you’d need an extra 12,500 miles which you could buy or transfer from a hotel programme.  A one-way to Dubai in economy would be only 17,500 miles, so you pretty much get them all from the card.  If you’re heading to the US, a one-way Saver-level award in business from New York to San Francisco would be 25,000 miles.

In the main, though, the main beneficiaries of this deal will be people who already have some MileagePlus miles they want to build up.

(To see our complete list of all current credit card bonuses, click here to visit our ‘Credit Cards Update’ page or use the link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

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Comments

  1. I live in Birmingham which United use to go to New York. 15,000 is a great start but would i struggle to gain additional miles in the UK with miles and more?
    I was with AAdvantage and struggled to gain miles, so i ended up with BA and avios which is far easier to earn miles.
    I would love to be able to use United with Birmingham airport being on my doorstep.

    • Yes, its tricky with United. As I outlined in this post http://headforpoints.com/2012/07/23/all-star-alliance-credit-card-opportunities-for-uk-residents/ United is not an Amex Membership Rewards partner, and it also has a terrible rate for converting Starwood Preferred Guest points if you got an SPG Amex. You can transfer hotel points in, though.

      Perhaps you got the card, built up just enough miles for a one-way to the US from Birmingham for one person (assuming you were going solo!) and then came back on Avios or some other currency.

      • Thank you for your guidance.

      • gagravarr says:

        Can you transfer United miles to someone else?

        (That might open up two people in a household both getting one and pooling, or swapping your miles with a friend who flies United for some points of theirs that’d be more useful for you)

        • You can transfer miles between 2 people but the $15 / 1,000 cost is rubbish. You can also use points.com to swap United miles – 15,000 gets you 3,294 AA, 4,941 US Airways, 6,375 Priority Club etc …. again, all pretty poor. Only sensible way to leverage a friends application is to get both of you up the cost of a one-way flight and then book the outbound from your account and your friend books a return for you from their account.

  2. Akhil Gupta says:

    I had the MBNA BA card. Cancelled this 2 months ago – do you think I can sign up for the United one and get the bonus or is that a bit greedy and no bonus would come through?

    • No, you’ll be fine. In fact, MBNA is happy for you to have 2 or 3 of their cards at the same time and get the bonuses, as long as you don’t mind reducing the credit limit on an old one to get approval for a new one.