Exchange Gift Cards for United Miles + 40% Bonus

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  1. MLW20
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    I am guessing that we've all received gift cards for stores that we do not shop at and would love a way to get rid of them.

    There are sites that you can sell the gift cards to (ex.Plastic Jungle) that pay you a percentage of their value. From what I could tell, Plastic Jungle pays back 75% + of face value on your gift cards.

    Another option is to exchange your unused gift cards for airline miles.​
    By using the United MileagePlus Gift Card Exchange you can turn your gift cards into miles.
    I received an e-mail last night from United about a bonus offer for the GC exchange.
    For a limited time you can earn 40% more award miles when you exchange your gift cards.
    Find out more HERE
     
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    Suggesting this as anything approximating a good deal is not so useful.
     
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    I only said it was worth considering if you had unwanted gift cards.
     
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    Even there it is quite a stretch. I think there are better value options out there.
     
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    I haven't found a single way that Plastic Jungle makes sense.
     
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    I've never used it but I can see why people would. If you are given a gift card to a store you do not shop at then 75% value back is better than buying stuff from a store you do not like.
     
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    The problem isn't in the 75% "value" -- it's in the cash to UA mile exchange rate. Buying miles at 2.65 cpm is unconscionably bad, unless the only thing you're doing is redeeming for long-haul C awards. I'd have a hard time redeeming at 2.65 cpm on domestic awards of any sort.
     
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    The rate is bad and I would not do it but it's another option out there. I can't say that I know anyone that has done this but I figured it was worth posting about due to the 40% bonus.
    I probably should've written more about how I would not do this option and do not think it is a good deal.
     
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